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When I bought my first car i wanted a top of the range stereo that i could hook my iphone up to. then i realised I was a student so I bought this instead. The first thing to mention is that this is super easy to set up, plug tune, play. thats all there is to it. the display is nice and big so you can clearly see what you are doing and the buttons are responsive so the whole thing is a simple process.
One thing to note, if you're using this with an iPhone, make sure you put the phone into airplane mode first as you will receive feedback from your cellular antenna otherwise. Plus you won't receive any dangerous calls or texts while driving.
The sound quality is very good, i recommend the lower frequencies as the higher ones tend to be used up. once you get a signal you can fine tune till you get it perfect (do this BEFORE you set off or have a passenger do it).
You do get a little interference but nothing major, plus if you're travelling with friends in a different car they can tune their radio into your iPhone, but they have to be quite close.
You can also use this to connect to any radio, if you want to play your iTunes library through your cheap boom box, then you can, though analogue dials are a little trickier to tune they still sound good.
The charger works great too, plus it means that your phone will never be without charge while playing music in the car. So to summarise, a very handy product.
I recently bought a media player that plays from USB drives, but my current 1gb drive was very slow and media seemed to lag. I spotted this model on HUKD a while back and decided to treat myself.
First impressions were, WOW this is so small! you want believe how small it is, especially when you think you have a few films on it. bery impressive, plus it does look rather stylish with its black and red motif, sexy indeed.
Now the important part, the speed. I found the speed of transfer to be very fast, files transferred within seconds so i was delighted. plus when i played media from it, I experienced no lag whatsoever. This meant I could enjoy films and tv shows with ease. Going from computer to my media box within a minute.
The 4gb capacity is plenty enough for me as it can hold about a whole tv series or a few films or even 70 albums, which means that your entire music collection is easily pocketable and can be transported wherever is needed.
Sandisk is a trusted brand, know for their quality and reliability, the story here is no difference. If you are in need of a compact USB flash drive with decent read and write speeds then this is for you, plus its very cheap too.
After having some issues with my previous touchscreen phone I decided to get an out and out texting phone, the Blackberry curve seemed like the best option.
Out of the box the phone looks very stylish, very sleek look. The screen is nice and crisp and is a refreshing change to the typical candybar design. The screen is not a touch screen but there is a rollerball below the screen which makes navigation very easy, though not as intuitive as say the iphone, but a very good effort indeed.
The call send and end keys are nice to have and they are nice and big and have a nice feel to them. there are 2 shortcut keys on either side which can be assigned to any thing you like, such as camera or browser.
There are 2 keys on the top of the device, one locks the phone and the other changes the profile, from loud to vibrate to silent etc. these are easy to reach and are very handy shortcuts to have.
Now on to the keyboard, the main selling point of the device. Now i have large hands and I could use the keys very easily, they have a pleasant click to them and sufficient space between them to make typing very easy and relatively fast and accurate, plus the shortcut keys for numbers and symbols are a nice touch.
On to the OS itself, the Blackberry OS looks nice enough on top but when you get into the menu's it feels outdated, with very boring menu navigation the phone feels old and unintuitive.
The camera is OK taking decent enough shots but it won't replace your SLR.
The phone has a range of connectivity options such as Wifi and GPS which made it all the more surprising that the phone lacks 3g capabilities, which makes web browsing on the go, rather slow.
All in all i'd say that this phone is very good for texters and emailers but the lack of 3g and the very aged menu system means it does not perform as well as other phones on the market such as the iPhone, for media etc.
Last year I changed to an iPhone which did not have a good camera at all, coming from a sony ericsson Me and my partner decided to get a cheap camera.
I have never heard of Praktica but this camera cost me ~£35 and I thought at that price it would be worth a go.
In the box there was more than I expected, for the price anyway, There was the camera, two batteries, the CD rom, The user guide, a lanyard loop, a basic case and a USB lead.
Mine was silver though on the site there was a few options, I had to steer the wife away from pink. But it didnt look cheap at all, it is compact and it takes decent photos and it was cheap. Bargain.
The photos, while not the best i've ever seen, were still very good. even on the default settings and mode, you get some very decent shots. I like that there is a lens cover as it keeps the camera lens from getting marked. The Flash isn't the strongest but it does improve the quality of the photo's in low light conditions somewhat, so i'm thankful to have it.
The SD card slot is easily accessible and it supports the new larger SD cards so you can snap away!
