Will probably stay on The Verge
We live in a very weird era. The geeks have dethroned the jocks as the dominant species in our culture. Geekdom is everywhere. Technology is everywhere. Almost all big summer-movies are based on comicbooks. Google's and Apple's announcements make the evening news. More and more stagnant markets are being shaken up by start-ups or techgiants. Watercooler talk is not only dominated by the latest TV-show, but also by discussions about smartphone OS's and phonerumors.
Technology is not this small thing anymore, it's almost everywhere. In our pockets, on our screens and in our minds. For me, The Verge is one of the only outlets that embraces these ideas in a meaningful way. And that I think that's, despite all "where's The Verge I used to like?" crap that's floating around here, awesome.
In almost all commentsections for every smartphone review, there is always a vocal minority complaining that there should be more exact information about how long a phone's battery lasted. Honestly, the crowd that wants that answer surely deserves it, but I don't see why The Verge should provide that. I really dig that instead of bland, unbiased stats and figures, reviews show personality and a strong voice. Sure, phones are more of a utility device than a piece of art, but they are far from specdriven. Every phone, every tech product that is released, has the ability to show a part of the future. Not all these parts will stick, some won't. Unless an extra core or some extra Mhz severely impacts the way people (can) use tech (see Haswell as a good example of this) it doesn't deserve much discussion. Reviews should be about what sets the product apart, how it will make your life better or what the product adds to the current landscape of tech.
A good example of this are some of the Lumia reviews, which apparently all show "bias and hate towards MS and Nokia." Sure, Lumia's have pretty compelling hardware and decent software, but in the end neither Nokia nor Windows Phone have made much of an impact on comsumers or the market in general. Phones don't exist in a vacuum. Just like a moviereview should not purely be a recommendation to see or not see a movie, a tech review should not just state if it's a good buy or not. Like how a darker take on Star Trek shows where society is at, a product often shows where we're going with tech and what ideas are alive in the public. That deserves a spotlight.
That it comes down to, is that tech is everywhere. Moving forward at an incredible pace. Pixar does awesome things with technology, Google, Apple and MS do awesome things with technology. Heck, even the government does awesome things with technology, let it be in a frightening "everybody needs to know about this" kind of way. All of that needs attention. Tech is becoming political, tech is becoming emotional. The internet promised equality. Not the case? Highlight the problems in pieces about sexism. Write about causes, about solutions. Show what companies can do better. The last thing we need is another website wrapped up in fanboybattles and specwars.
What Vox has done with both The Verge and Polygon, is put writers (slightly ahead of my) generation at the helm of websites and let them write about the things they care about inside a very broad spectrum. It's about ideas, it's about big concepts, it's about the future. And if the internet is ever going to grow up and become the great medium for journalism it aspires to be, sites like The Verge are at the forefront of where we should be going. I'll even look at some borderline spammy ads to support it.