Display quality is an important element in the purchasing decision for most customers. Brightness, colour accuracy, image clarity and contrast are the main characteristics that can make or break a tablet.
Eight tablets have been put to the test in PCWorld Labs, and it appears that the iPad 2 has the best performance. The other seven contenders were: Acer Iconia Tab A500, Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101, HTC Flyer, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Samsung Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi (7-inch) and T-Mobile G-Slate.
During the images and colour test (rather than text) there was quite a surprising level of variation, with the iPad 2 coming ahead of the other tablets. Apple’s tablet had some problems rendering only one photo, since it was unable to balance properly the colours and tones. Other than that, the tablet fared excellently; the iPad 2 was given the ”very good” mark in four out of five categories tested.
Taking a quick glimpse at the other competitors; the Samsung Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi ranked second, while the HTC Flyer came third. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 oversaturated colours and had problems rendering shades of black, the Xoom did not fare too well when it came to brown hues, while Asus Transformer could not render reds very well. Acer Iconia performed the worst - the touch-panel grid was visible and images tended to be bluish.