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I have always wet shaved and I have 5 different razors ranging from 2 blades to 5 blades at varying price levels and I have always found the 5 blade to shave the closest with the least irritation.
I stopped wet shaving about 3 months ago when on holiday with my family, my granddad mentioned using electric shavers and said that he finds it a lot better than wet shaving. I was given a rubbish electric razor a few years ago and as my hair wasn't the thickest it was quite hard to use the razor as it just glided over the top of the hair. For the last 3 months that same razor has been working well and has done quite a good job. It got to December and my mum asked me if I wanted a new shaver as a gift for Christmas, I browsed the net and Amazon had good savings on their mens grooming products. One offer caught my attention the most, this was the Phillips Nivea Coolskin HS8060, RRP of £150 down to £60. This razor comes with a charging/refilling station which you would usually have to pay more for. Looking at the other models in the range, they were more expensive but without a charging station, so it paid to have the charge station even if I wasn't likely to use it.
The charge station is roughly 5"x3" at the base and stands at about 7" tall, it comes with your normal 2 pin plug, I wish it had an adapter of some kind to put a normal 3 pin plug on it easily as there isn't much space in our bathroom so I would like to keep it plugged in in my bedroom. On the side of the charge stand there is a place to clip the trimmer attachment. There is a bottle of lotion included and is simple to use either way you choose to fill your razor, if you put it in the stand you just need to twist the top and turn it upside down into the hole at the back of the stand, it is then ready to dispense when you put the razor into it. There is also a little travel charger which is quite small, it is round and about 2.5" across and about 1.5" high, it would do the job while on holiday as the lotion in the razor should last the duration of your holiday. There is also a trimmer which is the same as your usual hair trimmer but slightly smaller, it is interchangeable with the razor head and it is used for trimming rather than shaving.
When I first took it all out of the box I couldn't understand how the razor was suppose to stay in the charger as it didn't want to clip in as it says it does in the instructions, however when it was all installed properly with the lotion bottle in place, you put the razor into it's home and when you push back it clicks into place and latches onto the sides of the razor. Once the razor is clipped in it will then start to charge as well as fill the lotion unit on the back of the razor, to completely fill it took maybe 15-20 seconds. It says in the manual to charge for 90 minutes before first use which is what I did.
The instruction booklet is quite thick but most of it is other languages, the English section is only 20 pages and pretty straight forward. It mentions in it that your skin may take a couple of weeks to get use to the way the razor shaves although after my first shave with it I had minimal rash and no spots which I usually get. The second shave, I did get a bit of a rash on my neck but it didn't last very long and it wasn't itchy. I am extremely pleased with the closeness of the shave and I no longer get ay rash since my second shave, it is possibly the closest shave I have had, even comparing it with wet shavers and the use of the lotion makes my skin feel extremely soft.
I have seen the lotion for around £7 and not knowing how much to use the first time or how long it is likely to last I didn't want to go over the top and use too much of it the first time. I probably didn't use as much as I should, but you can tell when you are using enough as the razor glides over your skin. The bottle is 75ml and it is suppose to last 3 months with daily use. The razor is said to last 40 minutes from a full charge, I managed to get 33 shaves out of it from it's first charge and filled the lotion 4 times including the first initial fill and another fill when the battery needed charging.
New shaving heads are recommended every 2 years and I have seen these for around £25-£30, they are easy to change and just pull off and push on. Each individual head can be removed for extra cleaning.
This shiatsu massager from Homedics is the latest model in the range. Previous models have came with or without heat, with the heat version costing slightly more, you can tell the two model versions apart due to the H at the end of the model name. The 500 only comes with heat and has two separate sets of rolling massagers compared to the single set on the older models. The two sets of rollers cover separate parts of your back, the shoulders and the rest of your back, this ensures that you can focus on the particular part of your back you want to focus on. The wired control unit is pretty self explanatory, but if you are not sure, the manual explains it all well. There is a little pocket attached to the side of the bottom part of the massager so there is a place to keep it rather than it just laying about.
It is quite a large unit so comes in a large box. Taking it out of the box was simple and didn't need much effort to get it set up and giving me a massage. There are 2 screws on the back which have big notices on, these state that they must be removed before you use the product, these screws must keep the massage rollers in place during transit. The back of the seat is quite tall and would cover even the tallest of people, I am 6"4 and the shoulder massage rollers on their highest setting are nowhere near my shoulders, they aren't far off keeping my ears warm.
