A favorite childhood memory was my father always having a paperback book in his back pocket at all times. I would ask him, "why the book?" His answer was simple, "I like the ability to read when I want." I've owned every iPad expect the iPad 2. The iPad is, well, amazingly fun and productive. The only reason I no longer have an iPad 4 64GB is my desire to upgrade my 15" rMBP 2.3 GHz 8GB RAM to a 2.6 GHz 16GB RAM (I bought the rMBP 2.3 at the same time as the iPad 4, so I returned them both to upgrade). In the weeks that followed I began to miss having the iPad around. I looked at my funds and only had enough to purchase the 16GB iPad 4, which, really isn't enough space for me. So, the inner turmoil began: "to Mini or not to Mini." Any iPad I own is used mostly for comics and books. The iPad 3 & 4 were/are amazing for both comics and book reading. The almost daily trip to my local Apple store or Best Buy would always end the same...no purchase of a mini. A month without an iPad and the want were too much for me! (I am addict) Looked again at the funds to only find that it would be months before I could purchase an iPad 4 32GB or 64GB. So, I purchased the Mini with 32GB... I have become my father in a sense. Instead of a paperback in my back pocket there is an iPad Mini. It fits perfect in my back pocket, at least width wise. I find that I am reading more often when I am out doing errands or whatever. I cannot say that I am in love with it due to having owned the 3 & 4, yet I won't bash the Mini. We all have our opinions and needs, so purchase what suits you and not others. Why the Mini? I like the ability to read when I want.