While the iPad might not be the only game in tablet town anymore, it does still have one major advantage over the competition: battery life. At least, that’s according to British site Which? Tech who put a battery of tablets through a lifespan test, and found that both the iPad and the iPad mini handily beat the competition.
To ensure fairness between different platforms, all screens were measured and set to the same brightness, and were used for web-browsing over Wi-Fi and 3G, as well as for video playback. The results saw the retina iPad and iPad 2 take out the top two spots in the large tablet category — the retina version in particularly did obscenely well, hitting more than 13 hours on a charge. Of the non-Apple devices, the Sony Xperia Tablet S, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, and Microsoft Surface RT both did relatively well. The Asus Eee Pad Transformer was dead last, at just 5.5 hours.
On the mini side of things, the iPad mini lasted 783 minutes, an hour and a half more than the closes competitor, the Kindle Fire HD which clocked in at 591 minutes. Again, that’s more than 13 hours from an Apple device, significantly more than the competition.