The new iPad, despite reports of overheating, is rated the top tablet in test results posted today by Consumer Reports.
The magazine says the iPad’s retina display sets the standard for picture detail and color accuracy on a tablet. Tests showed the new iPad ($500 to $830) took high-quality photos with its 5-megapixel camera, had longer battery life than other tablets and the Verizon 4G network produced a fast, reliable connection.
Here is what Consumer Reports said about the overheating issue:
Responding to consumer comments on the new device, and to coverage from other reviewers, we also carried out further tests that confirmed the new iPad is warmer in its hottest spots than the iPad 2. But we didn’t find those temperatures to be cause for concern. In addition, further tests of observations we made that the new iPad was not recharging when playing a demanding, intense video game, showed that the problem was limited to times when the device was playing a demanding game with the screen fully bright. Our high overall judgment of the new iPad was not affected by the results of either battery of tests. More details soon on these tests.
Other highly rated tablets included the 10.1-inch Toshiba Excite 10LE, the Sony Tablet P and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, which CR said has the first OLED screen it has seen on a tablet.
Here is how Consumer Reports says the new iPad has reshaped the tablet rankings:
As a result of the standout performance of the new iPad’s screen, we have recalibrated our standard of excellence for tablet screens. The iPad alone now receives an excellent overall score for display quality. A number of current models, including the iPad 2 (which remains on sale and is a fine performer), that received excellent scores under the past standard will now be adjusted to receive very good scores overall. Likewise, some models that received good scores may also be adjusted downward, and some overall scores have changed slightly.