New iPad runs hotter than Android tablets

New iPad runs hotter than Android tablets
A lot has been made about how much hotter the new iPad runs than its predecessors. Overall, the blame has been placed on the much much larger battery found in the device, as well as the higher-res screen, and the updated processor... so essentially there has been blame placed on everything new about the new iPad. Apple, of course, says that the new iPad is "well within... thermal specifications". 

Whether or not the iPad performs within the average user's "thermal specifications" are neither here nor there, but PCWorld has done a little research to compare the average temperature of other popular tablets, and the new iPad beats them all (or loses, if you prefer a cooler tablet). PCWorld found that not only is the new iPad hotter on average than the iPad 2, but it also runs quite a bit hotter than the Asus Transformer Prime (anywhere from 4 to 9 degrees hotter, depending on situation.) The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE was more on par with the new iPad heat output, and even a bit hotter at times, but overall the new iPad was definitely hotter than either Android tablet. 

There are indications that a hotter battery can lead to a quicker degradation of the battery, meaning a shorter overall lifespan for your battery, so even if the actual temperatures don't matter too much to you, there may be other reasons to be wary. 

source: PCWorld via The Verge

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  • Battery 11560 mAh



1. NOKIA.8800.ARTE

Posts: 100; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

AHA what good news... The new iPAN

2. wendygarett unregistered

Transformer Prime is the best !!!!

3. NOKIA.8800.ARTE

Posts: 100; Member since: Mar 26, 2012


22. NOKIA.8800.ARTE

Posts: 100; Member since: Mar 26, 2012


31. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

all are wrestling fans ! LMAO

4. eDiesel

Posts: 142; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

I don't see the big deal. My phone has an average 120 degrees. Its been ok for 7+ months. I lost count on how many times I've been close to 200 degrees. Let me tell you one thing Motorola can make a phone that can take an overclock.

5. avataranjie

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

wait till it explodes in your pocket likes some phones. Please get that phone/battery checked for your own safety.

26. eDiesel

Posts: 142; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Man so many negetive votes. The phone runs fine after several months of thermonuclear heat. I got an otter box which will contain and explosion.

11. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

WTF? 120º on average? How is that possible and really 200º? How can you even hold that thing and how is it still working, if it's 200º on the exterior the interior is much hotter and that would mean that your phone internals would be melting sooner rather than later. What phone is that by the way so I know which device to stay clear of should it go nuclear.

13. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

Read his post. He said that he is over clocking it. No cause for alarm, you are safe.

21. SleepingOz unregistered

do you know what overclocking actually is?

27. eDiesel

Posts: 142; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

he was talking to morephones

28. eDiesel

Posts: 142; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

I couldnt get it hotter. I could of hit 160 if i wanted. Call me an idiot i dont care. ive been doing this for more than half a year and still truckin. I think around 240 degree is when ill start to get scared.

14. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

120 degrees???!!! That the f**k kinda phone u got...

29. eDiesel

Posts: 142; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Motorola Atrix 4G overclocked to 1.45 ghz

17. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

120 degrees? If that phone doesnt stop working or partially melt somw day its gonna explode and take a chunk out of your leg by your pocket

20. NOKIA.8800.ARTE

Posts: 100; Member since: Mar 26, 2012


6. cttan456

Posts: 62; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

We know that heat is the No 1 enemy of any electronic device and its negative effects will always materilalise after long-term usage. Hight heat leads to high degradation of everything(not just the battery) resulting to shorter life span.

23. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

That's why you should keep your phone in the freezer. Heat below 80 deg C and certainly around 100 deg F has no affect on electronic, at least not in your lifetime. Next time, show a little common sense.

7. cttan456

Posts: 62; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

eDiesel, maybe you live in cold country and find the extra heating a boon but like what avataranjie said, do be careful. I live in a tropical country and the heat here in the day is like scorching. It is terribly uncomfortable to use the new ipad in such hot weather as the last thing we want is extra heating.

24. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

OMG that extra 2 degrees. OMG OMG its gonna kill you. I'm sure nobody uses a cell phone or a laptop in your country since they all run faster than the iPad. Or did the heat in your country fry your brain?

30. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

While that may not kill you it can't be good for the overall life of the device, you can't deny that. No need to act like a child.

8. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Apple's official word on overheating of ipad is out, "the weather in your country is not right".

9. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Make omelets whats are you guys waiting for? An iRecipe book?

10. TheRetroReplay

Posts: 256; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Apple's thermal specifications are more than likely capped at when the iPad shuts itself off to prevent over heating. It still counts as being within their thermal range, and didn't the first iPad have this issue as well? I'm not surprised though, Apple products tend to run hotter than the competition.

12. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Tablets running hot is a big deal too me i bought a mac and the thing is running way too hot. I don't mind the temp but it freezes so much and battery is so poor and it bugs me that i spent 2 grand on a computer that I can't video chat with freezing even with a cooling pad. I had to go quad core lol. In summary although the new ipad looks great i would go with the ipad 2 instead. Or myb the prime.

25. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

If you are used to something freezing constantly, definitley go for the Prime.

15. thebikerboi2

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

too be honest all of the Tablets tested were really hot i mean look at the samsung galaxy tab, after gameplay it didn't escape the high temperatures. the new ipad and its new high res display+Quad core graphics is bound to equal an over heating tablet. beacause the new display has so many more pixels than the ipad 2 the GPU has to work harder for normal tasks.

16. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

You can be guaranteed a large number of ifans have now tried frying an egg on their ipads because of the photo for this article,and most Will be puzzled as to why their ipads has now stopped working! Time then to go and buy a brand new ipad but hopefully not more eggs

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

obviously there is some discrepancy in the numbers between units, as consumer reports got theirs up to 116 degrees without trying.

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