Between the shoulder and back massagers there is obviously a small space which won't get touched but this isn't that big a space and you don't really miss it. You can make the massage feel more or less intense by the amount of pressure you put onto the back of the seat. The top part of your back where your spine curves outwards and towards the chair the massage can feel very intense up to the point where if you have too much pressure on it, it may hurt. I find that the lower part of the massage wasn't really doing a lot but I could readjust my position slightly and it would get to that part too.
There are two types of massage for the main back section, you can either have it doing the typical Shiatsu massage, this is where the rollers move up and down whilst going round in circles, you also have the option of heat which makes the massage feel a lot more soothing. There is also a rolling massage where the rollers just go up and down your back, this gives the feeling that your muscles are being stretched out and it feels good to have a combination of both, although strangely you have to change it yourself rather than it cycling through the 2 alternatively on its own. It does go through all the settings when in demo mode, but this as the name suggests is just a demo of what the product can do so only lasts a few minutes. Whatever type of massage you have, it lasts 15 minutes before it turns off automatically and the rollers return to there original positions, you can of course stop it before the 15 minutes is up or start again if you wish, it only turns off as a safety precaution.
The instruction booklet does mention that the unit should not be used before bed as it stimulates and can cause you to not be able to sleep. I find that it has the complete opposite effect on me and always thought massages were suppose to be a relaxing thing which should help you sleep. maybe it's just an individual thing.
At the time of writing this, the older models are around £50-£120 depending on model and whether it comes with heat. This model is around £175, I haven't used any other models so I can't compare, but the heat is nice to have but if you have two layers of clothing on I wouldn't have thought you would feel much of it anyway. The second set of rollers on your shoulders is something you would have to decide on a personal level, I find that I ache in the shoulder area so having a shoulder massage included is a big bonus, if you mainly want just your back massaged then one of the older, cheaper models might suit you better.
When I was little I never wanted to read books, even in primary school I always hated the fact that there was a dedicated time in the day that we had to sit down and read a book of our choice. It never got any better in secondary school and I would never read a book out of choice. Up to when I was 20 I probably read about 5 proper books, and by that I mean something that doesn't have some sort of 'A is for Apple' simplicity to it, I know that doesn't sound good but it's the truth.
Over the last year I have started to read books in work, I work nightshift and get two 20 minute breaks and a 45 minute one, I use to read newspapers or listen to my ipod. I started reading a book whilst on holiday and didn't get round to finishing it, so I took it to work with me. Since then I haven't stopped and have been buying books regularly, Our local library doesn't have the biggest selection of books so I looked online for a alternative, and I came across ReadItSwapIt.
ReadItSwapIt is a brilliant idea in which you list the books you have which you want to swap and list the books which you want. I have done 4 swaps so far, each one cost me £1.68 which was the price of postage. I am not likely to ever read the same book again after I have read it so they will sit on a shelf taking up space for no purpose so I may as well swap them. Of the 4 books I have received all of them have been in good condition, the user who is listing the books gives a brief description of the book and the quality of it.
When you have posted the book, you go onto the website to say you have posted it, this keeps the other person up to date with what's happening, they will then state when they have received their book and will leave a score out of 5 stars and a comment if they want, this works in the same way as the ebay feedback as you will then know if you are trading with someone who is trustworthy.
When you use the sites search feature to look for books it will come up with all the books that match the title you have provided and how many of that book are available on the site, from there you can either add it to your books, your wishlist or look at a list of the people with that book. Looking at the list of people with the book gives you an overview of that user and the book, it tells you what their rating is so you know if they are trustworthy, the last time they logged in so you know if they are worth trying to swap with or not, and a brief description on what they think of the book and its condition.
When you have set up a wishlist of books that you want, you can opt to get emails to tell you when these books have been added to the site, you can then have a look at their wishlist to see if they want any of yours or just try your luck, they may choose to swap with you anyway.
At the time of writing this review they have 214369 books listed, so I am sure there is something for everyone. I have seen books of every genre on there, ranging from all sorts of fiction to flower arranging.
The forums are a good place to chat, most first time swapper questions have been answered helpfully and friendly and they also list reviews of books on there so if you are looking at what to read next, that is a good place to go.
