Either my review will just regurgitate what you’ve read elsewhere about Elon Musk’s progeny, or I won’t bother to review any of them because I don’t own them and cannot– yet– test drive each model. What about comparing Apple products, apples to Apple?
I ask because I care. I appreciate in-depth reviews that pit the grungy details of one product vs. another and come to some kind of logical conclusion (preferably with some insights exposed along the way).
An example of what I mean is the performance comparison AI did of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs. iPhone X. Some of the review details are standard hardware comparisons. Fair enough. But hardware details seldom relate to usability.
For example, in AI’s tests, iPhone X clobbers Galaxy Note 9 in benchmark tests. How does that relate to usability? The comparison is all hardware specifications and benchmark results.
Why not tell me about the displays? Explain the advantage or disadvantage of the Notch vs. a standard Forehead and Chin. How does whatever Android version on Galaxy Note 9 compare to iOS 11 on iPhone X? That particular comparison did not mention iOS or Android OS. Yet, that’s what we use to operate each respective device?
You’ll see similar reviews that pit this Android vs. that iPhone or iPad, or this new Windows PC vs. a MacBook Pro model and get much the same thing. Hardware specifications and benchmarks. Yet, what I actually use are applications.
Many such reviews point out that Apple’s products are overpriced. I just did a comparison of Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 to a new MacBook Pro, similarly configured. It’s not really Apple to apples because the Surface Book 2 is old, uses older Intel Inside, but with 16GB RAM, 1TB storage, and 15-inch display, they are priced the same. $2,999.
That’s just hardware and various components that tell me little about how the pieces– hardware and software– work together, or how well I can integrate all my devices into a cohesive ecosystem.
Where are those review elements?
I get it. Reviews and comparisons of anything take time and altogether too many online publications prefer to regurgitate the news of the day rather than get in-depth on a topic. I realize that most readers want something brief and tasty, and will not take the time to delve into the details.
But as they say, details matter. Comparisons are hard work. We need more, not fewer.