According to a report on MacRumors, the iPad 2 has proved to be a smash hit with the hard-to-please Consumer Reports website. This is the same consumer website that has refused to endorse the iPhone 4 to its customers because of last yearâ€™s antenna â€œdeath gripâ€ signal problems, but it would seem that they have no such reservations about the iPad 2, as they have just released their tablet ratings chart, at the top of which sits the iPad 2, closely followed by the first generation iPad and the Motorola Xoom.
Consumer Reports tested Archos, Dell, Motorola, Samsung, and ViewSonic tablets as well as the iPads 1 and 2, judging each one on the basis of 17 different criteria, such as touch-screen response, portability, screen glare, ease of use, and versatility. The testers found that there were three clear front runners that were well ahead of the rest of the pack, with the 32G Wi-Fi and 3G iPad 2 placing first, scoring â€œExcellentâ€ in almost every category. The first generation iPad also had higher scores than many of the other tablets tested, and was rated second alongside the Motorola Xoom. Consumer Reports say that although the Xoom performed well in comparison with the iPad 2, it fell behind in terms of ease of use and portability. Consumer Reports also concluded that tablets retailing for under $300 were â€œat best mediocre."
Source: iPad 2 Tops Consumer Reports' Tablet Ratings - Mac Rumors