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    • WhatsApp (Android) / Apps / 4 Readings / 4 Ratings
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      28.02.2014 19:34
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      A really popular messaging app for a huge number of platforms

      The idea behind Whatsapp is that you pay a small fee to be able to send as many messages as you want to your friends who have the app. The app is available for android, IOS, blackberry and windows phone as well as some nokia phones (s40 range i think). It works for not just text messages but also pictures and short video clips. In the future they are planning to update the app to support video calling which is the main feature that is missing from the whatsapp experience.
      I really like this app because it is so popular so all my friends have it and if you are on a pay as you go sim or if you have few texts in your contract you can use whatsapp for as many messages as you would like.
      When you get a message you will get a notification at the top of your screen which looks like the whatsapp logo. For me since I don't keep my mobile internet on all the time whenever i get a message I only receive it when i turn on my wifi when i am at home or when i switch on mobile data to check my emails. It costs 69p for one year, but the best deal is £2.60 for 5 years.

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      • Papermate Stick 2020 Pen / Homeware / 7 Readings / 5 Ratings
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        28.02.2014 18:38

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        Great pens in 3 different colours

        A friend introduced me to this line of pens made by papermate after years of using a Parker Vector Fountain pen. I found that a bit messy and I wanted to try some ball point pens other than bic ones because I find them a bit uncomfortable to write with.
        These pens have a rounded barrel and I find are much smoother to write with than bic. They also don't start to stutter when the ink reserves start to get low...as in the ink will start to stutter when there is about 1mm of it left in the cartridge. You can get a pack of 50 of these for around £10 on ebay with free postage (i recently bought more after the 25 that I had bought and split with a friend finished). When I used to write a lot more, in the days of studying english language and literature when I had long essays to write I would write around 30 pages a week and these pens would last me about a month each.
        Unfortunately I think papermate has stopped making these pens for some reason and instead are making their new Inkjoy range so if you want to buy these you will have to get them online.

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        28.02.2014 18:15

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        An awesome star wars game essential for any Star Wars fan

        This review takes me back to when I would play this game with my friends in primary school (multiplayer)...good times!
        Anyways back to the review...I got this game quite soon after I got my PSP in 2006. It has both a campaign mode where you try to conquer star systems with a combination of space battles initially then the conventional on planet battles. After a certain number of kills on the planet you unlock more characters for that round (more powerful ones), e.g. on Endor you can unlock Han Solo if playing for the rebels or Darth Vader if playing for the empire.
        The other mode is if you choose a battle on a particular planet with a particular objective such as capture the flag or if you are playing on mos eisley there is the hero mode where you can choose Jedi or Sith and play any of those good or evil characters.
        This game is something that once you get used to playing you will be able to play it and enjoy it for years. I still play it on my PSP E1000, after my original console got damaged.

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      • Apple iPhone 3GS 16 GB / Smartphone / 4 Readings / 3 Ratings
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        28.02.2014 17:54
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        It was good but has no real chance in the world of smartphones now.

        I had this phone 2 years ago which was given to me by a friend to try out and perhaps buy from him. In the end I did buy it from him and I was happy that I had.
        It has a 3.5 inch screen, nice curved edges and is apple so it has loads of apps available. At the time this phone was relatively decent specs wise but now it is rather slow compared to the Android beasts with 5 inch screens and 2GB of RAM.
        The battery was not particularly good, but it was good as a multimedia device and nothing else really came close at the time. The call quality was quite good as well from what I remember.
        The thing I really liked about this was the simplicity of the layout of the home screen and I think that its something that attracted a lot of loyal supporters to apple at the time. The phone is small and easily fits in your pocket.
        The messaging app was really good back in the day with IOS3 and since then it hasnt really changed all that much. Calender and contacts could sync with Google but I remember loads of problems with this not working whereas android phones at the time such as the HTC desire had no real problem with this.
        I remember at the time being really impressed with the Safari browser which at the time was the best in the world, and this was one of the reasons why I had wanted an iPhone. The main problem at the time had been the price, it was around £30 or more a month and being a student in secondary school, my parents really didn't want to fork out this much a month for me.
        Problem is, I'm not sure if apple will replace them for you anymore, I think if you have one and it gets damaged then you have to pay a little for an iphone 4 refurbished model.

