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The HTC Desire S was my replacement to a Nokia and I am very glad I made the upgrade. Like all people I considered an Iphone as it was the safe option but, this HTC was (and still is) the best phone I have ever bought. I have had mine for just over 9 months now and I am very very happy with it. The sharp screen has a very responsive touch sensitive gorilla glass display and the four buttons at the bottom of the device make navigation very easy indeed.
As with all smartphones the battery life could be improved and tactics such as reducing screen brightness and closing apps will make the battery last longer, typically the HTC will last for around 2 days with normal use. At around £200-£300 this phone is not the cheapest nor the most expensive and I do think that for a budget of around £300 this phone is a must buy.
The Android operating system is as versatile and easy to use as it has always been and is also as quick as you'd expect it to be.
As for hardware goes, the Desire S boasts a 5 mega-pixel camera with 720p video recording which can capture high quality snaps with a very powerful flash if need be and store these on either its 1.1GB of internal memory or on a 32GB removable flash card. It also has a front facing camera which can be used for skype calls.
Its aluminium casing is strong to the touch and feels very solid, sleek and stylish. At around 130g it is very light but this does not comprimise its strenth.
As with all Android phones it is fully customisable with apps from the Android Market provided by Google so, just like an Iphone, the phone can boast games and cool apps to keep the phone up-to-date with the latest trends and games.
This Dell is my second laptop and was bought for me to use in university. Firstly, it is very good looking, the metallic finish gives it a solid feel. The 15.6 inch LCD display has 1080p full HD which makes it crisp when watching movies or browsing the web. The 750 GB hard drive is more than enough to house your pictures, videos and music as well as important documents.
The Dell has two JBL stereo speakers and a subwoofer built in which provide decent bass and dynamics when listening to music. There are two headphone jacks, one of which is capable of 5.1 digital output. With two USB ports, an optical drive, a microphone port and an ethernet port the laptop is well equiped for other hardware to be introduced. Included is Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit which is as reliable as Windows can possibly be. At 6lbs this is not the lightest laptop so I would recommend this as a desktop replacement rather than a laptop you can travel around with. The £700-£800 price tag is a lot but you get a lot for it. Battery life can vary depending on what the laptop is doing but on average it lasts around 5 hours between charges.
The processor is a Intel Core i5-460M which makes processes quick if you are using the laptop for everyday things; but is not suitable if you are using this for activities which require more power. I have only had good experiences with this laptop and it has been very reliable.
This is my third shaver and my first proper foil shaver with real blades. For around £45 you get a 10 000rpm motor powering its three blades said to be at an optimum 30degree angle for maximum effectiveness. The pivoting head allows the shaver to reach the tough areas such as under the chin and around the neck. The fact that this shaver works for wet and dry shaves is a great feature, the manufacturer says that it can be used in the shower; I have never tried this though. 1 hour of charging will get you 45 minutes of shaving which is more than enough for a week of shaving if you do it every day, the two pin charger does require an adapter or a socket which is suitable. There is an LED on the device which lets you you know when it needs charging, a small battery indicator flashes to let you know, a useful feature so that you are not mid-shave and it runs out. With this shaver you do receive a cleaning brush, the device can also be cleaned with water so if you are a hygiene freak, this is perfect. The secondary shaver is located on the front of the device and allows the user to straighten tramlines and perhaps shape sideburns.
Overall, this is a very good shaver which gives a smooth shave and keeps the skin comfortable, I have never had a problem with it.
Electric toothbrushes have been around for years now but they are just starting to be perfected. This particular toothbrush has a soft rubber grip which is nice to hold for the 2 minutes that is recommended. The manufacturer boasts "dentist inspired cleaning cup" which is fancy talk for it cleans teeth well; something which I agree with. This is a rechargable toothbrush which according to manufacturers can not be over-charged, each charge gives approxiamtely 1 week of brushing is you do it twice daily for 2 minutes. The tooth brush heads have to be changed when they become worn out unlike normal manual toothbrushes which are just thrown away after use. The tooth brush heads are quite expensive at around £6 for a packet of four. Of course with most chargers there is a two-pin plug which requires either one of those special sockets or an adapter. The oscillation of the toothbrush head allows plague etc to be cleaned off individual tooths effectivley. For its £20 price tag this toothbrush is more than capable of the task at hand and its stong build quality gives it value for money.
