Google Panda places heavy emphasis on brand factor. The page of the branded site could have zero content but they would still rank well because of better brand score.
An example in my case
#*$! review page of branded site has almost zero content (awaiting user input ? ), appear on page 1.
#*$! review page (same product) of my site has plenty of words and images. but appears on page 3.
Brand is the new king, content is queen.