Agree or disagree: Leaks spoil everything and I'd prefer we didn't have them

Agree or disagree: Leaks spoil everything and I'd prefer we didn't have them
By now, even the non regulars among our viewers know the drill: the road to a flagship announcement is paved with... leaks. Yeah. Rumors, leaks, insider intel, speculation, and even lies, all mixed together in a collective bowl, constantly churning, constantly contributing to our understanding of devices that we're not intended to understand just yet. 

Take a look at our homepage. It's been a bountiful week, full of new, tangible leaks that have pretty much revealed what Samsung has in store come MWC 2016 in Bareclona (in two weeks). HTC's One M10 and LG's G5 share the same fate. And in a way, one could argue that these leaks spoil the surprise. And it's rather hard to argue, especially given just how many eyeballs these same leaks attract each time, every time.

But perhaps not your eyeballs. Perhaps you're the rare exception. Perhaps you're ever the unwilling watcher on the sidelines, always grappling with conflicting feelings: to see, or not to see. Perhaps you don't think twice and dive right in. 

Well?

Would you prefer that leaks didn't exist?

Yes, I hate leaks
17.62%
I'm cool with rumors, but leaks often take it too far and ruin the surprise
42.62%
No, I love leaks
39.75%



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30 Comments

1. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

I absolutely love leaks. I hate having to wait and be disappointed by something. If Im on the edge about making a purchase and have to wait for an announcement from another company I'd rather there be leaks to see if the wait is worth it.

13. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Exactly. No one is making us read the leaks. Leaks helped me make a few purchases. Leaks made my son mad because he didnt know about the Vita and I did. He asked for the 3DS. I wanted the Vita.

16. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Leaks are the best way to generate curiosity and publicity... before official launch.

18. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

It doesn't matter anymore, smartphone is so matured we don't expect much on design. People keep saying iPhone leaks like s**t and yet people still queue foe that.

19. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Also, without leaks, phonearena will become a very dull websites. Many people come here for a leaks

29. AZNHA unregistered

agree with you i hate disappointment

2. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

If anything, it gets your hopes up and then kill them totaly when it`s official(like the M9 render/rumor for example)

28. KaneTJ

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

Leaks don't do that, you do that to yourself by not being able to take information with a grain of salt. And like others said if you have a huge issue with "spoilers" or "leaks" dont click on an article with the subject in the title or better yet stay off the internet.

31. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Dident say anything about not liking rumors or leaks, Just that it gets your hopes up sometimes for something that isen`t true.

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

A smartphone is a smartphone, not a bloody film or a novel... I'm an avid motorcycle enthusiast, and I always dig leaks, rumors & spy shots of testing motorcycle prototypes... Come-on PA, we all just LOVE leaks... Be it about smartphones or motorcycles...

15. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

^^^^This. Its not some bloody movie where leaks will spoil the fun.

17. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Smartphone makers make far more money than film producers....

5. scarface21173

Posts: 700; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

the leaks have spoilt the s7 for me. I like to be surprised just like on xmas day. I am more looking forward to seeing the g5 release now, as long as they don't spoil it in the next week or so.

6. milos

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Good news leaks are awesome! Bad news leaks are good preparation so you don't get all shocked and disappointed on the release date. Untrue leaks get to become surprises on the release date anyway. can't go wrong with the leaks!

7. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Rumors are ok, but Leaks? Stfu

30. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

More like Leaks are Ok but Rumours suck because they are Rumours and sometimes turn out to be fake

8. Derekjeter

Posts: 1516; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I hate leaks, rumors, announcing the phone 3 months before its launch. Just release the damn thing the day you announce it and keep it a secret, that way PA can't repost the same article 5 times a week. Lol

11. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I agree. I hate them. I love watching the events and being surprised. And you're right, there's a story for the front of the S7, the back of the s7, more pics of each color...blah blah blah.

9. Blest42188

Posts: 55; Member since: Aug 05, 2015

I love leaks. I plan ahead.

10. namesib

Posts: 97; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

I completely disagree. Why wait a year to know about something when you can get the information sooner?

12. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Love 'em.

14. gaman

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 31, 2014

i just love leaks

20. aegislash

Posts: 1516; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Eh leaks don't bother me. Sure, surprises would be nice, but it's not like a leak will prevent me from having the device in my hands eventually.

21. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

The term 'leak' implies the unintended escape of information. That does happen now and then (discovery of the Nexus 5 comes to mind), but most of the 'leaks' we see are nothing more than a controlled stream of micro press releases from the manufacturers themselves soon before they launch new product. Tidbits of information that tell us what they want us to know when they want us to know it, and for that I dislike most 'leaks'.

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I think some leaks spoil some of the surprise for some brands. Example, leaks of a new iPhone is no big deal, because Apple has created an easy expectancy fo what the next model will have, especially the "s" model. But for phones like Samsung for example, I rather be completely surprised. Unlike what some posters said, this isn't a movie and thus the leaks don't really ruin the ended...well they do actually. I think we all expect the typical upgrades...CPU speed bump, GPU speed bump, bump in camera specs, maybe a bump in RAM and those kind of leaks arent a big deal. But leaks into advanced features, I rather that me a surprise. its more like a movie in that, no movie is really goign to have any different screenplay vs a similar movie of its type. But even in those movies, there is some special part which makes it unique and would be spoiled if you knew what it was before you saw it. Same with devices. Give us the bread, but wait before we get the butter. The things that are actually going to be new, don't leak those. Speed bumps and similar as I mention are not new things. Those are expected increase that are typical of any new computerized device. But advanced or new features that have never been done, or done on a limited scale; should not be leaked and save for the OEM to bring to our attention.

26. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

great, since so little user hate leaks.. PA will now post every single rumour it can find about iPhone 7, lol

23. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

i am fine with leaks, it's all the b.s rumors

24. surethom

Posts: 1715; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Love leaks but prefer not to have any as well. Please Phonearena can you leave the polls open much longer. You close then ultra fast.

25. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

leak is fine, render is not fine (its plain useless)

27. remtothemax

Posts: 260; Member since: May 02, 2012

really i'm just mostly annoyed when they post the hypothetical renders that people do of phones coming out in less than a year. i don't really see the point of someone making an iphone 7 concept that is 3 mm thick, has a four week battery, shatterproof, 12-core processor, 3d camera with 50x optical zoom, waterproof, and you can use it for induction cooking when camping. it just seems pointless. i am just sort of waiting for them to design the space cars that go along with these phones. why waste my time with something that is going to be impossible in five years, much less something anyone would even attempt to make in the next six months.

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