I’ve been a user of a full-size iPad since the first Wi-Fi model was released in April 2010. And until the iPad mini debuted near the end of 2012, it was just the iPad because your choice was 9.7 inches or nothing.
In my time with first-, second-, and third-generation iPads I became very comfortable with the size and weight. Well, maybe not always necessarily comfortable with, but resigned to. I read a lot on the iPad—mostly magazines but also books, Pocket-ed Web stories, and the occasional comics—and have found the large screen size great for such uses. But I also do much of my reading in bed, and holding up one and a half pounds with one hand never quite worked for me.
So I was intrigued when rumors of a higher-resolution iPad mini started creeping up. I was all ready to give the Retina iPad mini a try, although the svelte iPad Air and its scale-mocking one-pound weight gave me pause. But with the second-generation iPad mini on a par with the latest full-size iPad model in terms of specs, I decided to bet large on small.