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Daily Real Estate News  |  April 7, 2011  |   Which Tablet Comes Out on Top?
Consumer Reports recently rated the 10 most-promising tablet computers. The winner: Apple’s iPad 2.

Apple’s iPad first launched the new generation of tablets last year. Since that time, real estate professionals are continuing to unlock the benefits of this new generation of tablets a mobile device that nearly works as a laptop in keeping them in touch with all aspects of their business from anywhere.

In the analysis, Consumer Reports evaluated tablets from Archos, Apple, Dell, Motorola, Samsung, and ViewSonic. It took into account 17 factors in its ratings, including touchscreen responsiveness, versatility, portability, screen glare, and ease of use.

The 32GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi plus 3G (retailing for $730) scored “Excellent” in nearly every category of the 17 criteria judged. The first-generation iPad ($580) also did well in the ratings, even outscoring many of the other models. The first-generation iPad tied with the Motorola Xoom ($800), which is considered iPad 2’s chief rival.

Battery life was also put to the test by Consumer Reports. The iPad 2 lasted 12.2 hours. For comparison, the lowest-rated tablet, the Archos 70 Internet Tablet ($270), lasted 3.8 hours.

"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," Paul Reynolds, Electronics Editor at Consumer Reports, said in a statement. "However, it's likely we'll see more competitive pricing in tablets as other models begin to hit the market."

However, Consumer Reports recommends that tablet shoppers not be tempted by price alone. In its tests, Consumer Reports revealed that the performance of models costing $300 and under have mediocre performance, so buyers are better off saving for the more expensive models.

Also, Consumer Reports advises tablet shoppers that they would be wise to not just judge portability and storage capacity in their tablet purchases, but also consider the differences in software, connectivity, and the upgrade ability. For example, super-fast 4G networks are emerging and a device capable of running 4G could be viewed as a big plus down the road.

Source: “Consumer Reports: iPad 2 Is Rated the Highest Tablet,” (April 5, 2011)

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