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      22.11.2011 18:46
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      Fun little game for the money

      After angry birds came angry birds seasons which at first i thought was going to be rubbish and a waste of money as they always update the original angry birds anyway and it was ok but then this came out too and i was definitely skeptical over what it had to offer but although i think i probably wouldn't have purchased it if i was more informed it is an alright game.



      For those who don't already know angry birds is a game based on the idea of firing various "angry" birds at various articles that are based to protect the pigs inside it, to complete the level you must destroy each pig and during the process damage as much of the stuff on the levels to maximize the amount of points you finish with. You then get graded on a starts basis of 1-3 dependent on how many points you achieved on the level.
      The game follows this idea that we were first introduced to with the original angry birds and is essentially the same but it is based in RIO. We also see the addition of a few new birds, the birds on the game have different powers such as some explode, others have super speed and again on this version we see a few new powers however they are only discovered half way in to the game so i want give any spoilers away. The game play in this one to me seems much easier than the original and seasons at the beginning but quickly becomes much more difficult which made me give up after a while.
      Like the others the game is simple to play and easy to understand so this makes it appealing for those with kids to entertain or time to kill as you can just get lost in your own little world playing and it's so simple anyone can do it. It is however quite a large file download for an app so you're better off ensuring that you have a WI-FI connection when you download it otherwise you may use a substantial amount of your data and battery.


      The game is definitely worth the 69p if you're an avid Angry birds fan however if like me you just play every know and then, then maybe just stick with the others as they are so large the chances of completion are difficult in my opinion and i get the feeling that i will never finish the game.

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      • George Foreman 13586 / BBQ / 17 Readings / 15 Ratings
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        22.11.2011 14:52
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        A great little grill

        I bought this little grill for my dads birthday a few months back as the sandwich toaster had recently broken and thought this would work as both a sandwich maker and a grill, which it does quite well.


        The grill is much smaller than some of the others on produced by George Foreman but has been fine for me as i only really cook for myself. The grill can easily fit 2 average sized sandwiches or a fair few strips of bacon meaning you can generally fit enough for an entire meal in one sitting. Their is a few annoying things about the grill though, the first is the amount of time it takes to heat up, although still only a few minutes i did expect faster from a fairly new technology however you can put it in prematurely and it just starts the cooking a bit faster and takes a little longer to heat up. Also the power cord is very short meaning it is often difficult finding a spot to locate it as it has to be very close to the socket, due to the difficult to access spots in our kitchen i find this very irritating. Another thing is the lid doesn't seem to crush the contents very well which would be preferred for things such as sandwiches meaning you have to push it down a bit to get a better effect. The final problem i have found with this grill is the heat distribution, within about 30 seconds of turning it on you can see the condensation droplets on the back and to even touch it for a few moments you are going to fry your fingers, obviously it's not too bad but it still hurts a lot, especially if you're not anticipating it. Back to the actual performance though, the grill is pretty fast at cooking and you can cook things in only a few minutes making it great for quick meals if you're in a rush. It also comes with a drip tray to prevent things like cheeses, fat, grease, butter from running out when it melts while you're cooking


        In conclusion this is a great choice of product, although it does have it's fair few annoyances i wouldn't want to go back to not having one, it really is something i use almost everyday and would certainly miss if it wasn't their. I think everyone should have at least some form of quick grill like this.

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          20.11.2011 20:09
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          A good cheap NIC

          This network interface card can be picked up for about £20 nowadays and is the card i used in my old PC, which is rarely used now but still has adequate capabilities. This network interface card was actually the one that came when we purchased it and can be easily found.


