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New iPad not too much hotter than Android tablets, lasts 24 hours as 4G hotspot

Outrage over new iPad temperatures may have been due to the iPad 2 setting a low baseline

Many new iPad users have recently been up in arms over the high temperatures reached by their new gadget, but it now turns it may not be too different than other tablets on the market.

In a test done by PCWorld, the magazine pitted the new iPad against the iPad 2 and a pair of Android tablets. After taking the tablets’ temperature under different conditions, including playing Riptide GP for an hour while charging, the new iPad topped out at 100⁰ Fahrenheit compared to the iPad 2’s 94⁰. This is pretty much in line with what we found in our own review of the device, but what is most noticeable was how the new iPad fared in comparison to other Android tablets.

For example, when Samsung’s Galaxy 10.1 LTE was put through the same conditions during the review, the Android tablet reached temperatures of 98⁰ Fahrenheit. On the other hand, ASUS’s Eee Pad Transformer Prime only reached 95⁰ Fahrenheit, but that still remains higher than the iPad 2’s top reading.

In a separate testAnandtech managed to eke out an astonishing 24 hours of 4G LTE hotspot use from the new iPad’s 42.5Wh battery. Unfortunately, this was only possible on the Verizon LTE model and with the Retina display off, but it remains an impressive feat by Cupertino’s latest.

Based on the previous reviews, it appears that Apple has indeed delivered another winner with their new iPad. Furthermore, it’s possible that the main reason for outcry was the iPad 2’s original cool temperatures and Apple may not be to blame this time around. 


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Omar Qudsi, 2012-03-26 (Update: 2012-05-26)