I didn't think I'd be saying this, but IMO, as a content consumption tool, the iPad mini is just a way better device. I think that if the 8 inch had come out first, and then the full size had come out later, everyone would have made fun of the big bulky size and ask why it was needed. At this size and weight, it becomes just a far more useful, far more totable, and easier to handle, more compelling device. I know the obvious rejoinder is about the screen, and yeah - I get it, it'd be nice to have retina. And if/when the mini exists in retina, I'll certainly trade up then. But until that day comes, the existing HD screen is fantastic, and is in no way anywhere close to being a dealbreaker. At the end of the day, if someone came up to me with an iPad 4 and offered to trade, the only way I'd even consider taking it is if I could sell it and use the money to buy another mini.