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Well first and foremost i imagine most people know about coca-cola already as it is the largest consumer recognized brand in the world, and interestingly enough it is the second most understood word in the world behind "okay".
But lets take this back a few notches for those who may have never had the pleasure of wrapping their lips around the neck of a freshly opened bottle, after hearing the refreshing tsssst sound that gets us salivating before we have even had the first sip. it is deliciously tempting and just writing makes me want to taste the fizz of a glass of coke on a hot summers day.
coca-cola is a great tasting soft drink that will quench your thirst, with and acceptable appealing designed bottle that im sure has been ergonomically tested, and that is the ultimate sum up.
there are however a few draw backs for the health and environmentally conscious, such as the fact it is highly concentrated with sugar that will wear away the enamel on your teeth, cause you to gain weight if not burned off adequately and too much can cause migraines. it is also made of plastic bottle using up valuable resources and should be recycled for those that can be bothered.
but hey anyone can criticize anything, so lets stop hating on the stuff and accept that if you haven't had one you should, if you don't like it, well that your opinion!
Earlier in the year i had LG Secret mobile phone, and when i purchased is, there was an offer of a free 8gb Sandisk micro card, with the MobileMate micro reader included.
I must admit personally i would never have bought this product straight off the shelf as at first glance appearences, it looks small and fiddley which when put hand-in-hand with my incredible ability to lose things, it would not have been ideal for me.
Still when i opened up the packaging for my new phone, and had set it up ready for use it was only after a couple of months that i then had a use for the MobileMate micro reader, to transfer some of my images of my phone onto my computer.
Starting with the process, it couldnt really be more simple. you take the memory card out of your phone, or device which requires external storage and slot it into the MobileMate micro reader and plug it into your computer through a standard 2.0 USB port. The external storage will the open up as an external drive, allowing you to the transfer data to and from your computer at your own demand.
Memory Card - Sandisk 8 GB Class 4 microSDHC:
The memory card i had attained was an 8gb class 4 microSDHC, which in simple terms gave me 8gb of data storage, and a writing speed of atleast 4mb per second. I have never really bothered with the writing speed of small devices such as a card reader or flash drive as there is generally not a noticable difference in my opinion. (A external hard drive however, it is incredibly useful to have a greater writing speed). With regards to the 8gb data storage space though it was more than adequate for my needs, which was for the most part storing pictures.
MobileMate card reader:
The card reader it self would be best defined as petit and is quite fiddley when inserting or removing the memory card, however this is not such an inconvience that it becomes a nusiance. It is however incredibly durable and hardy and can be well 'man-handled' on the assumption you can find it. it does nake for a perfect key ring accesory with a purpose ideally due to its size.
Not a particularly long section but however very useful. The MobileMate card reader itself without a memory card can be currently picked up for £3.90 at Play.com or for £12 as a combo with the 8gb microSDHC.
Final note / recommendation:
So in short it is effective, definatly compensates for its size, and is recommended as a perfect device for a frequent user of MicroSDHC card users, and very much the value for money.
I have had the Sony Ericsson K750i for a good few years now, and even though my current phone is the HTC wildfire, this is the one phone i will never replace or sell on, as it is truly dependable, and reliable.
The phone itself is relatively simple, its a candy bar phone with physical buttons instead of more modern touchscreens and a joy stick that makes navigation of the phone flawless and simplistic. Mine was silver, but that is obviously down to individual taste, and in comparison to more modern phones it is chunky and has a bit of weight behind it. This too me is a positive feature/characteristic of the phone, as it is resistant to knocks and drops (trust me, mine has flown across a field or two before), and removes the fragility you seem to get with more modern phones these days where you are actually scared to use them in case they get damaged.
With regards to the phones primary purpose, i.e. sending messages and making calls, it was relatively quick and responsive to your key inputs, it didn't freeze up at all and generally was without hassle. The reception of making a call was of high quality and there was no unnecessary straining to hear what was be spoken down the earpiece.
