Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd Sep 2015 23:49 UTC
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That's justified bias. That's relevant context derived from history and experience. Without it, we'd be reciting facts and figures, but no meaning. Megabytes and millimeters matter only after they've been passed through the prism of human judgment, and we shouldn't pretend that it can, or should, ever be unbiased.

While I agree with the article, there is one thing that tends to stand out in reviews of smartphones: while non-iPhone reviews always highlight the things the reviewed device lacks compared to the iPhone, the reverse is rarely - if ever - true.

Which has nothing to do with bias, and everything with a lack of empathy. Tech journalism is almost exclusively an American affair, and all of these reviewers carry iPhones themselves. This is perfectly fine, were it not that they seem to be incapable to put themselves in someone else's shoes and look at all the things, say, an Android user in Germany would have to give up were she or he to buy an iPhone.

I'm buying the iPhone 6S in a few months, and you can expect me to not make that mistake.

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...Long time ago....
by martini on Thu 24th Sep 2015 00:06 UTC
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2006-01-23

Apple's Mac on the 90's has very good reviews by journalist, and I remember an article of that time saying "It is because the Press, their designers, their journalist uses Apple", so it was for sure that they are talking good of the device they used compared to the horrible monster that was the PC for they. The same applies today you have paid tech press and brainwashed tech press ;)

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RE: ...Long time ago....
by shotsman on Thu 24th Sep 2015 05:41 in reply to "...Long time ago...."
shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

One point that most phone reviews (and not only iPhone ones) seem to miss is this...
"Will this device meet the expectations of 99% of potential users?"[1]
For pretty well any phone released these days, the answer is yes it will.
That means that the reviewers have to find something to talk about in their 2000 words. This is getting increasingly difficult hence the list of things that Model A has over Model T when the device under review is 'Model A'.

[1] IMHO, the other one percent will be mainly the minority who demand removable batteries, dual sim or removable SD cards etc.

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by unclefester on Thu 24th Sep 2015 09:21 in reply to "RE: ...Long time ago...."
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

IMHO, the other one percent will be mainly the minority who demand removable batteries, dual sim or removable SD cards etc.


Those features are usually considered essential in developing countries (which now form the vast bulk of smartphone buyers).

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RE[2]: ...Long time ago....
by gan17 on Thu 24th Sep 2015 13:50 in reply to "RE: ...Long time ago...."
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2008-06-03

"Will this device meet the expectations of 99% of potential users?"[1]

The only thing that 99% ever do is install Twitter, Snapchat and whatever IM client that's popular in their country, so reviewers wouldn't really have much to write about.

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