Apple's iPad mini was released last fall, and I continue to be intrigued by its portability, thin-ness, and price. It was designed to compete with Amazon's Kindle Fire, Google's Nexus 7, and Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2, but at $329, it is still the most expensive of the bunch. (The others start at $199.)
I've read a number of reviews from iPad mini owners who say they've left their big iPad behind; most recently, this review from blogger Michael Hyatt. Every device in our lives must fill an appropriate need, and I think the iPad mini would be a fine "meetings gadget." I picture it accompanying my Ecosystem Journal at the conference room table, a spot currently held by my iPhone 5. There I would be able to access my calendars, Basecamp, Evernote, and Things.
Like the iPad 2, I expect there'll come a time (soon) when an iPad mini built to these original specs will retail at $199. At that price it becomes less of a luxury item and a more reasonable complement to my analog notebook, iPhone, and MacBook Pro.