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        • Samsung Galaxy S3 16GB / Smartphone / 4 Readings / 3 Ratings
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          28.02.2014 16:55
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          It's a really good phone and now you can get it for quite cheap as well!

          I got this phone as a present from my Dad in August 2013 (the blue one). This was an upgrade from a blackberry bold 9790, which as I mentioned in my previous review about it was a great phone, but the app store was a bit limited. I had used android phones before but I wasn't really sure what to expect because I had used only android 2.3 and now it is significantly more advanced.

          The first thing I noticed was the curved body of the phone which means it sits in your hand very comfortably. The screen is 4.8 inches which is quite large coming from a blackberry so it took a while to get used to this phone. The screen is extremely bright and I really do like the Super Amoled display. Many experts claim that it is over saturated but in my humble opinion it is just fine. On the front of the device there are 2 touch sensitive buttons as well as the home button which is a regular button in the middle.
          The battery is a removable 2100mah one which is a huge advantage so you can switch it out when you want to in order to have the best battery performance. Battery life is really good on this phone despite having quad core performance at your fingertips. I have managed to get by for about 3 days before; take into account that I do not keep mobile data on all the time, I only switch it on when I use the phone and I also used the phone for texting and a bit of YouTube. It takes about 2 hours to charge fully but in general it is suggested that you charge the battery from 40% to 80% rather than to 100% in order to maximise battery life; this is less of an issue with this phone since you can remove the battery.

          The processor in this phone is a quad core 1.4GHz Exynos processor with 1GB of RAM. In 2012 when this phone was brand new these were amazing specs and to be honest these will be fine for most users providing you close apps that you are not using instead of letting them run in the background. The more processes in the background the more this will drain the battery.

          The camera on this phone is 8mp and it is really very good, there really is no need for having a separate camera any more for the average user. The camera on the front is 1.3mp and can be used for skype.
          The UI is android 4.1 Jelly bean which can be updated to 4.3 (although there are a few bugs and the phone seems to slow down a lot) and it has Samsung's touchwiz UI on top of this stock android experience. Many people find this to be laggy and slow but I find that it has some really user intuitive features such as the drop down menu when you can turn wifi on and off. There are a number of other options available for this drop down menu.

          Overall, although this phone is a year and a bit old I still think it is an excellent phone. If you are concerned about it not being future proof you could buy the i9305 model which is the 4G LTE model.

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            03.10.2013 18:27
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            Excellent wax; you must try this before giving up on waxes.

            I bought this wax from Amazon for £10 with free super saver delivery. It has a pleasant smell, sort of a lemon smell and is a white/cream colour.
            To apply it take a small amount, roughly a nail sized amount out and rub it between your palms. Then rub it into your hair from roots to tips. Then style as desired.
            This wax provides a matte finish unless you apply too much in which case you get a lot more definition and your hair looks less natural.
            This wax contains beeswax rather than a petroleum based wax so it is somewhat less difficult to remove from your hands but you still have to use some soap. Since it is quite an expensive wax in comparison with regular supermarket brands you may fell less inclined to use more but this shouldn't really be an issue since 75ml of wax lasts for months. I recently managed to find a seller on eBay selling this wax for £14 for two tubs amounting to £7 each; its a pity i didn't find this deal sooner but I needed to try it out first!
            I would defo recommend this wax, but listen to the instructions on how to apply it properly. For a long time I didn't realize the importance of this. With a gel it is less important since they just glue your hair into position and it will not move for the rest of the day, but for a wax which is somewhat more pliable this is far more important.