The registration process is simple, they do need your address as this will be part of your profile so people know where to send your books, but this will only be visible when you have accepted a swap.
Since finding this website I have been listing books as soon as I have finished them and I will continue doing so as I am so impressed with the way in which the process works, in the last year I have read around 20 books, and 90% of that is while at work.
The only down side I have found is the way the search is performed, I would like to be able to search for books on my wishlist and only find people that have the books I have on their wishlists, this would save a lot of time asking people if they would like to swap for them to turn round and say that they don't want to read any of your books.
I bought this Freeview recorder after talking to a colleague in work, he was saying how often he uses it and would never be without it. I work nightshift and have done for the last 2 years. I always leave home at 8 in the evening and never bother to look what's on TV as I will always wish I could have watched something that was on. The introduction of services such as BBC iPlayer has helped but I always found myself forgetting to check it.
After checking prices and taking into account the £40 Argos voucher I had, I decided on the Digihome DTR160. I was going to get it on the weekend so during the week I thought I would look to see if there was anything on, that I would like to watch. I was surprised by how many programs and films I would like to see.
The player itself doesn't look the most attractive and is quite large in terms of freeview boxes on sale today, but this has a hard drive and 2 tuners in it which allows you to record 2 channels and watch a recorded program off of the Hard Drive. It doesn't, as some people may think allow you to watch 1 channel and record another 2. It is extremely quiet and you can only really hear it when the hard drive spins up, which I beleive is to keep the EPG up to date. It does do this quite frequently but it doesn't interfere with me and I have it in my bedroom.
There are 2 hard drive sizes available, an 80GB version and the one this review is for is the 160GB version. This gives you a stated 80 hours of recording time on the Argos website, I haven't read the manual so don't know if that's what the manufacturer states.
The software does have problems, things I have encountered so far include:
* The EPG can be slow to scroll through, sometimes taking a few seconds to catch up.
* Pressing the up and down channel buttons too quickly sometimes confuses the player but it will do your selection after a couple of seconds.
*When fast forwarding through recorded programs the player sometimes gets stuck fast forwarding so when you want it to start playing again it will carry on which can advance quite a way in the program if your fast forwarding at 32x.
These are the problems I have encountered, none of them are frequent and are slightly annoying but nothing too serious that makes me not want to use the player.
I have seen people reporting problems with the series link which records a series rather than just a single episode, I have been using this feature quite often and have not encountered any problems with it.
I haven't had a real need to use the pause TV function however I tried it out just to see how it works and it does as is stated. It allows you to pause what you are watching when the phone rings for example and resume from where you left off. Some recorder boxes allow you to rewind live TV, however this box doesn't have this feature.
The player doesn't come with a scart cable in the box, but I don't think many electrical appliances do any more, I suppose they think everyone must have at least one lying about somewhere, they can be picked up for around £5 or less anyway so not that much more if you require one.
Overall I have been very impressed with this player and now find myself telling other people about it and saying that I now couldn't be without it, I can't believe how many good documentaries I would have missed if I didn't have this box.
I bought these Creative EP-630 earphones after I had the Sony MDR-EX71SLB Fontopia earphones for about 2 years and was really impressed by them apart from the rubber on the wire. It felt very flimsy and cheap and if you rolled the cable in your fingers you could feel the wire moving about. When they were about 18 months old the rubber started breaking and exposed bare wire. These earphones were £26 when I bought them and for only 2 years worth I thought this was a bit expensive, so I started looking for good quality cheap ones.
While in the process looking for new earphones, people were recommending the Creative EP-630 as a brilliant all rounder with great sound and good quality for a brilliant price. In the end I bought some for around £6-7, this price is available from a few online shops.
I have now owned these earphones for over a year and there is no sign of breakage. The cable feels strong and if you roll it in your fingers it doesn't feel like it will break.
The correct way to put these earphones into your ears is by pulling on the top of the ear to open the ear canal slightly and then put the earphone in, this way it will sit further in the ear blocking out more sound. This technique does make a lot of difference and while sitting at the back on a very noisy bus with my iPod on but not too loud I couldn't hear the engine over the music. These earphones give a good deep bass and great overall sound.
The earphones have 3 choices in the size of the rubber earbud you use, I find the small and medium ones fit me well but have settled for the medium ones as I found they fit slightly better and when out jogging they stay put.
