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The Problem With Gadget Reviews, Jawbone Reveals New Wearables [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 05-11-2014

Also, GTA V gets first-person mode, Emoji becomes less racist, the new Amazon Prime Photos perk, and Conan O’Brien is clueless about CoD.


Is The Nexus 9 Good, Bad, Or Ugly?

The Nexus 9, made by HTC and stamped with the Google seal of approval, is a tablet powered by stock Android 5.0 (Lollipop) Google Reveals Android Lollipop, HBO Battles Netflix, And More... [Tech News Digest] Also, Google Glass is addictive, Facebook Safety Check, webOS begone, Puls, and a Minecraft iPhone. Read More . But is it any good? We honestly don’t know, because reviews of the Nexus 9 vary wildly. Thus the problem with gadget reviews is revealed.

We know so because Reddit user Mejogid has looked through a number of Nexus 9 reviews to try and find common threads running through them all. Sadly, they don’t really exist, with the reviews presenting different takes on all of the various elements considered when scoring the device.

Anyone with half a brain knows to take gadget reviews with a pinch of salt. They are, after all, just one person’s opinion on a particular product. Facts are all well and good as the basis for a review, but personal biases and preferences always bleed into the final findings.

This reviews roundup reveals the extent of the problem when it comes to gadget reviews. And there is no simple solution. The Nexus 9 is either good, bad, or ugly, depending on who you believe. And that’s the key: find a website and a reviewer who you believe more often than not.

Jawbone Unveils New Fitness Wearables

Another day, another wearable device is launched. And just like most of the other wearables flooding onto the market 6 Upcoming Wearable Devices Compared: What's Hot and What's Not I present to you six of the more interesting and useful wearable tech devices either on the market, or soon to enter it. Read More , the Jawbone Up Move and Jawbone UP3 are focused on fitness. Both measure your activity levels in order to up your fitness and improve your health.


The Jawbone Up Move is a pod that can be worn either around the wrist or clipped onto clothing. Internal sensors count your steps, track your sleep pattern, and estimate the number of calories burned. The data is then sent to the free app (Android or iOS) for viewing. The Up Move is priced at $50 and is available to preorder now.

The Jawbone UP3 is a wristband which does all of the same things the Up Move does, but also measures your resting heartrate, respiration rate, and hydration rate. This combination of measurements means the UP3 costs $180 and won’t start shipping for a few weeks. It will also be available to buy in Apple Stores.

Next-Gen GTA V Gets First-Person Mode

The next-gen version of Grand Theft Auto V includes a first-person mode [No Longer Available] which radically alters the way the game looks and feels. As can be seen in the video above, the whole game can now be played from a first-person perspective, regardless of whether you’re on foot, driving a vehicle, or partaking in a bank job.

This is a genius move on the part of Rockstar, as GTA V was a huge hit The Games, TV Shows, Movies, & Technology That Influenced GTA V As with every medium, video games are heavily influenced by other things, and there are plenty of examples of this in GTA V. Read More when it was originally released on PS3 and Xbox 360. What better way to persuade people who already own the game to buy it all over again than to add a whole new mode which makes it worth playing through for a second time? I’m in, and my PlayStation 4 Sony PlayStation 4 Review And Giveaway Ladies and gentlemen, the next generation of video game consoles is here, with the Sony PlayStation 4! Read More is already excited at the prospect.


Emoji Embracing Racial Diversity

Emoji are about to get a little more racially diverse, with a plan to add five new skin tones to the notoriously white characters. The Emoji characters have until now been kept “as neutral as possible regarding race, ethnicity, and gender,” but Unicode 8.0 will add a skin tone modifier meaning users can choose the skin tone which best fits their own. And about time too.

Amazon Rolls Out Prime Photos Perk

Amazon has added another perk for those paying for Prime memberships. Prime Photos gives Amazon Prime customers unlimited cloud storage for all their photos, meaning they can back all of their cherished memories to the cloud to ensure they last forever Why You Should Never Delete Dodgy Digital Photos [Opinion] The digital age we're now living in has changed our ideas of ownership and copyright. For better or worse. It's also changed the way we do various things. In the field of photography moving to... Read More .

Once uploaded via Amazon Cloud Drive, the images can be viewed both online and across a range of devices. Which means you’ll be able to bore even more people by forcing them to look at photos of your food Photographing Food? 6 Tips To Help You Make That Dish Look Appetizing Do you know what’s better than sitting down to an amazing meal? Taking pictures of it, of course. With that said, some food photos… Well, they just plain suck. Read More .

Conan Is Clueless About CoD

Spoiler Alert!


And finally, Conan O’Brien is back with another Clueless Gamer review, and this time he tackled Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Conan clearly isn’t a natural when it comes to first-person shooters, but he eventually gets the hang of the controls.

What Conan can’t quite get his head around, however, is Kevin Spacey’s cold, dead eyes. Sorry, I mean Kevin Spacey’s character’s cold, dead eyes. And the funeral for a fallen comrade which asks you to actively get involved in proceedings. Which is just plain weird.

Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Are you surprised to learn how reviewers’ opinions differ so wildly? Are you interested in the new Jawbone wearables? Will you be buying the new version of Grand Theft Auto 5?

Let us know your thoughts on the tech news of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.


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  1. dragonmouth
    November 5, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    "They (reviews) are, after all, just one person’s opinion on a particular product."
    Then there are the reviews written by pay-for review mills, which will write reviews any way you want them to.

    "Emoji Embracing Racial Diversity"
    Political Correctness rears its ugly head. Only 5 skin shades? What if none of them comes close to matching my skin shade? Seems like discrimination to me. Emoji should use a non-descript stick figure which can't possibly match ANYBODY'S race, etnicity and/or gender, thus being non-discriminatory towards everybody.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 6, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      I have yet to see a review I actually believe is shilling for a company. Perhaps I stick to more legitimate websites than most people.

      You can't please all of the people all of the time, but these 5 skin tones should go some way to alleviating the discrimination.

    • dragonmouth
      November 6, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      A review does not have to sound like a blatant advertisement for a particular product to be shilling. "Stuffing the ballot box" with couple of hundred or thousand positive reviews just to make a product look real good may be all a company wants. A skillfully writen shill review will not look like it is shilling.

  2. Jon
    November 5, 2014 at 11:59 am

    From what I've been able to gather re: the Nexus reviews is that many of them were done on an early release Nexus with pre-release software, and that the final software didn't come out until the weekend before the release. This software has answered lots of the issues people were having, but since these reviews were mostly written before that, they don't take into account these changes. I guess one could say that the biggest problem with online reviews these days is the practice of getting devices into peoples' hands before they are actually released, and often with incomplete software. I suspect that in the case of the Nexus 9, many did not know that this was what they had received?

    • Dave Parrack
      November 6, 2014 at 2:52 pm

      That's a very good point. Lollipop has obviously helped turned the Nexus 9 into a better tablet. I'm not particularly a fan of this "be first, even if the information isn't correct mentality."