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            • Canon Ixus 220 HS / Digital Camera / 12 Readings / 11 Ratings
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              16.07.2013 19:10

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              Overall a good compact camera but it is old now and there are better models available

              I initially got this camera because I had read numerous reviews claiming that it had excellent photo quality in all sorts of situations, even when there is not much light. This is not really true since the minimum level of light needed for photo quality to remain decent is very specific and the amount of sunlight available is very unpredictable. I also purchased this because of the wide angle lens and the Full HD video quality.
              The video quality of this camera is excellent providing that there is a reasonable amount of ambient light. This camera is very popular with the Youtube vlogger community as it captures high quality video in such as small camera. Although this may sound good, take into account that a lot of Youtube vloggers make videos outside in the daytime when there is plenty of light so the quality would be excellent.
              Another impressive feature of this camera is the autofocus, which works even while recording video; this works best if you can keep the camera still while recording.
              The screen on the camera is small, but the camera as a whole is small so it would be unreasonable to expect more. The pixel density of the screen is apparently quite low (this is something I learnt from videos on Youtube which reviewed this camera before I bought it). To be honest the screen looks fine and the video and picture quality look fine even when they are played on a HDTV (using the built in HDMI port).
              The black version of this camera has a rough texture to the outer casing which I quite like. I bought the silver one which has a smooth finish (the black one costed more at the time) and I have seen that they also sell a red/pink one.
              The flash on this camera is placed quite close to the lens which can be a slight problem when taking photos because you cant necessarily get as much light as you would want to in your photos.
              The battery life of this camera isnt great, if you are just going to take photos then you should be okay, but if you are planning on taking videos then you will find that the battery dies very quickly.

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              08.07.2013 23:08
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              Decent gel, but you have to smell it first and see if cream is for your hair type

              This is a relatively new gel from the 'apollo' product line by LYNX. Therefore it has the same fragrance as the body spray, which actually smells okay, its not eye-wateringly bad like most of them. Of course for some people they may not like this 'juvenile' fragrance so then perhaps this product is not for you.
              The gel comes in a 150ml container and is a cream gel, with a white colour. I found that with this product you only need to use a small amount to effectively produce a long lasting style.
              Being a gel, you don't need to worry about it throughout the day; it will definitely be able to maintain your style. It also has a slightly shiny finish which I really like; this is really good to accentuate the sides of your hair style (more relevant for longer styles).
              If you do use too much then you will definitely know about it, since there will be a lot of residue on your hands.
              So far this product probably seems relatively good, but then there are some problems. It isnt great for using to style quiffs, or in general for people with a lot of hair, because you would have to put a lot of product in and so your hair becomes very heavy so the quiff wouldn't stay up...
              Providing that you are using enough (not too much) then your hair will look and smell great and I would definitely suggest this product for someone who is looking to try a new gel.

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              07.07.2013 22:11
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              A strong hold, extremely versatile product

              I initially bought this after watching a couple of YouTube videos of people reviewing this product and explaining how good it was. To be honest at first I was a bit skeptical but I decided to try it out to see if it was actually any good. If you know anything about hair products then you will know that their effectiveness really depend upon your hair type and sometimes even colour.
              I bought this from Superdrug in their 3 for £3 deal online with free shipping (the travel size tin).
              The texture gum comes in a small metal tin, which is somewhat nicer than the other v05 products which come in simple plastic containers.
              The one I bought was the 35ml travel sized tin. The product itself is a white paste with a tutti-fruity smell, or maybe its bubblegum, i cant really tell.
              When i use it i tend to use a little too much which seems to work for me since i only use it in my fringe to make it stand up as well as give it a bit of definition which is really cool. The hold of this product is surprisingly strong, and considering that a normal 75ml tin costs around £3.50, its a bargain.
              When applying this product i find that its best to be used to dry hair, this is really just from my personal experience because I only apply it to one part of my hair so i don't really need even distribution. However if you are looking for even distribution then you will have to apply it to towel dried hair.
              Once the product is in your hair, it feels fine, it doesnt feel heavy and it doesnt smell unpleasant, which in my mind makes this an excellent product.
              Another good thing about this product is that you can easily wash it out of your hair with water, its not an absolute nightmare to get rid of like wax.

