The screen might be the most important aspect for me as that is some tangible that you interact with and use every time you pick up the iPad. Poor screen quality can result in a less than ideal experience. It is all about the experience anyways, right? If we are honest with ourselves, the iPad mini should have come with the retina display from the beginning. But as we know, this opens it up for Apple to throw in the retina display next year. A few reviews are even mentioning the screen of the iPad mini being it's biggest negative spec. Is the screen a deal breaker? Guess each of us will have to make that decision our selves after some use. But a small device that you will hold 6-8in from your face, those little pixels could very well be a deal breaker. YMMV.