I may have gone on a pretty ridiculous mission to get the new Retina iPad mini that Apple made quietly available today. It all started when I was in my office and my coworker, who is also an Apple fanboy, convinced me that we should pick up our minis. We called around to multiple stores, but they were all sold out. Using the Apple Store app we were able to find a store that still had the mini in stock. Unfortunately, it was the Apple Store all the way in Thousand Oak that was holding our tablets hostage. On our lunch break we took the 45 minute mission to retrieve our iPads, it was definitely worth every mile.
This would be my second iPad I've owned. I received the iPad 2 for my 21st birthday 2 years ago and haven't stopped using it until now. The retina iPad mini blows my previous tablet away! The mini looks, feel, and interacts better than my previous one. I was pretty astonished how much more I enjoy apps like Tumblr, Alien Blue, and Twitter on the mini's display, since I downgraded from the iPad 2's massive 9.7 inch display. Though the screen is smaller in size, it's still packing a retina display which makes the content you're viewing pop. With it being more mobile than it's big brother, I can now incorporate it fully with my daily routine without hesitating if I really want to lug around a 1.4lb device. I'm really looking forward to using the mini to it's full potential.