New iPad not as “hot” as other tablets

If you’ve been sitting on the fence about buying the new iPad due to concerns that it runs hotter than its predecessors (Consumer Reports recorded a temperature of 116 degrees Fahrenheit after playing Infinity Blade II for 45 minutes), this new test performed by Wired could possibly ease your mind a little. Comparing Apple’s latest with 5 other tablets, including the Asus Prime Transformer and Kindle Fire, each tablet was used to play Dead Space (Infinity Blade is an iOS exclusive) for 30 minutes. Here’s what Wired found:

The result? The third-generation iPad reached just 94 degrees Fahrenheit in its hottest rear chassis location (slightly below, and to the right of, the Apple logo when the tablet is held in portrait mode). Ninety-four degrees is not an uncomfortable temperature in one’s hands, and it’s also well short of the alarming 116 degrees publicized by Consumer Reports, as well as our own 108 degree reading. Dead Space may not tax the iPad’s internals as much as Infinity Blade 2, but it’s still a demanding 3-D game in the tablet space, and will certainly evoke hotter run temperatures than a mail program, YouTube orAngry Birds during continuous use.

Surprisingly, the new iPad ran 4.5 degrees fahrenheit cooler than the Transformer Prime, an Android tablet that’s currently considered among the most powerful out there. The breakdown of temperature measurements are as follows:

  • ASUS Transformer Prime – 98.5
  • Kindle Fire – 96.5
  • BlackBerry Playbook – 95.5
  • New iPad – 94
  • iPad 2 – 93.5
  • Acer Iconia Tab A200 – 90

While it’s true that Dead Space has been out for nearly a year now and doesn’t push the new iPad’s hardware to its limits, it’s still interesting to see where it stands temperature-wise in comparison to the other tablets while playing the same game. Of course, the true test would be for all tablets to run Infinity Blade, but until Epic Games decides to release the graphically taxing action/adventure on the Android platform (which may be never), this should at the very least tell you that the new iPad doesn’t run as hot as its competition – at least when it comes to playing games that aren’t most demanding on the GPU. And let’s not forget that this whole issue with overheating iPads may have completely been overblown (remember antennagate?)

[Wired via 9to5mac]

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