          The NIC (Network Interface Card) is produced by Belkin appears to be like any other network card in terms of appearance and so fitting it is fairly easy. Either take out the existing network interface card and place it and and clip it in or take the metal plates which are often placed to prevent dust and other items getting into the computer by accident out and place it in. It takes roughly about 5 minutes to complete the entire fitting process as long as you have the necessarily tools ( screwdriver + screws if there is nothing already there) I would also recommend that when working on your computer you always use an anti-static mat. What this does is prevent any electric charge you may have from damaging sensitive computer components, chances of this ever happening is small but better safe than sorry when you could be working on a PC in the thousands.
          In terms of performance this Network Interface Card isn't actually anything special, it provides adequate speeds which are very good value for it's money and it's enough for me on my old computer and i think it'd still perform well enough now. In terms of performance i think for the average user this is more than enough. The card is also fairly reliable, i have never had any issues with it of any sort which is sometimes a rarity with certain components on a computer.


          Personally if i were looking at getting at network interface card now to either build a new pc or to upgrade then i probably would not purchase this as it is outdated and chances are it won't be good enough in the near future but if you are looking for just a budget item it is a good choice.

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        • General / Discussion / 16 Readings / 11 Ratings
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          20.11.2011 16:11
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          Done it

          1. Which do you prefer - shower or bath? And why?
          Bath, because I'm lazy

          2. What do you swear you'll never do?
          Drugs

          3. What's the most embarrassing thing you ever done?
          Fell asleep in a skip one night

          4. What is your favourite quote?
          "It's not what you know, it's what you can prove"

          5. What was your favourite holiday? And why?
          Andorra 11, I just love skiing

          8. Savoury or sweet?
          Sweet

          9. Hot or cold?
          Cold, can't do warm weather at all

          10. What's your favourite drink?
          Bulmers

          11. What's your favourite food?
          Regae Regae Chicken

          12. Who do you hate the most?
          Don't really hate anyone

          13. Do you have a crush on someone? If so, who?
          My girlfriend?

          14. What is your favourite colour?
          Blue

          15. What did you do last night?
          Had a few drinks and watched a film with a friend

          16. What's your favourite thing to do?
          Just chill out with friends or go to a club

          17. Favourite movie, TV Programme, Book?
          Training day, The Mentalist, Angels & Demons (how cliche'd)

          18. Who's your hero?
          Don't really know

          19. Favourite song of all time?
          Kidsos Vs. We Are Your Friends (Acapella) - Swedish House Mafia

          20. Have you ever had a supernatural experience?
          No

          21. Favourite Sound?
          2 Stroke motorbikes

          22. Favourite Smell?
          Petrol

          23. Favourite place to be?
          Anywhere but at home

          24. Happiest moment in your life?
          Unsure

          25. Saddest moment in your life so far?
          When my dog had to be put to sleep

          26. What is your dream job?
          Motogp Mechanic, if i had any mechanical knowledge

          27. What would be your idea of a perfect date?
          A nice bar/restaurant

          28. What are your favourite Newspaper/ Magazine?
          The sun

          29. Which celebrity do you like the most?
          Stacey Solomon? She's quite funny

          30. Do you have any siblings?
          Two brothers

          31. Have you ever been in hospital? If so, why?
          Broke my wrist in a motocross accident

          32. Have you ever broken a bone or had stitches?
          Broke my wrist twice, never stitches

          33. Do you believe in Angels/Ghosts/Demons?
          No

          34. Are you superstitious?
          Only on triple drains

          35. What colour eyes do you have?
          Green

          36. What colour hair do you have?
          Blondish

          37. What religion are you?
          Atheist

          38. If you could change 1 thing about you, what would it be?
          Be taller

          39. If you could change 1 thing about your personality, what would it be?
          Nothing

          40. What is your biggest fear?
          Not being able to fend for myself/get a job in the future

          41. Do you have any regrets? If so, what are they?
          Not really

          42. Have you ever been in love?
          Yes

          43. What's the most important thing to you in the world?
          Unsure

          44. What is your most treasured possession?
          My Computer

          45. What's your job?
          Full time student

          46. What's the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you?
          Don't know

          47. What's the worst thing anyone has done to you?
          Don't know

          48. Dream car?
          VW Polo G60, maybe

          49. Favourite celebration?
          What?

          50. Where do you hang out?
          In my bed

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            19.11.2011 19:45
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            A fun little activity to do

            I remember when i was younger for a while i had a phase of taking a lot of photographs myself and then also printing them at home rather than going to a professional printing service, obviously it lacked quality but it was entertaining and much cheaper.


