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I recently got sick of not being able to hear my terrible taste in music on my laptop. I have not long moved into my own flat, and now have no one telling me to 'turn that noise down' and so wanted my music loud and proud!! Unfortunately with a block full of neighbours and limited cashflow I couldn't go too loud and proud. So I invested in a nice, inoffensive Logitech laptop speaker....at least I thought it was inoffensive! Wasn't long before my neighbour upstairs was banging on my door asking "What on Earth are you listening to THAT for??" Oh dear, perhaps a tad louder than I expected! They're fantastic though, easy to use, easy to connect, they don't rattle unpleasantly when I turn my music up too loud, I can hear it in every room in my flat without carrying my laptop from the living room. The only problem I would honestly say I've had with them would be that on occasions, I have to disconnect and reconnect them for them to be registered and work. Other than that though, definitely worth the money! Would recommend them to anyone! Although, if your music taste is as bad as mine. Maybe don't turn them up full blast. ;)
I recently turned 20 and after persistently nagging my Mother since Christmas I finally received a Kobo eReader! I was so excited, I'm an avid reader and aim to read at least a book a day, if not more, carrying books around with me constantly however was such a pain! Especially giant hardbacks! So a Kobo for me would be perfect! Not only did it come with 100 free books on it I could then store as many as I like on there and carry them everywhere with me! So I opening my kobo, and after ignoring my initial fleeting thoughts that it was awfully light and, what was that rattling sound? Instantly, at that very moment began reading my first book. Grimms Fairytales....and didn't that last long.....40% through the book I decided I could do with some snacks and so, put my kobo in sleep mood and set it on a shelf out of the way of any harm. I returned around 15 minutes later, sat down, picked up my kobo, pressed the on button aaaannnddddd.......nothing. It refused to turn on. Having a closer look I found lines to be appearing across the screen in 'electronic ink'. I followed the in box instructions and used to a paper clip to reset it, and all that happened was some minor damage to the case, my kobo remained still in it's broken, lifeless sleep mode. The cover to the book I was reading staring me ominously in the face. I didn't even manage a full day with it. Needless to say, I shall be replacing my Kobo eReader with a Kindle. A far more durable, less flimsy feeling eReader, that, if I'm very lucky, WON'T break within the first few hours of me reading it.
Remember when you were a child and you read the Harry Potter books for the first time, they suddenly opened your mind to a whole other world, of magic and excitement! Then, you found out they were to be movies! I specifically remember being an excited, giddy eleven year old girl waiting patiently in what seemed like the longest line in the world dressed as Hermione, the minute I sat down and saw this bright happy magical world of witches, wizards, dragons, magical mirrors I was hooked. Then each year when the next movie came out, I'd be there opening night at the cinema, getting the same giddy goosebumps I got from the first movie. Yes, even at the age of 18 I was there, just as excited as I was when I was that little girl in costume. This movie was different though. I'd read all the books of course so knew what was going to happen, it didn't curb my excitement or the sadness I felt knowing that this film was to be the beginning of the end of my childhood!! And what a film!!!! I've heard many complaints about this film, that it's too slow, it's boring, but to me, it's the closest to the books! It's proof that Harry Potter has grown with us! We started as children watching this bright happy film about magic and then we're adults watching a dark, serious film with death, pain and fear. It's incredible, the perfect set up to the next film! As soon as it starts, you know Harry Potters story is about to get serious whilst still having the ability to make you laugh! Absolutely perfect. I loved it, without a doubt the perfect set up to the end.
I've never been much of a fan of technology. I could never understand the point of smart phones and found them to be incredibly unreliable and difficult to use. My experience with an LG Android phone only made me hate them more, therefore I was incredibly reluctant when I was given a HTC hero as a gift. It didn't take me long to fall in love though! I found it easy to use, quick and developed an obsession for the game Angry Birds within days. It's a million miles away from my old LG Optimus which struggled with the simplest of commands and drained the battery within hours. The HTC hero will last well over a day on no charge, it's quick, efficient and sleek looking. The only problems I personally have experienced are a few minor issues with the messaging app, wherein I had to factory reset the phone in order to be able to send and receive messages. An Issue that having spoken to other HTC owners I have come to accept is generally an issue with the HTC androids. Also, the phone itself is commonly referred to as 'a brick' whenever I pull it out my bag. The phone itself though, despite it's size is incredibly durable. After closing the boot of my Parents car onto the phone I expected the screen to be in pieces as my friends HTC was after he dropped it on the floor. I cracked the casing but amazingly the screen is intact, I have also dropped it on several occasions since then and the phone has suffered no other damages! (A perfect phone for me as I am incredibly clumsy!) All in all, I love this phone!!! And would definitely recommend it, it may be a slightly outdated HTC model, but it works perfectly and is nye on indestructible!!
My brother is a bit of a gadget man, and recently he decided it was time to buy himself a Remote Control Helicopter, as you do. He found a bit of a deal on Ebay for this little one and another that, quite frankly is almost the size of me. Not needing a tiny helicopter of course with his big man one, the little one was passed on to my eldest nephew, who was simply chuffed. It all started off well, lifting off the ground and zooming around in circles, until we all realised that actually, not one of us could control the darn thing! It wasn't long before it was hitting the cieling, the floor, the walls and our heads. The controls are ridiculous! I understand it's probably more of a 'get used to it' kind of thing, and as I have no hand eye co-ordination I probably never stand a chance of doing more than an unimpressive slight lift off the ground with a spin into my own face. But to me, it just seems a little unnecessarily difficult for a child to control. My nephew's 11 and loves his gadgets, just like his Dad, but it took literally less than a week for this little contraption to be shoved in a box, under the bed, out of the way. His reasoning, it's just too hard. Now maybe with a little practice he could get the hang of the controls, but to be honest, kids very rarely have the patience, and I get the feeling my nephew would much rather just sit on his xbox then fiddle around with a helicopter, especially as after a few bashes into the walls it barely goes in a straight line anyway. It's a great little toy for the first five minutes while you laugh at everybody's inability to fly it, but after that, quite frankly, it's just irritating, and the novelty soon wears off.