Some of the entertainment features included Bluetooth, a 2.0 megapixel camera, and media player. The camera itself in comparison to the 14.1 megapixel digital cameras you can buy today is obviously shocking, but for when the phone was released it was more than adequate, and like i try to stress in all phone reviews, its not a camera, and the camera is only there for on the spot memories and as an additional feature not something you would take holiday snaps with. so in this case i do not believe this is a fault. the media player is incredibly simplistic and provides you with the ability to play and watch videos, music files or pictures, not really highly entertain-able, i would regard it as more of a glorified gallery than a media player.
Finally i used to spend all day everyday on my phone, texting, calling playing music and i would have to say the battery life is outstanding you will never ind your self running short if you forget to charge it one night as it has incredible stamina. and this is probably the best selling point of this phone as the reason the battery life is so much better than all these new, flashy modern models is because it does what it was designed to do, not much more, making it practical and efficient.
I would suggest this phone to anyone who needs something, reliable, cheap, easy to use, not over-complicated, and is looking for a solid long term investment.
Last year i decided it was time to change my gaming world by commuting from an Xbox 360 (which i must say i absolutely adored) to the Playstation 3. The reason being first and foremost if not only peer pressure from my mates who had chosen the path of Playstation. I can not once say i regret the decision of the swap but there are a few reluctance's in the back of my mind.
Firstly the design of te Playstaion 3 slim, it is sleek an charcoal black colour with only to button on the top side surface. 1) is for turning on and off the playstation and 2) is for the ejection of the disc. The Playstation 3 slim is a tidy and neat design, that can easily be regarded as attractive.
The console itself is incredibly quiet, and runs perfectly smoothly, whilst in a stationary position. i would recommend positioning it one the larger flat surface to prevent over heating and the possibility of damage if knocked over but that is best determinable by the layout of you tv/gaming area. It comes pre-equiped with a built in blue ray player which in the growing market are becoming more favourable and is HD compatible through a HDMI cable. I would recommend here that to gain the most out of your gaming experience use a full 1080p HD tv, as this will surely enhance your gaming pleasure.
The in-console display itself is very appealing to the eye, relatively organised (a few too many sub-folders for me) and also adjustable to suit your own preferences such as you background, themes, font and colour. This is one of the areas i would have to say i rate the Xbox 360 higher as their user interface is a lot more friendly and characteristically. But still not major issues here.
There is an online community, whilst not as vast as the one of Xbox and the options of communicating with other gamers, it is highly adequate through either the friends tab on your Playstation screen or through Playstation Home, you will never find your self in short supply of other gamers to compete against. They have also included a tropheys section when you are awarded for use of skill and completion which to can also be used in comparison of friends and new friends you gain.
The Playstation 3 Slim does however trump the Xbox 360 when it comes to the subscription cost for online gaming as there is none. The only time you need to pay any form of subscription is if you exhaust and wish to continue with the services of iLovefilm and Quirocy.
You then have the additional benefits of the Playstation 3 which would be the use of an online browser, Playstation store to download demos or buy games and also channel viewing services such as BBC iPlayer and 4OD.
A final word on the set-up it is easy, self-explanatory and relatively quick with no room for error or faults and then every so often you will be asked to give your Playstation a system updated which occurs directly off the console from online to keep you system running at an exceptional standard.
I would highly recommend the Playstation 3 to any new and existing gamers as it is in short by far the best alternative in the long run with the next nearest comparison in its league the Xbox 360.
So to begin with i am going to get the completly obvious out the way, this is solely a card reader, not a memory stick/flash drive. It has no physical memory in it what so ever, so that is an important thing to remember when searching for a portable storage device.
With regards to looks/aesthetics its clean, simple, silver with a black design and of course the trust logo. it is a little on the chunky side, and made of a relatively cheap looking plastic casing, but however i can not stress enough these arn't supposed to be a fashion accessary and so that does not lose any points for me.
