The Cartoon Network video experience on the iPhone is potentially one of the better ones you can have using a handheld mobile device still small enough to fit into your pocket. The latest versions of the iPhone feature the much-hyped Retina screen – a glass surface rather than a plastic one, which makes all the difference when talking about picture clarity. Indeed, watching footage of any film or TV show on the iPhone knocks most other computer-style screens into a cocked hat – so it’s perfect for the fast, zany action in a cartoon.
The iPhone’s screen delivers natural looking colours, rendering the bright world of the favourite cartoon in the same hues as you would see it on a televisions screen. This can be particularly important for young children, who can get quite upset when the colour of a favourite character or world is noticeably altered from the original.
It’s easy to find Cartoon Network videos for the iPhone – you just navigate to the Cartoon Networks site when you want to watch, and stream directly from there. Be aware, of course, that direct video streaming represents quite hefty data use – or at least that it represents data use more significant than a simple download. Some mobile network signals may not be strong enough to deal with the data requirements.
Experience has shown that current mobile networks are insufficient to deliver proper video streaming unless you live in a metropolitan area. This is partly due to nationwide coverage issues, which see different mobile providers owning different masts – so you can get good coverage from one provider in one area and poor coverage in another area.
If you are intending to use your iPhone to view Cartoon Network video, then, it is a wise move to check the strength of the signal coverage in your area with the provider whose services you intend to use.
Where your mobile signal strength is good, then watching a Cartoon Networks video on your mobile can be a wonderful way to pass a few minutes – or half an hour, however long the video in question might be. In some ways cartoons are the most appropriate media for the small scream format – they’re simple, easy to look at and designed to be throwaway entertainment rather than telling a serious story. While following the plot of an action adventure film or thriller on that small screen isn’t easy, with a cartoon all you need to do is like the characters.
When your iPhone is at home, you can watch a Cartoon Networks video on it by hopping onto your home broadband bandwidth. This is a more reliable method, currently, of streaming video content with no holdups or errors. Just be sure that you switch the phone itself to flight mode, otherwise you can run a risk of taking down data through the mobile phone provider’s signal, thereby paying unnecessarily to watch content you should be seeing for free.
Thanks to its screen and its portable size, the iPhone does make watching a Cartoon Networks video a joy.