“You can bet that, when reviewing smartphones, Consumer Reports magazine appears to have a blind spot towards Samsung; maybe a few blind spots,” Gene Steinberg writes for The Tech Night Owl. “There’s a story from Seoul, South Korea touting the fact that, ‘Samsung’s Galaxy S8 tops U.S. consumer review.'”

“This story no doubt originated from Samsung, even though a manufacturer is theoretically prohibited from quoting a CR review,” Steinberg writes. “So the article mentions the conclusion, not the contents, so even if it was originated from Samsung, the company is off the hook.”

“According to the latest CR report about smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus gained top ratings,” Steinberg writes. “Number three, peculiarly, was last year’s Galaxy S7. Really. So where did the iPhone 8 end up? According to CR, fourth and fifth.”

“The Galaxy S8 versus the iPhone 8. The former is rated 81, the latter is rated 80. So despite the implications of the article from that South Korean publication, the scores are extraordinary close,” Steinberg writes. “In short, [with Samsung’s Galaxy S8] you have a breakable smartphone with two biometric features of questionable quality being judged superior to another smartphone [Apple’s iPhone 8] that’s rugged and has a reliable fingerprint sensor. But maybe it has somewhat shorter battery life than the competition.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Consumers Reports never has known how to accurately rate electronics. It’s a joke. Consumers Reports gives too much weight to some factors and too little to others. The same goes for vehicles and many other products.

As we’ve often said, Consumer Reports is an anachronism for geriatrics to use to reassure themselves that they ought the right vacuum cleaner (even though they didn’t unless they bought a Miele – which they almost certainly didn’t since they’re a Consumer Reports> subscriber).

We don’t think Consumer Reports is shady or on the take. They’re just not very good at rating complex products. Not very good at all. As Hanlon’s Razor states: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

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