With regards to functionality i would assume the predominant purpose is for reading memory cards that are from digital cameras, phones or other media devices, but that is not to say i can not be used as a portable storage device aswell, as long as you remember the memory card is an additional purchase.
It is defined as a 36 in 1 card reader however myself i have only ever use two memory cards in mine, both sandisk, 1 of which was a mini 8gb card and the other a 1gb card giving me a combined 9gb of data storage. In this situation that is a useful factor as i can boost the amount of memory based on a need by buying larger spaced memory cards and implementing the to my use.
When i first bought my card reader it was at around £10, probably £9.99, but lets not get too picky, and was solely for the function of moving images from my digital camera to my computer, it was only after i had that initial need for it i then adopted the use for it as a "flash drive". If you are purely after a small, portable storage device i would recommend a flash drive as this would work out as a costly way of achieving the same goal.
When you plug the card reader into your computer through the USB port, it immediatly picks up and opens each memory card as a specific drive located in "my computer" simple enough and easy to use. It is in my opinion as defined high speed, to what extent i do not exactly know but would not say i have to stand around all day waiting for my files to be transferred.
In summary its an incredibly useful device if you have a multiple functionality need for it as a memory drive, and card reader combined, just be wary of the principle of buying extra memory space.
Right lets get the obvious out of the way, it is a flash drive from PLAY.com with a storage capacity of 8gb for storing various pieces of data whether that be media or documents.
As far as this product goes, it looks alright, is made from cheap clear blue plastic with a silver plastic ridge, and obviously the PLAY.com logo on the top. This is appart from the logo identical to various other flash drives available such as the one by integral. But lets be honest it looks reasonable enough and you dont usually have a flash drive as a fashion accessary.
The storage capacity itself at 8gb is reasonable enough for transportation of media files and various other documents, of course like everyone else i would like more memory but you need to remember what it is your buying and the function you are going to be using it for. E.g. I use mine for the transportation of coursework and presentations between home and university. if i was after anything more then i would use my Iomega 500gb portable hard drive. so lets be real it does what its designed for.
With regards to the writing speed of the device (how quickly files can be "put" onto it) without going into technicals that arn't going to mean much, in short it is quick enough and effective enough that you are not going to be waiting around at the end of the day and stalled to go home. So all good there!
Then finally the price you can pick these up relatively cheap from PLAY.com where the last time i checked was £6.99, which is reasonable enough and you would be paying around the same region if not more if you shopped around.
On now another final note as i have just remembered, the data quality when opened up off the flash drive, and in terms of corruption is minimal if at all, i've never personally experienced any problems of that sort, but im sure with all pieces of technology someone will have had this issue before, but from me there were no problems and couldnt create some if i wanted to.
The Samsung HT TZ215 isa home theater system like no other, not that i've had many others to be honest, my last one was no where near in this league. when i intially purchased it, the set up was relatively easy, i suppose as you would expect the hardest part was lugging around the speakers and subwoofer trying to decide placement that would be ideal for what i eventually wanted from this system...surround sound. however when i had completed the set up, probably incorrectly i noticed the surround sound wasnt active and it was playing as if stereo. after the teething problems though and i had worked out how to actually use the product watching films through the tv speakers was a thing of the past and i would never go back. take a film like avatar and play it the surround sound the effects and film feel so real as if you have been pushed through the tv and are actually there, the quality of sound can barely be faulted and the overall satisfaction was immense.
i did find that when ever i turned on my tv to watch a film however there was a slight delay in the sync between the theater system and my tv, but this could very well be a normal thing, or a problem with set up or faulty wiring, to be honest i dont know but i would explain it as around 20 to 30 secs while it registers that sound is meant to be coming out through its speakers, and once it has done this there is no problem for the duration its in use.
i love the Samsung HT TZ215 home theater system as it really does take watching films, which i may watch a few too many to the next, more in depth level.
