Enter PeachMac. PeachMac is the largest Apple reseller in the South with multiple locations in Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Virginia. I can honestly say that it is a MUCH better experience going into a PeachMac store than an actual Apple Store. PeachMac allows you to trade-in your current iPad (or Mac, iPhone or iPod) for store credit to upgrade to a newer device. After performing an extensive analysis of your device to determine its condition, they give you the value of your trade-in. I was able to trade-in my 32GB iPad 2 for a 16GB iPad mini with Wi-Fi + Cellular (Verizon) and paid only a small difference. Simple enough.
Overall, it’s an iPad and if you have used an iPad, there is nothing special about using the iPad Mini. The appeal for me is that it is much smaller and easier to handle than the regular iPad models. The specs are similar to those of the iPad 2. The only downside is that the iPad Mini comes with the new Lightning connector and I have the older, 30-pin adapters. Luckily, there is a Lightning to 30-pin Adapter. The one thing that many tech journalists focus on is the fact that it does not have a Retina-display like other current iPad models. While that might be a deal breaker for some, that’s not a biggie for me.