I can safely give an (initial) review of my iPad Mini.
First, the negatives:
* still no godsdamned Scrivener for iOS. Seriously guys, please?
* Notes - at least in the form I have - is good for short jots but it's still a little bare bones for writing anything with emphasis or formatting.
* still really not the ideal ereader for me, although it works in a pinch. I can't even tell you WHY I prefer the shape of my old Nook Color, but I do.
* still don't like the mail program (although since I keep most of my email on the laptop, only an irritating issue, not a massive drawback)
* browser is...limited.
* I'm still having trouble wrangling iTunes properly.
* fits into every pocketbook and most jacket pockets I have. Dude. This thing goes everywhere
* watching videos on this is better than my 13" laptop. Especially when traveling.
* Notes is pretty damned good for, well, notes.
* Putting all my social media on the iPad will, ideally, keep me more writing-focused at the laptop.
* the camera's pretty nice, although it could use a few more native editing functions. Hell of a lot better than my phone, anyway.
* did I mention that it's the absolute perfect size for 95% of everything except writing? (and even that - working on the side projects isn't too bad, 500 words at a time). Dear Steve Jobs: you were SO WRONG about the worth of a well-managed 7".
* the calendar and list function is making me a happy obsessive Virgo-stereotype meerkat. It's becoming my new Dayrunner.
* the on-screen keyboard is actually good (for variables of hand size) and buying a stylus made note-taking a breeze.
Overall? I need a better writing program for it - one that doesn't lose all formatting when transferred, and ideally can be opened directly into Evernote - but I can, in a pinch, work on this for a day or two if the laptop is unavailable. But I didn't buy this to be a primary writing machine - this was supposed to pick up the slack for all my other digital/Internet needs. And on that score, the iPad's a solid 9. Unless I'm writing/editing, the laptop now stays on my desk, and I'm far more likely to curl up with the pad on the sofa or in bed to watch a movie or browse online, or check social media. And yeah, having my to-do lists travel with me? awesome.
My 10" tablet-with-keyboard is still going to be the "I'm hitting the road and need a not-$1500 writing machine" choice, and when Scrivener for Android finally
hits, I'll be happily rocking all flavors, but right now, the Mini has pretty much justified its acquisition.
It has not, however, settled into its name. I'm re-mulling that one.