This thing is amazing! I don't have an air to compare it to but I have 1st gen iPad mini and this screen blows it away. My wife isn't one to really care about those kinda things, but she is really impressed by the screen and is super happy about the upgrade and she is not much of a tech person. She reads on her kindle app all the time and couldn't believe the difference from her old mini. Ordered online today and picked them up around 7pm. Surprised how quiet the Northpark apple store was. We asked the guy how his day was going and he said surprisingly slow. He said no one has really come in asking about the new mini yet. He didn't think they've caught on yet.... Anyways, highly recommend it. Don't let all the negative reviews make up your mind. Go buy one, you won't regret it! Then just use the darn thing and enjoy it! I wanted to make another thread as negative reviews always outshine the positive ones and reassure people that it's a great product.