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My lovely girlfriend bought me the 1st Generation 8gb iPod Touch when it was first released. As you can imagine, I was torn between my need to own this brand new amazing technological wizardry and the fact that I am a miser ;)
At the time, I believe that the 8gb iPod Touch was between £250 and £300, which is a lot of money for something so small and potentially broken easily. The iPod Touch is larger than most mobile phones in length and thickness, but very thin in comparison. The back of the iPod is silver with the apple logo on, and is very easily scratched, so if you want to keep it looking like new a cover or "skin" is advisable. The front is black (although there are some white iPod Touch models, I am not sure during which generation they were made), with a single square covered button for your menu options and one more button at the top of the iPod for switching it off.
The iPod Touch has a 3.5 inch High Resolution screen, which is great for watching movies on or viewing pictures, and even the music can have single and album covers on the songs for added effect. The screen is also "Touch Screen", hence the name iPod Touch (I know you already knew that, I'm just saying). This was a good move by Apple because it enables the iPod to use it's size to it's full advantage as the screen covers a lot of the face side without having rows of buttons taking up valuable space. A lot of mobile phones are like this now, but the iPod Touch led the way. The touch screen is very receptive and responds even when your finger hasn't even made full contact with it, although this can be annoying if you accidentally brush the screen with a knuckle as you are inputting something into your calendar or some other important task.
As I said before, there are video, image and music options. Using Apple's iTunes website, you can drag and drop your downloaded movies onto your iPod Touch although I don't think it plays ALL file types, and I generally just used MP4 files. You can also drag and drop your pictures onto your iPod via iTunes so that you can view them in folders or in a slideshow at great quality. The music/mp3s that you put on your iPod can be "edited" in a way, because you can rename the song titles, album names, the artist names and many other bits of information, like the track number. You can, as I previously stated, change the pictures for your songs so that when you are scrolling through your music you can find the specific song you want just off sight, the same as looking through your CD or Vinyl collection. These are all great aspects of the iPod Touch, but the fact that you a required to use iTunes (which can be so annoying at times) is a huge kick in the teeth to Apple's own product. There are a few programmes that can be used instead of iTunes, but they can be just as bad.
There are numerous amounts of applications and games that can be downloaded to the iPod, some free and some you will have to pay for, and and almost endless catalogue of singles and albums which are nearly all charged for. You will have to purchase the upgrade for the the first generation 8gb iPod Touch to enable the ability to download games and applications form the iTunes online store. The applications range from spirit levels to route planners, with the games ranging from chess to that game where you have to get the ball bearings through the holes (usually found in Christmas crackers). You do not have to download your mp3 music form iTunes, you can put any mp3 file onto your iPod without a problem, but your applications and games need to be purchased from Apple's iTunes. This can be avoided by way of hacking the iPod Touch, but that's naughty ;)
The iPod Touch has built in wi-fi (wireless fidelity), which enables it to connect to an open wireless network or a locked wireless network if you have the passkey. This function is made better by the large high definition screen, as mobile phones that had this feature generally had smaller screens and not very elegant to look at.
There have been many mobile phone releases since the iPod Touch 8gb first launched, and many of them have surpassed Apple's first attempt, but as this is NOT a mobile phone and is miles ahead of any MP3 Player ever made, the iPod Touch is still in a league of it's own.
I gave the "Ease of use" GOOD because iTunes is annoying and I gave the "Features" GOOD because the newer generations of the iPod Touch have far more features.
P.S. I have written a review on the iPod earphones that were supplied, so please read about them there as they make me angry just thinking about them.....grrrr.....
I've had the Sony CDP-CX225 Mega Storage 200 CD Changer about 10 years ago. I don't remember exactly how much I paid for it, as I bought it as a stack stereo (turntable, tape deck, etc.), but it cost me somewhere in the region of £500 to £800.
The stereo itself is a sleek black colour with a decent sized display for all the information you require (track number, time, settings display, etc.). The front middle section of the stereo slides open so that you can put all your CDs in, and the opening is a decent size, which means that you can add your favourite music without fear of scratching your precious disks and making them unreadable. The volume control knob can also be used for disk selection, which is helpful if you have just added a new CD to your collection and have momentarily lost your remote control (I have done that many times).
