It's better since you can take it on the go and not feel you have a big computer on you. The size is great to do some online shopping and taking notes and texting / emails. I have the ipad air and the mini and I don't really use the air unless my mini is out of battery. Plus the mini fits great in your bag or backpack. The bigger iPads I think are for people who don't plan to use it on the go and just want a nice tablet to have at home use only. If out of the house setting up my personal wifi from my phone to my iPad is so easy. Nothing better than my addiction to apple products but as a busy mom this iPad mini is definantly the way to go.