- Features Same great features of the other iPads.
- Display After living with a retina display for so long, this is hard to learn to live with.
- Battery life All day battery life (or for me, several days). Can't ask for more than that.
- Ease of use Just like other iPads.
- Storage capacity A good selection of capacities for all audiences.
- Design and form factor This feels *amazing* in your hand.
- Portability (size / weight) It's like marrying the perfect size and weight of a Kindle reader to an iPad.
- Durability Feels quite solid.
The display - it's good, but it's not retina. After living with retina for awhile now, it's hard to go back. Everything else - the size, the weight, and (nearly) the performance are no-brainers. Also, there's finally some design parity between the iPhone and iPad lines; this is clearly a product "line".
So, what did I decide?
After using both over the weekend into yesterday, a couple of days ahead of my one-week testing deadline, I've concluded that if only it had a retina display, I would switch in no time flat. I keep looking at the retina display on my 3rd Gen iPad lovingly, wishing it was in this lighter, smaller iPad that I keep coming back to. In the end, that's the thing - I keep coming back to the mini. So, while wishing it had a retina display, I'm going to keep wishing, because I've decided to stick with the mini.
I think if you pick one up, you'll stick with it, too.
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