In its May 2011 issue, Consumer Reports has published the review of 10 tablet computers. The iPad 2 was considered most feature rich and cheap compitator in the market. CR has stated that iPad’s nearest competitors is Motorola Xoom.
Consumer Reports tested tablet computers from variety of manufacturers like Apple, Archos, Dell, Samsung and ViewSonic. The tablets were evaluated on 17 criteria including touchscreen’s response, battery life, versatility, portability, screen glare, price and ease of use.
Paul Reynolds, Electronics Editor of Consumer Reports says:
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.
Battery test seems interesting:
Our top-rated tablet lasted 12.2 hours, but the lowest-rated lasted just 3.8 hours.
It’s anybody’s guess which tablet should have lasted 12.2 hours (yes, it is iPad) and the the one in the lower end was Dell Streak 7 lasting only 3.8 hours.
Apple iPad lacks some of the features that all other tablets have, like built-in USB ports or slots for SD flash-memory cards. But, what counts most in a tablet is portability, storage capacity, and weight.