Consumer Reports today issued a glowing recommendation of the new iPad, writing that the high-resolution screen “establishes a new benchmark in excellence” and that the overall performance of the touchscreen device is “superb.”

In terms of the one of the biggest complaints to date — that the device is prone to overheating — the magazine said that its tests concluded that the temperature increases are not a big concern.

The report comes just two weeks after the new retina-display iPad, which starts at $499, went on the market.

So far, at least according to a separate study released today by ChangeWave Research, people are loving it. According to their study of 200 new iPad owners, 82 percent of respondents said they were “very satisfied,” while 16 percent indicated they were “somewhat satisfied.” Only two percent were unsatisfied with the device.

Even more interesting, ChangeWave asked respondents what they liked about the device and what they didn’t like. Here’s that break down, and I’d be curious whether any new owners feel the upgrade is worth it or not.

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  • Guest

    Congratulations to Apple on another fantastic device!

  • Seany_k

    Battery life too short; that is hilarious. I’m getting over 10 hours. People are …..

  • Guest

    Uhh… what about charging taking too long? Not a dealbreaker, but sometimes annoying.

  • Guest

    Stats here are about what I expected.  Love the device, wish it was cheaper.  Doesn’t get much better than that.

  • Rob Belcher

    I bought the most basic model about 10 days ago and so far love it. The screen is crisp, I have YET to charge the battery (still at about 30% right now), and I opted for the non-4G version, so the data plan (and associated battery drain) isn’t an issue. It’s a little heavier than I was expecting, and certainly a little spendy. 

    Generally very pleased with this addition to the family tech inventory!

  • Bill Harding

    As an upgrader, I would vote that it was well worth it.  Been using iPad 1 for the last year.  It has become my default Internet device any time I’m not at my desk.  But it could get pretty miserably slow when visiting JS-heavy sites.  Techcrunch made it crash w/ all its advertising garbage.  Garage Band would only work if I had 2-3 tracks (of the 8 possible) in use. 

    iPad 3 fixes all of the above.  I like the new screen, but I think I like the speed increase even more, compared to iPad 1.

  • Robert Hammond

    Anyone out there buy the 4G version with a data plan?  

    • Guest

      Yup, picked verizon.  works great.  like having wifi everywhere.

  • Robinevans

    Size and weight. Coming from iPad2, this thing is a significant step back in that respect. To drive the screen and 4G, it needed a big ol’ battery, so thicker and heavier iPad is the result.
    But… I already knew that when I bought it, so I have nobody but myself to blame.
    Battery charging? No issue. Takes a bit longer than iPad2, but it’s not as huge a deal as I’d anticipated. Overheating? Puhleaze. Price? They crammed all this goodness in and kept it the same price as the old one.
    What goodness you ask? The screen. Damn, but it’s lovely. I had a bit of buyer’s remorse for a while with the thickness and weight thing, in fact it bothered me a lot. On the other hand, I spend hours and hours per day reading on it, and the text is just so crisp and clear, I couldn’t be without it now.

  • Geo

    How come “like best” adds up to over 100%…. Surely “like best” implies only one choice.

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