Apparently, Engadget writes:
It’s still not “small,” though. While a fully outstretched adult hand can generally grasp it without help from the other, you’ll still want both for typing and using apps. It’s still too big for your average pocket, and it’s not going to save you a heck of a lot of room in your knapsack compared to the 9.7-incher.
Me, I think, my current iPad is just a touch heavier than I want in my purse. I do carry it in my purse, but I think it’s a bit heavy. The Mini would probably be perfect.
Apparently Engadget doesn’t imagine purses.