I think this poll is not very clear - the title is not really in sync with the content of the poll or the thread posts. The choices in the poll don't really read as "What type of review do you prefer to read / use as a reference?"...
Both are templates, one is 'Standard/original' and the other is 'Extended' - and the extended template has many versions to suit the type of product.
The first voting option is:
"I prefer free form reviews" - which could mean prefer to read.
but the second is:
"I prefer using the template" - which isn't really about *reading* them, it's about using them.
To address some of the posts here:
The Extended template doesn't require you to repeat yourself; that's why the required characters for sections are 200 or less - so the information can be broken out among different sections for easier reference. It's a point by point review, not a story-telling experience. It has value in that it gets to the meat of the product first.
No one said not to use your own voice or personality in the writing. The only thing that should be purely informative is the summary - the rest can be as fun and flavorful as you want it to be.