Because these earphones fit deeply into your ear, you do hear every little tap on the cable so when out jogging, if you have the cable flapping about you will hear a slight thudding where the cable is tapping on somthing, it's not too distracting but I can see how it could be annoying for some people.
The earphones are at the end of a Y shaped cable rather than having one earphone cable longer than the other, for me the Y shape is a better design. The length of the cable isn't too long either, if you have your MP3 player in your trouser pocket, the earphones will go in your ears without any pull on them.
The saying 'you get what you pay for' didn't ring true this time, if these break I could replace them 4 times before I pay the same price as I did for the more expensive ones. Although the Sony earphones are cheaper now, they are still more expensive than the EP-630s for the same specification.
It is a shame you don't get a carry case to put them in for transport as the rubber buds are quite fragile, but if they came with a case I am sure they would cost more, and i'm sure some people already have a suitable case for them from previous earphones etc.
Update: After owning these for over 2 years and using them most days the right earphone stopped working intermittently for about a week and then gave up completely. I was gutted that they had stopped working and tried to find similar ones with good sound but ended up getting a second pair of these. If I get another 2 years out of them it would have cost me about £15 for 4 years of earphone usage.
The Griffin iTrip as with all FM transmitters started off being classed as illegal due to you effectively broadcasting a radio station, they became legal in 2006. Despite this, people still bought them and and they are now more popular than ever.
New cars nowadays have ports built into cars that allow you to plug your MP3 players directly, but what do you do if you don't have this or don't even have a tape player which allows you to use the old tape adapters. My car didn't have either but it would allow me to make an MP3 CD although this only allowed around 7 albums and it became a pain if I wanted them on random or to have different albums. I then decided to try a FM Transmitter.
After buying one and trying it whilst sat on my driveway in the car, I found a nice clear station and had the ipod playing through the speakers within 10 minutes, however when I was driving to work and using my new gadget this is where I found it's weakness. The signal you may have while in one place may not be clear in another so you have to find a clear station which is clear wherever you are. After a couple of tries I was getting really annoyed with it, but I finally found a clear station which for reference is 107.00 in Bristol. I now use my ipod every day to and from work which is a 13 mile drive each way and have no interference at all.
The iTrip plugs into your iPod in the data port where you would usually charge it from, you then turn your iPod on and start playing music, this will turn the iTrip on, you know it's on when the digital display shows a frequency. Scan through your car radio until you find a clear station with just static and no speech or music. Once you have found this, save the channel on your car radio for easier finding next time. Then you have to change the frequency on the iTrp, this is done with the switch on the side, when the station is found press the button and it will save the channel so you don't have to search each time. You are now all set, your music will now play through your speakers.
This is such an easy thing to use and once you have it set up on a clear station you can experience great sound from your iPod with no wires.
Some FM transmitters come with a cable that require plugging into the cigarette socket to power it, however the iTrip draws power from the iPod itself, this can be classed as a good and bad thing.
Good because you don't have cables which get in the way.
Bad because it drains your iPod battery a lot quicker.
I have found that I get around 10 hours of play out of my iPod Touch with the iTrip connected, the stated playtime of the iPod Touch is 24 hours although I have never taken note to see if I actually get this amount of time.
The iTrip is a good looking transmitter and it is not too bulky. It measures 2.45" x 1.43" x 0.9" (62.5mm x 36.5mm x 22mm). It is the same width as my iPod Touch and adds about an inch to the bottom of it.
I have been very impressed with the quality in build and sound of the iTrip and after spending the time to get a good station it is now simple to use and would now never pay to have a iPod port put into my car. I never listen to my music really loud, it's quite loud but not car shakingly so, so I can't comment on what the quality sounds like when you have it turned right up.
One small problem I found when I was going to work the other day is, if someone has the same station set as you, you will get interference from them and get a mix of your own and their music, but what are the actual chances of it happening often. I have owned it for a few months now and it has only happened once for about a minute in the hours I have been listening. A good thing to take out of it is, the cars that were around me stopped at traffic lights and I made it through, and I was still getting their signal for about another 10 seconds before I just lost signal, so it has a good range on it too.
I have mentioned using this in the car as this is the only place I have used mine, but you are not just limited to in the car, you can use it wherever you have a FM radio.
You can find these for around £20-25, which in my opinion isn't too bad when you compare it to the alternative choices.
