Well they actually detail some of what they have done, including the highly improbable activity iPod playing one game in a fixed position for over an hour. So really who is out of line here?
It can't hurt to know the facts about the device. One of the chief appeals of the iPad to me anyway is that it doesn't get hot like a laptop. It's not "silly." If you don't like the information, don't read it.
You're not understanding my point about absolute power. I was referring to power in the marketplace. I think Apple is great, but constantly cheerleading everything it does and railing against any criticism is not going to help the organization. The number one problem Apple faces going forward is getting too full of itself. And regardless it doesn't matter -- consumers want information and they will get it. CR is an awesome organization that does a great job. If that doesn't jive with Apple Marketing, so be it.
It doesn't forgive Consumer Reports doing bad here even if they have done good else where. I mean really you don't let your kids have a free pass when they do something bad even if they have also done something good for the day. The problem here is that CR is devianting from the good that they have done significantly. If you can't see that the so be it, just don't expect much support from the rest of the crowd here!