Originally Posted by elanma
I didnt mean to pee on anyone. As you say I am new on here and came back after having some Yuins for about 6months till I lost them for some new advice. I had no idea that if you wrote reviews on here you got free samples. I saw that the reviewer was a long standing member and thats whats confused me as I believe his judgements must be with some experience. I do believe also however that opionions differ and its good to see some other users who like them. I am still a little confused why vendors give out samples when there is no apparent outlet for the products in the english speaking world (ie not asian websites) it doesnt make much econmoic sense to me to promote the product that you cannot easily buy.
(Ie Cyclones and Fisher) I tried to be polite as possibe, and to be honest you have to be careful what you read on the internet and there was nothing wrong in raising the question in open debate if anyone else had the same opionions as the reviewer.
Many, not all, reviews here are based on people getting gear free of charge. It's just the way it is. I know I try my best to find the bad and good in a product when I write a review about something I didn't pay for (or did pay for for that matter), and if a vendor decides that's unacceptable, I guess no more reviews/gear. That's life.
No doubt that there might be a little coloration when something is given free to review, but again, it's about balance. That's all most members expect from a review.
Yes, vendors give away samples for review. So what? You think the people at CNET, Anythingbutipod, etc., pay for their review gear? It's a fact of life, I think.
As for being careful about what you read on the net, duh.
In this case, joker got some phones from a vendor, listened to them, liked them, and said so. Pretty simple stuff.
As an FYI, I also have reviewed (or at least posted opinions about) gear that I paid for as well, including the PFEs, Um3X, Klipsch S4s, etc., three phones I really like, and many, many others. The bulk of the things I own/owned I paid for, I'm sure the same is true for Joker.
Even with clarification, your post still makes little or no sense. Should members reading reviews take each one with a few grains of salt? Of course. Doesn't mean every review is tainted, either. Getting free stuff can be a slippery slope, but not as long as the reviewer makes it clear they obtained the gear they are reviewing gratis. And tries to be fair and balanced about the product, delivering the good with the bad (or more of one than the other, depending on the product).
Okay, back to the Pro1. Looking forward to hearing mine. But if they suck ... Joker, you shill!