OK you are spending your valuable time on a site called macrumors.com. Chances are that you are already very entwined in the apple ecosystem. Some people are contrarians, and will threaten to leave. Some even do, and keep telling themselves that whatever apple did to step on their tail, justifies them using a half baked competitors device. I will be purchasing the ipad mini because it's a great deal. My rational is that there is no competition to the iPad at this moment, and as far as ipads go I will get a lot more for my money, with the mini. There is absolutely nothing android could do, or offer to pry me away from all the apps I have, and all the compatibility I have by sticking with ipad. I'm not the iosphere leaving anytime soon, and my guess, mr patron of macrumors.com, neither will you. For the record I bought and sold a kindle fire, plus my work phone is a android so this is not a blind apple fanboy rant. I deal with android every day, and hate every moment of it. I budget about $1500 per year for gadgets. I tend to buy the latest ipad every year, around $500-550 is my discretional spending cap. Need about $1000 for a phone, saving for computer etc. So with my +-$500 I could buy either a: Base model stripper 16 gb ipad 4 with no trimmings or either 32 gb AT&T LTE ipad mini or 64 gb mini Some people like to drive stripper luxury cars, without HIDs. I like loaded up regular cars with all the good options. I personally prefer the smaller size of the mini. Using it in bed will be greatly improved because of the size, and throwing it in my bag to take with me will be easier because of how light it is. The ipad mini being the best ipad my budget can buy is just icing on the cake.