His review is definitive in my mind. It is the best Galaxy Nexus review I have read and very comprehensive. Here’s his statement on 4G usage and battery life:

>Think about that. If you’re on a road trip and want to use the 4G LTE network to provide you with driving directions, your drive had better be shorter than 4 hours because *even when plugged into a car charger, the battery will not last.*

That’s a pretty solid statement on what 4G will do to battery life and something that every potential buyer **needs** to know.

Now let’s compare and contrast Blanc’s assesment with [Joshua Topolsky’s review of the same device](http://www.theverge.com/2011/12/16/2638466/galaxy-nexus-review-verizon-lte) on 4G and battery life. Here is the most damning thing Topolsky says about battery life:

>Even though the battery life takes a clear hit, I don’t think it’s necessarily a dealbreaker on this phone.

So if you buy the phone that Topolsky is reviewing you take a moderate battery hit with 4G on. If you buy the phone that Shawn Blanc rigorously tested you get a phone that sucks down battery power like it is going out of style — one that is almost not useable while charging with a low powered car style charger.

The problem: both reviewed the same damned phone.

In response to my [earlier slaying](http://brooksreview.net/2011/12/failure/) of Topolsky many have said that we should have “no bias” in reviews, or that a “good reviewer” presents the case for the reader to decide. Topolsky tried to write the no-bias-you-decide review. Blanc wrote a review with opinion, facts, and bias (since it is from a perspective of never using Android and being an iPhone lover).

Which review do you think is more accurate just given these battery life statements alone?

Posted by Ben Brooks