I keep reading all these complaints about the mini and its specs, but in my opinion Apple is getting exactly what they want. 1) I have an original ipad and am going to upgrade. I was going to go with a mini except that it has no A6 and no retina display. Unlike most here I am Ok that the mini does not have that. Not Ok that I will buy it, but OK that they chose to go that route. Having said that though I will get the newest full size iPad. So instead of me spending $600 or so with Apple I will spend $829. 2) The mini as it stands is the perfect solution for someone like my kids or my wife. My wife wants something she can fit in her purse. Check. She wants something that uses all of the apps we currently own. Check. She wants something that maximizes screen space where apps and web pages can be viewed with the greatest use of space. Check. The mini is perfect for her. She (or the kids) doesn't care about retina display or whether it is an A4, A5, A6, or A2000 chip. She and the kids just want the apps to work and to be able to facetime, email, facebook, and play games. This does every one of those things. 3) Comparing it to the Nexus - A) Already have all the apps from Apple so it isn't $199 for a Nexus. it is $199 for a Nexus plus the cost of about 20 or 30 games and about 10 apps or so. B) Learning curve is 0. Already uses an original ipad so adopting this literally takes nothing new to learn. C) Uses facetime. I am sure that there are other apps for the android that do the same thing, but every person she talks to that has facetime obviously uses Facetime. D) Screen is XX% smaller. If cheaper is cheaper then smaller is smaller. E) Weight. It is bigger (screen) and it is smaller (weight) 4) Sure $299 is better than $329, but $30 isn't the end of the world for us so the price is a non issue.