m3 simply review vs r4ds review

Discussion in 'Site Discussions & Suggestions' started by rest0re, Jan 13, 2007.

  1. rest0re

    rest0re GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Dec 23, 2006
    when you get m3 simply for review will you give better rating for running homebrew than r4ds? and will you correct r4ds review about homebrew? .. just wondering. iam not really fanboy of both products. just fairness...
  2. Costello

    Costello Headmaster

    Oct 24, 2002
    this is a good question.

    IMO the M3 should get exactly the same rating as the R4. It does exactly the same and the updates also bring the same feature (see the recently released update that brings soft reset)

    yeah... between the time the R4 review was posted and the M3 review will be posted, things will have changed. But we can't possibly say "the M3 has more features, it does soft reset".

    this raises a more general problem on GBAtemp... reviews are hardly kept up to date. When we review a product, we generally don't update it. So you might find reviews of old products that have great ratings, and that would today be complete craps (eg. the original fat M3 SD)
    things change a lot over the time, but our reviews do not. (and its not just our reviews... same problems on many websites)

    this is why when you read a review, you gotta take into consideration the time it was posted, and the last modification date.
  3. Harsky

    Harsky Madmin

    Aug 2, 2004
    Yeah, it would be nice if there was an "update" review for some of the carts. I remember reading the reviews for an M3 and I went for the CF version because I heard there was all sort of problems with the SD version. This was a year ago and I'm pretty certain that things have improved with better firmware and more people would go for the SD version because it's smaller.
  4. BoneMonkey

    BoneMonkey The cheese stash is a lie.

    Dec 9, 2006
    United States
    IMO the m3 should get a lower score !

    the r4ds always gets its updates first !
  5. faceless

    faceless pink sugar heart attack

    Jan 5, 2003
    United States


  6. Costello

    Costello Headmaster

    Oct 24, 2002
    I dont know if getting updates three or four days early really deserves a 0.5 (or more) rating difference that might affect the actual sales of the product...
  7. Destructobot

    Destructobot Crave the Hammer

    Oct 15, 2006
    United States
    Portland, OR
    I'd say that plus the slightly higher price is worth maybe .25 points off the score.
  8. Tsunami_bomber

    Tsunami_bomber Member

    Jan 4, 2007
    United States
    I think the two should be treated as equals, with the general rule of thumb being "Buy what's cheaper." Right now the only pro- and con- arguments are purely hypothetical, each concerning the reputation of the respective companies. The only point that holds water is the matter of updates -- the R4 gets them sooner by three or more days. Considering the fact that the updates haven't exactly been major (skins and in game reset, and that's about it) I don't think this should count as a mark against the M3.
  9. captain^k

    captain^k GBAtemp Regular

    Mar 20, 2003
    New Zealand
    well said faceless! [​IMG]