Companies release new versions of cell phones constantly. Every few weeks, something new and improved is available for consumers. With that in mind, it’s important to read reviews on cell phones you may be interested in to ensure your purchase is a successful one. It’s easy to overlook possibly insurmountable problems when focusing on what’s new and “improved.”
There are 5 companies known for their insight into new cell phone devices. Here, we break down how they can help you pick the right phone.
Engadget’s website makes searching for reviews easy and simple. Once on their review page, you’ll find mobile devices are just one of dozens of types of products they review. Picking the cell phone icon leads you to view their listings. You can filter by price, company, carrier, or operating system. Every cell phone review is given an overall number based on critic and user reviews. Clicking the type of phone you are interested in will lead you to price (out of pocket or through a carrier), who carries it, a price history, and finally a rating system for different aspects of the phone. On a scale of 1 to 10, users and critics rate display, battery life, camera, design, ease of use, and half a dozen other factors. Finally, you are encouraged to read reviews from users and critics. These are shown in snippet view for you to read quickly but can be expanded for the full review.
Gizmodo is a review and tech gossip site in a blog format. Articles and reviews are tagged, but there is no review page or filter setting to sort findings. There is a search function on the website, but Gizmodo seems to rely heavily on Google or other search engines to sort through their site. Gizmodo has a 1 to 5 star rating system known as the Gizrank. The blog writers tell you what they like and don’t like about it, but they don’t adhere to a strict template. The review, therefore, reads very creatively with the writer’s voice coming through. There is a comment section below where users and readers can reply to the review.
Amazon is a great place to find user review and basic specifications on the phone you are looking at. Users are not vetted, though, so anyone can review a phone. Amazon does give the overall rating in 1 to 5 stars. If you’re looking at a phone with very few reviews, make sure to check other sites for their opinions. The more, the better.
CNET is similar to Engadget in terms of factual information offered to readers, but CNET does not rely on user-generated content. CNET has one review and a comments section for users to participate in the discussion, but it does not give them the ability to give a rating or formal review. There are great photos of the phone from different perspectives which is really nice. If you’re looking for different phones, the search functions are easy to use in order to sort findings.
TechRadar has an easy to navigate site that is not too busy. Reviews are filtered at the top of the page and allow you to narrow your search by device type. The search bar at the top of the page also makes it easy to filter the reviews. Phones are not given an overall rating, but are written about at length and given a 1 to 5 star rating on different aspects of the phone including design, performance, and value. Videos and pictures accompany each review for a more in-depth look at each product.