I'm sure someone will want to flame me for this, but I just wanted to share my experience thinking someone on the fence might find it useful. I had every iPad except the 4th generation...didn't see the upgrade to just get a lightning connector. I never thought I would like the original mini since it didn't have a retina screen. Boy, was I wrong. My original mini replaced my iPad and I loved it. I used to say "if this just had a retina screen, it would be perfect.". I was chomping at the bit for a retina mini. I knew that as soon as it was announced, I would stay up to pre-order. Then the Air was announced. I was intrigued by how much thinner and lighter it was and decided to give it a try. I have to admit, I have loved it from day one. But back in the recess of my mind was the thought that I preferred the non-retina mini over the full sized iPad 3, maybe I would love the new rMini just the same way, I just needed to give it a chance. After spending time with the new rMini, I just couldn't adjust to the small screen. It never bothered me before, but now it just seemed "too" small. I can't explain why. I also really noticed the color saturation differences. On my Air, things just pop, and on the mini, reds and purples looked noticeably washed out. Previously, holding the iPad 3 vs. the mini was like holding a brick compared to a feather. Now, the difference is very slight. I am just as surprised as anyone else of my decision. I was a true blue mini lover, but the Air is just that good. Everyone will have their preference, and the new mini is a fine machine, this is just my situation and I thought someone on the fence about which one to get might benefit from it.