Originally Posted by Dr Millmoss
So every utterance from CR must be encyclopedic or it lacks the proper "context" and is "baseless and irresponsible?" An impossible standard of course, which nobody ever attempts to meet. Not that any "recommendation" was made in this article anyway.
Goodness, Doctor, that seems to be a bit of a strawman.
I don't think it requires demanding "encyclopedic" context to notice that this blog does seem to be applying unusual standards to the iPhone. If someone can point me to a similar posting that warns customers away from buying other phones because they are likely to be updated in 6 months, or because they are on one network or another (you have to admit that its pretty determinedly negative to wonder about the iPhone because its on AT&T's shitty network, then wonder about it because its on Verizon's no data and voice at the same time network), or that there are a handful of competing models that make slightly different size/weight/battery life tradeoffs, or that the phone in question fails to deploy practically nonexistent and likely highly impractical technology, or that purchasing such a handset would be a blind act of faith as befits zealots, then I'll happily concede the point.
Not a huge deal in the scheme of things, of course, but the CR blog's approach does seem a bit odd, in that the criteria are so transparently lopsided.
Not as odd as this NYT piece
, however, that seems to have been written from a perspective of simple loathing and near belligerence. I think this might qualify as the kind of actually pernicious Apple bashing of yore that you've mentioned, and does indeed make the CR post look pretty mild.
In that article, we learn that being on Verizon's network will "expose" such iPhone shortcomings as failing to have a physical keyboard, dreadful battery life, a user base with an unseemly fondness for data consuming apps, bug riddled software that may be impervious to Verizon's awesome network, and a lack of "sturdiness" (which style eschewing Android phones apparently have, coolness and sturdiness being, it would seem, mutually exclusive). Not to mention the usual musings on Apple's creepy powers of mind-control, which have enthralled the author's son and are implied to account for the inexplicable success of such a deeply compromised device. The perennials never fail to delight.
You get the feeling the author of the piece is an Android user on Verizon that views the arrival of the iPhone in much the same way native New Yorkers view out of towners-- an invasion of fundamentally clueless wannabes, heads full of vapid dreams and lacking the locals canny knowhow. It's...... a bit much.