I really like the size, the price and the functionality, and while I'm sure there are much better camera's out there, this one performed very well, something you can sling in your bag on a day out ready for that perfect photo opportunity.
One downside was that this camera ate batteries, I recommend getting a few pairs of rechargable batteries and packing a few with the camera.
After getting my htc desire I decided to upgrade the memory and a friend recommended this card. I personally don't know the difference between a Sandisk or a PNY or a Kingston branded Micro Sd card so I cannot comment on the differences between them.
What I can say is that the Kingston 16gb Micro Sd card performed very well, Files transferred fast and playback was flawless. The capacity is 16gb and this is quite alot, it is 16384 mb and considering than an average mp3 file is about 5mb, thats alot of songs!
If your device supports it, you can load up movies and tv shows on the card for portable playback, 16gb will hold about 18 movies or 4 tv seasons. which will certainly keep you busy and entertained.
If you are using this in a camera (either Via the adapter or on its own) depending on megapixel count, you should be able to hold a fair amount of images, for example, at a 3mp resolution this will hold around 13,000 images, whereas at 10mp resolution it will hold around 2,500.
One thing I will say is that this is a class 2 micro sd card, The class of the card refers to the read/write speed of the card, ranging from 2 to class 10 or so. If you are using a very high tech camera you will need ultra fast write speeds so a higher class card is recommended, but for everyday usage in a mobile phone etc, this will certainly suffice.
Well this phone was certainly a step down from my htc desire which was being repaired but for the price i couldnt complain. The phone is small in the hand but not too small, it feels nice and has a nice weight to it, though it does look a little toy-ish.
Once you flip it open you reveal a very nice keypad, with large tactile buttons making text input a pleasure, the navigation pad is also easy to use being so big, plus there are a few shortcut keys making navigation very easy indeed.
The screen is small (well when compared to my htc desire anyway) but is very bright and crisp, nothing special but it certainly does the job for phone calls and texting, you won't be watching any movies on it though.
There are the usual functions to be found here such as calender, calculator alarm etc which means the phone is functional as well as stylish and simple.
However, I wouldn't use this phone on a daily basis as it lacks features I use often such as email and video functions, as well as gaming. however for the price (£6) it did me a treat,
My step brother now uses the phone, (he's 9) and it is perfect for him, he like to play the ringtones and try out texting etc, so it would be perfect as a first phone, plus its not expensive so no need to worry if it gets broken.
The k810i was my upgrade of choice for my w850i as I figured I was already used to Sony ericssons own OS so while it was a fairly big upgrade hardware wise, it would be familiar ground on the software front.
The k810i is your typical candybar style phone with a 2" screen and a 5 way mini joystick sort of thing. I had no issues in any direction and clicking felt sturdy. Surrounding the joystick are your shortcut keys and back and cancel keys. These looked rather cramped but I found them easy to use eventually not having to look at them. There is also a volume rocker, a camera shutter button on the phones sides and 2 shortcut keys on the top of the device for photo gallery and last photo, quite handy.
The keypad is very stylish with it's spacious round silver buttons which are very easy to hit, I found I was essentially touch typing with t9 enabled, meaning I could send a text while in lecture with my phone under the table not even looking at it. This phone is the epitome of simplicity.
This does not mean that the phone is basic, not by any means. It packs a 3.2 mp camera with a xenon flash AND a lens cover ( which activates the camera when opened ) I must say that this camera is better than others I have used, even those with higher mega pixel counts like the htc hero.
The menu interface is your typical Sony ericsson layout 9x9 icons and is very easy to navigate plus you can assign quick launch buttons e.g press left for new message, down for contacts and up for facebook which is nice to be able to quickly reach your most used features.
The music player is very simple but also very good, no 3.5mm jack but the supplied headphones are of top quality. The eq allows you to make your own custom setting which is handy if you're an audiophile. The feature that I loved most and I'd love to see on other devices is the ability to skip tracks by holding a volume key. This means that you can skip tracks without getting your phone out of your pocket you can also play/pause with the dedicated button.
Playback was of the highest quality my only real gripe was using m2 memory sticks after having pro2duo stick in the w850 luckily Sony Ericsson are a little consistent now which is a good thing considering their m2 memory cards are a fair bit more expensive than micro sd cards.
Transferring data is as simple as drag and drop but you can use the official Sony Ericsson media manager if you like, which is supplied in the box.
