We have owned an iPad 2 for 2+ years. It has logged many hours and essentially operates as efficiently today as the day we bought it - give or take things like Siri/Panorama Pictures/etc I had my iPod Touch Gen3 stolen out of my office. I used this daily for over 3+ years. Again, it did everything I could ask of a portable device between my favorite podcasts, social media, and messaging. I was pretty devastated when it was stolen, but when faced with replacement I could not bring myself to purchase an iPod Touch GenV because I just knew I'd be miserable Fall of 2014 when it received a hardware refresh. All that stated, enter iPad rMini. The iPad rMini based on my research would exceed every current hardware expectation. I would be getting the latest processor, retina display, and more pixels per inch than any other Apple device. I am a Directv subscriber and it would work with the GenieGo as well as playback all forms of video files with the use of the VNC app. Having owned other devices, the one glaring issue I have with the rMini is the battery life. Having read so many people's commentary about screen retention, I YouTube'd all the videos and performed the checkerboard test. Based on all the YouTube videos I watched, I have one of the good screens. That is why I'm so reluctant to return this iPad rMini because it runs everything so well and I don't have any screen issues - but to me the battery is concerning. Example: I'll leave it charged over night. When I wake up in the morning it reads 100%. Unplugging from the charge cable, and simply walking from the bedroom to the kitchen it will register 99%. Adam Carolla's podcast updates over night, and every morning as I'm pouring my OJ it begins to download the latest podcast (every other podcast updates before going to bed, but Carolla's does it at 0500 the minute I unlock it). I do the standard opening of either CNN/Fox News app, Bleacher Report, perhaps FB or Twitter if I have any alerts. In this span...lets say "10 minutes" my battery registers 95%. Checking email, a couple of news articles, and FB/Twitter feeds and preparing to leave for work, 92%. I have an hour commute to work. From my driveway to work, I can listen to a full Thundering Herd podcast & start of SVP and Russillo podcast. When I arrive to work i'm now mid 80s (84%-86%). Finishing those podcasts, I transition to the previous day's Stern show and again basic browsing of News/Sports pages by 11 am I'm well below 50%. Compared to the iPad 2 & iPod Touch Gen3, the iPad rMini just doesn't seem to maintain the battery. When I first got this miniR, I used the device all the way to the point it shut itself down and then completely charged it to 100% where it said "Full". I repeated that for a week straight: use until completely depleted, left it charging until 100% "full". I've read about 3-4 "battery life" saving articles and implemented 'most' of the suggestions. That being said, I still feel like the battery life drains exceptionally fast. The morning is the most concerning going from 100% > 99% just by unplugging, and then down to mid-90s doing basic operations like browsing newsfeeds/social media/podcast download. Should this be a point of concern? Is there something I'm potentially overlooking?