The thing I liked most about the display on the Sony CDP-CX225 is that, when you add a new album, the stereo automatically knows the album name and the track names. This saves a lot of time as you have the option of naming any of the CDs and tracks yourself, so that you aren't just looking at "Disk 57" and "Track 3" (for example). You can put the stereo on many different settings like random disk selection and random track selection.
The remote control that comes with this system is very basic with the play, stop, fast forward/rewind and track skip, but you can do all the programming from it as well as the stereo, so no need to be kneeling down for hours imputing song titles.
The stereo is very loud and I have to admit that I have never had turned it up to the maximum volume setting especially as the bass can make the floor shake, in fact when the DJ cancelled for a family party I volunteered my stereo and it definitely did me proud. With a few pre-burned disks full of specially selected music (including "Oops Upside Your Head" unfortunately), the stereo was set up and left to do it's thing, and in the end made the DJ obsolete.
It is a very heavy stereo, even without all the other decks, so moving it around when it is full of of disks is not something you would want to do more than once. In fact you'd wish you never moved it in the first place.
The Sony CDP-CX225 holds 200 disks, but I believe there are other sizes of this model that hold upwards of 300 disks. This is great if you have a lot of CDs, but as the world seems to revolve around MP3s nowadays, unless you do have a mass collection or intend to buy a load of CDs, I don't see the point in purchasing this stereo.
It is a great sound system, but I believe that CDs will soon go the way of the Dinosaurs, 8-Tracks and VHS... and be extinct.
I thought I would write a review on the clothing brand I wear the most, which happens to be Osiris (or Osiris Shoes as the online store is called). Wikipedia claims that "Osiris Shoes was founded in 1996 by Tony Chen, Tony Magnusson, Brian Reid, Doug Weston and Laura Kim. They created the company when they saw a void in the skateboard industry for pro designed and endorsed footwear." I don't know how much truth is in that statement, but I do know I like the products Osiris make, which are different types of clothing, not just shoes.
The T-Shirts are good quality, mainly with pictured prints on the front which are like many other clothing brands, but what I have noticed is that some brands' T-Shirts start to get little holes in them after a few washes. That can be very annoying as no-one wants to spend money on something that isn't going to last long and doesn't look as good as it did when bought. I'm happy to say though that not a single one of my Osiris T-Shirts have any holes in (very funny---apart from the sleeves, neck and torso!)
Osiris hoodies and jumpers are the same. With pictured designs printed on like the T-Shirts they are still brilliant quality. I suppose that with a clothing brand created for skateboarding and BMX riding, etc. the quality of the clothes needs to be good, as no-one wants the hood falling off their hoodie if they take a tumble.
When it comes to shoes and boots I don't mind wearing different brands, but when it comes to trainers I ONLY wear Osiris. I generally wear skate shoes, as I find that they are the most comfortable trainers (in my opinion anyway). I do have a pair of Osiris Bronx NYC Lace which are Hi-Tops (and still comfortable), but for me it's the skate shoes I prefer to wear. The ranges of shoe are great. I have 3 pairs of shoes that have graffiti style pictures practically covering the whole of the trainers (not completely, but not far off). There are many different styles of the "graffiti shoe", and all are designed by famous graffiti artists.
Osiris are a big brand in America, and lead the way in innovative shoe designs.
Like I've said, this is MY favourite clothing brand... but it could soon be yours.
I bought a Sandisk Cruzer 16gb (Gigabyte) Flash Drive with the intention of storing music files on, which would be played on my car stereo via the usb port. This particular Flash Drive/ Memory Stick was perfect as I have a lot of music, and if you have ever downloaded an album you will know that 16gb will hold a LOT of albums. I've read on a few sites that 16gb holds roughly 4000 songs, and at £17 pound (which was the price I paid for it), it's was a bargain.
The good thing about Flash Drives is that they are small, so they are very easy to transport as can just put in your pocket (or handbag if you are a lady) and pull out when needed, although a ladies handbag is like a Black Hole which might make it harder to find. As a previous review stated, there is no cap because the part which goes into your computer or stereo (or other usb device) can be withdrawn into the body of the Sandisk Cruzer 16gb by way of the thumb slide function. It sounds strange, but I was also drawn to this particular Flash Drive because of it's smooth texture and the shiny black finish. It really does look high quality.
