US reviews bible deems new iPad Retina display ‘excellent’

2 Apr 2012

The new iPad

Doyen of US reviews mags Consumer Reports has given the Retina display on Apple’s new iPad the top mark of ‘excellent’.

This comes just a fortnight after causing a brief storm of controversy over alleged overheating claims about the new tablet computer.

After lauding Apple for the new device’s 5-megapixel camera and its 4G network performance on Verizon’s network, Consumer Reports said that despite the energy-intensive display, the new iPad still has longer battery life than competing tablets.

The review also studies 10 competing devices, like the Pantech 8-inch Element, the Sony Tablet P, and the Samsung Tab 7.7.

“The new iPad display, however, is the best we’ve seen.

“It has remarkable fidelity, achieving the highest score we’ve ever recorded for colour accuracy in a tablet. Colours are more saturated than on the iPad 2, making deeper shades more vibrant. And the new iPad’s screen lacks the slight bluish hue of the iPad 2’s screen, and has a warmer and more natural ‘colour temperature’ that becomes apparent when comparing white backgrounds displayed on the new and old iPads.

“As a result of the standout performance of the new iPad’s screen, we have recalibrated our standard of excellence for tablet screens. The iPad alone now receives an excellent overall score for display quality,” Consumer Reports said.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years