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I've always been a fan of Siemens products so when I first saw the Siemens Gigaset 4000 at my neighbor's house I knew I had to get one! So I went over to Amazon I got one for just £49.99 and got a BT line connected through it and I must say it's one of the best purchases I've ever made!
Most landline cordless phones are pain to configure and most times it takes you ages to figure your way around and some functions just dont work! But with the Siemens Gigaset phone here's what you get:
1. Hands - free talking - I know most phones may have this feature but have you ever noticed how its often difficult to converse on a hands-free line? You find your self in constant repetitive mode to the person your speaking to, but with the Siemens when you're on hands free, you actually hear a lot better and the call is so much clearer than pressing your ear against it! It may be a bit loud but hey, thats what the volume adjuster is for!
2. Large memory storage - yes you can keep up to 300 phone numbers in this phone! Most cordless phones can only manage about 180 numbers so you get twice the space. Plus you can keep up to 2,000 phone messages. It does have a large mail inbox!
3. Downloads - Yes its not only mobile phones that you can download ring-tones! The Siemens Gigaset comes with 10 different ring tones but you can actually download more ring-tones into this phone. I currently have 55 different tones and haven't finished yet. You can download via the Siemens website.
4. Phone records.. Don't you just hate it when you have to wait for the phone bill to see what activities took place on the land-line phone? Not with the Siemens! It records every call made and received and you can view them in the menu box. They are permanently stored unless you delete the history. Not a lot of cordless phones have this facility which is one reason I got it!
5. It has automatic dialling, it even has voice dialling. That's right, all you do is mention a name in your phone directory and it dials straight away! It also has the call forwarding, call waiting, call diversion etc. You can even use it as a conference phone. It also comes with a multi language choice of up to 12 languages.
The technical side of it is also superb. It's light in weight, has a long lasting battery (could stay up to a month without charging it). It's also water proof (I only discovered that because my niece threw it in the pool and I thought it was done but it still worked till now!) It comes with a headset, MP3 Player, spare battery as well as a battery charger.
All in all, its a superb home phone. I've had mine for four years now and its never given me any trouble. Its durable, and you can pretty much use it anywhere! If you have a boring land-line phone and wish to upgrade I would highly recommend you to purchase it. Its phonetastic!
I got the Blackberry Torch 9800 as a birthday gift and needless to say I was so excited as I had never owned a Blackberry phone before. But after owning it for a few weeks I become very disappointed as I was not happy with the overall functionality. Here's what I loved about the Blackberry:
1. It has a nice silky slide pad which makes it so sexy and appealing. I like that you have the option of either using the touch-screen or you can just use the slider to navigate your way around.
2. Screen resolution is fantastic with an inbuilt memory of 8GB and you can use up to 32 GB if you insert a memory card.
3. It has a 5MP Camera and video camera which produces excellent quality pictures and the video records do come out very nice. You can also edit your videos to make them look more appealing and professional.
4. The applications are great and its easy to download new Apps and you can store as many as 1,000 Aps which is cool.
5. If you buy the phone on contract most providers give you free internet and unlimited downloading and you can also catch live events and pretty much do what you would normally do on the internet on your computer.
What I didn't like:
1. Battery power too weak - I had to charge the phone everyday even if I didnt use it for the day. The battery power just drains out so quickly.
2. A bit too big to carry around - As a mobile phone you want something that fits in your pocket or handbag but I found the phone to be too humongous for my pocket and if I had to carry it in my bag, I'd have to get a bigger bag!
3. Constantly reloading Apps.. That was the worst bit.. Every time I set up an App, I use it for the day and the next day I have to reinstall it again. I thought it may have been the phone provider but its the actual devise!
4. I didnt like the keypad.. the keypad is too stiff.. I had to be pressing the letters several times before it came up on the screen.
Would I recommend you to buy it? No, I think it was just too much hype and the hype doesnt live up to the phone. I'll stick to the iPad, thank you.
