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In 2008, I lost my phone at my first year of Nottingham University, it was an expensive £100 Samsung purple phone at the time. I immediately started looking for cheaper alternatives on the O2 website, not wanting to purchase another expensive model, I found another Purple phone for half the price, it was the Nokia 5000. In fact, it came in a range of colours including bright green, bright baby blue and metallic purple. I went to a local O2 shop and told them about my lost phone and they immediately offered me a deal of free £20 credit with my new phone, so I actually got the new phone for £30, instead of the RRP of £50.
The one good thing about this phone, is it looked a lot more expensive and flashier than it really is. In fact a lot of my friends mistook it for a high tier phone and would ask me for advise on what to get next, even though I wasn't a proclaimed expert at the time. That being said, I've learned a lot about this model of phone, since I still use it to this day. With 4 solid years of good use, I am now starting to look for something expediently sophisticated and better, while maintaining the flashy look that most phones rarely carry. Even the most expensive ones, often look dull and ordinary, I know you can often purchase cases for them but they somehow just aren't the same.
Anyway now for some in depth information about this phone. It was released in 2008 and since then, it will be no surprise to you, has long been discontinued. However you can still pick up unlocked and used versions of the phone for between £20-30 on Ebay. You can get a locked phone and buy a code to unlock it to any network for £3 on most phone code websites.
The phone is exceptionally light at 74g, I sometimes forget it's even in my pocket and look for it before I leave, only to realise it was already there. Compare this to the latest iPhone, it's about 40 grams lighter, and every bit of weight counts since you have to carry it everywhere. The screen is about 2 inches big and the dimensions of the phone are, again, smaller than an iPhone, 106mm in length, 46mm in width and 0.44 in depth. The depth is the only criteria which is bigger than iPhone, which is around 0.30mm. Anyway, pretty good specs for a budget phone so far.
Next criteria, the phone is 2G only, no 3G functionality at all, 3G was just coming out at the time and almost entirely exclusive to the iPhone back in 2008. The phone has MP3 ringtones which sound great, option to download polyphonic ones and the ability to send ringtones to your friends for free via bluetooth or create your own ringtones by transferrring supported MP3's to your phone. The phone speakers in general are average qualuty. On loudspeaker, there's some slight distortion, while on standard headset mode, there's zero.
One of my main grievances with the phone is it does take too long to start up from switching it on. The phone can sometimes crash if you try to enter the phone contacts too soon to make a call while it's still starting up. However this is somewhat offset by having the capacity to store 1000 contact numbers. Also I've received so many text messages and never had to delete a single one, so the memory on this phone for that feature, is very impressive. It's also fun to read back previous messages from a couple of months, even few years ago. The phone also allows you see any messages you sent out, in case you forget what you put the night before.
Some contemporary features that are lacking and could be a possible deal breaker for some are no USB, no WLAN, no memory card slot. The camera quality is at 1.3mp but most of the time is set to 256k because you need to activate a certain setting in a particular moment, for the pixel rate to ever go that high. I frankly find taking pictures a farce because they are blurry and low quality. This is defintly one of the worst features of this phone, especially compared to an iPhone. You can still send and receive pictures on the phone but they cost 50p a time on a pay as you go service or mobile. Also the quality hardly makes it worth it.
There is an MP3 player and FM radio which is a nice feature but capacity is very small, around 128mb. I never use this feature because my normal MP3 player is much better and this only has about 4 hours on full use. The literature says the phone can last up to 336h on standby but from years of testing, I know this isn't true. I've left it on standby many times and the battery has always completely drained within a couple of days of not checking it.
The standard applications that come pre-installed in the phone include a calculator, a calendar, a converter for currency and weight, a stopwatch etc. All of these have been helpful and have been used at one point or another. There's the option to download more apps if you need so. There is also a games folder which comes with Snake III, which is no way near as fun as previous incarnations. There's Backgammon, with the option to play against a friend if they have a compatible phone. The other game is called City Blocks and is the best one of the bunch by far. You have to stack blocks on each other, in a contruction yard, without them all falling down. It's tough, requires great timing and perception, you get a big bonus, if you land each block perfectly on top of each other. If you don't and the blocks land blocks at angles, the whole chain of blocks will begin to wobble and eventually fall off with a series of wrong moves. It's like a complex phone version of Jenga.
The Nokia 5000's durability is suprisingly highly. It's survived being thrown against a wall in anger, dropped on a concrete path and even water being spilled over it. These accidents have more than tested it's overall durability and way surpassed my previous phone, which couldn't survive even the smallest of falls. The Nokia 5000 is still as shiny and new as when I bought, with no discolouration or visible scratches.
