S J, that's good to know! I'm not worried about the wired earbuds, since I have wireless Airbuds I can use. But there is an adaptor that converts the phone jack to a lightning connection, in case you're interested for next time.
DB, it's not that I don't like the keyboard but more that I don't want the extra weight. With the iPad Pro and the keyboard, I'm calculating that the weight would be close to my Macbook. But thank you for the suggestion!
markcw, I do like Androids and Google and would be willing to switch to a Samsung tablet, but all my friends and family have iPhones and it's just easier to stick with that for now, especially for FaceTime calling. In addition, I have been using Apple products since 1987 and it's hard to make that switch. But I will check it out - thank you!
andi, Carol (now retired) and Continental, thanks! Good to know!
Jean, yes! The photos especially! I will definitely let you know what I decide on but I'm really leaning towards the Mini.
David, thanks - I agree. From what I hear, the next gen of the iPad mini will not be here till late 2023, so I'm probably going with the most recent.
sboh, thanks for the vote! Good info to know.
periscope, thanks, I'm sure I would, too, but I don't want to pay for cellular or 4 speakers. When I do listen to music or podcasts, I listen through my Airpods, so speakers would be wasted on me.
Rocket, thanks! I was in the Apple store today in Naples FL (I'm on vacation) checking out the minis and I did like them. But you make a very good point about the Kindle - I'm so used to reading on it that I think it would be hard on my eyes to read fiction on the Mini. But I can still use the Mini for the guidebooks on my Kindle in glorious color. :)