Also, as has been stated in the same previous review, the Sandisk Cruzer 16gb Flash Drive can be used to speed up your computer's performance. This is a function that most Flash Drives have now, so do not buy the product for this feature only.
Shortly after I bought the Sandisk Cruzer 16gb I discovered (like I was the first to ever do so) that I could put movie files I had previously downloaded onto the Flash Drive, and then play them through my Playstation 3 via the PS3's usb port (where the controller wire goes into). This is my favourite function, because then you can copy the movie files to the Playstation 3 hard drive and delete them from the Flash Drive, freeing up it's memory space again. You can also do the same with music and picture files.
The Sandisk Cruzer 16gb Flash Drive is FAT32 format, which despite being the only format that a PS3 recognises, is the most common format used and can also be used with the XBOX 360.
I'm really pleased I bought this Flash Drive and still use it for my listening to music through my car stereo, although I now use a 2tb (Terabyte) External Hard Disk Drive for my PS3.
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I bought an Apple ipod Touch 8gb when they first came out and like most Apple ipod items these earphones come as standard. They have a sleek and smart looking design and I found them to be quite comfy to use. I don't know if it is just me, but the ear part of the earphones seemed to just sit on the inside of my ears and hang nicely, so there was no discomfort. There is a rubber ring around the ear-buds, which I like because this stops any rubbing on the inside of your ear so that you can wear the earphones longer than most other brands.
I do like the white design and as some other reviews have stated they were a fashion statement at one point, which I think is the main reason that when one side of my original Apple ipod Earphones started crackling and then stopped working altogether, I immediately went out and bought a new pair. The problem I found with the white colouring is the wires. I usually tuck my earphones under my top and through my collar so that I don't have loose wires hanging down that could get caught and pulled on. With the wires being white and rubbing against my my t-shirt and jumper, they would start to become stained with the clothing dye. I know that if the wires can't be seen this is not too much of a problem, but I do think some sort of coating could have prevented this as the Apple ipod Earphones wires have the rubberiest feel to them than any other brand I have used. Basically, if something comes white I would prefer that it stays white (except writing paper or painter's canvasses).
At the time that I bought the replacement Apple ipod Earphones they were £20 which is a fair price, especially as they are created specifically for the Apple ipods, and with Apple comes quality. Or so we are led to believe. The reason I say this is because I hadn't had my new earphones for longer than a month, and they did the exact same thing as the original pair that came with my ipod. At the same time a friend of mine from work told me that he had just bought a new pair because the same thing had happened to him. It was at this point that I realised that the ipod Earphones, that I had trusted to do the job required of them, were nothing short of useless.
To add insult to injury, after buying another brand's earphones (and at half the price), I found out that the Apple ipod Earphones weren't even that good. The reason being, because they weren't as powerful or loud as the new brand's.
I have to say I'm very disappointed with Apple. If they can do so many brilliant and highly technical things with the ipods themselves, then why can't they make their supplied earphones with the same objective of quality in mind? Maybe then the outcome would be that of satisfied return customer, and not that of a disappointed one-time buyer.
The iSlice Ceramic -Tipped Cutter is small and plastic with a blade inside it. It is designed so that the blade only protrudes slightly therefore making it a very safe product and with minimal chance of cutting yourself. I don't actually remember where I bought this from, although I know it wasn't expensive. I do remember that I bought it for my girlfriend, but liked it that much that I pinched it back pretty much straight away, so I think she must have forgotten about it.
The iSlice Ceramic -Tipped Cutter is designed for one thing and one thing only... slicing things, but there are many things you can slice. It is about roughly 2 inches long and about the thickness of a thick piece of cardboard, which makes it perfect for holding between your thumb and forefinger and is curved on the top side for a comfortable grasp.
The Tipped Cutter is ideal for opening envelopes and is great for opening boxes and packages that have been covered in tape when sealed. From paper to card it doesn't have any problems cutting. Pretty much any job that a Stanley Knife would be too big for this Cutter is great for and once again I stress that this also reduces the chance of injury.
