iPad 2 Beats Competitors in Consumer Reports’ Testing – Best Tablet Available

iPad 2 Beats Competitors in Consumer Reports’ Testing – Best Tablet Available

The iPad 2 has beaten off competition to earn the top tablet rating in a recent Consumer Reports test. Devices tested along with the iPad 2 included tablets from Archos, Dell, Motorola, Samsung and ViewSonic. In a press release issued on Tuesday, electronics editor Paul Reynolds said that Apple’s device is ahead of its competitors on both quality and price:

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.

Each tablet was evaluated in 17 criteria, which included touch screen responsiveness, versatility, portability, screen flare, and ease of use. The iPad 2 topped the ratings, scoring ‘excellent’ in nearly every category.

Apple’s chief competition for the time being is the Motorola Xoom – which boasts the same 10-inch screen as the iPad but adds a built-in memory card reader and support for Adobe Flash. However, the Xoom’s $800 price tag doesn’t do it any favors.

The biggest difference between the 10 tablets tested was battery life. Obviously the iPad 2 came top with an impressive 12.2 hours of use, while the Archos 70 Internet Tablet could only manage an embarrassing 3.8 hours.

The first generation iPad was also part of the test, beating many of the other tablets but drawing equal with the Xoom.

So, it’s official – right now the iPad 2 is the best tablet available. But you already knew that.

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  • shahn

    Not talking about the author here but, in general, when Consumer Report favors the product you like, it’s officially better. When they dont, they’re unreliable and untrustworthy.

  • Chas

    So who at Apple is in charge of “beating off the competition”? LOL!

  • Junaidkureshi

    haha whatever u guyz say….2011 will be the year of iPad 2

  • steve mazich

    “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.”
    They have had competitive pricing on products for years now. Statements like that tell me that the reviewer hasn’t been paying attention to the industry that they are covering.

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