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this is a review for a motorola t307 hands free bluetooth car kit
this is a great little unit , it clips neatly onto your sun visor ,
i bought this from tesco direct , where at the time of writing it is half price at £25 appx ,
its dead easy to fit you just slide the clip on then fix to your visor , no drilling cutting etc,
pairing with your blue tooth phone should be easy , you just set your phone to search for the device, it found my blackberry bold easily ,
the unit comes with a cigarette input charger ,
all the calls i have had on it have been crystal clear for me to hear , and no complaints from the listener the other end,
there are volume controls on the unit should any adjustment be required.
you have to press a button on the unit to accept a call, the flashing blue led is handy to find it in the dark.
to summarise operation and execution are simple , and quality especialy at this price is hard to beat,
accept a call
make a call
redial last call
mute a call
reject a call
absoluteley no complaints
i have just purchased a blackberry bold , i took some time to choose between that and an iphone ,
i wanted a phone that i could access the internet from , get hotmail on and play songs,
obviously both phones can do both, so it was a case of going to the retailers and holding and testing the phones,
this is what i found ,
i first held an iphone and i was impressed by the look and feel , i was also impressed by the functionality and the applications it had,
and it did all the things i needed ,
i then went to my t mobile dealer to try the blackberry bold,
i was more impressed by this on first look and feel , it feels imo more substantial and classy ,
there was no difference in price , as both were free on my contract £35 pm
and both gave appx 600 minutes and unlimited texts,
i was swayed to the blackberry by its traditional funcionality and robustness,
i signed on the dotted line ,
when i got home linking to my email was a doddle, as was setting up and keeping my original telephone no,
first impressions were that everything in the menus is set out logically . navigation is via a trackball in the center of the face , the keys are sufficiently spaced even for my large fingers .
you just need to think blackberry , ie the messaging button will take you to sms email and mms etc,
copying over contacts etc from my pc to blackberry is a bit fiddley , you do get a usb supplied , the fiddly bit is the software interface, you would need to be pc savvy to do this first time,
the phone itself is great , the video is really good quality as is the camera at 3 million megapixels,
the quality of sound and music production are really good too,
blackberry email is instant , tried it from a work pc and my sons laptop,
the internet is ok its quite fast ( the bold is on 3g ) or you can easily jump onto your wifi if you need to, if 3g is down for any reason you can also jump to edge , or 2.5 g,
i am trying to bookmark as many " for mobile " websites as the standard websites are a bit small on the app 2.5 inch screeen . although there is a zoom function .
the gps is functional rather than fancy ,
theres quite a few other applications too like word processor clock calculator etc etc, and loads of tones to play with,
i would recomend the blackberry bold, i now wonder what i did without 24/7 acces to email and internet,
i love , instant access and freedom of email and internet on the go,
i would change,,,,,,,,,,,,, nothing yet
could be better,,,,,,,,,, the alt key needs to be at the side of the phone , so when you need to select a number instead of a letter you dont need to cram two hand on the key board,
we went to take that last night 24/06 at manchester old trafford cricket ground.
it is there circus tour, i am not a big take that fan , but went along to keep the peace !! , more of the concert in a bit,
getting into manchester at appx 5 oclock pm was no major trouble , the motorways and roads were busy but not restrictively so.
we parked for free on christie road in stretford , a good spot but fills up quickly. its about a 20 minute walk from here ,
along the walk to the ground there were loads of paid parking sites,
going in to the concert there were no queues to speak of,
you get bag searched on the way in but we were allowed to take sandwiches and drinks in, security were only allowing sealed/unopened drinks containers in.
there were plenty of food and drink vendors and gift vendors when you were in.
we joined the throngs on the pitch , the support acts gary go was ok, but the script were brill,
top of the bill , take that came on , and i admit it they were very good.
this is not just a concert its a show.
well worth the £50 for standing tickets ,
word of caution the crowds are massive its not easy going for drinks etc,
most people find a spot and stay there , be prepared.
leaving at the end of the concert was a bit of a bun fight , 50 thousand people all leaving at once can be problematic, keep friends close and especialy keep an eye on/tight hold of kids they can easily get dragged away in the crush.
we instructed our kids where to go if they got lost/seperated etc, beforehand, contingencey is the order of the day,
take a flag !! or take one each , just one on a stick will do , invaluable for signalling you position in the crowd if it gets busy !!
i took my camera too , no problems there with security,
hope you enjoy too,
we recently stayed in the keelmans lodge , next to the banks of the mighty river tyne, this is what we found
the keelmans is a ten minute drive from newcastle center , and is positioned at the edge of a quite local community,
the keelmans is situated next to a public park and 100 yards or so from the tyne,
the accommodation is in terraced bungalows 50 yards away from the pub/restaraunt/
the bungalows are average , a little bit dated but clean enough and comfy with en suite facilities , tv , tea and coffee , kettle etc ,
where the keelmans wins for me is the onsite brewery !!