My dad bought a townhouse in a little village called Balsicas which was complete November 2007, since then I have visited it 4 times. I went over at different months so got a true feeling of what it's like over the course of the year. I went for a week each in November, February, April and September. Even when we were over in November and February the temperatures were still low 20's and the sun was out most if not all days.
My parents went for 17 days in July 2008 and said it was very hot, somtimes unbearably so, getting to above 46oC. In september when I was there it was 42oC in the sun on one of the days.
The old ryhme of, 'The rain falls mainly on the plain' is supposedly from the Murcian region although over the 4 weeks I have spent there we probably had about 4 days rain.
The area is very nice, we mostly go to beaches around the Mar Menor/La Manga which is known as a celebrity and golfing hotspot and the beaches are lovely, our favourite being Los Alcazares.
Our house is about 30 minute drive from Murcia city but the road structure around the actual city is an absolute nightmare due to it being old, some of the streets are very narrow and the spanish drive like maniacs. The main roads and motorways in and out are brilliant and even at peak times we haven't sat in a jam. There is a shopping complex near to the city which has an Ikea which has been empty every time we have been. There are also big shopping centres called Thader and Nuevo Condominium, the latter is huge and has a very big Eroski (Supermarket) in it.
The Murcia region is famous for it's stews although we haven't tried one and we haven't even had paella yet so I can't comment on them. We visited a couple of bars but none of them speak english, but luckily I have been trying to learn spanish go got away with the basics of asking for coffee, Cappuccino and beers. One bar where we asked for a cappuccino it came as they usually do, but with whole coffee beans floating in it and a slice of lime, so be wary before ordering.
The trains are very clean and when we went by train into the city centre they were on time coming and going.
The airport (San Javier) is small and is actually a military airport for which the spanish version of the Red Arrows are based and somtimes you can see them lined up whilst landing or taking off, we have been lucky on a couple of occasions to see them practicing. The airport only has 5 gates if I remember correctly, when 2 planes are boarding at the same time it does get a bit hectic but they deal with it pretty quick. At the moment San Javier is the main airport for Murcia, although you can fly into Alicante but that is about a 45 minute to 1 hour drive away.
There are 5 car hire companies in the arrivals hall but that number seems to be growing steadily. On average we have hired a car which is usually Ford Ka to Ford Focus sized for about £68 for a week, you have to pay for petrol on top which has recently been about Euro70 for a full tank, and if you only use half you don't get any back.
Murcia is an up and coming place with more Brits moving there, but at the moment it is still very Spanish and just the way we like it.
After going to our local garden centre and seeing the easiyo starter kits we thought we would have a look on the internet to see if there were any bargains. After finding the kit on Lakeland we bought the Yogurt maker and a pack of 6 Bio-Natural Mix yogurts.
My mum use to have a yogurt maker when I was younger which had 6 little cups that you put in a unit and the cups got warm, but it never made yogurt it just turned out like thick milk so we were a bit sceptical about this maker, however it has been briliant.
So far we have gone through 5 of the 6 packets and have been impressed by each one, we always keep 4 tablespoons worth at the end so we can make our own by adding the 4 tablespoons of yogurt, 4 tablespoons of milk powder and fill up with milk, we usually get another 5 lots this way before the yogurt starts to get runny. You can do the same with shop bought yogurt but from what i've read it always says make sure it has live cultures in it, but I thought that's what yogurt is?
The mixes that come with it are very simple to use, you empty the sachet into the yogurt pot, half fill the pot with water, screw the lid on and give it a good shake to mix it all then take the lid back off and fill to the line with more water then put the lid back on. It is usually messy at this point as the yogurt that is on the inside of the lid drips down the side of the pot so you might find it better to give it a rinse before reinstalling it.
We have tried mixing strawberry sauce, Jam's and honey (separately of course ;) ) to the yogurt and are all good for a healthy snack and are so much better than the stuff you buy in the supermarkets without any additives.
The maker itself works like a flask, the lid twists on and off and is easy to do as it only need about 1/4 of a turn. Inside the maker is a red divider with a hole in the bottom, this divider indicates where you have to fill with boiling water and acts as a platform which the yogurt pot rests on. You pour the water through the hole and to the top of the divider, put the yogurt jar on top and then lock the lid on, when you come back in 8 hours you will have lovely thick yogurt and a no mess maker to clean as all it requires is the water to be emptied and then a quick wipe and dry. It actually tells you not to submerge in water.
