MG Siegler, writing for TechCrunch, on the choice between the iPad Air and Retina iPad Mini:
Buying an iPad mini is in no way a step down from buying an iPad Air. It’s simply a smaller device with a slightly smaller price. Chips. Graphics. Screen. Battery life. Storage space. They’re all now exactly the same on both devices. It’s really just a matter of preference.
But for many of us, this is now an extremely hard choice — much harder than I thought it would be. I had thought the retina display on a slower iPad mini would trump the faster performance of the iPad with a 9.7-inch screen. Instead, we have a retina display on an iPad mini that has the same performance as a ridiculously svelte iPad with a 9.7-inch screen.
First world problem? Yes. Maybe now the quintessential first world problem. I’m torn. And I won’t be the only one.
As I’ve stated before, the decision between the full-size iPad and the Mini is a tough one. Without actually seeing the device up close, the iPad Air seems to offer the best of both worlds: the big, 9.7" display in a Mini-like, thinner and lighter chassis. But, much like the iPhone 5C, the Mini’s smaller form factor just feels so damn good, which is incredibly alluring to me. As of this writing, though, my inclination is a 64 or 128GB cellular-capable iPad Air (in Space Gray), mainly because the bigger screen is more conducive to writing and, obviously, my vision.
Ultimately, I’m just gonna have to go to the Apple Store and play with each in order to decide.