For my 17th birthday like every boy i couldnt wait to get in a car and go, the sense of freedom, the sense of independence, the dread of not passing your driving test. but that dread very quickly disappeared when i got into the car for my first time and realised this is it, it is happening. a few months later i had passed my driving test with only a few minors and as a present to say well done i received the TomTom GO 750. i was exstatic to say the least as i often got myself lost and realised navigation was not my strong suit. the TomTom GO 750 is very simplistic to use, has a user attractive layout that can be customised to the users wants or needs with various different voice outputs to make that initial car journey as comfortable as possible. the maps them selves are incredibly detailed yet simplistic enough where you dont need to strain to look ahead and know where your going with very clear, consice and accurate route guidance with enough time to implement your driving needs. on the display you will see the route intended to take which can be manipulated to avoid routes of bad traffic, particular motorways and even tolls, whilst selecting the shortest journey time for you. you will recieve live updates of traffic information well in advance to allow you to adapt your route and avoid those long queues, and has an time of arrival estimation located at the bottom which in my experience is incredibly accurate. there is a notification symbol that shows you the next change to your route and the distance of which this will occur, which to be honest i use more frequently than looking at the map itself. the TomTom GO 750 also has various other features such as bluetooth for hands free calling, and also allows you to access you music library to play directly through the speakers of your car.
the unit itself is very well designed with a 4.3inch touchscreen that is sensitive and easy to use, anti-glare screen which can have the brightness adjusted or swapped to night mode as the sky lights dim, to make driving all the more easier. and an adjustable, screen/dashboard connector to allow you to truely angle and place it at a vantage point that is ideal for you.
the only negative to this product is that its to good, too useful and very attractive, which makes it immediatly a theft risk, and so i would advise storing it away and wiping any marks on your wind screen/dashboard as this will entice people to come have a closer look, which unfortunatly happened in my case. but i learnt from this experience and promptly bought another TomTom GO 750 as the product itself was remarkable and i cant say a bad word against it.
The Iomega Desktop Hard Drive 500gb is by far one of the most useful pieces of electronic equipment i own, i am constantly in a state of buying and changing my laptops/computers, needing to transfer work between my computer and university, and just as a general back up of data. lets get the obvious uses for the hard drive out the way, i use it for backing up my music and video libraries which are quite extensive and i dont want them logging up my computer hard drive, but more importantly for me at uni i use it for backing up coursework and storing all my lecture notes for my courses over the 3 year.
this harddrive to me is a fail safe, a safety net so to speak and i would not remove this from my life.
the way the hard drive is then designed is also sleak, portable and relatively stylish, with a power source that is so useful running straight through the USB port whilst the hard drive is in use, which for me is a practical functionality.
the only slight issue i have had with my hard drive is the fact that it sometimes makes a noise if knocked, and so that are quite delicate pieces of equipment that cant be manhandled too much.
I bought this phone a couple of years ago, and it lasted me i would say a good six months before i started picking out faults.
To start with the advantages, it was a small, slim phone with various widgits with some practical applications such as the calender and organiser, as well as the alarms and timers, it has a simple little music media player which to be honest is basic but perfectly easy to use. The layout of the phone again is a delight and very easy to get used to with no strenuous need to correct typing errors.
However then like i said around six months later i noticed the faults, this consisted of the typical touch screen issues where it became slow and unresponsive, had some callibration issues where you were not able to select the correct icons for applications you needed and then this is where the strenuity of texting and calling people came in. it became very difficult to type numbers and answer calls.
but like i said to begin with this phone was particularly complicated, it met its functionality needs and work to a standard i would have deemed acceptable.
the camera on this phone wasn't particularly great and was effectivly quite poor quality but more than appropriate for capturing those quick want to be stored memories, any more than that you should be using something that is designed to specifically take pictures like i dont know.... a camera. so in this instance it is a draw back but not one that to me would damage the phone idality.
all in all i would reccomend this phone because it is a delight, you just need to acknowledge that it could start playing up but then again not if well looked after.
The Fujifilm Finepix JX530 is a marvelously simple piece of technology that for its price couldn't really be beaten.
