As if you needed to hear this: Consumer Reports gave its highest marks to the iPad 2. This is a big improvement for Apple after last summer's iPhone 4 antennagate debacle, when the phone was left off the journal's recommended smartphones list.
In a press release today, Consumer Reports lauded Apple for leading the tablet market in quality and price but warned against future competition. I don't think Apple has much to be concerned about considering they are already on their 2nd-gen device while competitors are still scratching their heads with an Android tablet strategy. CR gave the 32 GB iPad 2 with 3G the highest marks in all 17 categories of grading criteria. The most striking endorsement, however, has to be that the $579 32 GB 1st-gen iPad with Wi-Fi beat every other tablet tested, except for the brand-new $800 Motorola Xoom, where it tied.
Finally the independent journal states "you get what you pay for" and warns consumers not to be tempted by lower-priced competitors. Antennagate what?