The survey, which J.D. Power plans to conduct yearly, relied on tablet users who had owned their devices for less than two years. The index was a composite of -- in descending order of importance -- a device's performance; ease of operation; styling and design; features; and price.
J.D. Power's survey points to a close battle between Apple and Amazon, which enjoyed a wide lead over the rest of the pack. The industry average was 832, according to the survey. Apple scored 848 of 1,000 possible points while Amazon finished slightly behind with 842.
Samsung came in third with 827 points.
In an interview, Uma Jha, the senior director of mobile devices at J.D. Power, said that Apple and Amazon were winning recognition from customers by playing on their respective strengths in tablet computing.
"Apple is known for its user experience and that's something that customers liked a lot," he said. "Customers were very high about their apps and the integration of the apps into their daily lives. With Amazon, they really liked the e-book functionality that it offered as well as the price (of its tablets.) That made it a worthy competitor to Apple."
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