Quote "That isn't the case any more, it is just hyper critical of everything and I don't undertstand why."
We need it.
Because frankly all the big companies are arrogant, only concerned with Image.
Glossy screens, Animated eye candy, beautiful multimedia all looks lovely in show room. But they are more interested in that and 1st impressions that improving "real" user experience, reliability, reducing price, productivity.
Form is replacing function.
Then at the other extreme we have Nokia who at time of N9100 brick phone with symbian then had a good future and through it all way, made too many conflicting GUI choices, did nothing to make symbain development easier, along the way destroyed Trolltech and Maemo.
There were linux phones smartphones before Android. But not much investment because RIM, Palm, Windows and #1 beating all the rest was Symbian.
There is a brand new DELL Win7 laptop with super shiny screen. It's totally inferior in speed and usability to XP on 1600 x1200 Ultrasharp NINE years old Dell Inspiron.
1368 x 768 @ 60p may look cool for USA BD and DVD, Not so good for 25i or 50p DVD or BD. You can't get a 50Hz screen laptop.
768 lines totally inferior to 1200 lines for documents or web pages.
Even 1920 x 1080 is no use as it makes the laptop screen too wide compared to a 1600x1200, and 1080 is just slightly too short for A4 PDFs and Word documents.
We have LOADS of cool gadgets and toys. Technomage stuff.
But how much stuff actually works well to do your job?
* Keep up the good work El Reg *
Though many HW reviews are not critical enough.