im not talking about a big scar on the landscape brewery, just a local small brewery,
the brewery is attached to the pub , literaly , and they sell there own beer in the pub as well as some more common brews,
the pub has a great atmosphere , and doesnt attract a noisy crowd ,
there was no noise in the car park late at night to keep you awake.
there is also an onsite restraunt , i can recommend the fish and chips !!
breakfast has to be booked , and is not in the price of the room,
we tried it once and found it good fayre but pricey.
the keelmans has its own website , definitely worth a look for somewhere a bit different to stay on a visit to newcastle upon tyne.
i recently stayed at the premier inn at lobley hill jn newcastle upon tyne.
now despite this premier inn being near the top of their popularity index i was to say the least very dissapointed,
after a long drive and battling with traffic along the m1 a1 we arrived , at an industrial estate , my significant other looked at me , and said here ? are you sure ?
the immiediate surroundings of this premier inn are to say the least uninspiring, literaly on the edge of an industrial estate ,
the inn itself although modern in appearance is shackled by a dismal concrete corridor to a local pub, unfortunately this is where you have breakfast if youve chosen this option. more of that later,
we decided we would give it a try as we intended moving on the next day anyway.
the room itself was the standard purple premier inn fayre, and in truth it was modern clean and bright , with good quality solid fittings. tv, and the bathroom was modern and clean,
we stayed the night and had a good sleep , there was no neighbour noise to speak of, sometimes a problem in modern hotels.
one complaint though the room was boiling , so we needed the window open all night , which meant we could clearly hear the roar of traffic on the nearby a1, 100 yards away,
on to breakfast , you need to pay extra for breakfast , and its not cheap.
i think it was appx £7 each for full english, the produce wasnt great to be honest, it was all a bit flabby and greasy , and often served tepid,
we left our comments, paid and left the hotel,
we moved on from here to our new base , and put this down to experience.
we stayed last week at the best western in tiverton devon, a lovely quite and clean hotel ,we payed £74 for a buisnes class room booked on the net, 2 adults 1 child , with free buffet english breakfast, incidentaly the breakfast is great , cereals toast fruit , full english , tea coffee croissants
top tip , if you book on best western.com you can save appx £20 on a nights stay , compared to booking direct with the hotel,
the room was a good size, hotel is 3 star , business class means you get a new flatscreen telly !!.
beds were fine , shower was very powerfull. free parking onsite , 24 hour desk, pleasant staff ,theres also an onsite bar and restaraunt, the tiverton is not far from the motorway, and handy for reaching most of devon.in the local area theres a 24 hour tesco , very handy for petrol food etc , and the bars and restaraunts of tiverton are five minutes away in a taxi,
this was my second visit here , and for the price , i struggled to find better,
i went to alton towers last week , this is what i found,
firstly its a bit of a hike when you get off the motorway , and there is lots of windey roads to navigate as you get close, sign posting is ok , from the motor way and once your on the a roads,
on arrival its a military operation to park, there must have been 20 staff guiding and flagging you this way and that.
depending on where you park you may be quicker hopping on the free# monorail , we did, it delivers you to the main gates in 5 minutes,
we had saved tesco clubcard points and got buy one get one free tickets , so 2 adults for just under £40, better than nearly £80 !!
we got in quickly and jumped on the skytrain ,
we first did ripsaw , pretty scarey , dont leave loose change in your pockets !!!!
then on to nemesis , as scary as ever hold on tight,
we then went via the haunted mansion , do it its brilliant,
a great tip for lunch, "7.95 pp for all you can eat pizza and pasta/salads and free soft drinks, all good quality , ok not really cheap , but by far the best value in the park,
from there we watched oblivion , that looks realy scary , so gave that a miss !!
did the rapids , good fun, runaway train , great mini coaster,
and finished on rita, beware super fast big dipper,
prices for bits and pieces were on the high side . "
appx £1.50 for coffee £1.40 for tea, and fiver for two sticks of rock and a rock lolly,
the queues all day were small , longest wait for a ride was 30 minutes.
but there were no kids holidays on,
a bit dissapointed at the end when i realised i had to pay £5# for a token to get out of the car park,
top tip , get your tickets as cheap as possible , tesco points etc, overall highly recomend a great day out,
this handsome little slider phone from nokia is one of the favourite phones i have owned , i bought it for £ 49.00 from a t mobile retailer , and i have it on a 30 day contract @ £ 15 per month , for this £ 15 i get 200 minutes and 800 texts per month, i could probably get more now , but this is plenty for me.
