So I am considering (sort of) replacing my iPad Mini. Basically, I am at the point where I barely use iOS-specific items, and when I do, I find myself bumping into all sorts of annoyances (this was all triggered by trying to get a professional textbook downloaded into iBooks, only to discover I can't turn off the godawful page turn animations, which, when combined with a charts-heavy textbook, makes browsing nearly impossible. Kindle app to the rescue). Anyhow...here's the rub: we use my tablet as a connected device A LOT. It only costs $10/month to have it on our Verizon account, and it's super handy while traveling, especially for entertaining the little one. I also use the connectivity a lot for work meetings outside the office. I'd kind of like to replace it with an Android tablet, but I'm a bit stuck-if I go for a generally good tablet, I have to give up connectivity (I can always hotspot with my phone, or pick up a dedicated hotspot in place of the tablet for the same $10) or I can pick up one of the Verizon-compatible tablets sold at VZW. The only one that might fit is the LG G Pad 8.3, as the others get so expensive compared to what you get it's not worth it. Right now I am leaning towards waiting for the dust to settle on CES and Mobile World Congress, and go from there...thoughts?