iPad 2 Tops Consumer Reports Tablet List

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Consumer Reports’ latest tablet computer ranking was released on Tuesday, and Apple’s iPad 2 earned the top spot on the list. The iPad 2 was ranked against nine other tablet devices, including the Motorola Xoom.

Other tablets in the test included products from Samsung, Dell, Archos, and ViewSonic. The tablets were ranked on 17 different criteria such as touch-screen responsiveness, screen glare, versatility, portability, responsiveness and ease of use.

iPad 2. It's the tops!Apple’s iPad 2 ranked number 1 by Consumer Reports

“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,” commented Consumer Reports Electronics Editor Paul Reynolds. “However, it’s likely we’ll see more competitive pricing in tablets as other models begin to hit the market.”

The 32GB iPad 2 with 3G wireless data support earned an “Excellent” rating in nearly every category, and the first generation iPad tied for second place with the Motorola Xoom.

Apple’s iPad 2 earned a top score for battery life, too, with 12.2 hours of run time. In comparison, the Archos 70 Internet Tablet battery lasted only 3.8 hours, earning it the lowest rating for run time.

Despite the iPad 2’s high ranking, Consumer Reports wasn’t pleased with the fact that Apple’s tablet doesn’t include an SD card slot or USB ports. “Android-based models can be expanded using built-in USB ports or slots for SD flash-memory cards, but the iPad 2 lacks both,” the organization said.

Consumer Reports doesn’t always praise Apple’s portable devices as it did with the iPad 2. The organization has routinely hammered on Apple for the iPhone 4’s antenna performance, which presumably means their testers couldn’t find the wrong way to hold an iPad.

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Comments

Lee Dronick

“Consumer Reports wasn?t pleased with the fact that Apple?s tablet doesn?t include an SD card slot or USB ports”

Groan!

geoduck

which presumably means their testers couldn?t find the wrong way to hold an iPad

LOL

prl53

Harry, I agree, why does “everybody” always want a USB port on everything they own? Do they really need the instant ability to upload or download their junk at a moments notice? The one port on the iPad (and iPhone/iPod) is fine by me. I know I have to purchase other adapters but so what? I don’t want a whole bunch of ports to get messed up and go out of date. The iPad is a mobile device that interacts with other devices wirelessly. Why burden it with a bunch of ports? Of course, CR is still in the dark ages fiddling with their IBM ATs so you have to expect these out of date comments.

forgot one more thing—

How did CR compare the iPad to anything else when the other tablets hardly exist? Someone will bring that up and say CR’s ranking means nothing because the iPad wasn’t compared with computers that are available in “volume.”

mhikl

How does CS understand modern electronic tablets in light of the iPad which is blazing the trail for the wannabes to enter the field? A first of its kind can’t be compared to projections from failures of the past when it is inventing the future. Are CU’s investigators’ objectives obviously bias? What is up with USB?

Sir Henry, haven’t yet read CR’s report but will shortly do so but what can USB do that Apple’s propriatorey USB connection can’t do? Is it just that CR reviewers just want a specific plug?

And I will have to read to find out why the Xoom and iPad1 are placed on the same footing.

Another question? Does CR compare the Xoom as it stands or did it compare what it will be once all its features are installed if and when they are released and consumers send their tablets back for upgrading? And I’m itching to see what was said about flash, if anything?

Pardon my obvious suspicions but CR has its biases and knows which side of its bread is buttered.

Lee Dronick

Regarding the USB port. I think that Consumer Reports, and a lot of others, confuse the iPad with a MacBook.

I wonder how much more the iPad would weigh if it had a USB port and a card slot. Surely it wouldn’t be much, but as it is I would like my iPad 2 to be a bit lighter, and thinner. I have a camera connection kit for my iPad.

Bill

Harry, I agree, why does ?everybody? always want a USB port on everything they own? Do they really need the instant ability to upload or download their junk at a moments notice? The one port on the iPad (and iPhone/iPod) is fine by me. I know I have to purchase other adapters but so what? I don?t want a whole bunch of ports to get messed up and go out of date. The iPad is a mobile device that interacts with other devices wirelessly. Why burden it with a bunch of ports

As a matter of fact, Apple again proved the versatility of their 30-pin port by “upgrading” my iPad 1 to have HDMI.  If I’d purchased one of these port-heavy devices could you say that about it?