the phone itself comes with a camera and video,the camera is ok but the video isnt brilliant, there is a built in radio and music player both produce good sound through the supplied in ear headphones
i also got in the box a pc datacable and software for linking to my pc ,handy to upload contacts etc,
the screen is 2x1 inch approx, and the buttons are a good size , the menus are easily navigable,
the overall extras are goo too for the price with the usual clock calender and to do list etc , theres also a good amount of tones and color schemes to play with and few games too, this phone also worked fine in the usa and europe , and handled calls and texts to and from both with no problems ,
we regularly stay at windsor hills apartments in kissimmee,
windsor hills is a big but freindly site ,wich has 24 hour security , all the townhouses and villas are well kept , most are privately owned and individualy decorated.
they are all usualy well furnished and include electrical goods like tv,s and bedside clocks, as well as white goods like dishwasher fridge cooker, and a clothes washer/dryer
all of the 3 bed townhouses also come with a private splash pool in a covered patio area at the rear,
the units are also air conditioned,
the site also has a small grocery shop , a good sized and pleasant pool are, a gym , cinema , and kids play park,
you will also be well placed for the main roadways of kissimmee and loads of restraunts , disney is 10 minutes away. i would recomend car hire for anyone staying at this resort.
we use a private management company to hire our villa , saving loads of money on going through travel agents,
i have never had any reason to complain at this resort, and have no problems in recomending it. happy holidays !!
i purchased this camera primarily because of its small size , compared to my previous bulky fuji film , this camera is great to slip into your pocket , and has a decent amount of features, allthough i generally leave mine on autofocus,
there is a large 2.8 in lcd screen on the rear to view your snaps and delete them if no good etc.
the camera runs on 2 aa batterys, and i have a 1gb memory card in mine , this gives 700 photos at 7 million megapixels .
all the buttons are accesible even for my big fingers, and the menus are easily navigable, the zoom is quite powerfull but pictures can be grainy when taken at a distance. the camera comes with a wrist strap.
my only major complaint is this camera eats batterys , i have tried extra power batterys, and even top rated which batterys ,but they dont seem to last that long , the batterys have ran out after 200 or so photos using zoom and flash over 2 or 3 days . but for a price of below £100 i think this camera offers a good spec with good results, just watch those batterys.
we have just been to center parks at longleat , we now feel fitter after tackling cycling badminton and many hills for the first time in years.
we stayed in a 4 bed exec villa , the interior decor was a little dated, however it was all in good order , well equipped , spacious, and clean .and had free wifi. the private sauna just to the side of the patio was a god send to revive aching limbs after a day of exercise.
the park is huge , it is clean and tidy , well signposted and picturesque, the lake area is particularly pleasant.
the park is hilly as previous people have said , we did hire bikes and we are not particularly fit , we also had a 72 year old with us, but we managed and hopped off our bikes when we needed to, i would recommend bikes , you can get about quicker and it adds an extra dimension to your holiday,
there are plenty of activities to keep you occupied if you wish , we tried archery , badminton , canoeing and ten pin bowling , they all vary in price , did i feel ripped off ? not at all , the facilities are great and in good condition.
the swimming area is in the price of the holiday , the indoor pool area is adorned with tropical flowers/shrubs, there are slides and tubes to hurl yourself down if you wish !!, the exterior pool is a pleasant space and the water was heated, the rapids look intrepid, and my son 11 years of age said they were a little bumpy but not too bad !!
we ate out most nights and had lunch in the villa most days, we visited rajinda pradesh , i was not impressed with the the food here at all, and at £90 for 2 courses for four people i thought this was really bad value , wich was a shame as the restaraunt has lovely staff and is in a great setting overlooking the lake area ,
we also ate at hucks wich was great , try the philly cheese and beef ,
food from the parcmarket was a little more expensive than high street but not extortianate,and in some cases was actually cheaper , theres also plenty of choice here , we bought a barbecue and meat etc and this worked really well.
the site staff range from very helpfull to indifferent , but mostly helpfull.
mobile phone usage was fine ( t mobile and o2 )
we went the first week of june so the park was not too busy , but i would advise you book any restraunts and activities before you go , we did for the majority , but the one time we didnt we got turned away from a very busy grand cafe .
the land train was very good , it was regular , every 20 mins, and handy when your saddle sore !!
glad i tried - the cycle hire
wish i hade done- more archery
wouldnt do again-rajinda pradesh
impressed with- the beauty of the whole park.
conclusion.....center parcs is for everyone you dont need to be mega fit , it can be expensive but doesnt need to be.its great for families , its even better in the sun ,
i booked my villa on the internet , and at the time i went it was less than £500 ,
i would definitely return , its a great place to try new sports, and i feel refreshed and a little bit fitter for my visit, i just need to keep it up now !!