I don't mean to add to the noise, but instead to alleviate it a bit. I know there are a lot of folks that are going back and forth right now about the two models, and I've yet to see the choice really framed properly. Most people think of these devices in terms of opportunities. I find that a better buying decision is reached--with less second guessing--when you think, instead, of the tradeoffs in a clear and simple way. The opportunity is that you get an iPad. That's a good thing. Air: The air makes the tradeoff of screen size for weight. Unlike the last full sized iPad, the air is light enough to notice how much weight has been taken out. That's good. But it's still not as light as the rMini. For document reading and consuming a lot of type, the tradeoff is noticeable and welcomed. If you're not "out and about" all the time and use it at a desk, while seated (coffee shop, couch, etc), or consume a lot of PDFs, you will notice the generous screen real estate and appreciate it. rMini: The rMini makes the tradeoff of size and weight for screen real estate and horsepower. If you're on the subway a lot or always walking around with your ipad--and not sitting down to continually read smaller type or PDFs--you will appreciate the size of the mini and will feel much freer to roam or use a single hand for longer periods of time. The decision really is this simple if you allow it to be. Just think of how you will use the device in general, think of the tradeoff you'd prefer to make (or not make), and then purchase and enjoy and don't feel any buyer's remorse or anxiety about the decision.