Consumer Reports backtracks on iPad

02 Apr
April 2, 2012

Consumer Reports have backtracked on their earlier attempt to increase their online ad revenue by complaining that the new iPad hits 116 degrees while running games by now announcing that the New Apple iPad tops our tablet Ratings.

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. Our high overall judgment of the new iPad was not affected by the results of either battery of tests. More details soon on these tests.

Note that the new iPad is warmer in its hottest spots than the iPad 2 which is a far cry from (emphasis mine):

The new iPad can run significantly hotter than the earlier iPad 2 model when running an action game, Consumer Reports testers have found.

Consumer Reports original article was widely miscontrused by the technology media…

Apple iPad investigated for reports of excess heat

Heatgate: The new iPad’s major problem that Apple’s ignoring

Reports claim new iPad is too hot to handle

… despite Apple PR putting the matter to rest:

“The new iPad delivers a stunning Retina display, A5X chip, support for 4G LTE plus 10 hours of battery life, all while operating well within our thermal specifications. If customers have any concerns they should contact AppleCare.”

Consumer reports of course refused to recommend the iPhone 4 due to the widely reported, but underwhelming, AntennaGate issue and instead rated higher an Android phone that supported 3D (the LG Thrill) which shows just out of touch with reality (and cold hard sales figures) they are.

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