iPad 2 Best Tablet: Consumer Reports Places Top of Ratings

It seems that while the Apple iPhone has had a checkered history with the respected Consumer Reports magazine, it’s all very different for the iPad 2 as we have heard that Consumer Reports has rated the iPad 2 top in its tablet ratings.

Both the first iPhone 4 for AT&T and then the Verizon iPhone received glowing ratings from the publication. However both phones then failed to receive an endorsement from the Consumer Reports independent buying guide that customers should purchase them, because of the well-documented antennagate saga. A statement has been released by Consumer Reports today about the iPad 2 though and this time Apple should have no cause for concern.

The Consumer Reports statement, brought to us by Zach Epstein over on BGR, details a report about the 10 most-promising tablets and it was the Apple iPad 2 that came out top despite the fact that there is much stiffer competition for the iPad this time around. Chief competition to the iPad 2 from the selection tested, which also included tablets from Dell, Archos, Samsung and ViewSonic, was the Motorola Xoom tablet. The tablets were tested on 17 points and it was the Apple iPad 2 with WiFi plus 3G (32GB) that came top although the original iPad still tied with the Motorola Xoom.

The Electronics Editor of Consumer Reports, Paul Reynolds, said, “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. However, it’s likely we’ll see more competitive pricing in tablets as other models begin to hit the market.” Consumer Reports also issued some advice for those thinking of buying a new tablet device. You can read the press release from Consumer Reports at the BGR link above or head to ConsumerReports.org for the full report and ratings.

If after all that you decide you want an iPad 2 see the product pages here at apple.com or head to the Apple online store to order here. Earlier today we told how iPad 2 stocks were improving and online shipping times were now down to 2 to 3 weeks from 4 to 5 weeks and that some were turning up sooner, so now might be a good time to order. Alternatively to find out which stores near you have one check out our iPad 2 tracking advice at the link. You may also want to see our 2011 tablet comparisons article.

What are your thoughts on the iPad 2 coming top of the Consumer Reports ratings? Are you surprised, or maybe you’re an iPad 2 enthusiast and expected that result? Let us know with your comments.