Originally Posted by auxio
... It's all about taking the least amount of device with me required for what I'll be doing so that I have the least amount of device to manage/maintain. ...
Not to butt in but ... This is the exact reason I want the iPad mini to be able to take calls, because I want to only take the minimal amount of device with me.
The thing is that if you are a "power user" of the iPad or iPad mini, then you are already lugging that thing around with you everywhere, every single day. You already have a bag or have worked out some way of carrying the thing with you.
Having the iPhone with you as well is just bulky, and if you have both devices to choose from, it's quickly becomes obvious that most things are easier and nicer to do on the iPad instead of the phone anyway. Because the carriers are all busy raping us blind over fees, most folks will just tether the iPad to the iPhone because a separate plan is expensive. The iPhone in these situations just becomes an annoying "extra" that you have to carry for connectivity and the occasional phone call.
For me the iPhone is just extra cost, (around $2,000 a year!) and extra bulk to carry around, when it's just not necessary at all.
I am already totally over the iPhone and would drop it in a second and just use the iPad mini if I could.