Review Queue 2020
As you might have guessed the fun and games for 2020 are pretty much over when it comes to notable reviews of new sports electronics.
There is one more coming this afternoon/tomorrow which I have some final touches to add. The product is of the ‘same old, same old’ type but it’s good value and has a new, novel feature which is interesting in and of itself. Tho it’s not a ‘pro’ feature, more mass-market.
I’ll also be adding some new review content on existing endurance sensors that you may have seen but which I’ve not covered here. These might take a long time to test and publication might roll over to next year. Then, of course, there is the Karoo 2, but you already know about that.
After that I will be adding some ‘looks’ at various Apple Watch apps, more from the perspective of what interests me. Again there are some novel features that will pop out of those ‘looks’ and hopefully strike you as ‘interesting’. Mainly in the sense that some of the regular watch players may then go on to copy them. I’ll probably also cover things that I’m buying ‘for me’ like watch straps and I’ll be practising on those products, trying to improve my imagery with some new LED photography lights I have
Question: What would you like to see here for 2021?
There are so many options on ways forward with most of them super-interesting but also super time-consuming. Any guidance appreciated.
I think one of the trends you might see with reviews, in general, is less of the ‘big, detailed ones’. These just take up WAY too much time and you guys then go off and try to save 5 bucks buying it somewhere else 😉 (fair enough). So there comes a point where it’s not worth me investing a significant number of extra days in writing the extra details (fair enough?). So reviews the length of this week’s Wahoo ELEMNT RIVAL, to me, seem a fair compromise on detail+interest that I enjoy writing. Maybe you noticed that my ‘accuracy reports‘ have got MUCH MORE detailed but these will always now be supporter-only content as a) the interest group is highly niche and b) they take even more amounts of time to write up (I’ll still do the testing and analysing).
Another trend is that sports product reviews are now, shock horror, generally written by people who actually own running shoes. Rather than journalists who have just seen running shoes in sports shops, so there is certainly an increase in market-wide plausibility even if perhaps often from less hardened athletes.
You’ve probably also noticed that dcr’s detailed reviews have got less detailed as well over the last year or so. I don’t know why, maybe it’s for a similar reason to what I’m saying, maybe it’s the rise of YouTube or demise of Clever Training, or maybe there is just the reader-fatigue factor of the repetition of the same-old Garmin features that aren’t worth covering multiple times.
Of particular interest to me, today, was that I noticed for the first time that this site’s mobile/amp views exceeded desktop views. Again this is an indication that people accessing this site via that means are, almost certainly, looking to consume short-form content. From YOUR perspective this might be good as Google force me and others to produce special AMP content for mobile. That’s great and is very quick for you to load up the page on your phone and, at least from me, tends to have fewer ads in it which are low-paying for mobile in any case. So although this site is growing overall (yay! I had several ‘best-ever months this year’), the switch to mobile means that the overall ad revenues are not growing (grrr), although there are other technical factors involved there too. If you are interested, the best-grossing ads are video ads, there’s probably one on this page. #Shrug. More subscribers=Less ads.
I’m not going to comment on specific products for 2021 as my monthly roundup does that. My sense is that 2021 will be a good year, although you may have noticed that tech capabilities in endurance sports are, broadly speaking, plateauing – for example, the improvements in bike power meters will only be tinkerings around the edges of features.
I’m also not sure to what extent I will continue the ‘monthly roundup’. Again it’s a labour of love that takes a lot of time behind the scenes to keep mostly up-to-date on existing products and the rumours of new ones. So if you want that to continue in its existing format then a) shout out below and b) stump up a supporter subscription 😉 … or at least an e-coffee, I might go on strike without coffee (I won’t really). I’m in two minds on this one as I would love to free up the time to work on new product content but I know a core of you LOVE the speculation stuff.
Anyway, please comment below on what you would like to see from this site going forwards…otherwise you might not get to see it.