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 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 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?