Nice initiative, but I believe it won't suffice the need of so called "REVIEW" your readers are looking for because with such short details a person will not make the decision to buy particular phone or not, he/she will seek complete detail as you used to provide earlier.
I would like to highlight few point for Time Saver review:
1. Great that you have shortened the section wise details and given the option to Read More which opens in new window, I as a Reader would rather prefer an +(Expansion) button which will expand the section on the same page, this will help reader stay focused at what they are reading and not lose the focus
2. Percentile ranking, not providing the purpose of comparison, rather it confuses when it comes to comparing completely different company's phone
It's short enough and informative , but the percentile ranking is a bit confusing , and doesn't help a lot , for example if a phone scores 98 % in performance , which phones performed better ? Etc .
Please at least retain the Photo comparison tool and the RMAA audio measurements - those are the first things I look for in your reviews. Thank you.
Anonymous, 10 Mar 2016I think the percentages are more confusing, article is overly technical and long. The article ... moreI completely agree with on a number of facts, I think that gsmarena should consider removing the percentages and come up with a more simple scoring solution that would remain relevant with future phones. The articles is also a bit too long and the camera section should contain more samples for each individual feature(HDR, pano, macro, etc).
Hope this helps and as always, love ur reviews! which makes me come back to this website for phone reviews.
Reading Moto X Play's and Huawei Mate 8's display section you'd expect the Moto to have 4 stars and Huawei 2,5, but it's the other way around. Am I missing something?
Re my previous comment, if the Percentile rank gets automatically updated by introduction of new devices, the scores can remain valid. But obviously this way the scores are not fixed and are subjected to changes as the time passes.
I like the new format. More straight to the point. Will help consumers to make up their mind quickly on which phone to buy. If need long review just post a video will do.
it is quite brilliant and the best thing is that we can still check the full version as well :-D
Generally speaking, itÂ’s a great idea. But there a very important point about this type of scoring, which in the long term makes your scoring system, lets say not dependable:
This year you may consider a 90 hours endurance rating as 5 star. 2 years later, an endurance rating of 150 hours may be considered as 5 star, and the one with 90 hours may get 3 stars. So one may compare a current year flagship with 2 year old flagship and find them having the same scores, which is wrong.
The same thing can be said about phone benchmark performances.
You canÂ’t just go and update all the old scores for example from 5 stars to 4 or 3 later!! But if this year a flagship benchmark performance scores 5, you can grant the next year the score of 6, or 7. Simply the one with higher score is the better phone, no matter which year the phone is made.
So maybe in 5 years a phone can reach to the score of 8 (Just score, not stars). But all the old reviews remain credible and can be used for comparison.
So since you are starting to write on a clean sheet I suggest you remove the score cap from the very beginning. At least on the categories those can dramatically improve, like performance benchmark and battery endurance.
And just like our other friend, I do not agree with rounding the scores too. What's wrong with 3.8? Why should you change it to 4?
Everything is fine but there is a major UX issue in your new approach. You guys should use dropdowns instead of opening a "read more" section into the new tab. It's annoying to see each detail of review in a new separate tab...
Much better than your long reviews. You should just do these instead. Nobody has the time or interest to read nowadays. Everything should be spoon fed to us consumers.
Its ok but I love the long reviews more. There is a lot of detail to read. This one is just OK.
If you are to rate with the tenths decimal for each category, I suggest not to round off the overall score to the nearest ones place. For example, 950 XL's overall rating should be 3.8 / 5 instead of 4.0 / 5. This gives a more accurate rating than rounding it off to the nearest ones. That '.2' point/unit difference could say a lot
I think I like it. Even it more shorter than normal review. But I hope you can show other phone performance review to compare them.
About the scores / ratings it would be better and more easier to understand if you use only one type / format of rating, i think "stars" is better to stick with.
Also for every subject it would be nice to minimize and expand it (expect for the "Introduction" and the "Wrap-up"). That way you can make the review shorter and more "time saver". Anyone could expand only the subjects that has more interest.
"Also consider" the other phones should be at the bottom and not above the total scores.
Finally its a very good idea for someone with a glance to check a phone.
Also keep the full reviews, very useful for most of the people before buying the phone.
Keep up the good work.
The screen section needs the color accuracy, brightness, contrast and sunlight legibility values. Please make them into percentile/percentage. The audio section needs speaker loudness value, again in percentile/percentage. Keep up the good work
It's a very good idea!!! but i think the Percentile rank is not a very informative feature in some cases like weight and display size. but Percentile rank have a good intuition in the screen-to-body ratio for example. in this category iphone get 1% rank and mate 8 get 99% rank ;-D