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Please DO NOT go down the video review path.
Many sites are useless to me now because I am blocked from streaming video at work.
Also, I would rather read and look at pictures than watch a video of a guy saying "Um" about 100 times.
Video reviews are the road to hell. Can't write / spell / use proper grammar / organize your thoughts logically?
No problem! Just start the video camera.
Xoom and the Android tablet experience
Posted Apr 19, 2011 22:13 UTC (Tue) by a9db0 (subscriber, #2181)
While I've seen Jon speak, and seen videos of his talks and have no doubt that he would be able to carry videos off intelligently, I still vote against them.
They make surfing difficult in quiet environments. They require more bandwith. They require shutting off other audio. And they are rarely worth the effort.
Posted Apr 19, 2011 22:18 UTC (Tue) by corbet (editor, #1)
Posted Apr 19, 2011 23:11 UTC (Tue) by dowdle (subscriber, #659)
Hmmm... it didn't work. I guess I have to wait for wand 2.0 to come out.
Regarding video reviews, I say watch a few on IGN or gt.tv. Their video reviews are very high production value and missing the umms and other flaws those guys are groaning about. They are scripted. Of course they are video game reviews and you might not be interested in that, but hey, they are the best example I could think of.
But really... a video for special stuff would be a bonus!
I post lots of videos on my website... mostly from talks I didn't get to go to. Some are screencasts I made myself... and they rule... so don't me otherwise. I won't listen. (sticking fingers in ears)... la la la la... la la la la.
I also enjoy brianmadden.com's video work... Brian Madden TV... and their vendor interviews.
For you guys to say that "video sucks and is for stupid people" and "written reviews are the only way"... yeah, it gets Jon off the hook. :) Brown nosers!
Posted Apr 21, 2011 10:17 UTC (Thu) by farnz (guest, #17727)
I've gone and looked at IGN's Portal 2 for XBox 360 video review, and frankly, it's convinced me that video reviews are not the way to go.
It's not production values - the production values on the Portal 2 review are high. It's the sheer amount of time I spent watching it, compared to the amount of information conveyed; I'm a fast reader, so this article took me about a minute to read and digest. The IGN video was nearly 5 minutes long, and didn't convey as much about how the game feels to play (as compared to how it looks and sounds) as this article conveys about the daily experience of using a Xoom.
Basically, I'm not interested in a review telling me how it looks - the manufacturer will do that for me quite happily, or I can choose to spend the extra money and buy from a bricks and mortar store that lets me fiddle first. I want a review that tells me whether I'm likely to find a use for it, what the niggles are (so that I can check if they'd annoy me before I bought it), and generally give me an impression of what it's like long-term, not how pretty it is.
Posted Apr 21, 2011 15:15 UTC (Thu) by cdmiller (subscriber, #2813)
Posted Apr 20, 2011 5:20 UTC (Wed) by avik (guest, #704)
Posted Apr 20, 2011 6:56 UTC (Wed) by elanthis (guest, #6227)
Posted Apr 21, 2011 20:13 UTC (Thu) by rahvin (subscriber, #16953)
Video is the death of intelligent articles. It's a bane imposed by those with short attention spans. Not that my vote counts but don't go down that path please.
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