In a comparison against ten other tablet computers, Consumer Reports has rated the iPad 2 at the top of the charts, scoring it “Excellent” in most categories. Despite the lack of Flash or expandable memory, two major features than most Android-based tablets have, the iPad 2 is still the best in class.
Apple is still dominating the tablet market by a longshot, but now that other manufacturers have finally managed to pull up their pants, it will be interesting to see what radical features they will implement on future tablets in attempt to grab a piece of the growing market share.
Consumer Reports notes that the Motorola Xoom comes in at a close second, tied with the original iPad. Other tablets tested include models from Archos, Dell, Samsung, and ViewSonic.
Each tablet was evaluated on 17 criteria, including touch-screen responsiveness, versatility, portability, screen glare, and ease of use, and testers found several models that outperformed the rest. The Apple iPad 2 with Wi-Fi plus 3G (32G), $730, topped the Ratings, scoring Excellent in nearly every category. The first-generation iPad, $580, also outscored many of the other models tested but tied with the Motorola Xoom, $800.