We have learned to love our iPads, and somewhat rely on them, but having a mini to fit in my wife's purse is just about perfect. You get the performance of the newer iPad models, but without the bulk or weight. The smaller display at the same larger resolution means the images are crisp and beautiful, even without Retina display.
The iPad mini is a perfect product for those who find an iPod being too small and a regular iPad - too big-n-heavy. This gadget has all functionality of a regular iPad, including apps. It is fast and smooth enough. The screen allows you to type and navigate easily (what is kind of problematic on iPod because of small screen size).
The light weight is a big plus compare to a regular iPad: you can hold an iPad mini in one hand for really long with no becoming tired. Also, thanks to a smaller size, an iPad mini can fit into a coat pocket or a small lady's bag.
Definitely, recommended for buying.
Included in this 3PC bundle. Apple iPad Mini 16GB Black WiFi Only a Microfiber Cloth and Lens Pen Cleaning System. The iPad mini with Wi-Fi from Apple features a more compact form factor than its predecessors. The 7.9" LED multi-touch IPS display has the same resolution as the iPad 2. However, the smaller screen results in better pixel placement for outstanding clarity and sharpness with both text and images. An A5 chip provides a great deal of processing power. The iPad mini still features up to 10 hours of power between charging. The rear-facing iSight camera incorporates a 5 megapixel backside illuminated sensor for increased lowlight sensitivity as well as great performance in bright situations. Autofocus, tap-to-focus, and tap to set exposure settings provide a range of functions that allow you to achieve the best exposure possible in a quick and intuitive manner. Face detection is also supported and recognizes up to 10 different faces for improved exposure and focus settings when photographing people. In addition to improved still imaging capabilities, the iSight camera also supports full HD 1080p video recording with automatic image stabilization. The camera utilizes a 5-element f2.4 lens for sharpness and integrates a hybrid infrared filter for greater color fidelity.