Battery life was very good lasting a good few days with a fairly decent amount of usage (music facebook camera and games)
Not being a smartphone means that it doesn't have a dedicated app store but most java apps an games will work and you can find plenty of them on the web but I'd check the resolution before downloading anything as the k810i supports 240 x 320. Anything. Smaller will play but will not fill the screen fully.
You can browse the web on this but it is slow despite having 3g support and it is quite clumsy so I'd recommend downloading the gmail java client and the facebook bookmark and staying away from any heavy web browsing.
In conclusion I found the k810i to be very reliable and simple to use. If you want a simple phone with a very good camera and music player that can be picked up for under £45 second hand, I'd recommend this phone.
The w850 was my first proper phone (my first contract phone after turning 18) and I was the envy of all my friends. This sexy little slider certainly looked the part and felt comfortable in the hand. In the open postion I found there to be minimal wobble in the slider mechanism. Pluse the back is shiny and metallic once slid up which gives a premium look to the device.
The navigation pad looks quite quirky but works well with minimal effort, though I found the centre button to be a little sticky however it may have just been isolated to my unit alone as I haven't heard any other complaints about it.
The keypad again continues the stylish feel but does not sacrifice any usability in doing so as typing out text messages is easy. As with any phone I'd suggest a full qwerty keypad if you intend on writing longer messages and emails etc, but for the everyday person, t9 on this phone will work very well, it only really suffers when it comes to entering personal info such as names, addresses and email contacts.
Being a Walkman device the focus here is music and the music player works well with the bundled Sony headphones, lack of a 3.5mm jack means that you can't use your own properly though you can plug yours into the Sony adapter, this leaves you with a 2metre lead which is a pain! My advice is just use the Sony ones as they work well and you can get either in ear or outer ear headphones from various sites which will be compatible with the w850.
The orange walkman button glows and can even be set to flash in time with your music, it is handy as a quick access to your music but the orange does look cool against the black.
Again as with most other Sony Ericsson phones memory is handled via Sony's own brand cards, here it is the Pro2Duo card that is used, which may be odd for people used to using the much smaller m2 memory card, however adapter kits can be found online so you can use your existing m2 card. The downside is that these cards are usually a little more expensive than micro SD which had dropped in price a lot recently.
The camera is ok at best, decent enough for a quick spur of the moment snap but not good enough to print to be honest.
Again running Sony ericssons OS does allow the installation of java apps so you will have plenty to keep you occupied.
Retrospect can be a funny thing as after using the k810i I found that there was minimal difference in most areas, even the music player which should be the Walkmans ace up it's sleeve is equalled by that on the k810i and sporting a much much better camera gives the edge to the k810i for me anyway. Unless you really want a slider phone opposed to a candybar.
The google g1 has quite a striking appearance, it looks huge! When you hold it in your hand it does feel very large and heavy, even more so than the n97.
With the bulk comes a plasticky feel which gives a toy like impression to me. The phone slides up to reveal a full qwerty keyboard to compliment the 3.2" capacitive touch screen.
The g1 sports the android OS which when I used it was in it's first incarnation and everyone was waiting on the "cupcake" 1.6 update. It has general smartphone specs such as 3g wifi and gps as well as an app store and an SD card slot.
The phone has a call and end key on the front alongside a back and home key and a menu key. That's it for buttons on the front as the rest is taken up by the touch screen. The bottom of the phone has a "chin" as everyone has called it which makes the phone closer to your mouth during calls but looks very odd though it did grow on me.
Sliding the phone to a side reveals a qwerty keypad and the sliding mechanism has a nice clunk when it snaps back into place. When it is open it does feel a little wobbley but nothing major unless you try to pry it open.
The keypad itself has an offset layout though keys are a little small with little travel so it takes some getting used to. I wouldn't say this keypad is as good as the n97 or e75 but it is useable but just takes time to get to grips with.
The screen is a pleasure to use as it is very responsive and bright. Most apps work In landscape mode and 3.2" is big enough for a decent media and web browsing experience.
The android music player is very basic but it does the job handling playlists easily. Syncing music is as simple as drag and drop using the SD card as a removable disk. Though you can use media monkey or windows media player to sync also.
Playback sounds ok, the lack of a 3.5mm jack and the inclusion of some of the worst headphones I have ever used means you haveto buy an adapter to use your own headphones. I did this but music sounded even worse!! Certainly not good for music.
Video looks nice on the screen but I found playback to be choppy and sound to be rubbish but YouTube worked well.
The android app Market has a few decent games and apps that you might like. Games wise they are mostly simple games and the Market lacks big developers such as EA and gameloft (at time of owning) apps wise there is all the usual ones like facebook Twitter etc but I recommend ringdroid which allows you to trim your own music into a ringtone!
