For a while now, the mobile-tech review landscape has looked much the same. Reviewers like us craft lengthy written pieces packed with charts, photos, and videos, and readers like you … read them. Sure, you have the opportunity to respond in the comments, and most good editors will answer questions there, but there’s precious little real-time interaction between reader and reviewer. There’s not much chance to ask questions, seek clarifications, or take a quick look at that one little detail.
For a while, we’ve been trying to break down the wall between reviewer and reader – to allow you to (virtually) get your hands on a demo device and see for yourself how some feature, or measurement, or tiny detail feels. And -until the advent of holodecks- we think we’ve found the best way to do that.
Introducing the Pocketnow U-Review, a monthly, hour-long Hangout similar to the Pocketnow Live, but focused entirely on letting you get your fill of new mobile devices on your own terms. We keep the demo smartphone or tablet in our own hands, but for your five-minute block of Hangout time, you can ask us to show you anything and everything on that device (within reason). Then you tell us what you would score it, given the chance. So get your scoring pencils ready, because the U-Review is here to get you as close to hot new mobile devices as any fuzzy webcam can.
(UPDATED 10/3/2013 to reflect new Galaxy Note 3 on-air version)
It’s the new king of the oversized-smartphone segment, heir to Samsung’s phablet throne and one of the only modern devices to get away with rocking a stylus. The Galaxy Note 3 earned top marks in our recent review, where we called it “absolutely the most capable, most powerful smartphone/tablet hybrid on the market.” Now, after giving you your own guided tour of the sleek new slate, we want to hear what you think about the Note 3, from its faux-leather backing to its bleeding-edge internals. Is the Note 3 your next phone? Why or why not?
But there’s another new big-screened device out there, one which didn’t get quite the level of exposure in the press as the behemoth above. And despite its similarly breathtaking spec sheet and feature set, the LG G2 didn’t score quite as well in our full review, either – a fact some of you were quick to bemoan in the comments. Now’s your chance to take a gander at our demo unit for the second time, asking us anything you want about the device and letting us know what you’d have scored it, given the chance!
Sound good? We thought so. Tune in this Thursday, October 3, at 4:00 PM Eastern for the third installment of the Pocketnow U-Review! (Click here for broadcast time converted to your time zone.)
- Michael Fisher, Editorial Director (Boston, MA, USA)
- Taylor Martin, Senior Editor (Charlotte, NC, USA)
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Final Reader Scores
Galaxy Note 3: 8.6/10
LG G2: 8.3/10
Can’t join us but still want to say hey? Awesome. Send comments, questions, suggestions and fan mail to UReview [at] Pocketnow [dot] com.