I have never owned an iPad mini. As I have thus far always used my iPads at home, I didn't necessarily see a benefit to a smaller device. However, Best Buy has the iPad mini 2 on sale for $249.99 Friday & Saturday and combined with a coupon, I could get it for approx. $225. It seems so cheap. I'm not sure how much I'd use it in the long run, but I thought it would be fun to at least have that form factor available to me and maybe I'd even like it. However, many people report the iPad mini 2 (and original air) architecture are feeling slow on iOS 8, etc? Is it pretty bad? Thanks.