Those of you who own a convensional fan may not want to go to one such as the Bionaire but I for one would say that there is hardly any difference, if anything, purchasing the Bionaire is a step in the right direction. It has 3 speeds similar to any other fan and its oscillation allows it to cover most of, if not all of a room. It is a lot less clunky than a conventional fan and there is no fiddling about with titlting the head in the right direction because it is a tower fan. The sleep mode and breeze modes are innovative features but I feel are not as useful as the manufacturer states however, the timer allows the user to set an off time after 1, 2, 4 and 8 hours which is very useful. On the other hand, the device is quite clunky and plastically and during the night it can make noises as if someone is trying to escape out of it. For the £25 price tag there are better fans out there but there is nothing overly wrong with this one
This was my first ever laptop and I was quite pleased with the purchase for many different reasons but the product itself has some disadvantages.
At first glance the laptop is very slick and stylish and because it is a Dell there is a certain quality about its design. The laptop boasts 3 USB slots, an SD card slot and HDMI connectivity so it does have all the bells and whistles. Opening up the laptop there is the usual touchpad and keyboard with added "media keys" in place of the normal function keys, these act as a pause and play for when listening to music and watching films; this is a very good feature. It boots up quickly in under a minute and runs either Windows Vista or 7 depending on what you purchase. The screen is very crisp and of a comfortable size and at 3kg this is not a light laptop, I would say it is more of a desktop replacement than something you can carry around and use on the train etc (if you need that, buy a netbook). At around £700 you get an Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 which makes it quick and the 4 GB of RAM is more than other manufacturers offer for the same price. The standard 4 hour battery life can vary depending on whether you buy a better battery or what you use the laptop for, obviously, activities which require more processing power also require more battery power. The actual battery pack petrudes out of the back of the laptop which does make it uncomofrtable if resting the product on your lap so I would recommend buying a laptop cushion as well.
The power of this machine is quite good, I have played PC games on it which require a lot of umph and the Studio 15 has delivered, albeit quite noisily. If you are looking for a desktop replacement which does not require much transportation and can effectively hold music, films and also your documents then this is definately for you. The Studio is also highly customisable if you buy through Dell, different colour and patterns can be bought as well as facial recognition via the webcam to login to your account. I can not stress enough that this is more than adequate to tackle day to day computing activities, obviously if you want gaming, buy a gaming PC but this is good enough for everything else.
These were my first ever pair of headphones, they are not my current pair but I still use them from time to time. First of all, they are a Sennheiser so you straight away know they are high quality when it comes to sound. For the £15 price tag you don't get studio quality sound but if you are an avid listener to music or a film enthusiast then these are definately for you. The ear-cup style covers the whole ear making them extremely comfortable compared to other headphones which just squash your ear. At 163 grams this pair isn't the lightest and they are not small either making them hard to transport but I would say that this is completely mitigated by the excellent base and ability to tackle low frequencies. The 3.5mm jack makes them suitable for mp3/4 players and laptops and the 6.3mm adapter make the pair viable enough to be plugged into an amplifier, but I have not yet done this. The HD 201's are surprisingly close to high end sound which you would normally expect from £100+ headphones. One thing I would say is the 3 metre cable can get in the way at times, but this is a fairly minor problem.
At the end of the day, wearing these you will look cool, the sleek black and silver design and strong build quality make these a very favourable pair. After having this pair myself for nearly 3 years the Sennheiser logo on the top has rubbed off and there are a few minor scratches on the plastic but the sound quality has not at all suffered, keeping the manufacturers 2 year gurantee in tact.
The Nintendo Wii is the console which changed the face of gaming and led to Microsoft and Sony both deceloping their own spin on Nintendo's innovative control system. Thw Wii itself is a good looking device, unlike the "boxiness" which is a PS3 or Xbox, the Wii is slick and even the way CD's are inserted looks good. Many other reviewers have said how the Wii is fun for all the family and that is because the use of buttons on the controllers is not all that is used to play games, the motion control helps children stay active albeit without fresh air. The games overall cartoony so appeal to children but there are also titles for adults to play such as Goldeneye and Red Steel.
