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Consumer Reports on iPad 2: 'We Didn't Notice Any Significant Speed Improvement'

Consumer Reports on iPad 2: 'We Didn't Notice Any Significant Speed Improvement'

Posted March 16, 2011 at 12:08am by iClarified · 14137 views
Consumer Reports has published their first look at the Apple iPad 2 in which they "didn't notice any significant speed improvement".

One major difference in tech specs is that the iPad 2 has a new processor that's supposed to make it far speedier than the original. While performing routine tasks such as Web browsing and e-mail in our tests, we didn't notice any significant speed improvement, as CR Senior Program Leader Dean Gallea notes in our video (right). The biggest speed boost, a 9x improvement in graphics processing, should be apparent when you run demanding 3D games, but it's not clear whether any games that take advantage of that higher speed are yet available. Surely some are in the pipeline for the coming months.

We aren't quite sure how Consumer Reports was unable to notice what is clearly a significant speed difference.

Anandtech benchmarked the new iPad 2 and said, "Our SoC investigation mostly focused on CPU performance, which we found to be a healthy 50% faster than the A4 in the original iPad - at least in web browsing. We were able to exceed Apple's claim of up to 2x performance increase in some synthetic tests, but even a 50% increase in javascript and web page loading performance isn't anything to be upset about. "

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enrico - March 16, 2011 at 7:53pm
Consumer Reports has had it in for Apple since the iPhone 4 "antenna" issue. They disagreed with Apple's response (or lack of response, as they see it) and therefore refused to recommend the device. You can expect similarly slated reviews for future Apple products by Consumer Reports.
Consumer liars!
Consumer liars! - March 16, 2011 at 7:49pm
I have played with an ipad2 and there is a difference in speed, also games are smoother looking. I'm sorry but CR are complete liars! Either they haven't tested one or they have a grudge against Apple, just like the bogus report about the iPhone4! Apple fans relax, these guys are attention seeking idiots! lol
Sidd - March 16, 2011 at 3:14pm
Ya i do agree i dont hav a ipad 2 but my ipod 4g s speed is not improved comparing to 3g ..but apple rocks ..evn my speed has gon bad after updating to 4.3 ios
josh - March 16, 2011 at 1:42pm
Consumer reports can suck my c0ck
Alan - March 16, 2011 at 11:03am
When the iPad 2 jailbreak is released, then the processing power will become more evident because the dual-core will be utilizied by more Apps.
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