My original iPad recently took a shit (just outdated and glitchy) so I picked up a "mini 3". I wanted it for a work project that I recently undertook as well. Using an iPad to type documents is a PITA since it is not really what it is made for so I picked up a Zagg keyboard case. It makes the iPad far more useable......basically a 7.9" laptop. The whole packade is reasonably durable, compact, fantastic battery life and gets done what I need reliably. I looked at many other options and this suited my needs best for the money.