Wait Until You're Prepared
The iPad mini 5 is cheaper than an iPad Pro but it's still an expensive gadget so don't rush into anything. Go hands-on with the new models, the iPad's competitors, and research your habits before you buy.
First and foremost, you'll want to dig into the two storage sizes to make sure you don't overspend or buy an iPad mini 5 with too little storage.
You'll also want to determine if you need an LTE model. If you decide that you do, you'll want to research your carrier options and determine the carrier and plan that best suits your needs.
Look into iPad mini 5 accessories including the Apple Pencil and cases. You'll also want to go hands-on with the competition.
There are a ton of excellent iPad mini alternatives on the market right now including the 2020 iPad Pros, 2018 iPad Pros, iPad Air, 10.2-inch iPad, iPad mini 4, Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e, Samsung Galaxy Tab S6, and Amazon's $80 Fire HD 8.