I just got the mini /w Retina display. It not an immersive experience as the Air. The mini complements my rMBP productivity wise. The Air would be a big distraction from my work flow. Some other thoughts=====> The mini might get a little hotter than the Air because it has less space to dissipate the heat from the A7. The mini though would recharge faster since it has a lower battery capacity. The Air might have better battery life, I am not 100% sure though. The screen on the mini has a more yellowish tone, maybe because it's Samsung? The Air definitely has a better display, but day to day it's not something you would notice unless you have them side by side. The build quality on the mini is just as good as the Air, it doesn't feel cheap at all. The performance is virtually the same, although I will add the Air might be better in situations where you push the A7 for longer amounts of time, this is due to the Air being better at dissipating heat. The throttling would take longer to occur for the Air in that situation. Steve Jobs and Company nailed the form factor on the 10 inch screen. It is so damn immersive, you just focus on the content. However it can be a distraction if your constantly doing work and need to use the iPad as a reference tool. In terms of portability obviously the mini is more portable, but the Air feels pretty damn light. On my desk, I can't place the Air on it, but the mini fits in nicely. If you have problems reading small print than don't get the mini. Air is better suited for reading. However, the content appears exactly the same on the Air or mini, meaning the alignment of web pages, and UI of apps are exactly the same on both. The only difference is that on the mini the content is shrunken down . Get the Air if you want an immersive experience. Also if you have trouble reading small print, get the Air. Get the mini if you want a productive experience meant to complement your existing workflow on your laptop.