Originally Posted by steedeel
Guys, forgive me if i do not make sense. I am brand new to the forums and pretty much to the world of Apple also.
Welcome to the forums!
I own an Ipod Touch but plan on buying an Ipad, Imac and Apple tv sometime this year.
My question is, what is the actual viewable area of a movie on Ipad when taking into consideration the black bars?
I hate to say this but it depends. Movies have all sorts of aspect ratios, and then some of the transfers to digital screws those aspect ratios up even more. So the simple answer is the black bars vary with the movie being viewed.
Also, if Ipad Mini is supposedly 7.85, wouldn't that make it useless as a movie watching device?
It is no more useless than watching a movie on an iPhone. I actually see this as a foolish question as you never get a movie theater experience in a portable device no matter it's size.
7 inch screen with borders top and bottom would be awful, yes?
If you get a white iPad most likely yes. But otherwise no.
What you might run into is an issue with the up conversion of a movie if the screen resolution is too high. I have an iPad 3 and can say for the most part the screen is an excellent movie play back device. The only trouble you run into is some really bad transfers seem to look worst on a high resolution screen.
If anyone could send pics of their ipad playing a wide screen movie, at 2:35, that would be great. I am a huge movie fan and already have a bluray player and large tv. This is obviously for other use such as vocations etc..
It wouldn't be that great because a static picture won't involve you in a movie the way a actual movie should. If you are actually watching a movie instead of obsessing about every little technical detail it really doesn't make much difference which screen you view it on.
I don't know where you fall on the scale, but I'm not certain how some people can even enjoy the movies they watch. The obsess over technical details instead of enjoying the telling of the tale.