Posted Apr 21, 2011 10:17 UTC (Thu) by farnz
In reply to: Video reviews
Parent article: Xoom and the Android tablet experience
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.
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