EyeBeeKay buzzed me this morning with a link to an article that highlights some of the stuff I have been saying about gadget reviews for years. The focus of the article is what the writer, Derrick (himself a reviewer) considers the out of control hype around the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. I haven’t handled the phone, so I will stay away from commenting on it. However, Derrick makes good points.
For example, this:
“As reviewers and writers, it is our responsibility to be as fair and up front as possible. For crying out loud, at least give the phone three weeks before you give it a full review.”
So when I see these raving reviews of the S7 edge without a real world evaluation, it drives me a bit crazy….. I refuse to tell you guys to go drop $800 on a phone that I have spent a day with. That’s irresponsible.
To get a full experience, you cannot get by on a day or even just seven days of usage. It’s easy to overlook these shortcomings in such a small time frame. But when you have to deal with these bugs over a month, two months, they become extremely annoying.
A pet peeve of mine are “reviews” that do not involve any handling of a device. Lame people just read up the specs of a gadget and go to town about how WOW or awesome it is. Very close to that are “reviews” done after handling a gadget for two days. Sometimes, readers don’t help matters. Here at MobilityArena.com, the minimum period we use a gadget before writing a review is two weeks. Often times, within a few days of having a device, some readers are on our case asking why our review is late. Of course, we have refused to budge. Two weeks is the minimum. Sometimes, for a more complicated or capable device, I go for almost a month or more before publishing a review. Sometimes, if we have the device months later, we do a follow-up long-term user review.
Sometimes, the brands are on our neck too, wanting a review out as fast as possible. Nah. We don’t cave in either. Like Derrick mentioned in his article, the goal is not to tell people that a device is rubbish. The goal is not to tell people not to buy it. The goal is simply to highlight as many strengths and weaknesses as possible so that people do buy (or not) from a standpoint of being in the know. Whatever you do, don’t believe the hype – from anybody.
If you would like to read all of Derrick’s thoughts about the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and rushed reviews, head over to read this before you drop $800 on the S7 edge.