iPad 3 Vs iPad 2 Vs Android Tablets: Heat Levels Compared

Ever since Apple’s new iPad went on sale on March 16th, the blogosphere has been abuzz with news that the third generation iPad is warmer than the iPad 2, some like Consumer Reports have even tried to sensationalize it by  repeatedly using the word hot

So how does iPad 3 heat levels stack up against other tablets? Macworld has answered that question by comparing iPad 3 with  iPad 2 and two popular Android based tablets – Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime and the LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

It is important to note here that iPad 3 comes with a much larger battery than iPad 2 and the Android based tablets (11666mAh for the new iPad, versus 6944 mAh for the iPad 2, 7000mAh for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 6930mAh for the Transformer Prime).

Macworld tested the tablets in the following conditions: idle, after playing a game for one hour and checked the temperature at the following positions: front center, back center, max reading on back while the tablets are plugged in or using battery power.

Macworld concludes:

Despite all of the media attention over the iPad’s (and other tablets’) operating temperatures, the issue seems to be overblown. None of the four tablets we tested ever get so warm that I could detect screen discoloration, of the type that some users of early units of the iPhone 4 reported. Given that the new iPad’s battery has an mAh rating nearly double that of the batteries on the other tablets here, we would expect it to run at least a few degrees hotter than those units.

Other factors can significantly affect a tablet’s temperature, as well. Asus’s Transformer Prime, Apple’s iPad 2, and the new iPad all have metal backs, which pull heat away from the internal components, whereas the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a plastic back. All four tablets get warmer when their brightness is set to maximum. And all will get warmer still if they are sitting in a case or are parked on an insulating surface such as a blanket or your jeans. In one memorable past episode, a Transformer Prime got fry-an-egg hot when I left it inside a foam case with its screen on for an extended period. 

Hopefully that puts an end to the so-called “heatgate” controversy.

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  • Farfelu

    Well at least you can now almost stir fry those cut vegetables from our german genius direct on your tablet. Now comes the portable kitchenpad.

    • Trapp

      Ffs could You please convert it to celcius You know there are PEPOLE living outside US too

      • mabbent

        There’s an App for that.

      • really

        are u really that lazy that you cant figure out the conversion yourself? there are even web based sites that do all the work for you if your that dumb to not be able to figure it out your self sheesh.

        yes everyone knows there are people outside the united states but if the site is a US site why should they have to cater to you when they know most of their traffic is gonna be from the us?

        • Kiwiholden

          Because they make money from all there traffic so they need as much traffic as they can get

          • Thor

            You think thats bad. This site doesnt even provide a Cantonese translation for me. How utterly insensitive of them. I got buddy who tries to read this blog, but he only knows Farsi. What is he supposed to do? Google translate sucks. Damn snobs.

        • jenkoz

          And there we have it folks – the true arrogance of America!

      • Joe

        5/9 – 32

  • Kiwiholden

    100°f is about 40°c that’s enough to give you a basic idea

    • Trapp

      Btw what was air temp whe testing Was it outdoor? Indoor? Crappy test imo

  • Frank

    Well it’s not that I have a problem with the conversion but when I go to a site from say Europe they don’t convert for me either I have to do myself. But they could all convert for us I suppose

  • Hmmmm?

    Not exactly convincing when the test is done by an Apple Fan site. And the issue is not about the tablets getting hot, it’s about how hot they can get. If they played Infinity Blade 2 then the temperature would have been higher. Tablets are meant to be primarily handled with at least one hand on the tablets at all times so heat is definitely an important issue. With the debacle over the iPhone 4 (which I believe was an issue otherwise they would have not settled in the US or changed the design) I wouldn’t be surprised if this is a serious issue.

  • fas

    I am sure Apple knew the heat before launch and did not bother as they are in tolerable limits.

  • Loveaimee11

    Hmm, I don’t think this will be a big problem, Apple will solve this.
    To the New iPad, the new screen is the killer feature. As I went to the Apple sale store tried the New iPad, I really like the the retina display and better camera. Im a iPad 1 user, and didn’t upgrade to the iPad 2 just wait for the new iPad, would get my new iPad soon! Hope my apps are compatible to the new iPad, and get more surprise with the new iPad and Apple TV!
    BTW, for some cool iPad tips&Apps I found the iFunia iPad Column is very informative and useful.

  • Tony

    I agree, this test done by a Apple fat site is hardly convincing, just more fodder.

    • Bakachin

      then why come to this fan site and read this article?