BurmaYank

“...I think that Consumer Reports, and a lot of others, confuse the iPad with a MacBook.”

I think Consumer Reports confuses the iPad with the hole in its head, primarily.

Unfortunately for Consumer Reports, because it has forfeited its credibility so badly with its “Antennaegate” BS/lies and subsequent obfuscating attempts to cover up those nonsenses, its current transparent attempt to regain some credibility, by praising the enormously popular & (so far) unimpeached iPad 2, must only count as faint/sycophantic praise at best.

mhikl

As a matter of fact, Apple again proved the versatility of their 30-pin port

Excellent point, Bill. I don’t remember ever seeing the versatility factor expressed before though I have often thought in this light.

Propriatorey can be bad or good and has to be weighted objectively. I think that might be the difference between heaven and hell. Heaven, objective. Hell, not so much.

Regarding the USB port. I think that Consumer Reports, and a lot of others, confuse the iPad with a MacBook.

Exactly! I don’t expect CR reviewers or testers to be soothsayers, but a little declaration regarding a new world yet explored would only cost a little bit of ink and garner some credulity.

mhikl

CR is just not an objective source to compare devices (if anything). One would think that after all the years of service, CR would have its language under control.

For example:

Several is defined as more than 2 but not many. CR claims the iPad was out several months before a contender? I believe the Galaxy was not out several months after the iPad and wasn’t it the first that sort of worked? Someone enlighten us: when was the first, viable, tablet out?

At one point CR says the Galaxy is half the size of the iPad. In another section it says that the Galaxy is slightly smaller than the iPad. My best friend measures out at five-ten and close to 300 lbs. At six-two and 185 lbs, I am not slightly smaller than he.

CR says that Apple has fewer viruses than the M$. That’s like saying someone with hick-ups is slightly less sicker* than someone with cancer. The language changes according to the writer’s agenda of comparison.

The Galaxy is said to be more portable than the iPad ((slightly smaller or is it half the size? guess which descriptor). I don’t think the Galaxy fits in a pocket anymore than does the iPad? Or does CR think one is going to be out and about with his tablet naked in hand? A carrying case or briefcase would more likely be used. Maybe this is a time where “slightly” might be used? I would find an iPad, a Galaxy and a netbook to be the same degree of inconvenience when carried in hand: not a prob from room to room but a bother carrying when jogging about town unless in a carrying bag of sorts.

It’s the inconsistency of CP’s language that is their problem. Extraneous side comments, usually in negative tones with Apple while positive for obviously inferior non-Apple products are blatant throughout CR’s reviews. Not a mention is made of the negative that flash draws down battery life, extremely fast, or that it doesn’t even work yet on tablets, (at least the Xoom) but it must be mentioned as a negative regarding the iPads not having it.

And do the same movies really cost less on the Galaxy than the iPad? Maybe they do.

*we don’t squabble over grammar at TMO.

wab95

Consumer Reports wasn?t pleased with the fact that Apple?s tablet doesn?t include an SD card slot or USB ports


...and where’s the floppy drive?!!

Actually, the lack of those ports is one of the reasons why the iPad will go where no such equipped tablet will; security detail. This was a strategic decision (Recall those talks between the US military and Apple. Do we think those discussions were confined to the Mac?), and no accident. This has appeal in the private and other government sectors as well. Consumer Reports is clearly focused on the individual user experience, and understandably; this is Apple’s strong suit.

Remember the original bondi blue iMac and the absence of the floppy drives? Firms interested in security (preventing unauthorised downloads) picked them up in droves, and Apples computer sales soared in that sector.

We have yet to see what Apple have in mind for off-device storage, but it will likely answer the need for high-end storage, and thereby obviate the need for limited peripheral storage. In time, popular opinion about ‘ideal features’ will evolve as new supportive technologies go live.

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