There have been a lot of reviews of the iPad in the days since its launch, and they all seem to touch on the same basic points: No multitasking, no Flash, but a whole lot of awesome. From my perspective, that’s all a win – plus there are so many rumors about multi-tasking coming this summer that I’m not too concerned.
But Consumer Reports is different. They review products based on what everyone wants, not just the elite few who write for blog sites and newspapers. So what’s interesting is what kind of things they notice about the iPad that not everyone has pointed out (although in all fairness, it has been noted). The screen for example. It’s a fingerprint magnet, just like the iPhone before it, but almost more so because of the amount of real estate that the screen takes up. Granted, it’s got that fancy coating on it that just takes a quick wipe to clean off, but it’s still a problem. Then there’s the glare issue, something which I wasn’t sure would come up. I know Apple is big on the shiny screens as of late, but maybe a matte finish option in the future would be a good option as well.
Overall, it’s a good review. I liked seeing it in action, and watching “real world” people test out the product. Give it a peek.