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Consumer Reports: Didn’t Notice Any Significant Speed Improvement For iPad 2

by on March 16th, 2011

This week, Consumer Reports completed their tests of the iPad 2 and their findings have come as a surprise to many Apple fans and iPad 2 users.

Based on preliminary tests of the iPad 2 done by Consumer Reports, the tests found the iPad 2 to be an improvement over the original iPad without increasing the price. Most people would agree with this finding. However it’s the next finding that’s rather shocking:

“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,” Fox reports. “While performing routine tasks such as Web browsing and e-mail in our tests, we didn’t notice any significant speed improvement.”

Considering the iPad 2 is using Apple’s new dual-core A5 processor, it’s surprising that Consumer Reports would say there is no significant speed improvements.

Anandtech recently bench-marked the 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.”

The Consumer Reports finding is definitely surprising and conflicts with many iPad 2 reviews, so who’s right?!

If you own an iPad 2, what do you think of the speed compared to the original iPad?

[Consumer Reports]

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