Consumer Reports has issued a roundup that places Samsung's Blackjack II at the top of its smartphone listings. Ancient mediocrities like T-Mobile's Shadow beat out HTC's more recent Windows Mobile hotstuff, not to mention the Android-powered G1. The only Blackberry in the top 5 is the Pearl Flip. Nokia can go whistle. Matt Buchanan delivers a whipping at Gizmodo:
Ignoring for the moment that four out of the five are Windows Mobile phones, they didn't even pick new, actually good hardware. Not one of the phones, except for the Pearl Flip–which is actually the least capable phone in RIM's new batch of devices–is even from this year. Its top phone, the BlackJack II, doesn't even have Wi-Fi or a touchscreen, and is loaded with Samsung's BS proprietary ports, rather than industry standard ones.Matt quotes a post of mine from a couple of weeks ago criticising some dismal gadget coverage at CR, but he sharpens the point and drives it home: "Consumer Reports shouldn't review cellphones." It's not that CR is making mainstream-oriented choices at the expense of the geeky toys that gadget bloggers might love: it is out of touch. I suspected that it thinks that the feature list is the soul of a cellphone–an approach which will be less helpful to readers the more software provision and interface design become central to the experience–but man, this top list is simply baffling ... the T-Mobile Shadow? The Motorola Q?