Yesterday while in the waiting room at my dentist’s office, I perused an older copy of Consumer Reports in which it evaluated the original Apple iPad. In the April 2010 issue, there was very little competition to compare the original Apple iPad against, so the review was a forgone conclusion that this tablet was the best available. But that was then and this is now.

This year Apple iPad is facing some stiffer competition from Motorola and its Xoom tablet, Samsung and its Galaxy tablet, and a slew of others heading to the marketplace. In recent weeks I have read many critical articles listing a host of features that the newest tablet from Apple doesn’t include (think 4G as an example), that seems to portray the iPad 2 as a real loser.

Just when it looks like we should all throw away our iPads, one rational voice appears on the horizon and puts the focus back where the focus should be. What tablet is still the industry leader? According to the folks at Consumer Reports it is still the Apple iPad, but this time it is the newest model, version 2. Consumer Reports tested the Apple iPad (original), the Apple iPad 2, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy, and a tablet from Viewsonic.

The company compared tablets taking a look at color, brightness, and noting how much glare the screens produced. In addition the tablets were tested for viewing angles to see how each performed and ease of use. One thing that separates these tablets from the pack was battery life. The new Apple iPad 2 lasted for over 12 hours of use on a video feed test.

The results are that Consumers Reports found that the Apple iPad 2 that comes with both Wi-Fi and 3G [32G] garnered the best rating of excellent in almost every category in which it was tested. But what was really surprising is that the first generation of the Apple iPad priced at $580 compared equally with the newer Motorola Xoom, which has a price tag of nearly $800.

So while some would have us believe that the competition is catching up to Apple, the real world results seem to differ from that opinion.

Source – BGR