Overall the Nokia 5000 is a good phone, although in this era, it's probably only for those that want a phone of simplicity and ease of use. The lack of contemporary features and the flexibility to do all the things you want is a big drawback. So if you care about accessing Facebook, Twitter and taking high quality pictures on the go or browsing the internet without restriction, then I would look for something more sophisticated. This phone more than met it's requirements and would actually still be an excellent choice for a first time user or a small child.
My last laptop, a Toshiba Satellite A300, sadly died a few weeks ago. The repair shop told me, it wouldn't be worth fixing it as it would cost the same as buying a new laptop. I therefore got some advice from them on what to get next and they told me try get an Intel i3 laptop. Off to Tesco I went with my new found knowledge. I looked at all the laptops and instantly saw the Packard Bell Easy Note TS with much higher specs than all the other laptops. It had also been reduced from it's original price £499, as seen in the catalogue, to £379. I then found out downstairs when ordering in the stock room, that Tesco were offering £30 off electricals over £300 that day, bringing it down to £349, which seemed like an absolute bargain. Since it was one of their most popular models, Tesco were out of stock when ordered on Saturday but on Monday, it was ready to collect.
Unpacking it at home in the space of a few minutes, I was instantly impressed with how shiny and new it looked, especially in the 'Ferrari Red', which I ordered it in, as opposed to standard black or silver colour you usually get with most ordinary laptop models. If metallic pink or purple were available choices, I probaly would ordered it in that but bright red is close enough for me. The laptop booted up for the first time and asked me all of my new user settings and preferences, this took another 2-3 minutes. Once it finished doing this, it was ready to use for any purpose I saw fit.
One of the best features about this laptop, is it's so whisper quiet, you will never ever hear it. From experience I know, that the only thing that can turn a quiet laptop into a noisy one is viruses and spyware. I therefore quickly installed sandboxie, an application that traps any downloaded files that you're browser picks up and allows you delete them whenever you want and after every use of the internet if you desire, therefore protecting the rest of a computer with a saftey net. It's far more effective method than virus or spyware protectors, up till now as worked perfectly.
The software on the laptop is Windows 7 Home Premium, which runs so much faster than Vista. Vista came preinstalled on my last laptop and it was sluggish and confusing to use. Not Windows 7, it's fast, perhaps faster than Windows XP and it looks the best any operating system has ever looked. It's easy for beginners and professionals. It's also very colourful, striking and fun to use. I like that you can search for any file on your computer in seconds from the task bar. You can also move and unstick programs at will. You also get as many free Windows updates as you want with the software.
You can then check your hardware specs by going to start menu, click on 'computer' and then system properties. Depending on where you bought your laptop from, hardware specs can vary. My processor speed is 2.3ghz with the Intel-i3 2350. This is much faster than my previous laptop and I only need it for using the internet and watching latest videos online.
It also came with 6gb Ram, 5.85gb is useable according to my system properties. Again much more than I will ever need but might be very useful if I wish to make home videos and encode videos quickly in the future. It also means my CPU useage is almost always at 0%, therefore using minimal power useage, which is great for electric bills.
Graphics Card 3000 is standard, built in graphics. You can't play the latest games of 2012 but just a quick internet search and you will quickly see there's hundreds of games you can install and play. Examples of some very recent games include Fifa 12, Fable 3, Command and Conquer 4, Left 4 Dead 2. The only game I've tested is Fable 3 since I have no real interest in playing games , with only a few notable exceptions, this was one of them and the game ran very smoothly.
Next is the hard drive space. I luckily got more than the 500gb, I got 1TB because it was a special offer at Tesco. My last laptop only had 100gb of space so it was a big jump and now I don't have to keep deleting stuff to clear space or backing stuff up on DVD. Again, the capacity of your hard drive, will vary depending on the retailer you choose to purchase from.
Next I want to mention the screen which is Widescreen and set at a resolution of of 1366-x768. I know from some limited experience, the higher the resolution, the better games and videos will look. I'm also really happy that this laptop is HD, which makes watching videos in Windows Media Player and watching streaming videos online, a real pleasure. The screen is also incredibly bright and there are keys on the keyboard, F11 and F12, which allow you to turn up the brightness as much as you want. I prefer a bright screen so I can watch it from any distance and most viewing angles.
Next is the DVD writer, which isn't quite as impressive, it can only record DVD's up to 8x, CD's up to 24x and the read speed is alot lower than my last laptop. When I installed software from a DVD, it took alot longer than I expected, however this is only a minor drawback. It does however have the benefit of being able to read and write to Dual Layer discs which I've never had or used before. Considering how much cheaper they are now, I will be giving it an attempt in the future.