I'm not a fan of Sanyo products but when my brother borrowed my faithful microvave and blew it up, I needed a fast replacement so I didnt have the time to do my homework. I went to Amazon to find the cheapest one available so I found the Sanyo EM- S105AW. I was attracted to the sparkling white color its designed with plus the fact that it doesn't have a lot of complicated and fancy electronic buttons so that made me hit the buy button. Sadly after a few weeks, I regretted buying it. Don't get me wrong, its an easy to use microwave but it just doesn't have the "it" factor. Le me break it down to you in pros and cons of this microwave:
6 power levels - which is great especially if your trying to fast heat up a deep frozen lasagna!
30-minute timer - I like this feature a lot as it's designed in dial features and not digital features which makes navigating around the microwave easy.
Removable Glass turntable - This is ideal in that I don't have to struggle cleaning microwave plate anymore. I can just remove it, pop it in the dish washer and then place it back when it's cleaned.
Too heavy!! - The damn thing weighs 11kg which is a nightmare because I like to rotate things around my kitchen and having to rotate a heavy microwave is not fun!
Low power output - it's only 700w which means if you're going to defrost anything using this microwave you will need to invest 30 minutes of your time doing so. Even still sometimes when I need to make those 2 minute noodles, it take 8 minutes!!
Too small - Not just the size of it but you cant just put any microwave plate in it as the height is low. Like I tried putting a microwave bowl of chicken soup to heat up but I had to do two rounds because one big plate wouldn't fit in!
After owning this microwave for about four months, I noticed that the paint on the microwave began to peel off especially if you use surface cleaner to clean it. The glass plate cracked and then the fuse on the cable blew out. Even though it only costs about £40, but its not an ideal microwave if you are a regular user. Its probably good for older folks or those that don't use the microwave that much. I would suggest you invest some money to buy a quality microwave that will last you long as this one didn't live too long with me.
I ordered this Kettle on Amazon a few months ago because I got fed up of buying bust up kettles from Asda and Tesco so I figured Amazon would have a better kettle for me to handle. I must admit, the pretty red/black color convinced me that this was the kettle of my dreams but sadly it didn't live to my expectations..
Don't get me wrong, it is a functioning kettle. It's light weight, has a cord storage inside it, it opens automatically when you slide the little black button on top of it rather the the convention kettle of using your hands to open the lid. It has a high capacity of water (1.7Litres) and it boils in three minutes which is rather fast. I love that it has a concealed element of stainless steel which prevents the kettle from building lime-scale. The handle of the kettle is very soft which makes gripping the kettle very easy. It also has the advantage of pouring well in that it doesn't spill when you pour into your cuppa, neither does it spit water when it boils.
Now comes the bad bit... ITS TOO BLOODY NOISY!! I don't know about you, but I hate noisy kettles, especially when you're watching TV or when your talking to someone and it just totally takes over your ear space. It is very hard to clean (difficult to reach those areas that are prone to lime-scaling) and the cord is a little too short, so its difficult to actually shift the kettle to where you really want it to be. I also found that the boiled water has a rather funny taste, like you're drinking swimming pool water. It's also too expensive for what it actually is worth.
Not an ideal buy, unless you're in a hurry and haven't got time to buy a decent kettle. I personally wouldn't recommend you buy this as they are better kettles out there.
I run a home based business so I had been looking for a printer that not only prints but does multipurpose functions. My old canon printer just wasn't doing the trick anymore so I decided to invest £34.97 and get the HP Deskjet 3050 and it was worth my money!
The HP Deskjet 3050 is small in size, light weight, portable, contains 61 Tri color ink catridges, and comes with a variety of functions some of which are:
Black/White & color printing - Documents come out really nice and the ink doesn't smudge on the paper like some printers do. You can actually specify what colors you want to be printed. For example if you want a red/yellow/green combination, you can specify that and it comes out exactly the way you set it. Documents come out in high resolution, 4 x 6 colour printing)
Color photocopying - Most printers only come with the option of photocopying in black and white. With HP deskjet you can photocopy in any color so long as you put the settings correctly. You can copy up to 30 copies per round.
