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With the original Ipod design a resident in the design museum and a whole plethora of magazines,celebrities etc endoring its sleekness and ease of use, is the Ipod still the daddy of portable music now with Sony's new MD and other harddisk players such as the iRiver on the market?
Well, the simple answer is yes.
The design and athestic values of the Ipod is unrivalled, and gives it a massive edge in the modern style-concious world (although be warned that the Ipod scratches VERY easily). Although the minidisc players are still smaller, they are nevertheless still a very 'fiddly' format even with the Net MD concept. Storage space on the Ipods is also good, even the 20 gig version should provide enough space for all but the most hoarderesque of music-lovers.
The new 4th generation Ipod also improves on its predecessors' faults. Firstly, the 8 hour battery life has now been increased, and previous scare stopries about battery failure have also seemed to gone away. The click-wheel (taken from the Ipod mini) now means everything can be controlled from the central buttons instead of the four across the top as before, making the Ipod look even better. The price has also dropped to just over £200 for the 20 gig version, although it does mean Apple have taken out some of the extras such as the remote for the ehadphones and the carry case.
However, I do have quibbles with the Ipod. By making it so easy to use, I feel that sometimes I have little or no control over it, everything is masked and done automatically for you. This is a particularly big problem when somethiong goes wrong. My Ipod didnt work for a week and I had no idea what is wrong. Apple's after-sales care is also very tedious, as you have to send the Ipod away for diagnosis as the Apple stores refuse to offer support for the Ipod.
Watch out also for the new generation of media players (such as the Creative Xen) which offer movie and picture playback ability, and may end Apple's dominance.
Nevertheless, the Ipod is still probably the best mp3 player out there, and I would reccomend it to anyone with a large (1000+ songs) music collection.
Having read some of the Toni & Guy reviews, it seems as if there are mixed responses. However, I think that many people have visited them without really knowing what Toni & Guy are about.
At the heart of it all, Toni & Guy, despite its trendy marketing and leanings towards high-fashion, it is at the end of the day, a rather conservative if nevertheless quality hairdressers.
They can give you the trendiest haircut (and often quite radical) if thats what you want, but other places (such as the Vidal Sassoon Academy) do that better. They can also give you a regular cut if thats what you want. However, I have found after trying out many different hairdressers including different Toni & Guy branches that you get the best results if you know what sort of cut you want. Then they can tell you a lot about how to look after and style your mane.
Another criticism I've seen cited is the high prices, but they charge similar rates to most other quality hairdressers. Also, the products they use are not Toni & Guy brands so accusing them of pushing their own wares is also rather a misconception.
All in all, I have probably sounded like some Toni & Guy employee sent to write a positive review but I think that they do offer one of the best services out there if you want a decent haircut.
Some may feel that I am not really qualified to comment on university life in Nottingham as I do not actually go to university there. However, I have lived in Nottingham for most of my life, my mother works as a lecturer at Nottingham university and I have many friends at the university (and also Nottingham Trent).
Firstly, I think the best and most important thing about Nottingham is the campus. It is one of the few universities to have such a nice enclosed campus and beats most of the others (e.g. Warwick) hands down in terms of scenery and ease of access. The campus has everything from a boating lake to a top (newish) sports centre. Although you will only find freshers living there, most of the student housing is along Derby Road which is just outside the campus. This ensures that the year groups mix well and you will always be bumping into people you know.
Everyone that I have talked to about Nottingham goes on about the infamous 3-1 female-male ratio. Although i can confirm that this is sadly for the guys NOT true, the benefits of Trent university in the city centre more than makes up for any lack of talent, with their many media/art etc students.
The nightlife in Nottingham is not like that of most other student dominated cities. The atmosphere is generally more chilled out and trendy rather than boistrous and rowdy. Areas of note include Hockley and the Lace Market which focus on trendy bars (e.g. Browns) and intimate clubs (e.g. Market Bar, Lizard Lounge) rather than the superclubs of Leeds and Manchester for example. There are nights out to cater for everyone from the newly opened Mode (RnB) or Works (cheese/other) to Market Bar (funky house).
Finally, the accomodation for students is also relatively cheap (around £70), although it is provided on campus for the first year. As mentioned earlier, most of the houses are close to campus, and on the road to the city centre. The quality of the accomodation varies but as long as you start looking early (around the turn of the year), it should be fine.
P.S. Nottingham isn't too bad academically either!
I myself was drawn to the T610, a predecessor of the K700i, by the massive marketing campaign of about a year ago. The phone was made out to be sleek, sexy and packed full of the most upto date features (bluetooth, camera etc etc). However, I found the T610 to be unreliable and lacking in memory to store all your photos etc on, the camera was also quite poor.
Thankfully, many of these problems have been addressed in the K700i (and to an extent the T630). The phone rarely crashes for me now and boasts a massively improved memory. It also comes with new features such as the ability to play mp3s and also video recording. The camera is now also revamped with the ability to zoom put in although I still find the quality of photos somewhat of a let down.
Of course, the phone does everything that you can expect from a top of the range phone such as the myriad of calenders/diaries etc as well as the obligatory WAP services. Even the games have improved (I especially enjoy the tennis).
However, despite all these improvements, I would still really only be tempted to buy this phone if I do not own any of the previous models (T610/T630), as although it addresses their faults and adds new features, it still feels like the same phone. Being one of the more expensive phones, I would really only reccomend this for people yet to use any of the phones in this series.
Or just by the Motorola V3.... :)
BBC3's attempt to cash in on the success of The Office. However, the restricted location and dull characters do nothing for this show. Although in parts funny, the jokes are generally predictable and often jsut not funny.
Although harsh to call it a blatant cash-in, this is just an Office wannabe which does not have any of the originals dry wit or charm. The producers have obviously tried to pull off that emotionally-drained environment but have achieved it with no panache and has merely resulted in a rather dull comedy.
I would steer well clear of this unless it is all that there is to watch, or you are in prison.
Anyone who has seen Scarface will feel right at home with this game. For much of the game, the locations and even some of the missions are litterally taken from the film, even the infamous chainsaw is there.
The game improves on previous incarnations by introducing bike, a larger city and a more comprehensive property ladder. Although the missions are fun, the bulk of the game is in completing the sub-missions and searching for that elusive 100% completion.
The graphics are top-notch and so is the soundtrack with the usual GTA-fare of being able to tune into different radio stations.
Highly reccomended and highly playable.