I'm having a ridiculously hard time deciding between the mini and the 4th gen (base models, I'm aggressive with media management and I can tether), and am thinking aloud in the interest that there are some people like me trying to decide this as well. The basic crux of it is: I'd love to take the thing everywhere, all the time. And the mini is about the width and weight (but not the height obviously) as the apple wireless keyboard. This tells me I can get away with slipping it into an inner jacket pocket without feeling like a douchebag (perhaps I'm wrong). But the deal breaker for me is that I want to use the thing to read. I'm not in the market for an ereader, per se, because I still want to be able to do all the extra things that iOS does, but there's no doubt that the number one thing I will be doing with it is reading. Instapaper. Reeder. iBooks. Flipboard. etc. Which makes the non-retina screen a non-starter for me. But the size and weight of the 4th gen simply needs a bag. Just take a bag everywhere? I suppose. I'm thinking right now that the mini offers a tantalyzing prospect of a future mini with 326ppi, probably in about two years. So thinking for a person that wants supreme portability but needs sharp text - but not an ereader - what would you choose? Money is irrelevant.