Built in Wireless Printing - yes gone are the days when you needed a USB cable to print! With HP Deskjet its all done wirelessly and you can connect with up to 12 computers using only one printer!
The HP Deskjet 3050 is really fast when it prints. You can print up to 20 ppm black, and up to 16 ppm in color. The input tray can take 60 sheets at a time which quiet a large number unlike the Canon DX 456 which can only take 35 sheets. The output tray can take a maximum of 25 sheets which is also reasonable. Another plus is also that you don't get paper jams which is a relief!
The quality of the printout is excellent. You can make a professional photo album with it, you can print top class flyers, brouchers, newsletters, business cards, envelops, greeting cards (they look a whole lot better than hallmarks!) and pretty much anything that can print. The scan/copy come out exactly as originals. You can also copy directly from webpages and they appear exactly as on the webpage. The good news is it's compatible with ANY computer so you can connect it with any device that has a USB cable. I connected it also to my Sony Ericsson mobile phone and I'm able to send documents to print even if I'm not anywhere near the printer.
The only problem I found was that it does consume a lot of ink! Maybe it's because I do a lot of printing and I have to replace the cartridges once every 6 weeks. I also wish it came with Faxing and LCD screen so I can have a preview instead of relying on my PC.
All in all I would recommend this printer if you have a small business as its very ideal and convenient. Also ideal for students for printing essays or other projects. It's reasonably cheap and it does last a long time. I've owned mine since 2007 and it has never given me any problem.
I signed up with Spring about four years ago and I must say they were pretty efficient. Their offices in Chiswick were a pain to find but were professional. The staff are very friendly, know what they are doing and very supportive. The lady that was my recruitment manager was very efficient. She was in constant contact with me at all times, kept me abreast of what was happening. The tests that you're required to do where all a breeze and she was very helpful in every query I made. I got a job like three days after I signed up, which was impressive. Unfortunately, the boss I was assigned to was an absolute nightmare! I only worked there for like a month and had to get these guys to get me a new job. I got a new job and again the same thing happened.. another nightmare. But the third time I got lucky that they hooked me up with a pleasant boss and the company too is wonderful to work for. I still got my job till now despite 1,000 of my colleagues losing theirs to retrenchments. In the three years I've worked under Spring, they've never missed a payment (I get paid every Fridays). If there's a problem they call me in good time to inform me. Their website is constantly updated and they always send me email alerts or sms alerts to let me know what's happening. They also have those employee bonus schemes where if you're chosen as the employee of the month, you get £100 bonus. At the end of the year, the person that won the most employee of the month contest gets £500 bonus.
The good thing about Spring is they charge the employer half of what you earn. So if you earn £20 an hour, Spring charges the employer £10 per hour, which is brilliant. The only hiccup I had with Spring is they do have a lot of undesirable clients, so do make sure you emphasize the need for an easy going employer. I would definitely recommend Spring if you're looking for a job that suits you.
The worst recruitment agency ever!! I was with them before I went to Spring. First they made me wait for almost an hour after my scheduled appointment with them. Then when I was doing my tests, their computers kept freezing and I had to like retake the tests twice. After taking the test I had to wait another half an hour before I got my results. After four miserable hours there, they said they would get back to me. I waited a week and no one got back to me. I called them and I kept getting a busy line. I emailed them, no reply. Finally after several attempts, I got through only to be told that the lady in charge of my file quit her job and I was assigned to another person. When I finally got a job interview, it was actually the employer that called me in and not the Hays guys which I found weird because normally its the recruitment agency that you correspond with.
Nevertheless, I got the job but it was a pain getting paid. Sometimes I would go two weeks without being paid and their excuse was either "we're understaffed or we had technical failure" In the 8 months I worked under Hays they paid me late over ten times and every week I had to argue with them about getting paid. Then I found out I was being underpaid. They told me I was getting paid £18 an hour and yet on my time sheet it said £14.50. Then I found out my employer was actually being charged £29.50 per hour! One time they even hanged up on me whilst I was making a complaint, and every time I called the receptionist always said "they're in a meeting can they call you back?" and they never did. Finally I had enough and quit after my friend recommended Spring to me.
