For me, I've had every version of the iPad. Love it. I'm one who carries it everywhere, whether I end up using it or not. I like having it with me. I put it in my purse with everything else I need to carry. It can get a little heavy. I decided on the iPad mini because its lighter, easier to fit in a smaller purse and my shoulder doesn't hurt after a while. Lol. I still have my iPad 3-will probably end up keeping it for home use. Now did I NEED another iPad? No. I wanted the iPad mini. For multiple reasons, one bonus reason: I can hold the iPad mini and type with my thumbs-like you would when texting. Love that because it means I don't have to prop it up on a table or my lap to type. Might be a small thing, but its significant for me. Look, bottom line is everyone has a different reason for buying the mini. Is it out of necessity? Probably not. But I love my gadgets and ill keep buying them if I'm compelled enough to do so.