July 11, 2007
Dear CNET members,
For soda, I prefer Coca-Cola. For jeans, I prefer Gap. For fishing reels, I love Shimano. But I'm not here to go over my laundry list (btw, I like Tide for detergent) of brand items I prefer to wear, eat, or use. I'm here to cover your favor toward one or more consumer electronic brands.
For me, with digital cameras, I prefer Sony. For AV receivers, I love Denon. For cell phones, I prefer Nokia. And the list goes on. I'm not going to lie to you; brand names do play a big part in my shopping decisions, and I do have biases against other brands. However, I'm not stuck on stubbornness. I have loyalties to brands as long as they show me a few key factors, and those are quality, friendly user functionality, a good support, and pleasing aesthetics. Shovel me garbage just for the sake of your brand name, well then, you've just lost my respect and loyalty to you. Now enough about my favor toward one brand over others, what about you? Do you favor one brand of electronics over others? Why or why not? Are there any particular brand or brands that absolutely come first when buying your electronics? Tell us what brand they are and why it's a must over others. Brand fanatic or not, this is the chance to either brag about your loyalties to certain manufacturers, or why you look past brand names and concentrate on factors that have no bearing on brands whatsoever. So step up and join in the latest Screening Room discussion and tell us all about it. Whether you see other members' comments that are in line with your favorite brands or not, post a reply to them to share your thoughts. We are all ears! Enjoy!
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We've all got our biases, and electronics are no different. So while CNET reviews focus on design, features, and performance, we know a whole lot of buying decisions are based on brand. In the latest Screen Room discussion when we asked our members if they favor one brand over others, many members were quick to jump in to leave their favorite name brand.
"aim high end"
"I've had good luck and bad luck with a lot of well known brands. I find that I have had better results by looking at a brand's higher-end stuff, not that it always works, but for music, I like Denon products; they use very high-end components in their high-end equipment. For video, I've always had..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member mightymike2"I strongly favor Nokia"
"I have been with Cingular from the time it was SNET wireless. I have had 2 models of Motorola and 3 Nokia models. Nokia is simple to use; the user interface is very similar and attachments, i.e., chargers, stay constant. Most of all, they have awesome call quality and are very durable, and best of all..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member ginnyolson49"Unfavored brands... Sony and Apple"
"I admit this has nothing to do with product quality, but I always feel like I'm being scammed by these two. Apple because if you want to use the Mac OS, you have to buy a Mac ... made by Apple. If your Mac starts to get a little dated, you can't just pick up a new graphics card or hard drive, you have to..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member madfishmongerSpeak up!
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