My advice.. STAY AWAY FROM HAYS RECRUITMENT!! they're absolutely terrible. Unfortunately the majority of recruitment agencies are like Hays so do be careful when choosing them. But if you're still struggling to get a job, you should consider work at homes jobs (not the surveys PTC sites affiliates etc) I mean telecommute jobs like transcriptionsits, translators, virtual administrators, web designers etc. Do an extensive search on google and yahoo and you'll find them. I personally would recommend www.odesk.com or www.guru.com
I am a sucker for Oral B products as I believe these guys are geniuses when it comes to teeth management. The Braun Oral-B professional care is an excellent product, that leaves your teeth feeling brighter, whiter and a whole lot fresher. It's like having a dentist in your own home. One of the things I love about it is that it's really quiet a basic toothbrush. Doesn't have all the complicated settings some electric toothbrushes have and it is suitable for any kind of teeth, whether sensitive teeth, dentures or normal teeth.
It comes with a pressure sensor, which protects your gums from excessive brushing. When the pressure levels reach a maximum, a red light shows and you hear a small sound that tells you that you've reached maximum pressure. It also has a professional timer and it has a different sound for every corner of your mouth you brush. The timer is set at 2 minutes so after 2 minutes, it automatically stops, meaning you've done enough brushing. Every 30 seconds, it switches to a different sound meaning that it only takes 30 seconds to brush one end and then go to the other end.
It's also rechargeable, comes with an electric plug which is actually an energy saving plug so don't stress on the electric bill! The brushes are of 3D technology and you can set it to also act as a floss cleaner, so you literally do all your teeth treatment in one go! This tooth brush rocks! Use the Oral B dental hygiene toothpaste as it works best with it.
I am one of those people who really hate small headphones, especially those that pierce your ears, have excruciating sounds and give you a headache, so I went out in search for something that was not only comfortable to my ears but also headphones that can capture every instrument, every sound and piece of music. Enter, Sennheiser HD 202 II!!!
These headphones are supra-aural, dynamic hi-fi stereo headphones, light weight, very comfortable, has excellent sound fidelity, a 3 metre long cord so I can be away from my stereo doing other things while having great sound and effectively block outside sounds. What amazes me about these headphones are that they fit well over my ears and completely mask even subtle outside sounds--unless you turn them way up. The HD-202 headphones also enhance stray sound artifacts from less-than-ideal recordings or poor radio reception--but that's not the fault of earphones that seem to allow you to hear everything more clearly!! The frequency, bass sound is excellent and you can actually tune the headphones to your taste in levels (bass control, volume control, mixed levels etc)
It's also portable with most audio devices such as iPods, TV, MP3 player, radio etc. Although they are a hassle to carry when you commuting but at least you won't bother fellow commuters with excreting noise as they don't hear a thing.
The only problem with it is that since it uses a neodymium magnet and lightweight diaphragm for high
sound levels, it tends to wear out quickly and you begin to lose hearing on especially the left side of the headphone just after a few months and its expensive to repair. Luckily it comes with a two year warranty but prepare to get it fixed just after using it for a short time.
Not ideal for DJs or those that are heavy on music as it will wear out fast. But if you take it slow and try not to blast it loud all the time, it should keep you going for a year without repairs.
Beko is one brand that I've to come to trust. I bought the Beko WM6133W washing machine about three years ago and its the best washing machine I've ever owned. It comes with 16 programmes, with a specific program setting for each type of clothing such as wool, hand wash, cotton, nylon and a nifty anti-crease function which makes ironing a whole lot easier. You can also use any wash powder but it works best with comfort washing liquid and wash powder.
It has a steady energy consumption rate ( A+ energy rating). Other functions it comes with include automatic half-load and automatic water level control which helps optimise your water and electricity consumption. The machine has a useful washing capacity of 6 kg, which is more than enough for any amount of clothes. It's equipped with a very convenient delay timer. You can programme the machine to work while you are away and complete its cycle at the time of your choice. It also has a spin speed of 1300 rpm ensuring your clothes really get a good smacking!
