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    Has anyone else noticed that the reviews of the Touchpad by the British press have seemed to be stronger than the reviews in the American press? Just look at the Wall Street Journal, AP, NYT, Washington Post, etc., compared to the Guardian, Expert Reviews UK, etc.
    Any ideas on this? I'm wondering if the American press is more biased toward Apple than the UK press given Apple's base in the USA, though I know that Apple is very strong in the UK (and worldwide, really). I say this because we all have biases - I have one toward WebOS, I know. Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal uses an iphone and an ipad all the time (and admitting standing in line to get the first iPad at an Apple Store). If he spends a few days reviewing a Touchpad, can we expect that he is going to totally give up his preference for those devices in two days?
    Just wondering.
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    They're Socialists!
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    Good point - probably has something to do with our national principle of backing the underdog too - and we just like alternative options as well.
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    they probably dont expect a good product so are kind of amazed to see an above average one. While US wants to see the best and not just an above average one.
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    Because the are an island nation isolated from the onslaught of technology?
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    Much more likely that they know a great product when they see it.

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    Most US press and many tech writers are of the emotionally biased type, meaning they get heavily emotional about little nit pick things. The UK tech press is much more concerned with whether the device works well, and they see the real advantages that webOS has over iOS. In general, just like you see in the customer reviews, you tend to get a much more honest, even keeled response to the abilities and shortcomings. Many of the shortcomings people have harped on are, quite honestly, very minor compared to the advantages the TouchPad brings.

    In other words, people with more general patience will look at the occasional missed touch or lagging menu and feel that it is just something they hope gets fixed, but isn't really a big deal. The core webOS features far outweigh the occasional glitch. American press tend to go "Oh my God! The iPad doesn't stutter like that!" It's all about getting emotional about things that, in the grand scheme, don't matter that much.
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    Maybe they are sensible and understand every product should be reviewed for what it is instead of comparing it to what they assume as the benchmark product.
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    probably because their writers can be bought off more easily than here?

    any of those publications owned by news corp by chance?
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    I've noticed publications from the UK tend to give products a 'fair shake', basing their reviews upon realistic expectations. American reviewers get excited by the 'wow' factor and aren't as 'in-depth'.

    For the record, I live in the United States.
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    most of those american reviewers have bought Apple shares and they are afraid of seeing their stocks tumble in the wake of a new and better product
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    Quote Originally Posted by donm527 View Post
    probably because their writers can be bought off more easily than here?

    any of those publications owned by news corp by chance?
    Well WSJ is here, and that's one the OP mentioned.... anything else?
    I love physical keyboards... but there is two devices that would make me consider a slab, one is something running a full version of Open webOS. The other is an iPhone!!!! HA HA just kidding (about the iPhone that is)...
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    Also, potentially because some of the big flagship Android tablets haven't been released in the UK yet (thinking in particular about the Galaxy Tab 10.1); they're maybe comparing the TouchPad to a slightly smaller subset of competing producst, largely the iPad 2 and the Xoom, which isn't quite as competitive as other Android tablets in areas.
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    The Guardian review doesn't seem any different from most of the US reviews - they really like WebOS, see promise but they also comment about sluggish performance and the lack of apps.
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    I think US and Canada Tech writers are 'bandwagon' writers. They follow the crowd and popular opinion. When something new comes out, they automatically see it in a negative light. Then when a new product becomes popular, it starts all over again.
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    Because us Brits have a vested interest in TP's success. See, ARM, who designs the architecture of the processors that go into the tablets is UK based. The more they sell and displace Intel-based netbooks the better for the British, right? Now you might ask what difference does it make to have Android or iPad succeeding - they also use ARM based products. True, but the corporate market is as yet relatively untouched by tablets, and HP, through its existing relationships, has absolutely the best chance of getting in there with tablets. So there we have it, the subtle but effective British business intellect. *** PLEASE take all this with a pinch of salt and some humour ***
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    i guess we were lucky to have les hinton running wsj and not rebekah brooks?

    Quote Originally Posted by OldSkoolVWLover View Post
    Well WSJ is here, and that's one the OP mentioned.... anything else?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kchan283 View Post
    Maybe they are sensible and understand every product should be reviewed for what it is instead of comparing it to what they assume as the benchmark product.
    Oh, how useful reviews would be if you were right, a 2 MP DSRL could get a 10 just as much as an equally priced 24 MP, 1080p 60fps, 10 shots burst, etc. I mean, does it really matter there are other products at the same price...
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    Because the people who works for place like the guardian are ACTUAL journalists unlike the blogger sitting in a pile of cheetos crumbs that works for engadget. Also, British journalists actually get out and do the work unlike the fax-machine hugging journalists we have here in the states.

    I was listening to BBC Business radio on XM and that guy was asking questions you wouldn't even hear FoxNews ask.
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