I do think its relative LOL. I've had an Ipad since second week of Ipad 1, they never seemed heavy to me. I don't find the 12.9 especially heavy either but as I've said I don't "hold" it up like a book to use it. Even when I carry it I don't find it heavy--more bulky or largish than heavy. But still way less than most laptops--the Mac Air and maybe even the new Macbook 13" would seem about the same--but without touch which I love and I do use the Pencil quite a bit. So for me, it doesn't seem much heavier say than the Ipad 1 or maybe 3--but definitely larger. I've said its portable--the 9.7 or an upgrade to the 10.5 suits my husband for portability more but I will compromise for the bigger screen. OH, and if you use the camera (I don't) would probably prefer the smaller Ipad also.