The iPad Mini Review: The Best Small Tablet for Watching Movies, Top Five Reasons

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For many years people have accused Apple of being closed and limiting their customer’s options. Even though I am a Mac user, I often agreed with this assessment. But when it comes to movies on the iPad Mini this is actually not true.

Here are my top five reasons why the iPad Mini is the best small tablet for movie lovers.

The iPad Mini has the Most Video Options

Of all small tablet options, including tablets from Amazon, Samsung and Google, the iPad Mini actually can access the most video. Amazon only allows its Kindle tablets to buy from Amazon Instant Video.  And Google and Samsung can only buy movies from Google Play. The iPad Mini can use purchased movies from Amazon Instant, Vudu, and, of course, the iTunes store.

The iPad Mini has the Best Downloadable Movie Option, iTunes

When it comes to digital downloadable content the iPad Mini is the only small tablet that has access to extras, like director’s commentary and deleted scenes. This is true because it can get video from iTunes and Vudu the only digital download options that offer movie extras. Amazon Instant and Google Play do not offer any extras.

The iPad Mini has the Best Battery Life

The reviews are in, and they all agree, this device stands up to the test of time when it comes to watching movies. You get 12 hours of movie watching, 20 percent better than the closest competition.

The iPad Mini is the Best for Shooting and Editing Your Own Video

Shooting and editing your own video on this device is solid. With a 1080p camera and iMovie you are set the make you own family movie.

AirPlay

And the fifth reason why the iPad Mini is the best small tablet for watching movies is simply AirPlay. Any thing that you can play on the device will play on an Apple TV. It is simple and easy. Currently, Google and Amazon do not have anything that competes.

So, there are my top five reasons. Do you agree? Android users, do you want to push a contender? What do you think? Comment on our Youtube channel or below.

iPad Mini Unboxing on an Airplane

We are bringing you the unboxing of the iPad Mini from our flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles. We picked up our FedEx deliver on our way to the airport.

Remember this is the iPad Mini that we are going to giveaway. Check out the contest rules on our other iPad Mini video on our Youtube Channel.

 

Apple’s New iPad Mini

Apple’s new iPad Mini in Black or White

Today, Apple has introduced the iPad Miniinto its repertoire of products. The long rumored iPad Mini has finally made its debut in time for the holiday shopping season and like its full size predecessor is sure to get lots of attention from consumers.

The Mini’s 7.97 inch screen has a 1024×768 resolution (same as iPad2) and it has Apple’s Dual Core A5 chip so movie watchers will not be disappointed with their viewing experience even with a smaller screen.

With the iPad Mini being 7.2mm (“as thin as a pencil”) and .68 lbs (“as light as a pad of paper”), not only does it fit in one hand but it may be a good option for parents to use for their kids to hold as they watch their movies.

As with most Apple products, the cutting edge engineering and beautiful design comes at a price…a high dollar price.  The base model for the iPad Mini has a price point of $329 which fits nicely (for Apple) between the iPod Touch and the full sized iPad models but is significantly higher than its direct competitors. Google’s Nexus 7 ($199) and Amazon’s Kindle Fire ($159) certainly have the edge on the Mini from a pricing standpoint however, with over 275,000 iPad optimized apps, iTunes music, iBooks, podcasts, tv shows, and of course movie collections along with other products/accessories all part of Apple’s integrated ecosystem consumers will get a lot of bang for their buck.

The iPad Mini is available for preorder October 26th and ships November 2nd.   Come back to WaysToWatch.com for our unboxing of the new iPad Mini on November 2nd.

 

iPad Mini Specs Wi-Fi Wi-Fi + Cellular
Color Options Black & Slate, White & Silver Black & Slate, White & Silver
Dimensions  Height:7.87 inches (200 mm)Width: 5.3 inches (134.7 mm)

Depth: 0.28 inch (7.2 mm)

Weight: 0.68 pound (308 g)

Height:7.87 inches (200 mm)Width: 5.3 inches (134.7 mm)

Depth: 0.28 inch (7.2 mm)

Weight: 0.69 pound (312 g)

Storage 16GB, 32GB or 64GB 16GB, 32GB or 64GB
Wireless Tech 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-FiBluetooth 4.0 wireless technology 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-FiBluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
Cellular AT&T LTE, Sprint LTE and Verizon LTE
Display  7.9-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit , 1024-by-768, Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating 7.9-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit , 1024-by-768, Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
CPU Dual-core A5 Dual-core A5
Video Conference 720p HD 720p HD
Video Recording 1080p HD 1080p HD
Battery Life Up to 10 hours Up to 9 hours with cellular
Video Playback 1080p HD 1080p HD
Video Out Yes, 1080p Yes, 1080p
Price 16GB      $329 16GB      $459
32GB      $429 32GB      $559
64GB      $529 64GB      $659