This is where android comes into it's own, customisation. It has 3 home screens which you can personalise and there are widgets on the market which beats the iPhone though they do eat the battery and data so should be used sparingly.
The web browser is very good and renders pages like you would see on a desktop but it lacks multi-touch like on the iPhone so zooming is done via 2 on screen buttons which ruins the flow some what.
Email is very good especially if you use google products alot. If you get an email it is forwarded to the phone and you get a notification in the notification bar where you swipe down to see notifications, it works really well and is a real time saver.
I would say that if you use google mail, calender etc for work and home then the g1 is a decent work horse but it certainly does not compete with the iPhone in any areas other than email and maybe web browsing if you can get over the lack of multi touch.
I bought this so i was able to play tf2 on my laptop as im not a fan of the keyboard/mouse combination.
Set-up was very simple especially if you have an internet connection as the drivers were downloaded automatically so all I had to do was plug it in and was up and away playing within 5 minutes!
The lead is nice and long (i'd say over a metre) but i have it tied up with some elastic bands as i'd rather have it shorter (to keep it out of chewing distance of my dog!) But it is nice to have the option of extending it.
Syncing the pad to the computer was effortless just had to press the button on the pad and then on the receiver and your away. I did find that i had to re-sync with my xbox 360 after using it with my PC but that only took a few seconds. So this wasn't a massive problem.
There was no lag what so ever when using it, I was worried that there would be as I wanted to use it while playing a FPS online, so speed was the key, and this device was perfect.
I'd recommend downloading the xpadder software (google it) as it allows users to assign keypad presses to xbox pad button presses, i.e. pressing X on the pad makes the computer think i'm pressing "enter" on the keyboard. It also allows you to assign the analogue stick to mimic the mouse movement, which is perfect for FPS games.
All in all I had no problems installing or syncing this device and experienced no lag at all so it fit my needs perfectly.
The w960i was my first smartphone but having used Sony ericssons in the past I thought I knew what I was letting myself in for. Sadly this was not the case.
For starters the w960 runs the symbian UIQ3 OS which is kind of obsolete now. The menu panels were similar to most other walkman devices but everything else was different.
The w960 sports a 2.6" resistive touch screen and a stylus is included and it's slots nicely into the device itself for storage.
The phone has a very nice design being all black with White sides and a fee touch sensitive music controls above the alpha numerical keypad.
The keypad is very easy to use with keys having satisfactory space and travel. Lacking any kind of dpad meas that navigation is done by the touch screen or the scroll wheel on the side of the phone.
For the most part the touch screen works well enough to navigate through menus and browsing the web but some of the icons are quite small and are hard to reach on the resistive screen with out the use of the stylus.
While text entry itself was fine, selecting different words was a right pain. Pressing say 323 would spell "dad" but if you actually wanted to write "fad" you hvae to scroll and select it with the scroll wheel located on the side of the phone. This makes text entry quite slow and you wouldn't want to be tapping out lengthy emails on it.
You can also enter text manually without t9 Which takes even longer!
You can use the touch screen to write words with the stylus which works ok but is not very accurate and some of the shortcuts are hard to learn.
Another alternative is using the on screen qwerty keyboard, which I can almost certainly say that you should not do as it does not fit the screen fully. It actually fills less than half the screen which makes it nigh on impossible to use.
The music player on the device is fantastic given it's Walkman heritige with music sounding very full and of high quality. A problem is that there is no 3.5mm headphone jack but the included in ear headphones are quite good yet I would have liked the option of using my own.
The phone has 8gb of storage which seems to be the industry standard and it should hold most of your music and videos.
Videos look ok but the screen is rather small for prolonged usage.
The OS has a few apps that can be downloaded and a few games that are compatible, nothing special which would not have been a problem 3 years ago but people are expecting more from their phones now a days.
The camera is quite good and is quite quick to start up so is perfect for a few quick snaps. You can also edit the photos using the touch screen to draw on the picture, gimmicky but fun non the less.
Being my first smart phone I took some time to get used to it. Once I forgot to close all my apps and my phone died over night and my alarm didn't go off so I was late for work!
The task manager is easy to use but accessing it is very hard as the icon is so small and is located in the top corner of the screen!
I think if you are prepared to commit some time to learning the ins and outs of the phone it will serve you well. If you're looking for something which "just works" then look elsewhere.
