"I don’t think it’s a smart buy"

This review of the LTE Surface Go by Dieter Bohn @ The Verge is pretty great, but it has an odd tech review trope: the device that’s “terrible on paper” yet the author likes it anyway. That tells me that the author’s ideas of what values make a good product don’t quite line up with reality, but subconsciously they totally get it. The trick, I think, is recognizing that, identifying whatever is making that subtle difference, and explaining it to the reader - and the reader can then learn how to spot that difference for themselves.

I actually own one of these things, so I think I’ll take a shot at writing my own review. I’m curious if I can pull that off myself.

Jim Cloudman @jimcloudman