Overall, the second-generation Retina iPad mini is the best iPad I’ve ever owned. The Retina mini offers the best combination of portability, performance, and screen legibility for me, and it has enabled me to work from anywhere with a substantially better hardware than last year’s model. While no computer will ever achieve perfection, the Retina iPad mini gets close to that ideal for my needs, but I’m looking forward to improvements in iOS this year.
If there’s any nerd’s opinion on the iPad Mini that I trust, it’s Federico Viticci’s. The amount of work he’s able to get done on it is astounding, and more than I’ll ever be able to achieve.