We bought the original ipad, played with it for a day and it went back. I don't know why I just didn't like it. Then the ipad mini came out. Instant love. I've only had mine for the day but I already know this sucker isn't going back. I am a female. The size isn't too small for me. I'm not the "Bigger is better" type person. I'm happy with my 37'' t.v. Any bigger would be overkill. The size is pleasing, and the weight is incredible. I can't comfortably hold the regular sized ipad in one hand and web surf or read or anything like that. With the ipad mini it is so appealing..... LOVE IT!