With the advent of the iPad Mini, I really have no need to use iPad. It's big and heavy. iPad Mini is the ideal size for my use. What about you?
I'm not sure I could get rid of the retina display. Size/weight isn't an issue for me.
I'm loving the Mini. Even with the less-than-retina screen it's still a phenomenal little tablet. I've owned multiple 10-inch tablets and a few 7-8-inch tablets, and preferred the portability and "snuggle-factor" of the smaller tablets. The iPad Mini cements that opinion.
I'd love - LOVE - to have a Retina iPad Mini, but that's just not possible today with the thickness, weight, and battery life constraints of the Mini form factor. Probably not for another year or two, honestly. Until then, I'm perfectly content with the current Mini.
Thanks for your feedback! Team Branch