If you keep some of the yogurt behind to reuse, it makes really cheap yogurt as if you buy 6 packs at around £10 and then make 6 litres with each pack you effectively end up with 36 lites for a tenner.
We have found that it would be good to have another 1 litre yogurt pot so we could be making some and have some in the fridge ready so you always have a supply or somtimes you get caught without any.
Ok, to start here's a bit about Quidco...It's a simple concept but difficult to get your head around the free money side of things, you are bound to think wheres the catch. Quidco works by using Affiliate schemes, which companies offer to people with a website. An affiliate scheme is kind of like a referral, because Quidco send busines to a website and because they get paid by that website for sending you there they make money. Quidco do make money from this as they take £5 out of your quidco account every year, but they will only take it if you have actually earned £5 or more.
To get going with Quidco, you are required to register so you have your own members area so you can see how much money you have made. The search on the website is straight forward, you just search for the company you are looking to buy from, if it is listed you can get cashback, it tells you the earnings amount next to the shop name.
I signed up to Quidco in March 2007 and to date I have been paid over £265. There are various ways for you to request your money from Quidco, they offer paypal and Bank Transfer. Some people may be happier giving out paypal details rather than their bank details but it is completely safe.
I have recently had trouble with Quidco tracking which is the term they use for when your payment has been noted that it took place but not yet confirmed (Validated). I have used 3 different companies, ensured my cookies were cleared and matched all Quidco requirements but 1 was declined and annoyingly I wasn't told why. The other 2 companies just didn't appear in my earnings list.
When purchases don't track, there is an enquiry service you can use which you need to fill out with the relevant details, eg. Order Number, email address, Name. When you have submitted an earnings enquiry it will show up in your earnings as pending and Quidco will follow it up, if the merchant is part of Sureshop you should get your money within 30 days. Sureshop is somthing that some merchants agreed to which says that when a enquiry is made, they will sort it out within 30 days, on a couple of occasions they have dealt with my enquiries just withing this timeframe.
I have so far recommended Quidco to all my family who now all have accounts (but that means I now don't get their earnings :( ) and I have told 2 people in work, 1 of which is at over £300 in less than a year. He got to this amount by buying Car insurance, House insurance and a mobile phone contract. Generally these are all high paying merchants and can sometimes make your insurances a lot cheaper.
Common companies that Quidco have are:
ebay - 40% of ebay revenue
Play.com - up to 6%
HMV - up to 7%
itunes - 8%
The earning amounts were correct at the time I wrote this, and they sometimes offer a higher rate, you can find out what companies have upped their rate when you log into your account, they have a 'savvy tips' section which keeps you informed on what the comapanies are doing.
The website is so simple to use, it is clearly laid out and not at all cluttered which I like as you only use it as a go between for buying things.
I received this phone from 3 as part of a renewal of my contract, I have now owned if for around 3 months. I was offered a range of phones after 3 got in contact with me 1 month before my contract was up. The very helpful woman asked me what I used the phone for other than phone calls and texts (Obviously). I'm not a big phone user, but I do make use of the walkman when in work so that was my preference.
The walkman is very good at playing music as you would expect. The camera is 2MP but the quality isn't that great and it really annoys me that you can't zoom in when actually taking the picture, unless you put the phone into 'Burst' mode which then takes 4 sucsessive pictures. You can take a picture as normal and then digitally zoom in, but then you decrease the quality. I know it isn't a dedicated camera phone but this somthing that shouldn't have been missed. Maybe i'm missing somthing here, but I have looked and I can't find anything so hopefully somebody could get back to me.
Another thing that I have found slightly annoying is how when looking at a text message and you wish to delete it, delete is at the bottom of the list, surely more people are going to want to delete it than access 'Details' for the message or 'Save&Copy', or is that just me?
The phone has recently been tempermental with audio issues when making and receiving calls, I can't hear the other end and they can't hear me. I have been through the usual taking the battery and sim out but it still doesn't work so after 3 months of ownership I now have to send it back to 3 and be without a phone for a week.
Now some good points:
The signal quality is brilliant, I get 4 or 5 bars most of the time. The battery life is good, I don't use it that often but I get about 6 days out of a full charge which is with bluetooth turned off. The slide feels good and feels more solid than other phones I have compared it with.