What's Up With All the UNBOXING Videos?

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    Maybe it's just me but do you think it has become a weird trend that people are filming themselves taking phones, tablets, etc out of the box? Does anyone really care about this when looking for a review of a product? I would rather someone spend some time playing with a device, learning about it...THEN filming a good quality review including their opinion. These first impression videos just seem like a waste of time to me...
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    I like to see the phones taken out slowly. Under candle light. And then spit on.

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    Uhhhh kinda an offtopic subject....

    If you don't like the unboxing videos don't click them. If you don't like that part of the video reviews, skip it. Simple
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    I completely 100% agree with you. There is absolutely no need for unboxing videos.

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    Maybe explaining their purpose might be more useful than this reply....
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    The unboxing videos (at least imo) show you all the accessories it comes with and you even get a little preview on the design, build, and functionality of the phone. Sure, you could probably get all that information from reading a list, but I'd rather see it in a video than read about what "should" come with it or what it "should" look like.
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    But...you know weeks or even months long before that what it looks like. Also...unless you are buying a cell phone for the first time, you know exactly what it comes with. I guess I just don't care about seeing someone take something out of the box less than a day before I can find out myself. To me...that's the same as when I was still a kid, having someone unwrap my own Xmas presents in a video shown to me. I guess I might as well start recording unboxing videos of my new Xbox games...

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    Not necessarily. I know it's really a small thing (and really only 1 example), but until the 1st unboxing videos of the galaxy nexus in the UK, a lot of people had seen pictures of a Nexus with a much steeper curve. And it's just kind of I guess "ceremonious". Most of the unboxing videos are only for phones with an incredible amount of hype surrounding them.

    Do they really bring anything new or useful to the table? Not really, but I don't have an issue with them at all. In fact, if I'm really interested in a phone, I'll definitely check out the unboxing. It's just exciting to see something (not just a picture) that you've been waiting for.
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    Well...I reckon...to each their own. If I'm really interested in a phone, I would just much rather discover everything on my own and not have it ruined for me by someone else showing it to me

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    So how does an unboxing video do this better than a QUALITY REVIEW?
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    Think of it like an appetizer to a main course.

    Some people like seeing a quick glance of a phone when it first comes out.
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    So...I want to see a video of someone else's hands all over my food before I eat it? That sounds unsanitary

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    I don't know. Body Sushi is all the rage.
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    Not the same thing...you aren't going to use that phone they have. You're just WAY overthinking this. If you don't want to watch the videos or think them pointless, fine. Nobody here is going to be able to convince you otherwise.
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    I don't see why you're nitpicking parts of reviews that can easily be skipped. :D
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    Depends on the reviewer. Cause like once I saw this one review (I think for the Bionic) where the reviewer went on a 5 min rant about the power button placement.
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    Strange as it may sound there are a lot of people that like to see how the phone comes. They want to see the box and accessories.

    I like unboxing videos STRICTLY to see how the manufacturers ship the phones/what kind of boxing comes with it. A lot goes into packaging and I'm always curious to see if something cool will come along.

    If i could only choose one I'd be on your side of the fence. A good thorough review cannot be beat.

    With that said, I understand why they (unboxing) are done because there are other weirdos, such as myself, out there who like to see the phone unboxed :)

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    Yeah...some of us dig that stuff. We also like the boxes, inserts, and manuals. I have all that crap, pristine, for every motorola toy I've ever owned starting with a skytel alpha pager in 1997 and a star tac flip around 1997. Fun to look at sometimes, watch the technology evolve over the years.

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    Yeah that much time dedicated towards a power button of all things is a waste of time and just a personal rant. I've never seen one like that so I just thought OP was against the unboxing part. I mean you can skip on YouTube which is a great future. Nitpicking about something like that is like forcing yourself to watch the credits at the end of a movie on a DVD you own. (Yes i am aware there can be bonus footage at the end of credits for movies in the theater)

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