Not So Hot: New iPad Heat Levels Comparable to Android Tablets
We’ve all seen the reports this week indicating that the new iPad runs hotter than its predecessor, the iPad 2. But does the new iPad run hotter than other tablets?
To answer that question, we took our trusty thermometer in hand and ran a series of tests that pitted Apple’s latest tablet against the iPad 2 and two popular Android tablets—the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime and the LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Our results are likely to be reassuring to any potential iPad purchasers. Though the new iPad did run hotter than the iPad 2, the difference wasn’t great. And in repeated lab tests of the new iPad, we could not replicate the disturbingly high temperatures that some sources have reported. More important, the new iPad was not dramatically warmer than either the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime or the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE, even though its battery has a substantially higher milliampere-per-hour (mAh) rating than theirs do (11666mAh for the new iPad, versus 7000mAh for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 6930mAh for the Transformer Prime).
It’s a sensational story to report that Apple’s new product runs hot. It’s not so sensational when you include all the facts. Of course, this doesn’t stop some people from going so far as to call the new iPad a Penis Iron.