Aug 17, 2018

Outliers 67: Amit Bhawani of PhoneRadar on fighting fanboy temptations to stay honest with the user

BYPankaj Mishra

How can you be a fanboy and a reviewer of the product at the same time?
How can you expect consumer technology product makers to give you their latest gizmos for early reviews if you’ve called their last release “not worth the buy”?
I’ve always been fascinated by the world of technology product reviewers and curious about how well can they serve the massive community relying on their recommendations before buying anything.
It’s a world where the likes of Walt Mossberg and David Pogue have battled the dilemmas of fanboy versus independent reviewer.
For this episode of Outliers, I travelled to Hyderabad to sit down with Amit Bhawani, the founder of PhoneRadar. After listening to him, I realised that he, too, fights the good battles of journalism. The latest being a ban imposed by Samsung after he cracked a joke in a recent review.
“It’s come to a point where I don’t like any product in the absolute sense. There’s something wrong with every product,” he says.
Over the next few months, we will bring you conversations with some of India’s most influential technology product reviewers to help understand their world, the battles they fight, questions of ethics, and their view of the future.
Stay tuned and, meanwhile, enjoy this conversation with Bhawani as much as I did.


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Pankaj Mishra is a writer of FactorDaily.