            I got it as a Christmas present from my parents one year, looking at it, it's just like any pack of paper but much thinner as you do get much less paper when you're buying photo paper due to the differing quality of it. I think you get differing packs, somewhere between 25-100 i believe. When i did this was back when i only had my old all in one printer/scanner where the quality was quite poor regardless of what you were printing let alone trying to get photo quality. I stuck the paper in and had a go with the photo paper i'd been given and i was quite surprised. The results yielded from the photo paper were much better than i expected to have gained. With it only being "amateur" sort of photo paper and not the real deal i thought id achieve fairly poor results but what i gained really was quite a surprise. Obviously in comparison to any real photo they look shabby but it can be fun or a way of saving money. For things like small pictures in frames, scrap books and photo albums you can easily use this stuff and save yourself a small fortune on printing costs and still have it look good.


            In conclusion if you want to have a bit of fun and save a little money then i do think that this is something fun to try however i will say that i wouldn't go and spend your money expecting to come home with professional looking pictures as that is just not the case with this paper.

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            • Woodpecker Cider / Beer / Cider / 10 Readings / 10 Ratings
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              19.11.2011 18:22

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              A great sweet cider

              As most will know cider isn't always the most welcoming drink, some drink it for the sake of it, others hate it and others love it. Woodpecker is a great drink for those trying to get used to cider and trying to acquire a taste for it. This makes a perfect introductory cider, with low alcohol content and a sweeter flavor i believe that most will like it.



              Woodpecker for me was one of the ciders i have tried later on into my cider drinking career and it will probably be one that i will drink again but i think it would have made a perfect drink to introduce me. It can be purchased either in small bottles like the image above depicts or in 2 litre bottles at most supermarkets. It is also fairly cheap for what i would say is a fairly premium tasting cider and is much better value in comparison to the bottled white ciders.
              The taste of the cider is quite smooth, making it much easier to go down than other ciders that people might start drinking like Strongbow. It's sweetness is it's best asset in my opinion as this makes it so easy to drink and is so similar to apple juice. For those who don't yet have a taste for cider it would help make a great transition without putting them off too much. The low alcohol content will be a deal breaker for some, for myself personally it does not matter so it would be good for a first alcoholic drink but obviously this is not ideal if your intents are to get drunk. I would also recommend that it is drunk once cooled only, i know you're supposed to drink all beverages "ice cold" but some you tend to anyway, i personally found this does not taste great when it is warm.


              In conclusion i think that Woodpecker cider is really nice tasting, due to being a Bulmers production it is also mass produced and easy to get hold of in comparison to some other smaller cider types and it is also reasonably priced. I think if you haven't tried this before then it is definitely worth a try unless you prefer something a bit stronger.

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              19.11.2011 16:23

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              A great sci-fi show

              Fringe is a show that you are really going to have to use your imagination and just believe otherwise you will hate it, the show takes sci-fi goings on to a whole new level. I believe if you give it a chance to get into, which I personally found I only did after about four episodes, it can be an amazing show.


