I revisited The Verge's G2 review today after reading their iphone 5s review. Granted, the reviewers were two different individuals, but here is my overall take.
1. Everyone, including bloggers & tech reviewers, have their favorite devices & ecosystems.
2. Some of these people hide their bias better than others.
3. If you want to be respected as a reviewer, compare the *same* features (or similar features) of each product. Don't cherry pick, or omit important aspects just because they may not favor *your* product.
The nitpicky version
Hardware changes. The iphone 5s author brazenly (yet appropriately) opens his review with the subtitle "Just Like Old Times". The iphone 5s is, once again, more of the same. Oh sure, the cpu is a little faster & maybe a tad more efficient, and it supports 64 bits (the benefits of which are questionable, unless software is optimized for it). The camera got larger pixels (following HTC's lead) and an additional LED flash. And it has a fancy new fingerprint scanner for extra security (which has already been hacked -- another detail that was completely ignored). Aside from those changes, it is the same iphone that was released last year. The reviewer devotes almost two paragraphs praising the gold model (superficial & easily impressed much?). Yet the G2 is lambasted for offering the same old plastic backplate, as well as something new & unique with the rear volume rocker. I realize the new button placement won't be everyone's cup of tea, but at least it shows LG is daring and willing to try new ideas. The words "double standard" immediately come to mind.
Battery life. If you are at all familiar with battery specs, the result of this comparison is a no-brainer. However, the iphone 5s reviewer almost completely glossed over battery life. Did The Verge even put the iphone 5s through their standard battery rundown test? There is no mention of it in the review. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that info is pretty important to everyone, but The Verge's only gauge of iphone 5s battery life is "it'll last you a full day, but nothing more, and often less if you...get lots of email and other notifications". WTH does that mean? That's about as unobjective as it gets.
UI. The iphone 5s reviewer touched on the "unfinished" feel of iOS7, but in an almost apologetic way. He even says "Apple seems to be telling us...wait and see what we can do". Rather forgiving, isn't he? In contrast, the G2 reviewer bashes LG for their "kitchen sink approach to software" and is (in my opinion) overly critical of the UI sounds & animations. Apparently the reviewer didn't use the phone long enough to discover most of those extras can be changed or disabled entirely.
So you in the end, you can't win with some people. You could have a phone that prints money, makes bacon, and wipes your ass for you, and some people will STILL say it's not good enough compared to their favorite gadget.
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