iPad 2 comes top in Consumer Reports tablet tests

The iPad 2 has come top of the pile in one of Consumer Reports popular comparison tests. According to AppleInsider, Consumer Reports compared 10 varying tablet devices during their tests, including the Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab.

The tests, which were based on 17 different factors, reveal that the Motorola Xoom came the closest to taking Apple’s crown, but fell behind in a number of key areas such as touchscreen responsiveness, battery time, portability and screen glare.

The report stated that it was Apple’s 32GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi and 3G which came out the overall winner, scoring “Excellent” in just about every section. The device also came top in battery life too, lasting an excellent 12.2 hours, while they said that the Archos 70 Internet Tablet, which runs Google’s Android OS, could only muster a measly 3.8 hours of battery time.

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

Consumer Reports has long been a highly respected independent magazine and they also played a big part in forcing Apple to admit that their iPhone 4 devices suffered signal loss last year and offer consumers free iPhone cases which could relieve the problem.

You also can check out our iPad 2 review here on Neowin.

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It is going to take something other than Android, as you look at the tests, they are things that Android is inherently not good at.

The Android kernel is heavier, the Android VM is heavier, it has less API features, requiring OS level functionality to be recoded by each Application, adding not only performance issues and memory consumption, but also inconsistencies between applications.

Screen touch response is latent on Android, doesn't even offer the APIs for many touch features, leaving the gestures up to the application developers, and yet doesn't pass through enough information that a developer can even harness the full functionality of the touch screen, for example by seeing the finger size of the point of touch for better accuracy.

Android is a bit of a pig, especially for a device.

Right now, WP7 is the OS to beat for efficiency and performance, even besting iOS in being lighter and faster. There is a reason that XNA GPU benchmarks on WP7 are five to ten times faster than Android and OpenGL on the same hardware, and even WP7 running on lower powered hardware is stil two to three times faster than OpenGL on iOS.

Android needs a lighter Linux kernel, which Google is incapable of building themselves. Android also needs a better VM technology, which Google is also incapable of building. So you have two things that need optimization, and a company that only adds bloat, without the engineering minds to tackle the lower level issues holding Android back.

Side Note:

Notice the battery performance. There are touch based Windows 7 Netbooks that get 6hrs or more and are in the same weight class as the Android tablets. Ouch.

thenetavenger said,
Side Note:

Notice the battery performance. There are touch based Windows 7 Netbooks that get 6hrs or more and are in the same weight class as the Android tablets. Ouch.

The C50 based tablets? They are a bit thicker and weigh a bit more but, yeah, that 5W CPU gives them about 6 hours battery life.

I still don't understand why Apple chose to go mainstream by entering with such a good low price point. I always thought they wanted to be more prestigous then everyone else. Sell it for 800 dollars, still still a crap load, and target that cliche market.

Of course, if they are going mainstream, expect laptops and stuff to drop in price in the next year.

Tony. said,
I'm really tempted at getting an iPad 2, only need the 16GB WiFi one..

tempted to get the first gen ipad, they only cost $300 used. going to wait and see if the asus transformer ends up costing only $400 first. cause I really want a tablet with flash.

Tony. said,
I'm really tempted at getting an iPad 2, only need the 16GB WiFi one..

I got the 16GB model, last weekend, now it's full, i think i should be getting the 32GB instead.

When Consumer Reports took the iPhone 4 off their recommend list, the Apple faboys were out in droves calling CR biased, trying to punish Apple, making stuff up, etc.

Wonder what the response will be now?

nohone said,
When Consumer Reports took the iPhone 4 off their recommend list, the Apple faboys were out in droves calling CR biased, trying to punish Apple, making stuff up, etc.

Wonder what the response will be now?


Do you really want to ask that question, or are you just looking to get something going? (lol)

nohone said,
Wonder what the response will be now?

Do you also wonder how all those Apple haters, who responded with great enthusiasm when Consumer Reports removed the iPhone 4 from their recommended list, will react now?

Or is it just a one-way street with you?

nohone said,
When Consumer Reports took the iPhone 4 off their recommend list, the Apple faboys were out in droves calling CR biased, trying to punish Apple, making stuff up, etc.

Wonder what the response will be now?

Stop trying to start something. The iPhone 4 had issues that were unacceptable to apple fans and non apple fans. i am sure if the iPad had the same problems, CR would of reported differently.

Pam14160 said,

Do you really want to ask that question, or are you just looking to get something going? (lol)

Neither, actually. It was a rhetorical question.

.Neo said,

Do you also wonder how all those Apple haters, who responded with great enthusiasm when Consumer Reports removed the iPhone 4 from their recommended list, will react now?

Or is it just a one-way street with you?

See the problem with that argument is that I own/have used many Apple products - iPad 1, iPhone, iMac, iPod, etc. along with Microsoft equivalents on some. However, I do not go along with the view of Apple (nor Microsoft) is perfect. They have good spots and bad, but you point out a bad spot on that apple, and you will be relentlessly attacked for it. Try reading the Consumer Reports blog for the reponse from Apple fans, and you can see who the real "haters" are.

And how is that one-way street you live on?

What argument would that be? You will find fanboys on both sides, simple as that.

And how is that one-way street you live on?

What? If you're going to repeat someone at least be sure it makes some sense.

nohone said,
When Consumer Reports took the iPhone 4 off their recommend list, the Apple faboys were out in droves calling CR biased, trying to punish Apple, making stuff up, etc.

Wonder what the response will be now?

I think anybody who argues with generalized statements about alleged Apple Fanboys or Apple Trolls gets an automatic FAIL stamp. As far as your post goes, I don't recall any Apple Fanboys here or anywhere dissing Consumer Reports for their iPhone 4 coverage. You might be able to find 1 or 2 comments, but the way you state it makes it seems like everyone was up CR's ass about the whole thing which is just false. I say you made that up the same way people like to make stuff up that supposedly Steve Jobs said and then post it to stir up the commenters.

Not surprising, really. The iPad 2 has a lot going for it:
* Largest selection of tablet oriented apps
* Longest battery life
* Priced competitively

The market is about to be seriously spammed with competition this year and next... as in, take the Netbook fad and multiply it by 10.

Co_Co said,
its gonna take a generation or 2 to get some of the competitor "ipad killers" to get it all right

By that time the ipad will be unkillable (if it isnt already).

efjay said,

By that time the ipad will be unkillable (if it isnt already).

Naw, I wouldnt say that. The original iPhone was released in 07. The first Android phone was released in 08. Look at Android now.

The iPad was released April 2010. Androids are going to explode this year so if its anything like the phones, Apple better be worried.

efjay said,

By that time the ipad will be unkillable (if it isnt already).


Lies, everything has its wooden crucifix/silver bullet.

techbeck said,

Naw, I wouldnt say that. The original iPhone was released in 07. The first Android phone was released in 08. Look at Android now.

The iPad was released April 2010. Androids are going to explode this year so if its anything like the phones, Apple better be worried.

What is there to see in Android ? the best Android smartphone doesn't sell more than 20% of Iphone 4. there are more than 500 different Android phones the majority are just crap. Selling in big numbers doesn't mean better quality.

techbeck said,

Naw, I wouldnt say that. The original iPhone was released in 07. The first Android phone was released in 08. Look at Android now.

The iPad was released April 2010. Androids are going to explode this year so if its anything like the phones, Apple better be worried.

You make it sound like the iPhone is dead, but it's sales grow massively year on year. Along as the iPad keeps doing the same apple won't be "massively worried" anytime soon