Dan Frommer:

My take after spending a bunch of the weekend with the iPad mini: This is the real iPad.

David Pogue agrees:

You could argue that the iPad Mini is what the iPad always wanted to be.

I have no doubt the iPad mini will soon be the “default” iPad even though it’s not the original. Just like the iPod touch is now the “default” iPod instead of the original classic with the click wheel. Out with the old, in with the new.

“This Is The Real iPad”