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              19.06.2013 11:33
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              Decent quality gel which you can find at most shops

              I bought this gel from Superdrug in their 2 for £5 deal a week ago. This gel is incredibly strong and to a degree it does actually have a 'bounce back' effect. If you apply it to your roots then it will definitely last the whole day and you don't need to worry about your hair having a crunchy feel. If you apply too much on your hair then you will have some shine but it will be very crunchy and will probably flake if you leave it in your hair for long enough.
              To apply this product, squeeze out a little bit, roughly the size of a 10p coin if you have thicker hair like me and less if you have thinner, shorter hair. Then rub it between your palms in order to spread it evenly. Then rub it through your hair, making sure to get the roots especially because then the gel is less visible.
              It is easy to wash out this gel, you can wash it off without shampoo, just water.
              I have given this product 4 stars instead of 5 because of the high alcohol content. This is needed to make the gel dry quickly, but it has the counter-effect of drying out your hair. If you are looking for a gel which will be good for your hair...to a degree then i would suggest trying some other products like American Crew or maybe Hanz de Fuko, even if they are much more expensive per unit mass.

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              07.06.2013 15:19

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              Sturdy, cheap but good quality pens

              I bought a pack of 50 (blue ones) from Amazon for around £8 a year and a half ago, after trying one out in Rymans. Once you have been writing with these for a while the ink flows surprisingly smoothly and you can write much more quickly. At school i end up writing a lot and i go through these pens quite quickly, if i use only this pen for all my work then i finish a pen within a couple of weeks. During exam season this is reduced to about a week, since i end up writing so much. I would definitely suggest choosing an appropriate colour; i chose blue without realising that the exams i had to do could only be done in black ink, so i ended up using these pens for anything else. The plastic that is used to make these pens is very thick so it will not break, even if your pencil case ends up at the bottom of your bag which is good because the last thing you want to do at the end of a hard day is find that all your books are covered in ink!

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              07.06.2013 15:01
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              Excellent ereader for an extremely competitive price

              I bought this due to the promotion in the UK, they are being sold for £29 in order to encourage more people into the world of ebooks and ereaders. As a whole this seems to have worked quite well and I found it quite difficult to get my hands on one of these and they were sold out in many online shops, until i turned to argos and was luckily able to order one for free next day delivery.

              The ereader has a 6 inch screen ( diagonally) with eInk so it does not produce artificial light which can reduce the concentration of melatonin concentrations, affecting sleep. The battery is excellent, lasting around 2 months on a single charge but make sure that you keep wi-fi off otherwise the battery will drain much quicker.

              The barnes and noble book store is really good and it is easy to search for books you want there.

              Annoyingly it is not possible to delete books on your Nook simple touch directly, you must do it from your barnes and noble account. If you are not purchasing books directly from the store on the device and are instead transferring pdf and epub files from your computer then you must connect it to your pc or mac, then delete the files from the folder 'books' or 'documents', depending upon where you put them originally.

              The touch screen is so useful, my dads kindle doesn't have one and you can really see the difference. Its nice to be able to swipe across the screen to turn a page and to be able to use an on screen keyboard which means the device is cheaper to build.
              The on screen keyboard isn't much compared to that on the iPad but it is certainly good enough for what you can do on the ereader.

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            • BlackBerry Bold 9790 / Smartphone / 4 Readings / 4 Ratings
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              07.06.2013 13:54
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              Mid range smartphone

              Looks
              The phone is quite slim, streamlined and looks extremely classy. The screen is bright and extremely clear, there is a clear difference between this screen and those of cheaper Blackberrys. There is a chrome bezel around the edges of the device which give a little definition.

              Hardware
              There is an excellent qwerty keyboard, but the keys are spaced close together so if you have large fingers you will have to check out all the possible options first before just buying this phone. Inside there is a 1GHz processor which is perfect for Blackberry 7. Anything less than this and the performance issues really start to become more obvious.