The 14 megapixel resoulution allows you to take photos of an incredible high quality and has multiple features that allow you to capture those all important memories just the way you saw them. it is compact and incredibly lightweight which while thats a good thing i prefer to have a more weighty camera as this allows me to relax whilst using it and not feel as if its too fragile to be manhandled. but still thats not particularly a fault in my eyes.
This camera to me is ideal for someone who likes to go out clubbing and to restaurants with friends and family and would like so pictures to remember the events by, however i like doing a lot of travelling around the country and various parts of the world and where this camera is great for those up close and engaging memories it didnt quite capture landmarks and places in a way that suited me.
But then again thats what you get for a high quality but at the end of the day still a budget camera which is amazing for what it is and what you have effectively paid for.
i can't really knock this laptop from a technical point of view, it is reliable, its quick with the processing, and its a decent enough quality of image and screen resolution, it is ideal for playing games, as the i5 core is more than able to meet the demands, and with regards to doing work its flawless, your are able to structure and present your work in a proffessional fashion which is obviously from the software installed but there is something about this laptop that make you feel it was achievable through its use. lenovo is a very reliable brand and if you purchase one you will not be disappointed. but why when i use it do i then just get fed up of using, why is it just so boring, is it because it doesnt look as fashionable as other laptops, probably. so if you can pull your self away from the need of a fashionable laptop that will probably break on you this is perfect but for me i just didnt feel any connection to it. :(
The Samsung RV511 is a marvellous design, i happen to disagree with previous reviews saying it doesn't fit a fashion statement, as it is sleak, eligant (and a shiny Samsung) written across it. but more about the laptop itself, it is quick, never freezes or slows, you can have multiple programs open at once and the CPU doesnt increase dramatically. its quality on the hd screen is impecible and gives you a great level of quality and detail. the reliability of this product could not be faulted s it constantly works to and beyond expectations, its a very easy to use laptop with a well layed out keyboard, that is comfortable to the touch and does not cause for strain. the only slight disadvantage of this product in my opinion is that its a little bit weak on receiving an internet signal, but to be perfectly honest thats probably a fault with the router not the laptop.
i can not say how relieved i am to have this laptop as it is perfect for completing my uni course work, collaborating my itunes music and pictures, with more than enogh 6gb ram and 640gb hard drive
when i first got this phone i was on a very very tight budget, and probably should have just settled for something that sent and received texts and also can make calls. but i wanted something new, i got it out the boxed plugged it in and it didnt turn on, ok well that was a bad start but i over looked it. when i finally did manage to turn it on it was great, it was sleak very stylish, and was a great novelty to play with, i spent all my time on it. but i noticed very quickly that its capacity for information wasnt very much and again like most lg phones i have previously had, it because very slow and unresponsive. i also started noticing that for only a little bit more on the price i could have had better phones that would have suited my needs more perfectly, but however a tight budget is a tight budget.
i dont really know how i can sell this phone because to be honest aside for the novelty to "begin with" i lost interest very quickly and it didnt perform how i expected it to. in short i should have settled with the phone that could send/receive texts and make calls :(
this phone to start with was a nice slim looking smartphone, that was relativly basic, but still it suited my needs perfectly at the time but i have never had a phone that caused so many problems so fast. to begin as you would expect it worked perfectly fine, id received a great deal of enjoyment from playing about with it and starting to acknowledge the advantages of having a smart phone. it had a decent sized touch screen keybored which was no problem for me texing or using it to navigate the internet, but then we get to the issues of this phone. the internet use was incredibly basic and not advanced enough for me to be comfortable with it, it also to forever to load up new webpages. however all that aside the biggest issue for me with this phone was the fact that it constantly froze and this meant that the phone was in effect useless, it would ring after someone had already given up calling it, messages came through hours late and more often than not the touch screen became unresponsive. now this too was an issue as it wasn't a simple matter of turning it off and on again you had to physically pull the battery out and short the phone just to turn it off.