Skip to main content

The Guardian Has Hidden Stephen Fry's iPhone Review

Less than forty-eight hours after being front page news on the Guardian website Stephen Fry's review of the iPhone is nowhere to be seen. In fact unless you search for it by name you won't find it anywhere, even on the technology section.

Why could this be? After all the iPhone 6 is the big tech news of the moment, and a scoop review from Britain's favourite luvvy seems like the sort of thing that should be prominent in the newspaper's iPhone coverage.

Is it because, perhaps, the review is so utterly woeful that it has generated a wide-ranging backlash, hitherto unseen even for an Apple product.

Stephen Fry loves his technology, that much is clear and I, for one, am glad that he's loving his new iPhone. After all, without this end-user delight what would be the point of all these new devices? However in translating this delight to the written word Fry has managed to produce an article which is basically a barrow-load of cobblers. Fine, he is after all a thespian not a technology writer. However somebody at the Guardian should have looked at this article and decided that it wasn't really fit for publication.

Other's have punctured the nonsense much better than I could - Gizmodo's take is here and The Register's rib-tickling parody here - but in reviewing the review I see that the first five paragraphs have nothing to do with the product but everything to do with ad hominem attacks on Android users, the sixth is factually incorrect, the seventh an exercise in name dropping and the seventh and eight highlight areas where Apple has badly lagged behind both Android and Windows Phone and is only now playing catch-up.

Had the article been restricted to it's ninth and final paragraph only it would have been infinitely better.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

F1: Robert Kubica Impresses In Renault Test Run

The car may be old but its the performance of the driver that's the story here. Robert Kubica returned to F1, after a fashion, earlier this week with an extensive test run in a 2012 Lotus Renault F1 car at Valencia.
The age of the car and the circuit were likely determined by F1's current rules which ban testing, but the reason for Kubica being in the car is far more interesting. Considered by many to be a potential World Champion and certainly one of the fastest drivers of his generation, Kubica's F1 career seemed to be over after a 2011 crash whilst driving in the Rally of Andora. His Skoda Fabia was penetrated by a guardrail in the high speed accident partially severing his right arm.
Up until last year Kubica has been competing in rallying, with the expectation that the limited movement in his repaired arm would prohibit a return to single seater racing.
So this week's test is both interesting and confusing. Interesting because Kubica completed 115 laps of the ret…

F1: Robert Kubica's Williams Test Asks More Questions Than It Answers

Comparing driver's times at a tyre evaluation test like last week's Abu Dhabi event is difficult at the best of times, but when trying to assess the performance of a driver who has been out of the sport for six years, that difficulty level is raised even higher.
On the face of it Robert Kubica's test for Williams was a success. Fastest of the three Williams drivers present the headlines look promising. However, taking into consideration the different tyres used to set those times muddies the water considerably.
Kubica ran a three lap qualifying simulation on the new 'hyper-soft' tyre - which should have given him a two-second advantage. Correcting for tyres it would appear that Kubica was significantly slower than Sergei Sorotkin - who was on the harder 'soft' tyre - and marginally quicker than Lance Stroll, the team's only contracted driver.

Stroll's family fortune currently funds Williams, so there' no chance that he will be anywhere but in a…

Panos Panay's Defence Of Microsoft Surface Hardware Sounds Eerily Familiar

This weekend I went out with my ten year old daughter to select a laptop for her school year beginning in January. The schools requirements are quite specific, requiring a Windows 10 device, with a preference for a touchscreen and a stylus. She chose a Surface Pro, after trying a large number of different options. Having seen the way I use my own Surface Pro - and tried it herself there was only ever going to be two options - and the other was a Surface Laptop.
I tell you this so that you understand I am a buyer of Microsoft's products through choice, not compulsion. I'm on my third Surface device now. 
So when Panos Panay dismissed reports of the death of the Surface hardware line, I was very interested to see exactly how strong these denials were. Especially how they reflect what has gone before. To whit: Windows 10 Mobile.
Panay claimed that Microsoft is in hardware for the long haul. Almost exactly mirroring the words of Terry Myerson, when he claimed Windows Mobile was g…