From what I have seen, most reviewers acknowledge that where some of the android and other non apple phone beat the iphone on specs, the IOS optimizations surpass the hardware specs generally in performance.
I agree with dropping this. I've had a 17" since 2008 and especially now with the ipad, there is no reason to move this monster around and there is every reason top substitute an imac with a larger screen. 17" is just too bulky to be portable in today's world.
Easy solution. If you prefer the bigger ipad, stick with it. If you like a smaller one, hope they produce one and buy that. Done. Personally, I hope they make a bigger iphone so I don't have to carry 2 devices around.