- CrackBerry Addict
12-17-12, 08:19 AM #27
- 583 Posts
Let's all not forget, it was Consumer Report that was the lone voice that did not recommend iPhone due it's largely overlooked but very obvious shortcommings, when the entire industry was falling all over Apple.
I'm just sayiing....
Last edited by EchoTango; 12-17-12 at 11:37 AM.
- CrackBerry Genius
12-17-12, 08:24 AM #29
- 2,426 Posts
CR will typically review new products, BB has non, which is likely the reason for the snub. For the record BB10 will be "Not recommended" at first by CR, because they typically never recommend an all new product first year because they have no reliability data, so by default it will be rated unreliable. If the phone proves to not have issues the next rating cycle the phone can become recommended.....if the reviewers "like" the interface. Considering CR's history of evaluating the useability of electronic interfaces (ie touch systems for vehicle controls), I am willing to bet, they will find BB10 unfriendly, becaue of the overly basic UI of iOS they will undoubtibly comapre it against, which if you where a completely "unbias" reviewer, you do not compare, you evaluate on good/bad.
Anyone still subscribing to CR, is a complete knucklehead, because even thou they try to come across as non-bias, the folks they employee are. Anyone that will take the advice of CR on smartphones is even a bigger knuckle head, because IMO, they are not qualified to evaluate new technology based on their system of scoring to merit credibility.
- 12-17-12, 09:02 AM #30
They did rate the PlayBook as a Best buy - Playbook in Oct. 2012 Consumer Reports
Which is as current as you are going to get. Bias huh?
- 12-17-12, 09:15 AM #32
Consumer Reports will not consider possible future enhancements in their reviews: counting chickens is not what they do.
They look at the lay of the land and they judge, based on criteria they think is important.
While I haven't read the article, I wager that if they DID include BB7 devices in the review there would be a lot of half black discs and open circles... where iOS and high-end Android devices would have a lot of solid red discs.
Calling Consumer Reports biased is idiocy. Count your blessings that an impartial (albeit not necessarily forward-thinking or considering the 'big picture') reviewer didn't include BB devices... what I don't need is someone reviewing what amounts to end-of-life devices and further disparaging RIM and BlackBerry in the process.
- 12-17-12, 09:34 AM #33
- 12-17-12, 11:51 AM #37
Look at it this way, why would they put current OS 7 devices on the list? would anyone here tell someone to go buy a 9810 or even 9900 right now? heck no! with bb10 coming everyone should look forward to the new devices, not a phone that is pretty much dead in the water.
- 12-17-12, 12:25 PM #38
- 12-17-12, 01:46 PM #40
So what I gather, from some of the forum members in this thread, is that the PEOPLE writing for CR couldn't possibly be the slightest bit bias simply because the magazine has no outside influence via sponsorship or advertising. OK. ......
For the record and to be clear, I'm not saying it was a bias article.
- 12-17-12, 02:47 PM #41
Some people find the physical keyboard, optical track pad and touch screen combination of the 9900/9810 essential to their work others do not. Some users like the shortcuts found with a physical keyboard ("t" to go to top, "b" to bottom, "spacebar" to page, "m" to open messages and too many more to mention) some do not.
To be a valuable, inclusive source and let the consumer decide what works best for them is IMO the best way to go. That is their job IMO.
So to answer your questions YES, I would and have and he appreciated my advice very much. The physical keyboard and trackpad were more important to him than the apps and extra large screen even after I showed him BB10, the SGSIII and iPhone5.9.
- 12-17-12, 03:07 PM #42
I read the review too, at first I was disappointed, but then I realized the article was about the new bigger screen phones (if I remember right 4"+) There are no BlackBerrys with that big of a screen (98xx 3.7")
- CrackBerry Abuser
12-17-12, 03:19 PM #43
- 122 Posts
To the others: Many of you make a fair point in that CR usually reports on new products; however, I would respond that their characterization of BB phones as not worth covering because they're mainly for business is harmful to the company and completely untrue.
- 12-17-12, 04:27 PM #44
- 12-17-12, 04:47 PM #45
The general, non brand specific media doesn't and simply can't work that way. At least not if they want to be successful. Bloggers, Magazines, Tech Websites and PR agency for tech companies all live in the now. They have to live in the now to be relevant. For the most part, you only see them talk what is available for purchase now or the stuff that will become available in the very immediate future. You rarely see them dwell on the golden days from last year. One of the exceptions to that rule in media is on BlackBerry fansites where a big portion of their content is about what's coming months or even a year from now (it seems like CrackBerry has been talking about BB10 for almost 2 years now). Because there currently is no "now" worth mentioning in the BlackBerry world and BlackBerry fansites still have to come up with something to talk about. Honestly, how many times have we seen a BlackBerry blog go nuts over yet another L-Series picture?
Consumer Reports, like pretty much any other form of media that isn't tied to one brand, lives in now. I haven't read the article in question, but I'm willing to bet that they didn't review a single phone that is as old as the 99s or the 9810.
- 12-17-12, 10:10 PM #47
- 12-18-12, 08:27 AM #48
Not sure which market you think the CURVE is "very popular" in... it isn't the market that CR is geared towards. CR is gear towards the US market, and there isn't a BB device that is selling well in the US market right now.
Add to the fact that the current BBOS is being replaced by a new OS, no one is going to put their reputation on the line recommending a device that is basically EOL.
In six months if CR does another mobile review, I bet they will include on of the new BB10 devices.
- 12-18-12, 09:29 AM #49
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