Heres my story
So I was always a BB user and never imagined I'd come to hate that device one.
When the iPhone 3G came out, I quickly purchased one and sold it after one week. I wasn't very used to the touchscreen typing.
When the iPhone 4 came out, thats when I finally ditched my BB. What made me more attracted to the device was the look, to be honest. After using it for a few weeks, I grew in love with it and shortly after, I got my MacBook Pro 13-inch (2010). I guess thats when my addicted started!
After my MacBook Pro came the iPod nano (video camera gen.), after that came an iPod touch, after that came the original iPad which I stopped using only after a few weeks. I guess i wasn't too into tablet computing yet. However, when the iPad 2 came out, I went for it as usual and stopped using it after a few months. Mainly because it was a wifi version and I was constantly on the road.
It was only when the iPad 3 came out that I was hooked onto tablet computing. This time, I didn't make the same mistake twice and ordered the cellular version. I got a twin SIM card and basically had the same number in both my iPhone and my iPad. I did make the mistake of getting the 32 GB version. Nevertheless, I got used to unloading pictures and using the extra space for my newsstand articles.
I skipped the iPhone 4S because the biggest upgrade was Siri which isn't very useful here in Dubai but when the iPhone 5 came out, I got it and never regretted it. Yes, you do notice scuffs and dings easily, yes I was having battery issues in the beginning (I was playing around with it too much) but I convinced myself that it was just a phone and that is why I never used a case or cover with any of my iPhones or iPads (apart from the smart covers for typing and viewing).
However, when the iPad Mini came out, I was skeptical. I loved the compact size and portability but I hated the fact that there was no retina. I checked it out at the Apple Store dozens of times and always said the same thing "if only it had retina" but it didn't stop me from buying one. So I went and did just that, making sure not to make the same two mistakes I did before (cellular and storage). I got the 64 GB + LTE but I am so disappointed to say that I CANNOT get over the fact that the screen is so dull and I could SEE the PIXELS! Apart from that, the 'taps' the screen made when I was using it was so cheap. Overall, it felt like a cheap device and indeed it is one. So I gave it away and went back to my iPad 3 which is still suffering from lack of storage.
I now understand that not every device Apple makes is marketed to me. The Mini is targeted to those who always wanted an iPad but couldn't afford it or to those who use a different type of smartphone other than the iPhone, that way they could have a very portable iPad Mini along with a smartphone of their choice.
I just felt like I needed to talk about my story in case there's anyone out there who may want to go in the same steps.
Needless to say, when and if the iPad Mini retina display is released, I am so buying one. By that time my iPad 3 would be old anyways.