It's actually a whole lot cheaper than you can expect. I believe its about £269 in Currys but I was fortunate enough to buy mine from my ex neighbour who moved out. I bought it for £180 and its still in top form.
It's a straightforward washer, easy to set up, easy to use and convenient for any type of wash. Best of all your clothes do come out like they're brand new so long as you iron them. I sell second hand jeans on ebay so the Beko WM6133 has really helped in making my jeans look brand new. If you're looking for a reliable washing machine that will give you the results you want, get the Beko WM6133. I recommend it to everyone.
This is one of those appliances every kitchen needs. This grill is fantastic, cooks all meats (beef, chicken, fish, pork) very well and is totally non greasy which means less fat. I love the fact that with this grill it takes less than 5 minutes to cook a well done steak, fillet or whole chicken!. It's also an excellent sandwich maker, in fact the sandwiches look like you're a professional chef as they come out so brilliantly (no need to squash your sandwiches unlike some sandwich makers!). I love that its a portable device meaning you can shift it anywhere unlike the conventional grill. The stainless steel it's made of makes it so easy to clean, although I wish the plates were removable as sometimes its a bit of hassle as you can't reach those tricky corners!
The recipe leaflet that comes with it is very helpful. I made the Prosciutto recipe and it was delicious!. Basically if you love grilling food, this grill is excellent. From kebabs, to sausages and burgers you can pretty much cook a good meal with this. Ideal for students or a small family or singletons! I've had this grill for two years now and so far it hasn't given me any problems. Now that we can't really go out and have a proper barbecue (due to the never ending cold!) this grill makes up for it.
As much as I love shopping in Asda but I regret ever buying this toaster! The cheap price and the simple usage attracted me to buy it but I was far from happy. I have to make thinner slices of bread just to fit it in, and worse off it only toasts in the middle of the bread! So I have to cut a piece of bread in half just so I get the full slice toasted! and its gets worse.. the toast comes out all crusty and basically falls off your hand before you put it in the plate. The metal smell kinda sticks to the bread too..
The settings are hideous... You only get to set it high or low, no numbers to indicate how much you'd like your toast to be. Plus it smokes every time you switch it on and if you leave it on for 15 minutes, the plug begins to smell, indicating that the voltage is too high for the product, despite me using a voltage regulator.
After two months of using it died on me completely. When I went to get it checked, it had rusted metal inside and I found it hard to clean it without slicing my hand off. Absolutely terrible toaster, wouldn't recommend it to anybody.
I'm usually a dell Laptop fan, but when I saw this Acer Aspire 7720 I decided to give it a try. With a low price tag and a one year warranty, I figured I got a bargain. The laptop itself is very basic in that it has what most laptops have (2GB RAM, duo processor, fully operational Windows Vista system etc) I do like the inbuilt web cam it comes with as its high quality web cam where you can record your videos, snap good photos etc. It also comes with ACER Delux which includes powerful DVD system, crystalbite LCD, holographic 3D network etc. I do also like the WLAN functions where you can connect to almost four different networks at a time, you can also use it for video conferencing. The keyboard functions are very easily displayed so typing is a lot easier and faster. All basic programs are compatible such as Microsoft Office, anti-virus softwares, Microsoft picture management etc.
The thing I dont like about this laptop is mainly battery life. In the beginning it used to have a power life of 4 hours but after using it for two months it dropped rapidly to only 2 hours. Now after owning it for three years it only has a 1.2 hour battery life capacity. Sometimes I only get 50 minutes! I also don't like the sound system. Its too low and limited functions in making a suitable setting. I had to get external speakers just to get a proper sound system. It also needs a bigger RAM space as 2GB is not enough. I also noticed that after using it a while it overheats a lot and always shuts down unexpectedly. It's definitely not a heavy duty laptop especially if you do a lot of downloads like I do. Also if you use videos a lot, it slows down PC performance causing the PC to constantly freeze.
