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In new rankings, Consumer Reports says it is positioning the third-generation iPad as the best tablet currently available. “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,” the publication writes. “As a result, the iPad tops our new tablet Ratings, posted today.
“Performance on the new iPad ($500 to $830) was superb in virtually every other way as well. The 5-megapixel camera took very good photos. Verizon’s 4G network yielded very fast, dependable connectivity to a 4G-compatible version of the iPad in our informal tests. And despite the energy-intensive display and graphics, the iPad still has longer battery life than all other tablets.”
The magazine is repeating its stance on heat issues, saying that while the new device can be “warmer in its hottest spots than the iPad 2,” the flaw isn’t “cause for concern.” It is also downplaying charging worries, claiming that trouble with the tablet failing to recharge when plugged in was “limited to times when the device was playing a demanding game with the screen fully bright.” Neither problem is said to have impacted the hardware’s overall review.
The biggest issue is allegedly that the new screen will “serve to magnify imperfections in content designed for lower screen resolution.” Consumer Reports uses the example of digital magazines, which can supposedly look worse on the new iPad than they did on the iPad 2. The updated display quadruples pixel density, but the pixels in images for older iPads simply end up multiplied.