It is absolutely brilliant for getting into the more fiddly types of packaging, like the plastic kind that you need scissors to get into because they are sealed so tight. A couple of slices and you are in! I have used the Cutter many, many times and the blade still cuts as well as it did the first time I used.
I have only one problem with the iSlice Ceramic -Tipped Cutter, and that is because you need a Tipped Cutter to get it out of it's package. That is because... you guessed it...
It comes in the same plastic packaging that is a nightmare to open!!
Now that's irony. I suppose it is probably because it has a blade in the product, but it still seems crazy to me that a product designed for making things easy to slice and cut should be so difficult to get to. I would give it a 4 for packaging, but as it is a 5/5 overall rating I will have to give it a 4.
The iSlice Ceramic -Tipped Cutter is currently on Amazon at £2.99
I hope this review was useful to you and thank you for reading it.
I was bought a Flashing Key Finder by my girlfriends Grandma a few years ago as a stocking filler. The sole function of the Key Finder is so that if (or when) you misplace your keys, you give a little whistle and the Key Finder starts flashing and emitting a loud beeping sound so you can locate them.
At first I thought that this was a cool little gadget and that I would get a lot of use out of winding up my girlfriend and God forbid if I ever lose my keys, I would be able find them with minimal fuss. Unfortunately, the Key Finder I had, which is identical to the one pictured (I know it's pink, but I didn't choose it!), would go off whenever it chose. My girlfriend would set it off whenever she laughed, it would go off when people on the television spoke in a certain pitch and it would even go off whenever we opened cupboards of drawers. I have read other reviews and it is clear that it is a general fault with the Key Finder, not just the one I owned
The one good thing I can say about the Key Finder is that the battery life seems to last forever, as oddly enough instead of throwing it away when it started irritating ME more than it irritated my girlfriend, I stuffed it into the back of a drawer and smothered it in jumpers and t-shirts. Whenever I opened this drawer, I would hear a faint beeping, and quickly grab the top I was looking for and slam the drawer shut again. It has only recently been thrown away and was still beeping when I wheeled my bin out for collection.
The Key Finder has fast become the object I hate most in life and I prey no-one else receives one as a novelty gift. I still dread visiting my girlfriends Grandma.
The Swiss Tech Multi-Tool Utilikey is a lot like a pen-knife, only it is in the shape of a key. My girlfriend bought me one of these for my birthday as she knows I love gadgets and this one stood out to her.
The first thing you have to note about the Utilikey is it's sleek design makes it look like quite an expensive tool being as a lot of good quality Swiss army knives are pretty pricey, although at £7 it is affordable for most gadget lovers. It is made of Stainless Steel so it will not rust and should last a very long time. The Utilikey is also roughly the same size as most keys you will have, so is not bulky or unsightly whilst on your keyring.
As a multi-tool, it comes with a lot of different features. These include -
- A Philips head screwdriver
- A mini screwdriver (for repairs on sunglasses/spectacles)
- A flat head screwdriver
- A straight edge knife
- A serrated edge knife
and of course, what multi-tool would be complete without ...
- A bottle opener!
I have to say that my favourite feature of all is the quick-release catch on the Utilitool so that you can remove it from your keys with zero fuss or fiddling about, and that you can replace it just a quickly.
The Philips head screwdriver is easy to locate, yet the flat head screwdriver and the mini sunglasses screwdriver are slightly harder to find as they are positioned as part of the quick-release area and can go unnoticed. The straight edge blade and serrated edge blade are actually the same blade, so they are really only half blades, but they should be good enough for anything you require from them. The bottle opener is in-between the two 'arms' that are the Philips head screwdriver and the knife blade.
Now these are just basic features for what is essentially a pen-knife, but be honest with yourself and you will realise that these are the only tools you use from a pen-knife anyway.
The Swiss Tech Multi-Tool Utilikey comes in a metal gift box which makes it an ideal gift to buy for someone (or just to treat yourself), and with the Utilikey's elegant design, it is certainly a unisex tool.
So, if you're a man, buy one of these for your girlfriend or wife, and it might stop her losing your screwdrivers, and if you're a woman...
Buy one of these and stop losing our screwdrivers!
