I'm seriously considering an iPad mini and was a bit disappointed to hear that it isn't Retina. However, I picked up my old iPhone 3GS today for comparison and held it about 18 inches from my face. Guess what? You can't really see the pixels at all at the typical tablet viewing distance. Sure, you can inspect it at about 4 inches from your face, but if you're reading the on the tablet instead of watching it, it goes away. I'll still be checking one out on launch day to see if I like the final product but I think if it's as light and mobile as it claims to be, I shouldn't have too many gripes about it. Sure, Retina would have been great but for the mini, but I would prefer it to run cooler and have it be lighter than to have Apple force the tech on this. Besides for the iPhone and iPods, it does seem like other products that are currently Retina all have some minor issues. (i.e. running warm, sometimes slow, occasional ghosting on the laptops.) I'm genuinely excited to check it out this Friday and get first hand experience with one.