All in all its only good if you use it just for documents. If you use pictures, videos, downloads it will pack up on you at some point and you do loose some of your files. I would recommend it to students who only use it for assignments but for businesses and heavy duty usage, or if your a pro at using laptops I wouldn't recommend this.
I bought the Kodak Easyshare C183 from Asda at only £59 which I thought was an absolute bargain as its usually between £71-£90. This camera is absolutely brilliant!
Firstly it produces high quality pictures with a variety of settings including, automatic flash smart capture, infra-red capture (which means you can take high quality photos in the dark!), you can choose a variety of background colours like vivid, full, basic, sepia, black and white. It also has instant video processing and the video quality is amazingly very good. It's very simple to use, easily transfer and share videos and photos to most social networks. Fast speed when transferring to your PC. It has an inbuilt internal memory of just 32 MB but you can add a memory card with up to 20GB which means it can store close to 5,000 pictures and at least 100 videos of 10 minute lengths!
It also has good alkaline batteries which can last up to a week without charging it. It's a perfect camera if you regularly travel or if you like just snapping away precious moments. If you love taking photos and videos, I recommend this one. Especially for those that sell photos online, this camera produces excellent quality. Would recommend this to even the expert of photographers.
I've been flying with Emirates for close to seven years now. I first flew with them back in 2002 when I was going to South Korea for the World cup. I was an economy passenger but I was impressed with their customer service. They're check in process was very simplified and each member of staff was very polite and treated me like a princess. The seats in the plane are very comfortable, the food is absolutely amazing (they're over 20 different choices!) the in flight entertainment was also up to date. They also provide comfortable pillows, lovely blankets that don't itch (not Ryanair!!) and the flight crew are so efficient. I was so impressed that I upgraded my membership to Platinum member.
As a platinum member I get more benefits than economy fliers! When I recently travelled to Tokyo, they actually called me two days before my departure to ask if I needed to be picked from my house to the airport, which I said hell yeah!
They picked me up promptly, check in was a breeze as they did everything so quckly and I was assigned my own chauffeur. Their waiting room at Heathrow is absolute heaven. Not only were drinks free, but you get watch TV while waiting for your flight, free internet access, and there's a whole buffet of different kinds of food!!
When you enter the plane, a stewardess takes you to your seat and the seats there are just so comfortable. It's like your own jacuzzi lounge! You can transform the seat into a bed, you get fresh towels, pillows, blankets (which you can order as many as you like) and there's like a mini bar where you can chill and relax. The toilets in platinum (or business class) is much bigger and they also have stacks of skin care products which you can take as much as you like. The in flight entertainment is a whole lot better than economy class, there's a massage therapist too who gives you the best massage ever!
All in all Emirates is the best airline I've ever flown with. Their frequent flier program is a whole lot better than BA in which you only need to accumulate 1750 air miles to qualify for a free flight while BA is 3000 air miles. I've already qualified for my third free flight so its all awesome. If you're flying to especially Asia, I highly recommend Emirates. Perfect customer service and you get a whole lot more than you paid for.
I'm not a fan of Britney Spears at all but I must say she has the best perfume range amongst all them celebrities. I loved her Curious and Fantasy ranges (which I still have bottles off) but the Radiance Eau de Parfum tops them all. I especially love the fruity smell and the scent is a lot stronger than the previous ranges. The thing I love most about her ranges is that they last long and you just need a small spray and you have a fresh smell all day. In fact the perfume lasts on your clothes and body for almost three days even after you've showered three times a day! It also has the plus factor that one 100ml bottle can last up to four months. I bought the 100ml in September and I'm still using the same bottle.
Of course the multicolour glass bottle design also makes it an attraction. I feel like a superstar and whatever magic touches she puts in these fragrances really does work because people now get to smell me before they see me and I get happy faces all round!
With curious it had this sweet smell, with fantasy it had more of an attraction smell but Eau de Parfum is more of a seductive smell. Wear this perfume on a date and well lets just say he won't stop sniffing you!!