E. Jones on iPad HQ counters my argument for the iPad Air and bangs the familiar tune of “size & weight” in favor of the mini.
The mini will always be better to hold, no matter your hand size, but hand size is still a factor. I discount any arguments for “one-handed this” when it comes to the mini because that’s not universal — and unless you are in the NBA, likely not comfortable for over 5-10 minutes.
That said, the mini is good, but I think the iPad Air is better for the majority of people. Luckily no one has to take my word for it and we can all go to the Apple store and play with (and possibly return) things.