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Apple iPad 2 tops Consumer Reports’ tablet ratings

updated 06:45 am EDT, Tue April 5, 2011

Original iPad ties with Xoom for second place

The Apple iPad 2 has topped the Consumer Reports tablet ratings. The iPad 2 outscored all-comers from Motorola, Dell, Samsung, ViewSonic and Archos. The next best tablet among the ten tablets tested according to Consumer Reports is the Motorola Xoom, or the original iPad, which tied for second. "So far, Apple is leading the tablet market in both quality and price, which is unusual for a company whose products are usually premium priced," said Paul Reynolds, Electronics Editor at Consumer Reports. "However, it's likely we'll see more competitive pricing in tablets as other models begin to hit the market."

Each of the tablets was judged against 17 criteria, including touch-screen responsiveness, versatility, portability, screen glare, and ease of use, and testers found several models that outperformed the rest. The Apple iPad 2 32GB with Wi-Fi plus 3G topped the ratings, scoring Excellent in nearly every category. The first-generation iPad, also outscored many of the other models tested but tied with the Motorola Xoom.

Consumer Reports also found the criteria that saw the biggest performance differential was the battery life of the various tablets. Using a looped video clip to run down the devices from a full charge, it was found the iPad 2 lasted 12.2 hours, exceeding Apple's own claim of 10 hours. The worst performance came from the much cheaper Archos 70 Internet Tablet that could manage just 3.8 hours. This helped Consumer Reports reach the conclusion that consumers will get what they pay for. It found tablets costing less than $300 to be mediocre at best.

Consumer Reports also arrived at the conclusion that hardware specs don't tell the whole story, which aligns with the angle that Apple has adopted with its new iPad 2 ads. It cited software, storage capacity and upgradability as important factors in ultimately determining the best tablet choice.



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  1. eldarkus

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    But wait..

    ..until they find out if you hold it the wrong way (above your head, 12° angle in portrait mode while shaking it), you lose wireless signal!

  1. Darchmare

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    eldarkus

    Well, at least that position is improbable - unlike my iPhone 4 where simply holding it like the phone it is will do the trick.

    (...and yes, I love my iPhone 4, but I see no reason to be blind to glaring problems compared to previous generation iPhones I've owned)

  1. bojangles

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    Premium?

    I really don't understand why people still see Apple's products as "a company whose products are usually premium priced." Perhaps in the '90s they were, but every time I've gone to buy a computer in the last decade or so, I've always found Apple's offering to be, feature for feature, less expensive than the competition--sometimes by thousands of dollars.

    (Of course, we *are* talking about the joke that is *Consumer Reports*.)

  1. iphonerulez

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    You get what you pay for...

    should be the creed of all the cheapskate Droidtard fanbois who completely believe that some Android tablet vendor will miraculously offer a $300 Honeycomb/Tegra2 tablet that is of equal quality in build to the iPad 2. I can't possibly imagine how a company would be able to do this with Apple holding a tight supply of touch panels which have the highest prices and lowest yields of tablet components. Yes, eventually overall tablet prices will drop, but not this year.

    If Apple could only make some significant breakthrough in battery technology, they'd be able to easily keep the iPad 2 in high demand because battery life is one of the most significant hardware factors causing consumers and businesses to buy it. There is almost every reason now (excepting Flash support) for consumers not to buy any tablet but the iPad 2.

  1. Mr. Strat

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    Whew!

    Well...as long as Consumer Reports approves, then I guess we're all OK. They're so knowledgeable about all things.

  1. Darchmare

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    bojangles...

    Apple's core products are generally premium priced, compared to the industry at large. Yes, you can find similarly-priced PCs if you look for them, but you'll find that Apple pretty much dominates the $1000+ market. Rarely do they even compete at the low end (which is fine by me).

    The iPad is a bit of an exception to that, though. It's actually very aggressively priced compared to the competition. I suspect that this is mostly due to Apple's first-mover advantage (thanks to the iPhone, which contributed much of the underlying technology) and the fact that they've buttoned up the supply chain for components. Either way, it has put Apple in quite a good position. Maybe in a year or so Android-based tablets will catch up, but it's hard to say.

    Though I generally avoid anyone who uses the term 'fanboi' in a non-ironic manner, iphonerulez is pretty much correct in his estimation of the market right now.

  1. eldarkus

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    @Darchmare

    I have yet to be able to reproduce the death grip while actually using the phone.. I can when I grasp it like they do in the video.. but that is very uncomfortable to me and it about as likely as me holding it above my head at a 12 degree angle and shaking it :)

  1. testudo

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    Re: @Darchmare

    I have yet to be able to reproduce the death grip while actually using the phone.. I can when I grasp it like they do in the video.. but that is very uncomfortable to me and it about as likely as me holding it above my head at a 12 degree angle and shaking it :)


    Well, if you can't reproduce it, that means it must be completely overblown.

  1. testudo

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    Who cares?

    Since everyone here has for years proclaimed Consumer Reports filled with idiots who don't know what they're talking about, and you shouldn't trust anything they say, isn't it rather disconcerning that they claim the iPad is the highest rated?

    Seems to me that is more of a death knell for the device...

  1. testudo

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    Re: Premium

    Because all their products tend to be really expensive compared to competition, esp. in the computer field.

    h***, even on these boards you see the elitism of "We don't want just anyone having an iPhone or Mac. They're reserved for the intelligent people. Let the others use Windows".

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