Add me to the list, finally
iPad 4 16GB WiFi White.
I had been debating quite a bit between the Mini and the 4. The arguments for the Mini were that I could get it in 3G or 32GB for essentially cheaper. Plus it feels quite nice in your hand. It's just a very well built little guy. It doesn't at all feel like a "compromised" iPad. It also has better battery life, a sexier "slimmer" bezel and you don't notice the resolution due to the smaller size. It can fit in my jacket pocket.
What really dragged me to the full size though was that I had a textbook with me. I put the iPad Mini on top of it and there were words passed the screen. I also fell in love with the display. The retina screen really puts other screens to shame. I wanted to love the Mini, I really did, but I felt like the 170$ difference was justified.
I also picked up the Moshi AG screen protector and the Smart Case and wow, people were wrong about the fit. The smart case is quite snug on my tablet. Maybe they refreshed it? Either way I plan on writing a review of the iPad, case and screen protector but in summary: they're all great.
As for the Mini, the sad thing is I feel like I'll still eventually get one. The 3G makes it like a 7.89" iPhone off contract for $460. It also works on T-Mobile networks out of the box on their refarmed HSPA+ networks.
As for what I love about this damn thing:
Real Racing 2 HD
Order And Chaos
The Walking Dead
And I really wanted to stay in the Android Eco system. Being able to side load would've helped my fragile college wallet tremendously, but the truth is, iOS apps are just better. The developers know that a large majority of iPad owners will have to buy the apps because they can't be hacked and side loaded without jailbreaks and combined with a much more condensed SKU pool (four different iPad hardware versus thousands of different Android configurations) tends to much more incentives to code iOS games better. At best, most Android games look like N64 ports or maybe lower tier PS2 games, whereas ipad games have evolved almost to current gen consoles.
Just look at Modern Combat 4 on iOS versus the Nexus 7. Or Ravensword 2.
Anyway I'm really happy and this device has assisted in my studies tremendously. What other games you guys recommend? My list includes:
Galaxy On Fire 2 HD
Modern Combat 4