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The Fuji Finepix S9600 was my second digital camera which I have owned and my first real step into actual photography instead of point and press.
The camera picture quality isn't great, but if you're a beginner into photography then this camera is probably the camera for you.
The display is easy to use, the picture quality as mentioned isn't great but it's good, the camera is well built and fits perfectly in your hand, the screen is clear to view along with the lens having a decent size zoom which also has macro functionality.
The macro functionality on the camera is my personal favorite although it only works well if you are incredibly close to the target of your photo otherwise it can't focus.
Additionally you are also able to switch off the autofocus on the lens and manually focus on your intended target which is what I prefer for macro photography.
All in all this is a good camera for any beginner as it's not as expensive as a Digital SLR but has alot of the functionality whilst also still having the point and press functionality of cheaper and more basic cameras.
My very first iPod was an iPod Shuffle which is a great iPod to use for things like going to the gym, running, out walking etc. Basically this iPod is ideal for the things where you just want to put music on as a background noise and get on with your task in hand.
The problem with the Shuffle is that you have no way of knowing what song you're playing until it's started and you recognise the song which makes it annoying if you've put an album on and you're searching for a specific song as you have to skip the song, listen to some of the next song till you realise its not what you want and repeat the process time and time again until you find that one song you want.
For that reason I think the iPod Shuffle is great for things like going running where you can just press play, clip it onto your tracksuit waist and start running as you wont really care what song is on as it's just background noise.
The clip on the back of the Shuffle is quite handy as the Shuffle itself is lightweight so it just clips on and you dont have to worry about it after that.
The sound quality isn't amazing but it's ok and the Shuffle itself can store about 100 songs on it although if you select the option in iTunes to convert to AAC then you can store twice as many songs on your iPod but be prepared for it to take a long time to copy the files over as it has to convert each and every song from an MP3 to AAC for the Shuffle.
I bought my girlfriend and Apple Ipod Nano for her birthday in May thinking for her it would be a handy gadget to own but not necessarily use every day, yet again on that score I was wrong.
as far as the functionality on iPods go they dont seem to vary that much except with the odd additional feature on each type, on the Nano my favorite feature is the ability to shuffle tracks by shaking the Nano, which comes in handy when she starts playing the Dirty Dancing sound track to get rid of it.
If you've got large hands you'll probably struggle with the Nano as it's name suggests it is quite small, it's long but thin which makes it slightly awkward to handle but not impossible.
The sound is clear and as always the menu's are incredibly simple to use like on all iPods along with there being a wide range of accessories on the market for the Nano (my personal favorite is the Nike + kit if you're a runner you'll love this).
For so long I wanted to purchase an Apple iPod but could never quite justify spending the money on something which really I could do without.
How wrong I was, since I purchased my iPod it's always with me, it's playing from 7am until 7pm when I'm both at work and travelling between the house and work and then when I'm home it's always on when I'm in the car too.
I've got an iPod classic and have to say that the battery life is fantastic, on a full charge I can play my music for 2 days without recharging and get about 30 hours of music out of it.
If you're new to iPod's then the scroll wheel takes a little adjusting too but other than that everything is self explanatory, the menu's are easy to understand and simple to use, the screen is easily viewable and sound quality is not amazing but it is clear and you can't really have any complaints about it.
The only negative thing I can think about the iPod is that they tend to scratch easily, for this reason if I have it in my pocket I dont keep anything else in there with it as both front and back are prone to scratching.
I bought my Mini Cooper S in October last year and thoroughly love the car (even though I've rated it 3/5).
If you're single or in a relationship without kids then the Mini is a great car but if you are ever going to require ANY leg space in the rear or the car or to put more than a few bags of shopping in the boot this car is definitely not for you.
I adore my mini and it ticks all the right boxes for me, it surprisingly has a very good MPG for it's class as a 300 mile drive to my parents house I'll average 43 MPG, it's reliable, it's fun and as common as they are each Mini is also unique to itself as there are so many options available.
In the front of the car you have ample amounts of leg room available, easy to use dials and quite a few little cubby holes for storage.
Unfortunately the biggest problem with this car is all in it's name. If you want to go out with some mates the only way you can do this is either by sitting with your face in the windscreen so you can fit them in the back or make sure that all your friends are at most 3ft tall.
The leg room is none existent which is why I think this car is perfect for anyone who does not need the room in the back.
The boot of the car is also on the small side but this is all to be expected and really in all honest can't be complained about since you're buying a car called a mini.
The handling of the car is smooth and gentle and even more precise if you use the built in sport button which stiffens up the steering to make it more precise, tightens the suspension for better handling and also makes the accellerator more responsive which as expected will make the MPG drop down but if you use this on the odd occassion then it will make no little difference.
If you're buying this car from new then one thing I will definitely recommend is to purchase the TLC pack which costs £250, this cover you for your first 5 years of servicing for free and all parts and labour included, you'll see how this is worth while when if purchased without the first service is £220 and the second is £100, so you've already saved enough for a full tank of petrol.
All in all this is a lovely car if purchased for the right circumstances, it's reliable, fuel efficient and great fun to drive.
If you're new to the whole Star Wars thing or a seasoned veteran either way you'll love this game and find it seriously addictive.
In my honest opinion it's a difficult game to sell as you just run around collecting a few coins / bolts or whatever they are and progress through the Star Wars movies whilst solving the occassional puzzle yet it is seriously so addictive and enjoyable.
I had this game bought for me as a gift and pretty much played on it for about 12 hours over the weekend as I found it so enjoyable.
The game isn't that challenging and isn't that demanding as you can play with the standard controls and don't really need the Wii remote / nun-chuck movement for the experience as you can play as a general game.
If you do purchase this game then one thing I'd seriously recommend is making sure you buy it at the beginning of a holiday or the weekend so you've plenty of time to play it without worrying about work the following day.
I bought a Dell Inspiron for my girlfriend back in March and find myself using the laptop more than she does with the small size being handy for nights in front of the TV working away instead of locked away in some corner somewhere.
The laptop itself is very good value for money although if you do consider purchasing the laptop it is well worth paying the extra money and upgrading the battery to the 9 cell if you have the funds but I'd recommend no less than the 6 cell battery.
My girlfriends laptop has the 2 cell battery which at best will give you approximately 2 hours of life but rarely more than 1.5 hours before you are being warned about the battery dying and needing a recharge.
Everything else I am happy with on the laptop and would definitely purchase another laptop from Dell in the future even if their Dell Dock which floats at the top of the desktop does get on my nerves and is quite often immediately uninstalled.
The screen picture quality is clear and sharp along with the keys and mousepad being easy to use.
All in all this is a good little laptop which is a decent option for any home use who doesn't want to do anything too demanding other than maybe some simple work from home or just browing the net.
I was bought a Canon EOS 1000D for my birthday over 6 months ago and as an entry level Digital SLR I find it does everything you can ask from it and more.
At first the shape of the camera took me some getting used to but once I got sorted with that I found everything else quite easy to adjust to.
After you have used the camera for an hour or two the camera becomes alot easier to use with all the buttons in the right places making it alot easier for you to quickly adjust any settings for quick snapshots if needed.
I mostly use the camera for Macro photography and find the AV setting on the camera works alot better than I could have imagined for this style of photography as it gives off a very effective bokeh blur in the background.
All in all the Canon EOS 1000D provides a very clear and sharp picture quality which you'd expect from any DSLR camera's whilst also proving to be a very good buy if you're starting out in the use of DSLR camera's as I am.