Last Xmas I was a little late with my pressie buying so I quickly nipped out to Wilkinsons during a lunch break in the run up to the big day.
I have no idea what perfume my OH uses nor do i know the name of many perfumes on the market so I asked the assistant for help. She asked me how much i was willing to spend and i said not much so she pointed me in the direction if the "cheap" stuff.
The first thing that struck me was the box which looked bigger than usual perfume boxes and had a nice pattern on the front. I did not even notice that it was a Britney Spears product until i got home.
Upon opening the box my OH stated that the bottle was an odd shape (hence the box size) and that it looked cool. I must admit that it looked rather nice with its tassel and gems. I really liked the pump which gave the perfume real retro feel.
Now for the price I paid (around £10) I wasn't sure what it would smell like but my girlfriend now swears by it! she buys it every now and then as a treat for herself.
I think that it smells really nice, the fragrance is not overpowering it is a rather subtle smell which just smells fresh. Other perfumes she has had try too hard to smell nice and end up smelling fake (if you get what i mean) this fragrance smells summery.
Other reviewers have noted that once the smell has worn off abit the scent becomes rather offputting requiring a wash and re applying of the fragrance. I have personally never experienced this though my partner often wears it when we go out so maybe the offputting smell is lost in amongst the other smells of a night out. Whenever I have smelled it on her it has smelt fine.
It is certainly not a smell that hits you from 10ft away (like old spice!) but it does provide a nice smell for a decent length of time and i found that the smell does not appear right away, a few minutes after spraying the smell seems to blossom.
I think that if this was manufactured under another brand then maybe it would not have garnered the attention it has, with people buying/not buying merely based on the fact that it is a Britney Spears product.
What i will say is that the box isn't tacky and the styling of the bottle is quite quirky, so if you ignore the celebrity endorsement you will get a really nice smelling perfume which comes in a stylish package.
The nokia n86 is a dual slider similar in style to it's brothers the n95 and n96 however it is smaller than them more akin to the n85 size. It feels good in the hand and the slider mechanism feels sturdy with minimal wobble in either direction.
On the device is a 3.5mm jack, volume rockers, a dedicated camera and lock key and your charging and data ports.
Navigation on the device is done via the 5 way directional pad on the front which is surrounded by the call and end keys and the symbian menu key.
Having used an n96 before I was expecting the navigation area to be cramped (as on the n96) but it feels rather spacious and I have big thumbs!
The alphanumeric key pad Is a little small but the keys have plenty of space between them and plenty of travel however with the amount of space between the keys I would have liked to have seen a bigger keypad as the space seems wasted (similar to the keypad on the k810i).
The screen is small but it looks crisp and vibrant and is large enough for the occasional look at facebook and check of emails but watching videos may strain your eyes abit.
Web browsing is made a chore by the navi pad having to click your way around the webpage takes time and I think an optical track pad like on the samsung innov8 would have worked better.
Symbian S60 works really well, it is not as stylish as iPhone or android OS or even an LG or Samsung OS but it does work. It is a no frills experience and everything just works which is probably why nokia have the reputation of making reliable smartphones.
Music on the device is very good, sounds true and loud with plenty of options for eq etc plus it has a fm transmitter which is another bonus of the device. But music is simple and feature packed with the bundled headphones being of better quality than most with an in line mic and music remote.
The camera is one of the main selling points of the phone with it being an 8mp with carl zeiss optics and the ability to shoot high quality video (Steve litchfield shoots his phoneshow on it!!)
The stills shots look very good and the camera app launches quickly with the option of uploading a picture straight to facebook which is a nice feature.
I would say that the camera on the c905 is better and produces more vibrant shots but the n86 is a close second.
The camera has a lens cover which slides open and protects the lens nicely, there is also a kick stand on the back which puts the phone at a good angle for viewing videos but as I have already stated, watching long videos may strain your eyes on the small ish screen. However it is a nice feature as you can have your n86 display the time on your night stand like an alarm clock.
The n86 has wifi and hsdpa so data is fast either at home or on the go. Email can be pushed to your device or set to manually check every few hours which saves battery.
Also included is gps which can be used with nokia maps for a free sat nav which is a bonus however the screen is rather small but at least you have it as a back up.
The battery life was quite good even using wifi and taking photos and playing games you will get 2 days or so out of a full charge.
The 8gb of internal memory is plenty but it can be upgraded with an extra 16gb memory card which might not be necessary but is nice to have that option.