              Fringe is a tv show based on a FBI unit monitoring abnormal goings on who then seek the help of an ex scientist who is being held in a mental asylum. The show closely follows the scientist and a particular agent, Olioda Dunham who is portrayed by Anna torv. Set in Boston, America they rarely venture away so it how's a lot of the city. The shows are about 50minutes for each with the exception of the first episode which is a double. This season also has 22 episodes making it fairly good value for money if you're going to buy the whiole season.
              In my opinion the show is very good with some amazing concepts and ideas that were beyond my imagination, from bio-warfare to genetically mutated animals. The ideas are most often far-fetched and unrealistic but if you just imagine it is a very entertaining show. The episodes also do seem lengthy at times, sometimes I decide to split them up. The only real annoyance with this show for me is it's very "lost'esque" in the way it has cliffhangers. Very frequently the show finishes without giving answers, this personally annoys me as I don't wanna end up with the show being rubbish like lost did.


              In conclusion I think if you're someone who lokes sci-fi or have a good imagination then you should try this show .

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              18.11.2011 00:31
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              A good entry level mouse

              This is a little mouse I is sometimes when on the NetBook, personally I find that using the scroll pad is slow and annoying. This is a great little mouse for doing this.


              The mouse is just a plain looking black mouse, it's wired which is also an advantadge in my opinion as it eradicates chance of signal loss and battery death which is quite annoying while undertaking certain tasks. The mouse has three buttons, left and right click but it also had a scroll wheel which also features as a button to conduct functions such as opening links in new tabs and other jobs. The mouse also has 1000dpi which means it an move 1000 dots per inch, much faster than the average user will need. The mouse is also fairly easy to use, it's pretty much "plug & play" so you can jus plug it into your device and it should automatically dowoad the drivers allowing it to function.


              I would definitely recommend this as a basic entry level mouse that's a reasonable price and so far u have had no hindrances with it.

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              • Tango Apple / Soft Drink / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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                17.11.2011 23:20

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                A great carbonated apple drink

                Other than Appletiser and this Tango apple no other carbonated apple drinks spring to mind, which is why i think that both of these do so well, other types such as oranges an colas the market is full of whereas apple seems to be an overlooked flavor. As a lover of apple as both a fruit and as juice i think this is foolish for companies as i think their is a gap in the market around this.


                Tango apple is available in 330ml cans, 500ml/600ml/1l/2l bottles and can be found at most supermarkets, restaurants and corner shops. The smaller 500/600 milliletre bottles are often on promotion for only about £1.20 for 2, which nowadays is a fair price to pay for 2 drinks. As you open the tango you will smell the weak apple scent, it is not overcoming like a lot of carbonated drinks, more of a mellow you can faintly smell it sort of scent.
                The actual flavor of the appleade is very sweet and what you would expect from a Tango beverage, if you have tried appletiser it is very similar but tastes much fizzier which i think is a bit annoying and causes the drink to fizz over even if only slightly shaken up. If you have had the orange variety it is so very similar with the obvious taste of apple. I would not recommend this to those who aren't keen on fizzy drinks as this is very fizzy and even makes my eyes water at times.

                In conclusion i believe this to be a great carbonated apple beverage, i do not think it is quite as good as appletiser however for a much cheaper and more practical option this is definitely a reasonable choice. I think anyone who likes apple will most probably like this.

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                17.11.2011 22:12
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                A great reliable hard drive

                When building my customer computer a few months back storage was one of the things i considered and decided on the fact that i would be better off buying large than having to either replace or expand often so i went with the biggest practical option i could find that was a single drive and went with this western digital 2 terabytes, i think it was about £150 at the time of purchase however i cannot remember.


                The hard drive looks like any 3.5" drive, it fits easily into the slots my computer has and can be removed and entered quite quickly however this is the same for any drive. As for the spec it boasts 2 TB of storage which is a hell of a lot, most will never ever fill this, those who download films, do graphics media etc on the other hand may find it easy to fill. The disc is also 7200rpm so it is actually very fast for disc writing, i can move films between my internal and external hard drives in less than a minute at times which is very quick considering the file sizes. The drive is actually designed for high usage applications and usages so allows fast speeds for this reason as for example when gaming the computer will access data from the cache for the game and need it instantaneously to reduce the chances of latency on the game.