The ability to create "Mii's", small avatars which represent you in game give a personal touch to when you are playing Wii Sports or Wii Fit which does seem to get children excited. Let's not take away the fact that the Nintendo Wii is a device which can also be an internet enabled device, allowing the user to download games or even go to BBC iplayer.
Many many many attatchments can be bought with the wii to play different games such as the Wii Fit board to play Wii Fit or the nunchucks so there is access to an analogue stick.
The fact is that the Wii was a revolutionary product that has paved the way for game developers to be more imaginative and also preompted other console developers to be more innovative.
This is my second racket, my first was also a Yonex. The first thing I noticed is the grip which, even in sweaty hands, fulfils its purpose, I have not yet received a blister from it which shows how comfortable and cushiony it is. The shaft has a lovely red metallic finish and made of carbon nanotube and is very light and thin so glides through the air on power shots. The whole racket only weighs 85 grams which is quite impressive when compared to the sheer power which can be achieve per swing. The graphite frame is very sturdy and has kept its shape well even with all the pressure I apply to it sometimes in frustration. I have thrown this racket around at walls and on the floor at times and it has not loest shape of been chipped or damaged in any way.
The design is very slick and sturdy and I cannot emphasise enough how much power can come out of a swing, gentle drop shots are smooth and responsive. And to top it all off, it is not a bad looking piece of equipment either, it comes in metallic black and red.
I bought these to say sayorana to my old JVC earphones and I am glad I made the change. This prodcut is lightweight and does exactly what it says on the tin.
The soft memory-style foamy bit that goes in the ear is very comfortable and you get two spares as well to extend the life of this product. The stereo sound is very decent indeed, vocals sound clear, bas eand treble is perfect depending on the quality of the source of your music. The 5 gram product and its long wire come in a variety of clours so you don't have to stick with the boring black like I did. It is easily transportable and wrappable and compact.
The build quality is very good, the actual bit that goes in the ear feals high quality and the harder case of the earphone is some sort of strong plastic which protects the earphone from rain, dust and any annoying kid who wants to test its strengh.
Overall, I would say that these are a must buy if you want quality for around £10, only buy if you are a fan of in-ear earphones because this pair get right in your head to produce their great sound, they do cancel a lot of background noise as well. They can go very loud too if you are a fan of killing your own eardrums for a few moments.
Mario Kart Wii was one of the first games I had bought when I got a wii and for a good reason, it is exactly what the wii tries to promote, a family freindly, fun game.
In the game the most popular game mode is multiplayer where you can race wihth 2 to 4 people on the same screen or up to 12 people if playing online. You can be any one of the iconic mario characters including Luigi, Peach and Bowser and pick a motorcycle or kart to race in. The game incorporates many different race locations including some from the N64 and Gamecube versions of the game. The controls are simple enough, tilt the wii remote to turn and press 2 to accelerate and press Z to fire a weapon.
Of course, you have the signature Mario Kart features like obstacles, boosts, evil flowers and spinning out of control when hit by a shell and the game does not get old or boring and has a certain longevity about. This game is suitable if playing by yourself or with kids. Other game modes include one where you have to pop balloons, sounds boring but it is immense.
The online play allows you to play with friends from all around the world, I used this mode once, all you need is an internet connection, the game and friends. The gameplay is smooths and loading is surprisingly quick.
The included wheel is a novalty which wears off after a while, the wii remote does not have to be turned like a steering wheel in the game, it can be just tilted instead rendering the wheel useless.
Overall, this game does not lose the Mario magic that most of us have know throughout the years, the cartoony graphic and the charming humour is not lost and the game is fun for a very long time. The simple menu's make this game good for everyone
I have had this product for around 2 and a half months now to replace my old dream machine alarm clock and it is a more than worthy substitute.
The ipod dock comes with some attatchments so almost all ipods and iphones fit, the sound quality from the speakers is immense and the base is surprisingly good for such a small product. The display is clear and the controls are not too complicated and can be learnt so that you can even change settings in the dark. The DAB finction gives great, crisp sound quality and many stations can be picked up, if your favourite station is not on DAB then this alarm clock also has fm scanning.
