Consumer Reports: Now We Love the iPad

Despite its complaints about temperature and recharging, Consumer Reports is now saying Apple’s third generation iPad is the best tablet on the market. The product testing company especially likes the iPad’s Retina Display and considers it the feature all other tablets will be compared to.

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“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,” said Consumer Reports’ Donna Tapellini. “As a result, the iPad tops our new tablet Ratings.”

The group had previously sensationalized what it claimed was a serious heat issue with the new iPad by stating, “Consumer Reports engineers recorded temperatures as high as 116 degrees Fahrenheit on the front and rear of the new iPad while playing Infinity Blade II. That’s within one degree of the 117-degree average temperature recorded at Furnace Creek Station in Death Valley, CA in July.”

Charging the new iPad’s battery came under fire next with claims that it wouldn’t recharge when the tablet was in use.

Now the group is stating,

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.

Despite the high praise the Retina Display gets, Consumer Reports did have a complaint: That higher resolution can highlight “imperfections in content designed for lower screen resolution.”

And with that, Consumer Reports has gone from the iPad burns your lap and won’t charge, to the tablet to beat.

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