Is Gizmodo more about sensationalism than quality reporting?

Gizmodo really irks me. I have been reading Matt Buchanan‘s coverage of the Nokia N97 and while I agree with some of the comparative criticisms when looking at the iPhone 3Gs and the N97, his posts are completely over the top and sensationalist. Here is an example from his initial review post about the N97 titled “Nokia N97 Review: Nokia Is Doomed“:

I don’t even know where to start the hate parade I want to unleash on S60 5th edition. Nokia’s managed to make RIM’s BlackBerry Storm OS retrofit look like a work of art. And when legacy (sorry, mature) software runs into a crappy half-assed UI, it’s a steaming pile of suck on a slab of garbage toast. All I could think about was how badly I wanted to shove Android onto it. Since I have nothing nice to say, let’s keep this part short.

This sort of writing may appeal to Gizmodo readers but it certainly doesn’t appeal to me at all. Gizmodo is supposed to be one of the authoritative tech blogs on the Web and it seems to need to resort to this sort of junk writing to get attention.

Now, this criticism isn’t based on my disagreement with the criticisms of the N97 when comparing it to other modern smartphones like the iPhone 3Gs. I don’t disagree with many of the concerns raised but I have far more respect for blogs like MobileCrunch and podcasts like the gdgt podcast for the way they discussed the N97’s limitations (here and here, respectively).

Anyway, I did my social media thing this morning and posted a comment to one of Buchanan’s latest posts which I took a screenshot of in case it isn’t published for some reason:

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I wasn’t much of a Gizmodo fan before but I don’t have nearly enough respect for the blog now to consider it a worthwhile source of news, for whatever my opinion is worth.

Paul
Enthusiast, marketing strategist, writer, and photographer. Passionate about my wife, Gina and #proudDad. Allergic to stupid

  1. Paul, I agree so with you. This is the case for all thing American when reporting on non-American product. It is not an iPhone so we dare not like it.

    I have the same issue with Paul Thurrott who writes about Microsoft stuff and he is so one eyed and anti Linux/Mac/Google.

  2. Paul, I agree so with you. This is the case for all thing American when reporting on non-American product. It is not an iPhone so we dare not like it.

    I have the same issue with Paul Thurrott who writes about Microsoft stuff and he is so one eyed and anti Linux/Mac/Google.

  3. @Paul Your comment was on par, the immature can’t handle the truth nor can they admit fault!

  4. @Paul Your comment was on par, the immature can’t handle the truth nor can they admit fault!

  5. at least his sites got readers, your just basically piggy backing on the topic.

    uselss half ass blog lol

  6. at least his sites got readers, your just basically piggy backing on the topic.

    uselss half ass blog lol

  7. I posted yesterday a comment under the Gizmodo Samsung Omnia HD I8910 review where I criticized the ignorance of the Gizmodo editors about the multitasking ability of Symbian S60. My comment has not been published yet.

    Does Gizmodo have a biased publishing policy of comments?

  8. I posted yesterday a comment under the Gizmodo Samsung Omnia HD I8910 review where I criticized the ignorance of the Gizmodo editors about the multitasking ability of Symbian S60. My comment has not been published yet.

    Does Gizmodo have a biased publishing policy of comments?

  9. Paul, ok, reading your other blog postings I realize that some Gizmodo editors will not publish reader comments that would show the editor’s own lack of knowledge. The editors are not just being incompetent but also dishonest. Matt Buchanan’s N97 review struck me as a piece of propaganda. This raises the question how reliable are Gizmodo reviews in general.

  10. Paul, ok, reading your other blog postings I realize that some Gizmodo editors will not publish reader comments that would show the editor’s own lack of knowledge. The editors are not just being incompetent but also dishonest. Matt Buchanan’s N97 review struck me as a piece of propaganda. This raises the question how reliable are Gizmodo reviews in general.

What do you think?

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