New iPad: Four Out Of Five Owners Thrilled, Consumer Reports Agrees

Now that it has been a couple of weeks and new iPad owners have had a chance to get to know their tablet, reports are coming in as to overall satisfaction of the device. The results are overwhelmingly good for Apple’s newest technological darling.

According to a recent survey conducted by research firm ChangeWave, 82 percent of new iPad owners are “very satisfied” with their purchase.

In 2011, 72 percent of consumers surveyed were “very satisfied” with their iPad 2s.

Leading product review organization Consumer Reports backs up ChangeWave by releasing their report this morning with a glowing review of the new iPad.

“The high-resolution screen of the new iPad establishes a new benchmark in excellence, providing the best rendering of detail and color accuracy we’ve ever seen on a tablet display. As a result, the iPad tops our new tablet Ratings, posted today.”

From a blog post this morning, ChangeWave reported that 75 percent of surveyed reported that the best feature about the new iPad is the Retina Display, followed by 22 percent of people surveyed stating longer battery life as the best new feature.

Consumer Reports stated that the new iPad’s display screen is the best they’ve seen and received the highest score they have ever seen for color accuracy in a tablet.

“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.”

ChangeWave also reported that consumers don’t really have an issue with the fact that the iPad gets a little warm when used. Only four percent of those surveyed said it was “Somewhat of a problem,” while 89 percent said it was “Not a problem/Haven’t experienced any problem.”

Consumer Reports also mentioned the heating issue on the new iPad, stating it is warmer than the iPad 2 in its hottest spots. However, the increase in temperature is not a cause for concern.

Some of the negatives that Consumer Reports mentioned include the fact that the Retina display causes some un-supported applications to look bad, or “serve to magnify imperfections in content design,” and larger download size and length of applications that do support Retina display.

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  • Damon Aldora

    I love the Retina Display on the new iPad. I pre-ordered one when it came out, and so far I have nothing but good to say about it. When I play games for long periods of time, it does get a little warm, but not to where it gets uncomfortable. It stays relatively cool when I am streaming movies, such as when I’m using the DISH Remote Access app. It streams live and recorded shows in HD from my receiver at home, so you know that takes a lot of processing power. Movies look great on the Retina Display, especially in high definition. I also like how LTE is snappy with loading movies. Just the other day, I watched Thor in HD on my iPad while I was on lunch at DISH where I work. The new iPad really is one fantastic creation.