No, iPad 3 is actually a bit heavier than the 2. If money is a concern I'd try the rMini first, keeping in mind you can return it if it turns out to be too small for you. If you feel rMini is too small, at least get an iPad 4 -- it weighs as much as the 3, but is newer tech so should last you longer.Should I get a ipad 3 then? My budget is like 300-400 dollars for this. I really want something with a retina display.