Many sites deal with their review process in different ways. In the pursuit of clarity, here’s how our review content is handled at Pocket-lint, including title naming convention, why content is updated, and how historical content fits into the site.
Our journalists' hands-on first impressions of a product; we've seen the device, touched it, spent enough time with it to present useful critique and comment. These initial impressions aren't always based on final review hardware, but still paint a fair preview of what to expect from the finished article.
An in-depth critique of a product; we've lived with the device, used it extensively over a number of hours, days, weeks, even months. We’re pragmatic in our review process: our experienced journalists don’t present boring benchmarks with no real-world bearing; instead we delve into the real to-live-with experience, with considered and contextual information based on actual use.
In the ever-moving world of tech, product software updates are becoming an increasingly important aspect. The hardware you buy on day one might be bettered via firmware and new features later in its life. To reflect this, we update reviews, adding additional information, critique and context. Note, however, we do not degrade original scores (these remain in place, with a "first published" date showing at the base of the verdict for clarity).
Products are scored out of five stars maximum, based on our expert opinion of how well a product performs and fits into the current market. Best-of-best 'Editor's Choice' badge is awarded to full-marks product; the 'Recommended' badge is four-and-a-half stars; four stars or less are presented without a badge.
Occasionally we run stories on products we’ve seen, but which do not fit into our reviews remit. Be it a car unveiling, a designer version of a new phone, or similar, such pieces are presented with a small amount of copy, letting the pictures do the talking.
Old terms: Hands-on / Pictures and hands-on
Some of our older content may still be presented as "hands-on" or "pictures and hands-on". These terms became overused and ultimately unhelpful in the industry, which is why we've moved away from them to keep our presentation tidier.
To supplement our reviews, Pocket-lint also provides news and feature content. Whether deep-dive software overviews, how-to tips and tricks, best-of guides, or versus pieces, there’s a breadth of content on the site to inform you in the most appropriate, clear and honest way possible.