I didn't write either review, but I am a reviewer so I can understand the dilemmas faced by magazines and writers.
Reviews have to be written in the context of the magazine and its readership, any other products in the same group test and other products in the same market sector. A group test of sub-£100 compacts will inevitably apply different standards to a standalone review in a magazine for photo enthusiasts. There's no snobbery involved; magazine reviews are a sincere attempt to give a specific set of readers the information they demand in order to make a choice.
You could reasonably argue that every compact camera delivers perfectly adequate results, including the Kodak, but saying so doesn't help anyone because what they really want to know is which one is the best. This means identifying and highlighting weaknesses, and this does sometimes upset users who don't consider these weaknesses particularly serious or feel a strong loyalty to a particular brand or model.
The other issue is that people have different standards. Many may feel that the results from a cheap compact are perfectly adequate, and so they might be - for them. Others will disagree, and will waste no time in saying so.
Rod Lawton www.photo-facts.com