Consumer Reports, the same outlet that refused to recommend the iPhone 4, but still rated it as the best smartphone on the market, has announced that Apple’s iPad 2 is the best option on the market – at the moment.
Paul Reynolds, Electronics Editor at Consumer Reports had this to say: “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 also concluded that the Motorola Xoom is the iPad 2’s biggest rival; offering features such as a memory card slot and Flash support, that the iPad 2 does not. But overall out of Motorola’s offering, and those of Archos, Dell, Samsung and Viewsonic – and Apple’s original iPad – they concluded that the iPad 2 in its WiFi plus 3G form factor topped all the ratings, scoring “Excellent” in nearly every category.
The iPad 2, as one would expect, was far and away the best tablet on usability and battery life. Where as the Motorola Xoom only managed a tie with Apple’s original iPad overall – despite offering some serious second gen. tablet features.
The full report is available over at Consumer Reports. But it seems that once again Apple are leaps and bounds ahead of the competition (perhaps an entire generation ahead of most of their competitors) at this point in 2011.
Consumer Reports did note that Apple should expect fierce competition later this year, when other manufacturers start to play catch up in earnest. We’ll be here watching closely, and hope that is the case – as competition can only mean that we get faster, lighter and more fun toys in the future.
Do you think Apple will rule the roost until the iPad 3 hits, and beyond? Or should we expect things to get much closer in the tablet market towards the end of 2011? Have your say in the comments…