                Since i have had the drive i have found that i have no problems with it, it hasn't failed to boot or being particularly slow at any point which is more than i can say for some drives that are on the market at the moment and i will probably stick with western digital again in the future. The drive is also SATA, which most drives are now which is serial ATA, much faster than the older ATA drives so data travels much more efficiently and reliably.


                In conclusion i would recommend this hard drive highly to anyone, even if you are not a high user then maybe even a smaller WD hard drive would be a good choice for you as to me they do seem very reliable compared to other hard drives and fairly priced too.



                On a side note - written 17/11/2011

                Due to the flooding in Thailand lots of the factories producing hard drives have had to be shut down and very few are open meaning the prices of the drives have elevated and doubled in price in almost a week, a hard drive i was looking at went from £45 to £100 so unless you need it urgently i would wait about a year for prices to drop again.

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                17.11.2011 21:37
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                Definitely a worthwhile spend

                On our previous computer although we had a card reader it was very temperamental, this involved problems such as if the memory card was over about GB it decided that it wasn't going to acknowledge it's existence meaning we were stuck with all the images on the memory card stuck on it. This is why we purchased this, it seemed happy enough to read from the USB up to any size i ever used.


                These can be picked up for only a few quid on sites like Amazon and eBay and you can probably get free shipping as they are so light. What they essentially are is a USB stick but with an input for you to place your memory card into, once you have put your memory card into it you can plug it straight into your computer. It acts as though it is any regular USB stick and pops up on the computer with all the usual options such as open folder to view files etc. You can then easily cut your images from the memory card and place them in a folder in your computer in minutes (dependent on computer and memory card speeds)
                This is also a bonus for those who for some reason still try to upload the images on their camera directly to the computer, if they haven't already realized i'm sure they will at some point, that it is very slow. By using this you can reduce the time immensely making it a very practical and worthwhile purchase.


                In conclusion i would definitely recommend this to anyone due to its usefulness, it can save so much time, especially on the long run for uploading pictures. It also allows you to use your memory card as a usb storage device when not used in the camera and can also be an aid if you have misplaced your camera to computer lead.

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                  17.11.2011 20:34
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                  Great upper class bakery

                  Gregg's is a very popular high street bakery, you can find at least one in most towns/ cities across the entire of the united kingdom. They are well known for their fine baked goods and are normally the number one choice for most.


                  Personally for me Greggs is not the first choice, my reasoning for this is the very high prices, when you put it in comparison with other things in today's inflated environment it may seem cheap but it is really not. A single sausage roll will set you back around 60 pence from Greggs, at first you may think, that isn't too bad, which it isn't if you were in a cafe or some sort of seated establishment, but you're not. For an extra 40 pence you can go to Cooplands and get an extra three of them. The deals also don't say much about them, i cannot remember the correct figure but the deals are similar to, and this is without exaggeration, 60p each or 2 for £1.19. I personally find that the offers they display are a little demeaning and almost implicating that I'm an idiot and going to fork out more and save nothing.

                  The actual food at Greggs i have to admit is great, i don't believe that any other high street baker compares to them when it comes to the actual foods. The meat they use, whether it is higher quality or not just tastes so much better. The pastry also tastes much better, it has a much more crisp firm feel as if it has been baked to a golden brown perfection where at some other bakeries it is much softer and crumbles more easily making you feel an idiot as you tuck into your pastry and are instantly covered in crumbs.


                  In conclusion i would suggest Greggs to others however i would not directly recommend it to them due to it's rather unfair prices, although they taste better i do not think that they taste that much better that they deserve to charge so much more for the food than other bakeries do.

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                    17.11.2011 19:14

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                    A great double strength cordial

                    Due to not being a tea/coffee drinker which is the rest of my family predominantly are it means that i am left out when it comes to drink making time. It is also quite expensive to constantly be drinking things like carbonated drinks and fruit juices all the time which is why i drink cordial very regularly.


