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Apple iPad mini Tablet Review

It certainly looks cool, but the iPad mini falls flat in performance.

November 02, 2012
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Video Controls

Apple did not change much about its video playing application from iOS 5 to 6, so users who are familiar with it on their iPhone or older iPad should see no surprises: at the top there is a scrub bar that allows half-speed, quarter-speed, and fine adjustment of the progress of your video file. On the bottom there is a bubble that has your standard play/pause, track forward/backward controls. To the right of those, is a "push to AirPlay" icon that isn't immediately obvious what it is; if you have an AppleTV unit hooked up to your TV, you can push the movie file you're watching to the bigger screen over your home network by tapping this icon.

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Ugly, but the basic controls are there.

Video Management

Videos are stored on the device, and can be accessed via the "Movies" app. If you want to save space on your hard drive, you can also stream them from iTunes on a home computer, provided you have enabled home sharing, and have an 802.11b/g/n wireless router.

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Video Formats

As it currently sits, Apple allows only H.264, MPEG-4, M-JPEG,.m4v,.mp4, and.mov files to be played on their mobile devices, and they do not have any additional codec packs that are readily available via the App Store. If this poses a problem for you, you can always try converting your files using a free program online.

Internet Video

At the time of this article's publish, Apple has the best video streaming options on the market for movies, as they not only have Amazon Instant Video, but Netflix, and a host of other options for streaming your favorite online movie content. What is a little mystifying is that there is no longer an official YouTube app in iOS 6. There are third-party knockoff apps available in the App Store for free, but download at your own risk.

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YouTube is missing, but there are other apps out there.

Video Battery Life

After 7 hours and 20 minutes, the Apple iPad mini 's battery lost the will to live. Considering the brightness of the unit (and that we max it out for our battery tests), the iPad mini's battery life is pretty solid. Enabling WiFi and changing the backlight will affect your battery life, as well as running other programs as well, so your mileage may vary.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Conclusion
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