Hi Alex, thanks for your message.
I'm always a little sceptical about those sites which take the scores from lots of other publications and average them out though, because every site has different testing methodologies, different ratings systems and different weightings, so for starters you can't compare 80% from one with 80% from another.
These averages become even less meaningful when they're taken from different sources! They average 14 reviews of the N1 but just four for the N2, so what if the first average included samples from sites known for biased scores towards a particular manufacturer? If these sites aren't included in the other average, it'll be skewed. And for the N1 they list three sites which gave it 100%, including a couple which are really shopping sites, not review sites.
I can't speak for the other publications, but as far as Cameralabs is concerned, the percentage score we award a product is based on everything we've seen up to that point. We of course know there'll be better products coming in the future, but the score we give is based on the current state of play. So our N2 score isn't comparable to our N1 score becuase a whole year had passed. That's why we always put in what we've compared it against by the score - such as 'compared to 2007 budget compacts'.
Sorry if I sound like a killjoy, but we take our testing very seriously and when another site takes weeks of work from multiple publications and simply averages it out without any consistency, scientific reason or indeed performing any of their own tests, you'll forgive me for saying something!
I hope that explains our position anyway!
The bottom line is the N2 is definitely better than the N1, but as we mentioned, due to supply, you might see remaining stocks of the N1 actually priced higher.