The Verge review is 8.2Mb with a tad under 500 requests; Mashable’s review is 40Mb with 700 requests. To be fair, they mitigate the effect through lazy loading.
These page weights are ridiculous under the best of circumstances, as demonstrated by the page speed scores:
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While PageSpeed focuses on performance there are some usability considerations too. A score of zero basically means a page is both slow and unusable.