So far, every review I've seen of the iPad Mini has been very positive. Lately, I've been thinking about finally picking up an iPad (I've never owned one), but now I'm a bit torn between the Mini and the iPad 4.
The Mini would be the clear choice if it weren't for the fact that it doesn't have a Retina screen. As noted above, Gruber's willing to make that tradeoff for the incredible lightness of the device, but after being used to the Retina display on my iPhone 4S, I don't know how much I would like taking a step backward. Plus, since this will be my first iPad ever, I want to make sure I'm absolutely making the best choice, and having a Retina display is more likely to make me keep the device around for a few years longer.
Either way, I will probably opt for an LTE-capable model, but I'm still unsure of what size HDD to get. My iPhone 4S is a 16GB, and it seems to do okay most of the time, but every so often it will reach max capacity due to all the photos and videos I capture with it. Otherwise, I do a lot of streaming via Spotify, Instacast, and sometimes Netflix/Hulu, rather than storing a bunch of media on the drive itself.
I figure that I probably won't be using the iPad camera nearly as much, so that won't be a problem, but on the other hand I might be more inclined to start purchasing the occasional movie from iTunes and syncing them with the device, something I don't feel compelled to do with my iPhone since I don't watch many movies or shows on it. In addition to that, I've heard a lot about how iPad apps take up more space than their iPhone counterparts.
At this point, I'm leaning towards a 32GB + LTE model of whichever iPad I finally choose. Now I just need to sort out whether I want the iPad 4 or the Mini, and also which color (black or white). My iPhone 4S is white, and I love it, but maybe I'll want something different for a change. We'll see.
Once I get the device and use it for a day or two, I'll let you guys know what I think.