I got this mp3 player off a friend of mine fairly recently when my Ipod broke. My first thought was, there's not a lot of space and quite frankly it's lame. But like most people I prefer to walk around with music blaring in my ears ignoring the world around me and destroying my ear drums. So I accepted what I was given and moved on. I uploaded as much music as the mp3 player would allow and set off on my way, the first thing I noticed was how fabulously loud it was!! I had always kept my Ipod at full blast and forever tried to turn it up. I put this little monster up to full blast and thought my ear drums were going to explode!! It's so simple to use aswell! With an Ipod there's the ever frustrating problem of trying to skip down to one song and shooting from the A's to the W's. Not with the sony walkman NW-E003! The menu's so simple and perfect for me as I can just shove it on shuffle and go about my day. My favourite feature is the durability, if you've read my other reviews you'd know I'm a terribly clumsy person, hence the broken Ipod, well, there have been numerous occasions where I've caught my headphones and sent this little guy flying across the room onto the cold unforgiving concrete, I simple picked it up, plugged my headphones back in and carried on singing along to my favourite tune. It may not be the best technology has to offer, and maybe the mp3 player is obsolete since the introduction of mp3 on phones and mp4. But I like to keep things simple. And this little piece of technology is absolutely perfect for me.
Fairly recently I was out with some friends and my 'Gadget Man' brother, we were deep in conversation when an irritating, high pitched beeping tune rang from my back pocket. Pulling out my old nokia with it's black and white screen and interchangable cases I recieved a sheer look of pure distain from my brother. How could I possibly be seen dead with that phone? He questioned me. The truth is, I loved my old phone, it was sturdy, I'd dropped it more times than I could care to count, and even submerged it in water doing the ever dangerous, 'texting in the bath.' I wasn't ready to step into the consuming world of 'smart phones.' However, my brother insisted and so a week later I was unwrapping my early christmas present from him, The LG Electronics Smartphone. Suddenly I was faced with mp3 on my phone, (completely useless as I have an mp3 player) a camera on my phone, (also useless, I have a camera!) and the incredibly daunting premise of.....touchscreen! The next thing I knew I was sending texts containing pure gibberish! When I tried to answer a phone call, every app opened and my phone began flashing. And the worst part, my battery, which on my old phone could easily last me up to a week, was dying in a day! I went camping with some friends and completely lost contact with the outside world before I'd even spent a night there! And the worst part? As a completely clumsy by nature, fall over my own feet if I try doing more than one thing at once kind of girl, I simply could not stop dropping it!! Whereas my sturdy, trusty little nokia had survived trips down the stairs, I had a crack on my brand new screen within a week simply by knocking it off the coffee table! Needless to say, I soon reverted back to my old ways of monophonic ringtones and snake. I'm sure to technology loving folks that can walk down the street without tripping on a crack in the path, then this phone could easily be a fantastic lovable little gadget. However, if like me you prefer to keep your texts and phone calls simple and much prefer to push a button than a flat screen, or if you drop everything that is ever put in your hands, maybe this isn't the phone for you. It certainly wasn't for me.
How often do you wake up in the mornings wondering what the point of getting out of bed would be today, thinking to yourself, why have I even bothered waking up, when thing's couldn't possibly get worse? Well very recently I did, and in my solemn mood I decided rather than going out and cheering myself up, I decided I would pop to the shop, buy a book and read it in a nice hot bubble bath. The book I picked was Go Ask Alice, admittedly I wasn't particularly drawn to it at first, but there was a severe lack of choice, so, I decided to go into it with an open mind and figured hey, maybe I'll enjoy it! Alice is an ordinary teenage girl, suffering with low self esteem, yo yo dieting, feeling excluded, alone and really just wanting to fit in. In her sheer desperation to be accepted by the cool kids, she accepts an invitation to a party, where in she unknowingly ingests LSD in a spiked bottle of coke. As soon as she gets homes she writes about the experience of the 'high' in her diary and admits her guilt for being foolish but the excitement she felt from her rebellion. She soon finds herself however, slipping further into the world of drugs, running away, living on the streets, going cold, hungry and alone all in her desperate search for the better high, desperate to give it up, but addicted beyond her own understanding. It is a story no different to many other teenage girls finding themselves wrapped up in drugs, with one incredibly important difference. Alice kept a diary. Go Ask Alice is the publication of the diary and therefore Alice's accounts of the story, exactly how she saw and experienced it. By the time I was halfway through the book I was already thinking to myself, what have I got to complain about? Why am I sat here thinking life is so terrible when quite clearly it could get so much worse? More to the point though, I couldn't put the book down! It's an insightful and painfully honest look into the drug culture among teenagers. It gave me a genuine understanding of just how easy it can be to find yourself in a place you never thought you could possibly be, and how your life can change in one simple night. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who needs a sudden realisation of just how lucky they are, or are just interested in the drug culture of the 1970s. EsselleBeck