My girlfriend bought 4 of these Baileys Mini Chocolate Fountains for our engagement party. They were on a buy one get one free offer so well worth the price at £8 each. They are small in size (obviously) so you need a few if you are planning on having a lot of people using them.
We had a buffet set up for the guests and the Baileys Mini Fountains were easy to set up and looked quite decorative. Being small they don't take up much room on the table and look great surrounded by finger foods. You can use all kinds of food to dip into the fountains with marshmallows and fruit chunks being mainly used (you always get someone who dips a mini quiche or cocktail sausage in).
You do really need to use a chocolate of decent quality, as we tried a few cheaper brands (because the amount of chocolate needed is quite high) and found the cheaper chocolate stays a bit lumpy. It takes a while to melt the chocolate using the fountain, so it's wise to melt it before you put it in the fountain. The instructions say to use vegetable oil, but my girlfriend read somewhere that using single cream instead would be better, which it was. You really do need a lot of chocolate though, because it runs out so quick and if you have a lot of people using it (like at a buffet) you are constantly filling it up.
The plug cable is quite short so you will most probably need an extension and if you are using more than one you will need an extension for them too.
They come apart easy for cleaning which is another good thing, and it is best to use boiling hot kettle water to get rid of all the leftover chocolate.
All in all the Baileys Mini Chocolate Fountain is quite good if you require a chocolate fountain being as it is so cheap, but I would probably just use it for a romantic treat for you and your partner as they just aren't big enough for a lot of people.
I received one of the Telly Terminate devices as a Christmas present last year. Obviously my girlfriend thinks that I'm some sort of trouble causer or mischief maker to have bought me such a creation.
The first thing I can say about this device is... what utter genius!! I used to have a watch that I could change channels and turn off the T.V with when I was a child, and it was great fun, when it worked. It's nice to have a gadget like this so compact that it can be used unnoticed and doesn't cost a lot of money, because the watch remote I had cost £50 and didn't live up to it's claims.
There is no problem with the Thumbs Up Telly Terminate Device working on televisions other than turning back on some of the older rear projection T.Vs can be a bit fiddly as sometimes they don't seem to recognise the device. This isn't really a problem as not many people still have rear projection televisions that I am aware of, although I have only used it on about 30 or so T.Vs altogether.
You do need to be quite close to the T.V that you are turning off, and the furthest I've been able to get it to work is about 5 metres, so you will definitely be under suspicion if you use it on your mother in-laws television while she's watching Coronation Street or some other mind rot like that.
The device itself feels quite flimsy, so if you put it on your keys, and you drop them, there would be a good chance it will break.
The Telly Terminate Device is also an LED torch, which is not only handy, but also makes for a great disguise if you get rumbled trying take away someone's viewing privileges.
Everyone loves a bit of fun and you can have hours of fun annoying your friends, family and the in-laws with this gadget, and at roughly £10 it's a bargain.
My only regret is that I didn't own one during X Factor. At least I have one in time for Britain's Got Talent!
I bought the Dewalt DC515K a couple of years ago second hand, but it has lasted well. I tend to do a lot of DIY so when my Henry Hoover packed in I decided to get a job specific vacuum.
The Dewalt DC515Kis a half gallon, dry/wet vacuum. It is cordless and comes with an 18 volt battery and battery charger. The battery lasts quite a long time and you can you the battery supplied for other DeWalt tools (such as Drills, etc) and use their batteries in turn. The Dewalt DC515K is not heavy but you can still tell that it's built to last and a few knocks won't break it.
It has a thick 2ft flexible hose for getting into awkward corners although the suction could be better when it comes to certain objects such as large nails, screws or pieces of wood and plaster, which could be down to the fact that I've had it a few years and it was second hand. However my Dewalt DC515K does cope well with sucking up liquids although I have only used it on water personally. You can also take out the filter and wash it under a tap, but do not scrub it as I ruined one this way and had to buy another.
The on and off switch is situated beneath the handle so you can switch it on or off with your middle finger that you're holding it with leaving your other hand free. It is quite awkward trying to use both with it anyway and was clearly not designed for it, so it is a blessing it isn't heavy.
The only real problem I have with the Dewalt DC515K is the noise. It's extremely noisy, even with ear defenders on you can still hear the noise from it.
