I've been using the ipad mini for a year now, and the iPad air for a week. When I first got the mini, I swore that this was the PERFECT form factor for the ipad. It was a joy to use and hold. The screen size was also adequate for everything I was used to doing on my ipad1. To be able to hold it for such prolonged periods of time due to the compact nature of the device made me want to use it for longer than I needed to. I would find excuses just to use it... Having used the ipad air for a week now, I realized that screen size really does make a difference (not to mention that beautiful retina screen). It's a completely different experience compared to the mini...one that is immersive. Where the mini was adequate for web browsing, for example, the Air simply draws you in to what you're viewing...much like watching a movie on your 21" computer monitor and then turning around and watching that same movie on your 65" LED TV. Having said this, there is a price to pay for this expansive and immersive screen experience. Though I agree that the ipad Air is incredibly thin and comfortable to hold...it doesn't shine a light to the weight of the mini. I wouldn't describe this one pound device as heavy, but it is a tad bit cumbersome to hold for extended periods compared to the mini. The screen is so big, it's hard to handle the device with such ease...others have described it as unwieldy...and I agree. With the mini, I could hold it for hours reading an ebook, and not even realize I was doing so. I can't help but think maybe an 8" iPad would really be the PERECT form factor? Many of you suggested that shaving a few mm's from the top and bottom (also from the side bezels) of the Air would drastically improve the device. An extra inch would also improve the viewing experience for the mini. Likewise, imagine stretching the mini just a few mm's in either direction, and adding an inch of screen real estate? Wouldn't this be the best of both worlds? Any thoughts? Are people completely satisfied with the 9.7" screen size of the iPad Air at the expense of a noticeable difference in being able to handle the device compared to the mini?