              Calls and texts
              The volume is perfectly loud enough and the speaker phone is able to cancel out a lot of the ambient noise in order to maximise your own voice. Texting is a delight on this phone, the keys are soft and make very little noise.

              Internet
              The web browser is perfectly adequate for occasional browsing and the touch screen really helps to improve this experience. However since the screen is relatively small compared to its competitors it may not be sufficient for everyone.

              Blackberry app world
              Blackberry app world is the main let down for this phone. There are few really good apps and in general developers don't bother making apps for Blackberry because there is more money to be made with IOS and Android. The best apps include whatsapp, bbm, facebook, twitter, tube map, foursquare, poynt and ebay.

              BBM
              BBM is blackberry messenger, a free messaging service for blackberry devices. VOIP was recently added, which is known as blackberry voice. I have tried this and it works really well (only works on Wi-Fi). It was recently announced that BBM will be available for android and IOS as well so it will allow free cross-platform communication, which if it catches on could be a problem for whatsapp.

              Overall
              Its an excellent phone, with a few good apps but not really that much selection as is present in the google play store or the apple app store. I would suggest getting this on a pay monthly contract because it is way too expensive if you buy it sim free or pay as you go.

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              27.05.2013 15:40
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              Overall an excellent book, providing you use it properly

              I have been using this book for the past year and i have found it to be very useful. It contains just about enough information to be able to get you a top grade providing that you also do some past paper questions. The topic of cell membrane structure is a little simplified so i would suggest that you also refer to another book. The rest of the book is perfectly sufficient as it sticks to the current OCR syllabus very closely. This book can be purchased from Amazon for roughly £15 if you buy it used or £20 if you want it new. Before you buy this book make sure that it will be sufficient for the current syllabus as exam boards seem to change the syllabus slightly every few years in an attempt to make you buy a new book. You should also consider buying the smaller revision book which is around £6 on Amazon, since it can help to open your mind up to new topics.
              I used this book from September 2012 till June 2013.
              The topics that are covered are:

              F211: Cells, Exchange and Transport
              *Module 1: Cells
              1.1.1 Cell Structure
              1.1.2 Cell Membranes
              1.1.3 Cell Division, Cell Diversity and Cellular Organisation
              * Module 2: Exchange and Transport
              1.2.1 Exchange Surfaces and Breathing
              1.2.2 Transport in Animals
              1.2.3 Transport in Plants

              Unit F212: Molecules, Biodiversity, Food and Health
              * Module 1: Biological Molecules
              2.1.1 Biological Molecules
              2.1.2 Nucleic Acids
              2.1.3 Enzymes
              * Module 2: Food and Health
              2.2.1 Diet and Food Production
              2.2.2 Health and Disease
              * Module 3: Biodiversity and Evolution
              2.3.1 Biodiversity
              2.3.2 Classification
              2.3.3 Evolution
              2.3.4 Maintaining Biodiversity

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              • Sony MDR ZX100 / Headset / 12 Readings / 11 Ratings
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                28.03.2013 19:53

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                Good quality headphones at an extremely competitive price

                The sound quality for the average user is excellent. The bass is good, the treble is the only thing which slightly affects the sound quality, but this would only be noticed by an audiophile....so yeah, don't worry about it!
                The build quality is fine. The headphones are plastic and the cups can be rotated which is convenient for storage. I don't really see the problem with them being plastic, beats by dre are plastic and they cost more than ten times the price. They do feel a little bit fragile but i leave them in my bag which contains heavy books and they have been fine so far. The advantage of being plastic is that they are extremely light. Being headphones and not earphones you do ideally need a bag to store them in but i always have a bag with me so this is never an issue.
                The cord is 1.2m in length which is perfect because you don't need to tuck away loads of cable in your pocket.
                The cable is thick so you don't have to worry about it getting damaged soon after you buy it.
                The main problem is that there is no padding in contact with your head so it can be a little uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time.

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