Nine Similarities Between Car Blogs and Gadget Blogs

nine similarities between car blogs and gadget blogs

In addition to my robust obsession with cars, I’m also very much a fan of new technology. Be it computers, cell phones, wristwatches that wash dishes, or high-powered laser staplers, I’m interested. To keep up to date (especially since I am more of a gadget window shopper), I’m a frequent visitor at a number of the gadget blogs on the web. You might be surprised (though probably not) at the similar themes between these gadget blogs and their commenters with the car blogging community. I’ve got nine of ’em.

1. Endless supply of leaked images of upcoming products. The images are usually low quality, blurry, low resolution, and supposedly from a distant country. They are frequently accused of being fakes or photochops. Usually destroy most of the hype by bludgeoning readers with boredom and frustration.

Cars: Sports cars, including but not limited to the Nissan GT-R, Chevy Camaro, and Dodge Challenger.

Gadgets: Every phone, computer, and Apple product.

Bonus!: Comments that are marginally related, blanket views of the brand (I hate Chevy).

2. Circular Outsourcing Debate. Invariably a “site of manufacture” issue arises, leading to a meandering and unresolvable debate about any commerce taking place outside of the U.S. Often leads to jingoistic — even borderline bigoted — comments about other countries.

Cars: “Buy GM, Ford, or Chrysler, or watch your children starve.”

Gadgets: “I hate call centers where the workers have a hint of an accent.”

3. New major technology is the great Satan. The world’s problems, from hunger to ethnic cleansing, pale in comparison to what really matters: manufacturers are cramming a new system down my throat and I will expend huge sums of money and effort to avoid it. Workarounds, regardless of the difficulty and risk, are welcomed.

Cars: iDrive, other nav systems

Gadgets: Windows Vista

4. Readers claim to have identified the best brand in the industry. They further state that they intend only to buy this brand, describe their flawless ownership experience of the brand’s products, longevity, overall value, and general joie de vivre.

Cars: BMW

Gadgets: Apple

5. Readers hate this brand, and its customers, who the readers would take delight in turning cannibal on, given the opportunity. What’s more, their products are overpriced, the customer service is horrendous, the quality is poor, and devotees of this brand are foolish zombies that deserve to be dropped out of a helicopter, naked, into the Canadian wilderness.

Cars: BMW

Gadgets: Apple

6. News About Alternative Energy Idea/Program/Product/Research

Cars: Nuclear is the answer

Gadgets: Nuclear is the answer

7. The bad price patrol. These are commenters for whom no product, ever, will be cheap enough. It’s not necessarily that they can’t afford something (in fact, many will point out that they could afford to buy whatever car/gadget they want, ten times over, in cash), but whatever the retail price is, that’s absurd. They will conclude by either sarcastically thanking the seller or by repeating that they plant to stick with whatever comparable product they currently have.

Cars: “They want $15,000 for that new 800 horsepower sports car that gets 50 mpg? What a rip off. I’ll just have a Honda Fit, thank you. Or stay with my 1983 Peugeot 505 wagon. And keep in mind, I’m not poor. I almost bought a Maybach instead of my Peugeot.”

Gadgets: “Wait wait, the service is an ADDITIONAL $3/month? And the device doesn’t have Draft-N wireless? What kind of 1983-reminiscent joke is that? I’ll just stick with my Nokia N95.”

8. “I refuse to answer the question because this is bullshit.”

Cars: What should Alan Mulally drive to DC? Screw Alan Mulally, his Lexus, his company, and every POS that Ford makes.

Gadgets: How would you improve X product? Use a sledgehammer to turn it into powder.

9. Dealbreakers. These are issues around which people are willing to completely alter their purchase. It’s not always that they refuse to buy something because it emits toxic fumes. Rather, there is a feature that is absolutely non-negotiable. Such people often like to trumpet “No _____, no buy” to show their steadfast resolve.

Cars: Stick

Gadgets: DRM-Free/or Linux capability

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  • Theflyersfan If you ever want a review on a 2022 Mazda MX-5 GT RF, I'll be more than happy to type up a few thousand words and add in some great pictures in front of Churchill Downs for y'all!In a nutshell, I agree with this review. I didn't have a chance to try the Recaro seats because the only test drive available was with another GT that someone backed out in buying so it was being used as a demo. But from what I was told, if you're larger than a 38 waist or taller than 5'10", it gets tight. But with the standard seats, and I'm 5'10" and maybe 20 pounds from the 38 waist, I fit fine. Now getting in and out with the roof up after shoulder surgery (especially leaving the surgery center with most of the right arm under a nerve block) is the total opposite of graceful!!! The look on the nurse's face when the MX-5 pulled up and I'm partially wrapped up like a mummy was priceless.I've had mine since the middle of April and have already put 6,700 miles on it, including round trips from Louisville to Chicago and the Philadelphia suburbs. Averaged 38-39 mpg at a steady 75 mph, and it wasn't a torture chamber. The metal top helped a lot. The standard seats are a bit thin on padding, and there was a bit of squirming by around hour 8 on the Philly drive, but it's possible. But even though this design was released in 2015, I still get compliments from total strangers at stoplights, carwashes, gas stations, restaurants, etc. The Soul Red Metallic paint just makes the car pop. I wish it was available with the Terra Cotta leather (the gray above is available with it), and that it didn't have the standard all in black, because it gets thermonuclear in there with the top down and the sun beating on you, but a minor quibble. But it's just fun. Pure driving fun. The best stick shift in any car today. Solid brakes, excellent handling, a sane amount of power to where you aren't going to get into anything reckless and stupid. After a 12+ hour day at work, there's nothing better than dropping the top and driving the 20 minutes home with the better than I thought it would be Bose stereo playing Moby into my ears through the headrest speakers. Mazda has already announced there will be an NE model so I can't wait for that. It'll be interesting how they will keep the weight down with the expected changes to eke more MPG out of what is already an efficient car.
  • FreedMike I don’t know if I buy into the “they’re coming for our cars” stuff - they’ve been saying that for a long time now - but I wouldn’t argue with one word of this review otherwise.
  • Oberkanone It's not a Jimny! Would be nice if we still had a selection of Suzuki auto in the US. Sidekick was simple and affordable.
  • Dave M. I will say this generation styling has grown on me; previously I thought the Fiat version was far better looking. Miatas have always been pure joy to drive.
  • Kendahl A Tesla feature has been free, periodic, over-the-air, software updates that add new features or improve existing ones. Owners brag that their x-year-old car is better today, because of the updates, than it was brand new. Will Tesla start charging for these updates after a few years? Teslas hold their value very well. I suspect losing free updates will do serious damage to that.