The alarm function is very reliable, two alarms can be set (I have one for weekdays and weekend) and you have a choic eof being woken up to your ipod, a DAB station, an fm station or even a buzzer which is annoying but very effective.
The time is set by itself by radio control or something and it always stays accurate, becuase it runs by the mains a power cut can be a problem but the time is automatically corrected afterwards.
Overall, there is a lot that can be said about this product, it is a great music player and alarm clock and is probably in my top 3 gadgets I own.
Paul stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, the geniuses behind Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead, it definatley is worthy of being in the same league as those previous films.
When two sci fi nerds take a trip accross the USA visiting famous UFO hotspots they got more than they bargained for when they stuble upon Paul, an English speaking alien (voiced by Seth Rogen) who had escaped from a millitary base. The stroy follows Paul and the two nerds escaping in a rustry RV from federal agents trying to catch the alien. Paul grabs a lift so that he can return to his mothership and go home after a long stint in captivity.
First of all the acting is brillant, the two actors Pegg and Frost once again prodcue their magic to make their predicament once again very believable. Seth Rogen's voiceover is very complimentary of the good storyline and the emotions of his character are easy to see by the above par special effects. Sigourney Weaver, the ledgend that is, also stars as she tries to capture Paul. This great film is backed up by a strong 7.2/10 on IMDB, I would have personally given it more. As a comedy, Paul features many gags which did have me gasping for air at points, as usual in Pegg and Frost films there are some WTF moments such as a granny with a machine gun etc etc.
Overall I would say that this film is a must watch, it is a great comedy with an interesting stroyline which is not at all typecasted, the steroetypical alien film is far from what Paul is.
The 2007 release of Paranormal Activity received a lot of hype from the US before it was released in the UK which made me only want to watch it even more.
The stroy features two main characters, Micah Sloat and Katie Featherstone as they move into their new house, as soon as they do, spooky goings on occur prompting Micah to install a camera in their bedroom to film the goings on. This film is shot like a personal documentary, very Blair Witch-esque as the POV gives it a more personal touch. The fact that there are only four characters seen in the film make the viewer feel sorry for the suffereing the main characters go through in the film. The hauntings start out small and then build up to a big finish which will shock and amaze any viewer.
The acting is amazing and the characters are portrayed really realisticlly by the two actors, clear personalities can be seen in them. The Bluray I would say is about average. The storyline and goings on had critics split 50/50 some liked it for its cleverness and the way it plays with the viewer'd mind and other hated it for its slow build up, I however loved the film due to the clever way it is shot POV style. The end of the film deserves a special mention because it did make me jump and scared when I first saw it.
There is not much I can say, the cinematography is perfect the acting is supherb and the storyline is intruiging.
Piranha starts when an underwater earthquake releases thousands of flesh eating piranhas from a craviss in the earth, they all gather in the Lake Victoria area where, conviniently their dinner lies; thousands of teenagers on their spring break. What happens next is a bloody, limb ripping bath of death and goryness as said piranhas feast on the "young" meat present.
The Sheriff played by Elizabeth Shue investigates a missing fisherman when she stumbles upon his body eaten by a strange kind of fish, a prehistoric piranha.
I have never seen so much death mixed in with so much nakedness, the women of this film are almost all topless in the most memorable scene where the piranhas gang in on hundreds of partying teenagers who are not aware of the dangers ahead. In this scene, people are decapitated, lose limbs and die in the most perculiar ways. If you enjoy bloodbaths mixed with naked women then this is dfinatley the film for you. The acting is about par and the CGI used for the piranhas is not the best but believable. The sotryline is the typical American storyline as one person appears to save the world, i.e the Sheriff. Of course, it would not be an American film without that bit of cheesiness at the end where everyone lives happily ever after, this is however not the case as the story ends on a cliffhanger, making the viewer wonder if there will be a Piranha 2 3D.
Special mention should be given to kelly Brook, although she plays a pornstar she acts quite well along with the sheriff who actually make some of the far fetched scences believable.
Overall, this film is for the nicher markets, if you like gore and blood, I have never seen a film which has more than this one. If you enjoy naked ladies then this film is also for you unless you don't want to see them dead, then steer well clear. The inclusion of Bluray makes the piranhas more realistic and boobs clearer.