Economics of course do play part into this question, but also want to get my kids each one of these that makes most sense. They each also have an iPod Touch 5th Gen. For a tablet, their use will be reading Kindle books (they each have old Kindles that can transfer the books from the cloud onto any of these devices), watching some videos (Amazon Prime Instant Videos, Xfinity, ESPN), playing little games, and can grab their Gmail from time to time. I don't think web browsing would be a high % activity. Obviously the iPad can do everything (I love mine!), but keeping in mind my total cost (one for each kid) and what they look to do with the tablet in addition to keeping their iPod Touch devices, which would would make the most sense for me to get for them? Kindle Fire HD 7" 16GB ($100 at Best Buy, 2012 model) iPad Mini 16GB ($200 at Best Buy after $100 GC) iPad Mini Retina 16 GB ($400 everywhere) Thanks in advance for your comments and voting in this poll!