So, earlier this year I purchased a Kindle Fire for my wife for Mother's Day. She was very excited about the prospect of having a small tablet to use (as she always felt my iPad 2 was just too big for daily use). However several weeks into owning the Fire I noticed it was always on her bed and not with her. I asked about it and she admitted she had only used it the first day. She had a hard time finding native apps for it and preferred her iPhone because it "just worked". So we took the Fire back and I told her I'd keep my ears open about a smaller iPad that had been rumored for awhile. I purchased her a 16 GB iPad Mini for her birthday and she uses it every single day. She's not a pixel peeper and her main love is the size of the screen, lightness and the apps. She has also used it many times to play cartoons for our 1 year old. All that to say, the mini is an excellent device that may have some technical shortcomings for the geeks and pixel peepers (myself included) but for the average user it's a fully functioning true tablet with the best Eco system available.