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.

Every time we have a hot new device in the office, we’ll host a new episode of the U-Review. (We’ll announce device names in advance, so you can get your brains ready for the up-close analysis.) When hangout time arrives, a rotating collection of eight readers will join us; each will have five minutes to ask whatever questions he or she wants about the device, before leaving to make room for another guest. Before departing, each reader will give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down on the device overall, and at the end of each episode, we’ll provide the “reader score” on the review device. Just for fun.

Sound like a good time? Of course it does. We kick off U-Review Episode 001 tomorrow, May 2 with a certain very well-known smartphone, so stay tuned for the official announcement. Until then, think of what questions you’d ask about today’s hot new devices, and let us know how well you’re digging this idea: drop us a line in the comments below!

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