Next, you have a inbuilt Wireless card that can pick up all ranges, B, G and N. B being the lowest range speed and N being the highest, most recent. Your speed is determined by your wireless router, if you have a B, I recommend it's time for an upgrade. I personally prefer to use ethernet so I don't have to worry about firewalls, port forwarding and speed drops.
Also built in, is a 1.3MP webcam, supposeably for video chat, which I haven't used at all yet. I think most people's phones today have better specs but it's still better than nothing. Also comes with in built 5-1 card reader, 2 USB 2.0 ports and 1x 3.0 USB port.
Lastly the laptop's battery seems to charge in about 1 hour, alot quicker than my last laptop and from my experience, lasts about 4 hours on a full charge, although this also depends how bright you want your screen, although the difference in saving power seems quite subtle.
Lastly the Laptop weight is 2.9kg, which is about the same weight as the newer Xbox 360 slimline and is perfectly manageable for any adult person to lift and carry for a short period of time. You also have the standard 1 year Packard Bell warranty. Other retailers may offer you more, I know John Lewis does 5 years on electrical devices, so shop around and take warranty into consideration, as you never know when your laptop could break in the future.
I can only hope your new laptop is as good as mine, it's been excellent value for money, especially with the special offer discounts applied and with the upgrade in performance, this has been a particularly phenemonal purchase. Peace and love to all new laptop buyers, remember to look for the latest special offers and always compare specs in the store, and between stores, before purchase. It's always best to get the most information before making a big purchase like this.
Being a girl, there aren't many MP3 players that have the look and style for a female to carry and wear. It took me a long time to find a big branded mp3 player from one of the biggest electronic companies, that delivered in a colour that wasn't black or red. The Philips GoGear Raga was a dream come true, not only did it look incredible, but it was a highly functional MP3 player that could compete with the extremely popular Apple Ipod range in both sound, capacity and playback options.
The first thing that impressed me was the low price range, you can pick one of these up from £29.99- £45 depending on which retail outlet you prefer to shop at. This is fantastic value for money in 2012, since any official Ipod brand, will fetch you on average well over £100-150.
Secondly the sound quality is exceptionally high, I borrowed my friends mid-range Ipod to do a sound comparison and I couldn't tell the difference, even with the same headphones. If anything, I slightly preferred the Philips. I toggled through all the 6 preset sound, equalizer settings which ranged from Classical, Hip Hop, Funk, Jazz, Techno and Rock. You have the option to turn all of these settings off, which I did, I like to hear my music with crystal and pure likeness, although it's all down to personal preferences. There was also a built-in FM Radio which I've almost never used, which according to the manual can store up to 20 preset channels but I preferred to manually tune, with the couple of attempts I randomly tried.
Next is capacity, which is 4gb with my model, although I heard it goes up 8gb as well. According to the literature, it can hold 900 tracks at one time and go for 22 hours on a single, full battery charge. The battery charges really quickly, much quicker than my old model. A 5 minute charge will give you an hour playback. You can either charge through your laptop or computer with the USB stick provided, or buy a separate charger. I got a charger off Amazon for £5 which did the job perfectly. You can also check the MP3 player screen at any time to check how full the battery is. It automatically stops charging when it's full.
The device comes with the standard 1 year warranty. There's a reset switch on the bottom of the mp3 player, which you can hold, with a pen preferably, since it's slightly hidden, which resets the device. I've had to use it once over 800 hours of playback since the screen and player froze and I couldn't even switch off normally that one time. Apart from that, it's been absolutely perfect, with no major glitches or faults.
The screen is really easy to see, I like that it goes into sleep mode after 10 seconds, to preserve battery life, when you are playing it. This is a feature that is frustratingly left out of most Mp3 player I've tried in the past.
The audio formats that the Philips Gogear plays and supports fully are MP3, WAV, WMA, APE and FLAC. Philip players are one of the few players to support WAV formats fully. I had an old, audiobook in WAV format, which I needed to listen to for my English classes and nothing else I had tried, would play it, including big name brands like Creative or Sony. FLAC is a great asset, since so much is released in this format now, it's almost essential in 2012, unless you have an audio converter, which can be pretty complex, especially for a girl.
Lastly, the Philips Gogear is very quick and easy to set up. I had it playing music within 5 minutes out of taking it from the packaging. It's so easy to just drag and drop music files into the folder, like a regular USB stick. Installing any custom software is completely optional, it's nice to have the choice and not be restricted in any shape or form. The mp3 player apparently supports all versions of Windows including 7, the one I'm using on my laptop, as well as Vista, XP and dare I say, anything older than this that has a USB slot. I bought this 5 months ago and it still works just as good as when I first got it. I highly recommend this to anyone, there are quite few other colours out there, for any guys, that are thinking of buying as well.