I would say that if you want a smartphone without a touch screen then the n86 is a very good and stable choice. Despite it's smaller screen I'd recommend it over the n95/6. If however media is your thing and you want a touch screen the n97 may be a better phone for you, if gaming is important the iPhone is king in that area.
The Wii balance board is a hefty piece of kit! It came with a Wii bundle I got at Xmas with Wii Fit.
The board itself came in a large box with a carry handle and even came with 4 x AA batteries in the box which was a bonus as we have all done the midnight run to the local BP garage for batteries for the kids new gadgets!
The batteries were cheap and didnt last long but they lasted long enough to let the family all have a go on Wii Fit.
The board is solid and feels of high quality, i have seen 3rd party balance boards on the market and they do not look as high quality. The notice on the box states not to exceed 330lbs on the board, which is just over 23stone. I will admit i am a large man who weighs the best part of 18stone and the board did not creak or show any signs of dipping in the middle.
The build quality is amazing but what is also amazing is the fact that this thing accurately weighs you and detects your movement, quite well i might add! The sensors in the feet do a good job of gauging your weight and can sense even the slightest movement in any direction.
Without wanting to write a review of the Wii fit game i must say that the mini games work really well with the board. setting up is as easy as hitting the power button and the wii detects it. the power button is handily located in a position where you can nudge it with your feet so saves the effort of bending down (counter productive i know but it was a bonus for me!)
The board is currently compatible with around 6 or so games on the market but i have only used the official nintendo games so can only comment on those, and to that end they work really well. connecting is quick and easy.
a downside is that it eats batteries so i will say this, buy rechargable batteries as they quickly charge and will save money in the long run.
other than that i'd recommend the official nintendo one over 3rd party boards as the quality looks a lot better.
I bought one of these from my local tesco store for £21 i think. I was not looking for any fancy features just something to play DVD's with (as my girlfriend had trouble using my ps2 for DVD's)
In the box you get the player, a remote and a installation guide. It would have been nice nice to have a set of batteries included in the package as i had to rob the batteries from a nearby alarm clock to get it started.
Also absent from the package is any kind of SCART lead to connect the player to your television, which again meant i had to swap the lead from my sky box until i had chance to get another.
I know batteries and SCART leads are cheap enough and are common household items but i am not the sort of person that has leads and things lying around the house nor are a lot of people. Admittedly i went to poundland the next day and got a 24 pack of batteries and a SCART lead for next to nothing, but it was a bit of a mess around.
Now picture quality was very good, though i am no expert which may mean that my opinion is more valid than a tech reviewer as i am in the demographic of everyday normal users. Average Joe.
Installing the player was simple, though the instruction guide has very clear instructions if you get stuck. I did not personally use them as i know how to hook things up but i asked my partner to look at them and try to set it up and she did so with ease, her only problem was getting the SCART end into the back of the tv (as its on an odd angle and takes some force). If my girlfriend can set it up then i assure you anyone can!
I hear people talk about bluray and high definition telly and how the reds are 37% more vivid and blah blah blah. I think that this player looks very good on my HD ready Plasma but then again i have seen demo's of bluray and can't really see much difference. I can see that the picture is a little more bright and colourful but this player plays DVD's and they look good, very good infact so it does the job.
I cannot comment on sound production as i have my tv hooked up to a set of technika 2.1 speakers, but playback sounded excellent, i am unsure whether the DVD player has any effect on this so i cant really make any judgement either way.
According to the manual the player supports various playback modes such as repeat and program as well as zooming and chapter select but i have never used these features as i generally put a disc in and press play as i assume most people will. The player can also play Photo CD's and music CD's which is quite handy and are features i have used quite a few times, my music sounds much better through my surround sound! It is handy to have photo playing capability as i had my graduation photo's on a CD so when my gran came round to see them i could show them on my 42" screen rather than have her squinting at my Laptop screen (she is partially sighted).
The player looks quite stylish in my opinion, especially next to my ps2 and black speakers, my only problem is that it makes my sky + box look out of place!
The design is preferable to the thinner and less wide DVD players i have seen and its length when combined with its black finish gives the impression of a high quality product (only you will know it cost under £25!)
I would say that if you want a player with bells and whistles you should look elsewhere, but even with a price tag of £21 is has quite a few features already, such as music and photo playback and plenty of play modes.
I think this player will fit all the needs of a general user who just wants to play DVD's and even the needs of someone who likes technology and wants music and photo playback, but for true tech heads (me not included)who want the best picture available, you may want to look elsewhere.