Editorial: The Problem With Reviews…

Editorial: The Problem With Reviews...

You read them. We write them. Frankly, we still don’t understand why they are important though. Rather than running through the ever increasing specs, the larger screen resolutions and the “My Phone is better than Your Phone” syndrome, why don’t more sites focus on what you can do with the hardware you have. We just don’t understand what the hangup is with variants, carrier complaints and making fun of the coverage areas.

Here’s how we see it…

1) Does the device make phone calls, and make them well?
2) How long can the device run if I USE the device?
3) What features will I use the device for?
4) How much will it cost me – contract and all?

Too many of the reviews out there are in comparison mode. The Galaxy SII is no iPhone4 or the HTC Titan is better than the Sensation 4G. That’s all relative – and opinion. Many reviews slight the resolution for new devices not being qHD, or the processor for being single-core, but that’s only half the story. How does the phone do on a day to day basis? How often do I have to pull the battery? How long can I go between charges?

It’s the daily use numbers that are important – not the processor speed, but the lag that the slower processor may create. The camera is probably one of the most used functions, but usually we get the rundown of the 5MP camera isn’t as nice as the 8MP camera. That’s just not right. Tell us about the sensor quality and what it can do, not that ‘this does it better’.

Now, bringing this rant to a close, I want to say how frustrated I am on a personal level with the review sites of the Samsung Galaxy SII, Epic 4G Touch. The reviews are sparkling, but the comments at the bottom paint a completely different picture of the device. Stop kissing up to the manufacturers and giving them 9 out of 10 stars and listen to your readers. They rule the universe and they will only read subsidized garbage for so long before they stop reading all together.

We now return you to your regular blog reading…

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