Consumer Reports Gives New iPad Top Rating

Earlier today, we told you about how the new iPad owners have been thrilled with their new tablet. If it wasn’t enough, the new iPad topped Consumer Reports‘ recent tablet ratings. The screen’s resolution impressed the reviewers, though the consumer ratings organization judged the tablet to be “superb in every other way as well.”

Consumer Reports agrees with Apple’s “resolutionary” tagline for the new iPad, reporting the new screen “establishes a new benchmark in excellence, providing the best rendering of detail and color accuracy we’ve ever seen on a tablet display.”

Even though the new iPad’s display needs a lot of power to run, Consumer Reports informal tests showed that the battery still outlasted all other tablets. The new iPad’s updated iSight camera “took very good photos,” and the 4G connectivity on Verizon proved reliable and fast.

According to Consumer Reports, the new iPad earned “the highest score we’ve ever recorded for color accuracy in a tablet.”

When compared to the iPad 2, the new iPad’s colors are more saturated. When comparing white backgrounds on the new iPad and the iPad 2, testers found the “bluish hue” is gone from the new ipad, and shades of white appear more natural.

The new iPad’s screen is so good that it broke the rating curve. Consumer Reports had to recalibrate their testing standards to accommodate the new iPad, giving that device alone the highest marks for display quality. Next to the new iPad, all tablets, even the iPad 2 scored no better than “very good” for the quality of their displays.

The magazine noted that the new iPad did magnify the deficiencies in lower resolution images to some extent, so there is the chance that certain e-books or magazines might actually look better on the iPad 2 than the new iPad. The magazine notes that publishers who create digital versions of their content will have to weigh the pros and cons of upgrading to higher resolution because while magazines updated to accomodate the new iPad’s retina display might look better, that improvement in the images could come at a cost, such as longer download times or larger sized files.

Consumer Reports looked into the new iPad’s tendency to run hot, but found it didn’t interfere with using the tablet. The group also found that, in contrast to other reports stating that the new iPad didn’t recharge fully when video demands on the tablet were high, that this did happen, but only when the device was playing a demanding game with the screen fully bright. Take note: serious gamers might want to lower the new iPad’s screen brightness if they plan to charge the device while playing.

Consumer Reports also recommended the Toshiba Excite 10LE, the waterproof Pantech Element, the hinged Sony Tablet P, and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7.7.

About Emily: Emily is a freelance writer who loves discovering new apps whenever she can pry the iPad away from her children or husband. You can contact her via Twitter: @whatwentwrite

  • Captain ZADL

    But Heatgate! And Antennagate 2! Android is winning!