I think the downsizing is actually pretty significant. The iPad 3 and 4 had to go thicker and heavier to maintain battery life. The iPad Air has just lost almost 1/3rd of the weight of its predecessors, and purports to have the same 10 hours of battery life. They stuck a smaller battery in there all the while having a faster processor, and thereforee have come up with some pretty big improvements in processor efficiency, maybe even display (lighting/panel) efficiency.
Thinner, lighter, faster. Apple's middle name. That ain't nothing to sneeze at.
I hear you brother! I was just a little disappointed in the fact that there is no Touch ID this go around. I figure it'll be available on next year model, but it would be nice to have it match my glorious iPhone 5s!
I do like all the updates though. I know they are nothing to sneeze at.
Yes it will have more pixels to push around, but do you really think that it will be a noticeable difference to the end user? I'm seriously doubting it will be. And benchmarks are benchmarks and usually mean nothing to the end user...