Originally Posted by ericbarbwire
Thank you very much for the advice! I really do appreciate it
To address some of your comments:
We will be adding in explanations as to how we reached our rating system. We got that comment a few times before, so it definitely should be fixed.
Also, it seems like there are some implications from you that we are somehow in cahoots with Samsung, not the case at all. The only sites we have any sort of partnership with are Amazon and Ebay. I do wish Iphones were superior to Samsung phones, after all, they're more expensive so I would yield in a larger profit from affiliate sales. :P
But, we developed an algorithm to create the ratings based off of information gathered and indexed from numerous sources. We may have to tweak it, after all no algorithm is perfect the first time around. We also don't have the Iphone6s added yet, when it is. I'd expect it to rank around the top.
I did not mean to imply you were in cahoots with Samsung, nor do I think you are. I'm bringing up the fact that Samsung has been caught cheating benchmark software before and using performance enhancing code to make their phones appear better than they are. That's a matter of public record with no other implication intended. So I bring that up to say be aware of that.
As far as whether or not iPhones deserve to be in the Top 50 or not it was not my intention to suggest anything other then this: Apple is the 2nd largest producer of smartphones in the entire world (Yes, Samsung is #1). The general consensus among consumers and a large part of the industry is that they are superior to Android phones. Whether or not that is true is inconsequential because a lot of that is largely opinion based. But if I, as a general consumer were to go to your website and start comparing phones and i don't see any products from the second largest producer of smartphones in the entire world which is also a very well known and well respected company- I am going to question the rating system. Not that it's shady or improper or there's anything underhanded going on, mind you. No, I would think that the rating is just plain old wrong and I think it would lead to a lack of trust in the system to be honest. So I would strongly suggest, just from the perspective of a consumer, that you do revisit that algorithm as you suggested because it seems very strange that no Apple product would make it into the top 50.
My advice to you would also be to clearly define who your target audience is and consider what their values are. If you're going after a techie crowd they will care a lot more about processing power and memory while the general public will probably care more about the camera and the price rather than the chipset. Just be careful not to lend too much weight to one thing over another especially if you're going after the general consumer as a target. There are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to ranking or rating anything.
I don't mention any of this to be mean or insulting, mind you. Just to give some advice. I showed this list to three separate associates who all hold high up positions within the tech industry- mostly as developers and programmers but none are in the mobile industry and all three of them independently came back to me with the impression that the list is greatly flawed. One individual said "the only thing this list leads in is being cheap" another offered "you can't look at only the processor and not give any weight to the speed of the RAM. This might be a top 50 list of Androids. It does include some of the top phones available but no way this is an all-inclusive list of the top 50 phones out there."
So, like I said, you might want to look at the rating system,. I wouldn't harp on this so much but for the fact that the rating system is crucial to what you do and the belief in the validity of the rating system will be what leads people to trust you or go elsewhere.
But all that being said if you believe in your rating system and you believe that a lot of the other ratings out there are wrong then stand by it. I would just suggest you explain the "why" a bit more as you continue to build and develop your site and your business.