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Consumer Reports changes its tone on the “hot” new iPad, it now tops its tablets list

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Consumer Reports changes its tone on the “hot” new iPad, it now tops its tablets list
Just a couple of days ago Consumer Reports posted a lengthy article about how the new iPad gets literally too hot when put under the stress of a graphically intensive game. Now, CR changes its mind and says the heat is not a big issue as the iPad topped its tablet list.

The latest report of the magazine recommends the third-generation iPad pointing out its brilliant display, good camera and blazing fast 4G LTE. Consumer Reports pointed out that battery life is also very impressive.

And when it came down to the overheating issue, the non-profit organization explained:

“[W]e also carried out further tests that confirmed the new iPad is warmer in its hottest spots than the iPad 2. But we didn't find those temperatures to be cause for concern. In addition, further tests of observations we made that the new iPad was not recharging when playing a demanding, intense video game, showed that the problem was limited to times when the device was playing a demanding game with the screen fully bright.”

The final review is full of praise for the third iPad. CR says the tablet “establishes a new benchmark of excellence” in their testing and is “the best we’ve seen.” Now, there’s still one tiny problem, though - the display is so good it makes unoptimized content look bad. Not really much of a flaw, is it? Check out the full report at the source below.


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posted on 02 Apr 2012, 08:01 8

1. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Nice... I am curious though, I was in Verizon yesterday and even their display model "new" iPad which is plugged in all of the time only had 9% battery. That has to say something about the charging issue...

posted on 02 Apr 2012, 08:10 5

3. c.hack (Posts: 511; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


Unless you know how long it had been plugged in, it says nothing.

posted on 02 Apr 2012, 08:13 4

4. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


True. But the display models at Verizon are almost never turned off or unplugged unless a customer for some reason wants to feel the unit disconnected from the wall...

Also there were two units on display and both were well below 50% battery, only one was at 9%.

posted on 02 Apr 2012, 08:20 6

7. c.hack (Posts: 511; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


I'm not sure what your point is or what charging issue you are talking about. I haven't had any charging issues and don't know of any, unless you are just trolling.

Half the phones in my Verizon store are dead and the reps have no clue what is going on with them. VZW displays are a poor point of reference.

posted on 02 Apr 2012, 10:01 1

13. darkkjedii (Posts: 11169; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Exactly, and I don't how many time I've seen a device plugged in that wasn't active. If the red light isn't on, it ain't charging.

posted on 02 Apr 2012, 10:04 1

14. theoak (Posts: 320; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


It is still a valid observation.

The "claim" is that the New does not gain a charge while connected to the power cord if the screen brightness is cranked up and using graphics intense applications - like a game. Otherwise, the assumption is it will gain a charge.

However, if in the Verizon store, yes it stays on and the brightness may be cranked, but if it is just "sitting" there ... according to all of the "statements" ... it should be gaining a charge.

We do have no idea however how the New was used prior. It could have been little Joey was indeed playing a game on it while Dad was purchasing his new device just prior to this individual observing the 9% charge.

posted on 02 Apr 2012, 08:07 3

2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5745; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Sounds like LTE, Retina display and the A5X won out over heat. In daily use, I doubt the heat issue is really that big of a negative.

posted on 02 Apr 2012, 08:15 3

5. c.hack (Posts: 511; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


My Droid X2 gets much much warmer in normal use than my new iPad has ever gotten. The warm-gate was never more than mindless media sensationalism.

I have to say, not only is retina display awesome, but the speed (with the upgrade to 1 GB) is unbelieveable. Especially when you compare it to a Tegra2 tablet - Tegra2 with HC is a total slug. I love the multitouch gestures for swapping between apps - its so fast now its almost as if all the apps are sunning at the same time.

posted on 02 Apr 2012, 09:01 3

9. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


duh, the A5X is way stronger than a tegra2. Thats why apple was comparing it to a Tegra3. durka. :)

your also comparing an app launcher OS vs a multitasking OS.

posted on 02 Apr 2012, 10:12

16. darkkjedii (Posts: 11169; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Droid_x_Doug it's not man. I upgraded to the new one, jus cuz my iPad 2 was only 32 gigs, and I wanted 64. It does get a little warm when the brightness is cranked all the way up, and u got games goin, but y would u have it up all the way anyway. I did it jus to see, as for charging it charges just fine... It takes longer cuz the battery is almost twice the size of the iPad 2's, but that's about it. Apple could come out with a higher watt charger to speed it up.

posted on 02 Apr 2012, 08:16 7

6. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Money. Apple has lots of it. They decided to use it.

posted on 02 Apr 2012, 10:56 1

20. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Any issues with Apple products always get blown out of proportion because it's Apple. I saw the usual suspects trolling up and down PA. Now they will keep trolling like it didn't happen.

posted on 02 Apr 2012, 11:46 2

22. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Yeah... great post.

posted on 02 Apr 2012, 18:51

26. itiswhatitis (Posts: 422; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


It is hot but not to an extend that gets your hand toasted but it gets uncomfortable after playing game for a while not that i noticed it while playing cuz i'm so into game but once i start doing something after playing then i get to know!!

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