The iPhone 5C is the Test
Well, it's finally happened.
In about a week or so, we will be presented with the results that will once and for all determine whether or not The Verge reviews are truly biased.
I'm talking, of course, about the upcoming iPhone 5C review.
We are all aware of how reviews typically go around here. Make a phone with good software and great build quality, and it'll get a positive review and a high score. Software lacking? You just lost points. Build quality not the best? You just made the worst phone of all time (according to The Verge). Okay, I'm exaggerating a bit. But you get the point.
The phones out there with good build quality (according to The Verge) typically feature metal and sometimes glass. Rarely, a plastic device will get the 'decent' build quality tag.
But nearly every time a phone with a glossy plastic body gets reviewed, it is absolutely blasted and drug through the mud for much of the review. This is not entirely unwarranted. I'm not much of a fan of plastic on my devices, except for the 'soft touch' variety.
Enter the iPhone 5C and it's 'shiny, glossy plastic back' (quote from The Verge hands-on).
You know where I'm going with this. Take a step back and ask yourself: what is the maximum score an Android phone would get around here with the following:
· Latest software
· One year old components
· Shiny, glossy plastic build
I'm going to guess this would score somewhere around a high 7, maximum. The vast majority of the points would be lost to that icky plastic.
I tend to seek The Verge first when I want to read reviews for the latest gadgets. Most of the staff comes across as Apple enthusiasts, which I'm fine with. For the most part I think they are (or attempt to be) objective in their reviews no matter what their preferred gadget is.
But soon we get proof of how objective they really are. Does Apple's 'reality distortion field' extend into The Verge HQ? We'll see.
I fully expect this thing to be slammed and drug through the mud for that glossy plastic build in the review, just like any other device with a glossy plastic build. But will it? I don't want to lose my confidence in The Verge's objectivity.