Late last year, I decided I didn't want to own an iPad anymore. I had started working from home full time and was finding that without my train commute every day, I wasn't using the iPad nearly as much as I used to. When I did use it, I kept thinking, "I could have also done that very quickly and easily on the Mac." Long story short, I sold my Mac mini and my iPad Air to Gazelle and got a 13" retina Macbook Pro. I LOVE my rMBP. I use it almost daily for work, and at night and on weekends for playing games in my Steam library and recording/editing my podcast. It is the only proper tool for me for a lot of the things I do every day--too many compromises and weird workflows in iOS for a lot of my daily tasks. But after about a month of not having an iPad anymore.......my god, I missed that device. I kept running into situations where I used to use my iPad but now only had my iPhone or Mac as an option, neither of which was the ideal device for what I wanted to do. (reading in bed, watching shows on the couch, etc.) I was immediately back on the internet looking for another iPad and finally settled on a mini 3. I always wanted to try the mini form factor, and I found a good price for a brand new one on eBay, so I jumped on it. When the iPad Pro came out, that changed the equation a bit as far as what people want to do on an iPad, what Apple thinks we'll be doing with iPads in the future, and what people with "normal" sized iPads should expect to be doing in iOS 9 now that it's more focused on multitasking and productivity. I started wondering, "Will an iPad Pro be my next laptop? Was this iPad mini a bad choice?" The answer to both of those questions might actually be "no" for me. After selling my iPad, missing it like crazy, and getting another one, I was SO excited to have an iPad again. I was using it for everything. I even have a bluetooth keyboard I sometimes use with it to type documents and emails, and that works fine. I have no trouble working on the smaller screen, and an iPad Air screen really doesn't seem THAT much bigger than an iPad mini screen. But my "new device excitement" has died down considerably, and the iPad mini 3 has fallen back into the role my iPad Air used to occupy--my "sometimes" device. It can't fully replace my Mac and it can't fully replace my iPhone. It's the right tool for me for the fun jobs, but it's not usually the right tool for me for the important jobs. In a pinch, I can actually do all the things on it that I do on my other devices, including even my full time day job, but it's just not as good of an experience. (Quick Edit: Yes, I have extensively tried an iPad Pro several times, and I actually do LOVE the hardware.) So here I am, on my rMBP, typing up this long thread. My iPad mini is downstairs on my desk. I'm home with a sick kid today, and my device of choice for my all-day entertainment and communication needs ended up not being any of my iOS devices, but rather my one remaining OS X device. I don't need anything else while I'm just sitting in the kitchen waiting for my son to need something. After all the going back and forth last year about whether or not I even NEEDED an iPad anymore and then finally deciding that it wasn't a need but a major want, I have realized that I made the correct decision sticking with my iPad mini 3. The iPad Pro is about 20x overkill as far as what I use iPads for. The only way that can change in the future is if iOS itself dramatically changes. I don't necessarily care if there's a file browser or a trackpad, but there are a lot of other things I need iOS to do before I'm an iPad Pro owner. The iPad mini/Air on the other hand? Those are closer to my own personal vision of the future of tablet computing. My opinions continue to evolve, but that's where I'm at for now.