April 2, 2012 at 9:57 AM ET
The folks at Consumer Reports sounded alarm bells whentheir tests suggested that the new iPad tends to run hotter than itspredecessor, but — despite those initial concerns —those consumer watchdogs arerecommending the third-generation Apple tablet.
According to a post by Consumer Reports' Donna Tapellini,the "high-resolution screen of the new iPad establishes a new benchmark inexcellence, providing the best rendering of detail and color accuracy [ConsumerReports has] ever seen on a tablet display." Tapellini also callsattention to the iPad's impressive general performance, the quality of its 4GLTE connectivity (on Verizon's network), and its rather solid battery life. Sheexplains that the device tops the publication's tablet ratings.
There's no getting around the elephant in the room, ofcourse, and Tapellini doesn't even bother trying. "Responding to consumercomments on the new device, and to coverage from other reviewers, we alsocarried out further tests that confirmed the new iPad is warmer in its hottestspots than the iPad 2," she explains:
But we didn't find those temperatures to because for concern. In addition, further tests of observations we made that thenew iPad was not recharging when playing a demanding, intense video game,showed that the problem was limited to times when the device was playing ademanding game with the screen fully bright. Our high overall judgment of thenew iPad was not affected by the results of either battery of tests.
Tests conducted by otherpublications — who struggled to replicate the heat levels initially observed byConsumer Reports — came to this very same conclusion.
Various tests, including several which re-created thevery conditions of Consumer Reports' tests, concluded that the third-generationiPad's heat levels tend to be on par with those of similar devices — and thateven when they're on the higher side of things, they're not overly hot.
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