                    The introduction recently of most home brand cordials and some branded ones being double strength has been a great impact in my opinion distancing purchase periods and making you feel like you're spending less. This particularly one i think can be picked up for about £1.50 and can last up to a couple of weeks which is much longer than previous times with the single strength cordials. The negative with these i have found though is the bottles are fatter and shorter, consuming more space in the cupboards then their predecessors. The cordial has a strong sweet scent when initially opened and when mixed correctly tastes as good as, in my opinion, branded cordials such as Robinsons. This is the more premium cordial and ASDA do provide a cheaper one, I think about 30ish pence but the bottle is half the size, however it is still much cheaper.


                    In conclusion i think that this is a great cordial and provides the great sweet taste you would expect it too and lasts much longer than it used to. It is also easily available at most ASDA stores and has always been in stock when i have been to purchase it.


                    Pros:

                    Great Taste
                    Lasts Longer
                    Cheap



                    Cons:

                    Bottle Consumers More Space

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                    17.11.2011 17:55

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                    Great shower gel

                    Original source shower gels are among my favorite nowadays, both regularly on fair promotions and great scented makes a perfect combination for me to use them as my regular shower gels. They can be found in most stores as they are becoming more and more common and as long as you keep an eye out you can usually pick them up for around £1 a bottle which is a reasonable price for a branded bottle of shower gel nowadays.


                    The shower gel comes in a somewhat oddly shaped bottle which is usefully upside down making it much easier to get the gel to disperse the gel as the bottle becomes closer to being finished. The mechanism on which it releases the gel is also quite useful as it boasts an effective one way system similar to that on Lucozade sport drinks bottles, which prevents gel from just seeping it which it is able to do on some other products. The scent of the eucalypti is also quite strong and appealing which makes this one of my favorite shower gels, my girlfriend loves this one. In terms of actual cleaning ability this gel performs flawlessly as do the others in this line getting grime off quite quickly, it does sometimes take two applications for me (often covered in oil from motorbike) however this is better than some others i have experienced before.

                    Pros:

                    Upside down
                    Good dispersal mechanism
                    Great scent
                    Cleans well


                    Cons:

                    Can be expensive when not on promotion
                    The annoying little bit of air in the bottle at the top makes you feel like you have been robbed


                    In conclusion to this review this is definitely a product i would recommend to others, the great scent, availability and the fact that it can be picked up for so cheap when on promotion makes it almost a no brainer to not atleast try in my opinion.

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                  • Amazon App (iPhone Application) / Apps / 3 Readings / 3 Ratings
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                    17.11.2011 17:44

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                    A good app for Amazon users

                    Amazon is one of the most visited retailers for general products online nowadays and so as you would expect, now has an app for it's smartphone users. As far as i am aware you can get this on both Android and IOS however i only have an iPhone so can only confirm that.


                    The app is free via the app store and is quite a quick download if you're on wifi, the first thing i will mention is the interface. The interface of the app makes it easy to navigate and find your way round the mobile version of the site but it does have it's limitations. One i found was when you narrow your category down, for example if you're searching for a camera you can change category to electronics, however you cannot narrow it down any further. This is very annoying as you may search for a camera you want but get returns of things such as chargers, battery's and memory sticks. I then thought, oh well I'll just scroll through the pages as i have time to kill anyway, but you soon find out you only get about 100 products then you have to do a new search, quite annoying to say the least.

                    On more positive notes the app allows you to easily purchase items using either your card which you have to input your details of or either use your gift certificate balance to quickly make purchases without having to access a computer. You are also able to do almost anything you can do on the website also, for example you can create new and add to your wish list and access your personal details and edit/change them however you want.


                    In conclusion if you're a regular amazon user or even if you use it on the rare occasion i think this is a useful app to have on your smart device. The fact that it is free also means you're not really losing on anything if you do have it even in case for emergency or impulsive purchases.

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