I am a big iPad fun and I have bought many models over the years. I currently own 2 12.9 (gen 1 and gen3), a 10.5, a 9.7. I also use an XS max and a 12in MacBook. I had very briefly tried a mini for a few days in the past, but I am afraid I didn’t pay the appropriate attention back then to this marvelous device. Out of my love for anything iPad, I decided to buy the new mini and give it a try. I had very low expectations and I was expecting to reach a decision to return it soon. But my experience made me realize that I have been missing a lot but not owning an iPad mini all these years. So here is my experience. I like the iPad mini: very light to hold it one handed I like the bezels because they allow easy holding of the iPad in reading text (scientific articles and textbooks) you can see the whole page for an overview and by double tapping you zoom in at a perfect column width (for two column articles). XS max still shows narrow columns, unsustainable for long reading. 12.9 still requires zoom in to get to mini’s width (I.e. you don’t avoid having to zoom in, despite the larger screen). No protruding camera, does not feel that it needs any kind of cover (front or back) and due to the more compact design it feels stronger. The absence of need for a cover makes really easy to just grab it and turn it on, compared with larger iPads that require cases for protection, thus making them more cumbersome Best size for portable thumb typing. There is no other iPad that I can type while holding it. Best pixel density compared to any other iPad. The only iPad I can use close to key eyes without getting annoyed by seeing the pixels. For some reason my worst experience has been with the 10.5 It fits in jacket pockets, even in some trouser pockets! No need to carry it on hand or bring a bag for it Some criticisms I have read about iPad mini 5 and my thoughts First gen pencil. I haven’t noticed any difference in performance between gen 1 and gen2. Gen2 pencil has the double tap feature, but honestly I have not ever used it. The charging method of gen1 does not look aesthetically good, but I have actually used it as an improvised stand for my mini. The only disadvantage is that the pencil does not get attached to the iPad mini, but this is negligible to me. Lack of promotion. I never noticed a difference between 120 and 60Hz iPads.It might be my eyes or my use case, but what matters to me is that it makes 0 difference Lack of good cameras. The iPad mini cameras are ok, but nowhere close the XS’s camera. I rarely take pictures with my iPad, so again it has no impact on my use case Bezels. I thought I would hate them, but actually they have proven very useful in holding the iPad mini. Ideally the side bezels should have been smaller, but they are not annoying at all, on the contrary -as I said- convenient Lack of Face ID. Although I like a lot Face ID, I am not missing it in iPad mini 256 max capacity. I would really prefer a 512GB version. I plan to do a heavier use of my cloud services to compensate for that. 512 would have been a more future proof solution. As a side note, the iPad mini has been my first iPad with white bezels. I like the white bezels, I have found them to be easy on the eyes for prolonged reading How does it compare with my XS max? The XS max is an amazing device, I really love it. I cannot carry both iPhone and iPad at my work, so I still need my XS max. Had I been doing a different job, I might have gone for an LTE watch and iPad mini. When I am at home I never reach for my XS max; it has a big screen, but it is still much smaller compared with mini. For a quick look up it is fine, but for prolonged use the XS max screen size is still small. Of note, I tried recently to replace my iPad use with the XS max, but it was good only for short (in time) uses How does it compare with 10.5? The 10.5 might be a middle ground for someone who cannot afford 2 iPads. For me it has the disadvantages of a big iPad (bad portability, poor pixel density) while not being big enough to make any meaningful difference over the mini. How does it compare with the 12.9? The 12.9 offers a very rich experience as a desktop device, but it lacks portability. Actually my 12in MacBook feels much more portable than the 12.9. My intention is to keep my XS max for work use, my mini for most of my bed/couch/Starbucks/travel use and the 12.9 for my desktop iPad use. Had I been a general user on a tight budget and no significant photography aspirations I might have gone for: LTE Apple Watch, iPad mini, and either a Mac mini or a very cheap windows computer that I would remote log in with jumpdesktop app. In short, I LOVE my new iPad Mini 5!