All in all it is a good portable vacuum for the DIY fans. The Dewalt DC515K is not the best but it's certainly not the worst.
Spartacus: Blood and Sand is no children's programme. There are blood, guts and breasts in every episode and although normally this would only appeal to a certain strange kind of character the programme is actually really good. I will admit that I am a sucker for fictitious history dramas and Spartacus: Blood and Sand certainly did not disappoint.
From the outset Spartacus is pushed into your hero corner and you immediately take an instant dislike to anyone who crosses him. Spartacus is not of an overly big build which I personally believe makes him a more believable character and it is good that he isn't portrayed as the best gladiator right from the beginning. It's better when you get to watch a character develop as it makes the programme more believable.
Spartacus: Blood and Sand is a blood and sex fuelled romp, full of swearing for good measure, but as most history books will tell you, that is what Rome was like during that era.
I would like to write more about the programme, but do not wish to spoil or give away anything. It Is definitely better to see for yourself.
I hope this review helped.
I bought the Morphy Richards microwave when my old Sharp microwave packed in. I found that the features were pretty much the same to my old microwave (which is the main reason I bought the Morphy Richards one), but I was very impressed. The controls were a lot easier to work and as odd as it sounds the defrost worked a lot better than any of my previous microwaves.
The Morphy Richards microwave is very stylish and modern but it is quite large although it isn't as big as some of it's predecessors. This microwave/oven may not be very conventional for houses with small kitchens, but if like me you live in a flat it eliminates the real need of a full sized oven. I like the handle too as my girlfriend hates the type where it is just a groove in the microwave door.
Some people don't like combination ovens as they think they're a waste, but they should definitely try out this one because the functionality and price make the Morphy Richards Silver Easi-Tonic Combination Oven a real steal!
I have a dog. My dog sheds it's fur. How to get the fur out of the carpet? Get a pet hoover!
So I bought the Electrolux Z2255AZ Powerlite Pet Lover with great expectations as Electrolux is a brilliant brand... or so I thought.
For the first few weeks everything seemed ok. The dog fur seemed to be getting completely picked up and all was right in the world. I was mistaken. The Electrolux Z2255AZ Powerlite Pet Lover wasn't picking up all the dog hairs but seemed to be pushing some of the dog hair into the carpet. I spent a few hours dragging my foot across the floor like The Hunchback of Notre Dame getting all the hair up.
It's very bulky so it was hard finding somewhere out of the way to hide it. I would find a good place for it later.
I gave the floor another hoover the following day only to find that this time the Electrolux Z2255AZ Powerlite Pet Lover wasn't lifting anything at all now. I checked the bottom and the tube and there was barely any suction so I assumed there must be a blockage but after a thorough check I couldn't find a blockage anywhere. I called the company but they fobbed me off saying there was a waiting list so if they picked up the Electrolux Z2255AZ Powerlite Pet Lover I wouldn't get it back for 8-9 weeks.
I binned it.
I bought the Western Digital 1 Terabyte External Hard Disk Drive (WD 1Tb EHDD) so that I could store my movies and play them on my Playstation 3. The problem I found is that the WD 1Tb EHDD is formatted to NTFS and the Playstaion 3 will not recognise it. Fortunately there are programmes which enable you to reformat the WD 1Tb EHDD into FAT32 format (which is what most USB Sticks/ Flash/Pen Drives are formatted to) so that the Playstation 3 can read it.
The design of this External Hard Disk Drive is very basic, but this is also a benefit because if like me you purchase more of these EHDDs they stack up brilliantly on top of each other and take up little space.
The speed of load up is slightly longer than some other big name EHDDs, but with the 2.1 USB Flash Wire that comes with it you save time on transferring files from your computer to your WD 1TB EHDD.
There is no on/off switch so there is no need for a mini panic thinking you might lose all your files and data. Once a wire is disconnected from the WD 1Tb EHDD it automatically shuts down.
The only thing that some people might not like is that the WD 1 Tb EHDD is a bit heavier than some other External Hard Disk Drives, but not much.
I have also dropped mine a few times when moving them and they all still work perfectly. Bonus!
(I don't advise dropping them though!)