I'd just not the same when it's not retina. I know that it's technically a little better than the ipad 2, but if you've gone retina... It's really tough to go back. I LOVE how the ipad feels in my hand, but apple really missed the mark on leaving out retina. Whenever apple does decide to release an ipad mini with retina, then they have a real winner. As it stands right now, it just feels like a half baked device.