Maybe you have to hold it to really appreciate it, but the thinness, the beauty and the functionality of the size, it just strikes me repeatedly. I bought this one at reasonable cost, refurbished. Not the speediest, but works for casual use, like movies. And perfect for video chat. Well, in fact it can be used for pretty much everything a full-sized one can, but it’s much lighter.
And that makes it fantastic for e-reading. A phone or a Kindle is great for reading novels, but a tablet is much better for formatted text and text with illustrations and such. Text books, art books, manuals, comics, web articles, etc etc.
I sincerely hope that Apple does not abandon this wonderful thing, but continue to develop it.
Oh: and it is even better for reading with a simple strap.