I can’t say this enough. The iPad mini screen is terrible. A complete disappointment. If you want to use the device for reading, and you’re coming to the iPad mini from a retina iPad or iPhone 4, 4S, or 5, wait for the new retina version. Absolutely wait.
This is EXACTLY why I’ve stuck with my iPad 3. I’m absolutely spoiled by its retina display. That’s actually the reason I bought it in the first place. My main function on my iPad is reading. If I’m not reading/tweeting with Tweetbot, I’m reading a book with Kindle or reading articles in Readability.
Plus, as Joshua said in his post, the size and weight of an iPad mini hasn’t had a chance to taint my feelings for its larger iPad 3 counterpart yet.
Waiting for retina.