After being on the fence about the mini or upgrading to the 4 from my 3, I elected to sell my 3 and get both the mini and a 4 to try out. The mini is a sweet device and I genuinely think for most users, the performance is great. I was concerned about the 512MB RAM but things have been very smooth on the mini with around 10 Safari tabs open without the need to reload etc. Much has been made of the screen resolution but in all honesty, I'm very happy with the screen quality - it isn't retina but it has a perfectly uniform brightness, no bleed and is vibrant with good contrast - games & movies really do look great on the screen. Forums like these are where the screen does tax your eyesight a little but everything is still perfectly legible. I could get by with the mini in place of the the bigger iPad. I do enjoy the 4 with it's retina screen and extra performance but neither of these are a deal breaker or a must have. What I did notice though is that I actually prefer the size of the 4 as the size of the screen is just that bit more engaging when it comes to working and interacting with content but even when just consuming; movies for example are just plain are more enjoyable on the bigger screen. So it's an easy win for the 4 then right? Well, after using the mini, I love the design and the thinner bezel at the sides and I now actually find the thicker bezel on the 4 as a bit of a turn off. I was in the camp that was thinking of holding off and picking up a mini next year if they switch to a retina screen - now I'm hoping more they adopt the design and styling of the mini for the larger iPad instead so I can keep the larger screen in a nicer package with a slightly reduced size. It looks like next year may actually be a harder time to decide between the two devices!