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    • Clipper Lighter / Household Product / 9 Readings / 9 Ratings
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      13.02.2013 20:57

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      Excellent lighter overall!

      For years I've been using Clipper lighters, whether it's the plastic basic ones or the customised metal Clippers, I've never experienced any issues. They're refillable, you can add extra flints into the lighter stock and they come in a wide variety of colours and sizes. These lighters are also excellent for pipe smoking as you tilt the lighter and the flame goes a little larger and doesn't burn the surrounding plastic.
      The gas life in the lighter lasts for several months before needing refilled and the flint lasts a considerable time longer, however, changing the flint can be a little bit tricky as the spring inside the stock is rather tight. All in all, a great lighter and very good value. The gas can't be adjusted to make the flame smaller or bigger, but, that is the only downfall that I can mention about this lighter! A great buy in my opinion!

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    • Flavel Milano ML61CDS / Oven / 10 Readings / 8 Ratings
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      09.02.2013 22:02

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      Well worth the money

      I got a reconditioned cooker which was only marked down because of a small dent on the back of the cooker for £200. Usual retail price is around £399.

      Good points:

      The cooker looks sleek in silver with chrome handles
      The hob is easy to clean and hard wearing
      The oven heats up quickly with a max temperature of 250 degrees
      A large fan oven that comes with trays to fit
      The exterior is easy to wipe down
      The grill gives all over coverage with no hotspots
      The hobs heat up quickly
      There are warning lights that identify exactly which hob is hot even once you've turned it off


      Downsides:

      The dials are difficult to clean around if food gets stuck in them.
      3 big rings and 1 small would be better instead of the 2 small and 2 big it actually has
      No top oven, only a grill
      The glass oven door can't be unscrewed to clean

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    • Apple iPhone 4S 16 GB / Smartphone / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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      09.02.2013 21:47

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      A brilliant phone - even if you're wary of touchscreens take the plunge, you'll be amazed!

      Having had the iPhone 3GS and various other phones in between that and the iPhone 4S, I can safely say that no other phone I've used compares.

      Visually it's stunning - the display is just the right size and crystal clear. The overall layout of the menu is sleek but no different to the standard iPhone set out so there's nothing new to report there. You can customise the order of your icons and create folders to keep them in.

      The camera enables you to take almost professional quality photographs and video with a range of options to edit and cut them.

      The App Store is decent and there are a great range of free apps to download and apps start from 69p which is a bargain.

      The maps function is much improved and works like a satnav, showing your route in a variety of formats and even with a satnav voice to give directions.

      The quality of sound is another great feature, with sound enhancement options and equiliser options it makes a very good phone for music and radio.

      Touch sensitivity is just right - even if you're clumsy like me. It's clever enough to mean that you usually hit the right keys because it can tell by the way you touch it what you were aiming for.

      Siri is great but if you have an accent it sometimes has trouble understanding what you say. The talk to write feature is fantastic - you press a button and it literally types everything you say with punctuation. Perfect for writing emails or if you're just feeling lazy!

      The battery life lasts for a long time, up to 200 hours stand-by time and up to 8 hours talk time and up to 40 hours of music play, making it a long life battery all round.

      I'd recommend this phone for anyone, be it for business, pleasure or both. Very easy to use and understand, even for the newest of users.

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    • Vivitar 5190 / Digital Camera / 12 Readings / 11 Ratings
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      28.07.2012 18:44

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      Not worth buying!

      I was bought this as a gift after mentioning to a relative that I wanted to start taking more photos. Unfortunately it turned out to be one of those gifts that you wish the person hadn't bothered with.

      I had the pink silver version, it apparently comes in multiple colours, and to look at it's small and compact and looks like a nice camera. You get the usual accessories with it - usb cable, CD Rom to install the software onto your PC/laptop, pouch to carry it in.

      The real problems started when I actually wanted to use it - it's 5 megapixels (in laymans terms that's not a bad camera, I've had some mobile phones with a 5MP camera that took quite good photos) but for some reason this feels more like a 2MP camera! The picture quality was terrible and the display to look at the photos on is far too small. In terms of functions - I couldn't tell you much about what else you can do with it for one simple reason: the picture quality is so bad that it doesn't matter what else it can do I'm afraid!

      When you compare it to some of the mobile phones that are on the market with 12MP cameras or even 8MP, it really isn't worth buying a separate camera. If you don't have a mobile phone with a camera or just want a standalone camera - spend a bit more money or shop around because this really isn't worth paying for!

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    • Blackberry Torch 9800 / Smartphone / 13 Readings / 11 Ratings
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      27.07.2012 09:58
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      Not for you if you're looking for a good touchscreen with lots of apps and smooth functions!

      I've had the Blackberry Torch 9800 since September and I have to say, it hasn't been the easiest phone to get on with.

      Features:

      Full touchscreen with a good size screen
      Full qwerty keyboard (keys are very small though so if you have chubby fingers, you'll struggle)
      Full email function
      3G and wifi capability
      Various apps available for purchase or download in App World
      BBM (messenger feature that allows chat with people who have a BB pin)
      5 megapixel camera
      Option to use the keyboard or use the touch keyboard

      Good points

      The phone is great for communicating. You can text, email and have the added bonus of BBM. If you know a lot of people with a Blackberry this comes as an advantage.

      On the whole, the touchscreen is well made and responsive (as the phone gets older it becomes less so and less accurate).

      You can set up your email accounts on your phone and have them delivered in real time.


      Bad points

      The qwerty keyboard is very fiddly. The online keyboard is even worse and is horrendous to type on!

      The camera is a decent quality but unless you have an incredibly steady hand you won't get the benefit of it as your pictures will come out with a slight blur. Video function is quite good.

      While BBM is a plus, it really depends on how many people you know that have a Blackberry. Most contracts have the BB bolt on built into the price, but if you're on pay as you go in the UK you'll end up paying around £5 a month for the pleasure of using the messenger and the internet. That doesn't include your calls or texts!

      As the phone is used more it becomes slow and at times freezes completely, with no option but to take out the battery. Sometimes when you touch an app or button on the screen it opens the one next to it and is incredibly frustrating.

      There are some decent apps available, but the choice and quality is quite poor I feel, especially if you've ever seen the Apple App Store or used an iPhone etc. There really aren't many good free ones and I wouldn't pay for the rest!


      Overall: it's a good phone if you're a talker or a texter, or even an emailer. It's definitely more aimed at the business market than Joe Public, with functions to open word documents etc. So if you're looking for a good touchscreen with lots of apps and nifty little tricks, you're better off looking elsewhere I'm afraid!

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    • Apple iPod nano (6G) 8 GB / MP3 Player / 9 Readings / 8 Ratings
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      30.06.2012 13:31
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      A good quality iPod that's perfect for someone who's only interested in listening to music

      The 6th Gen iPod Nano is much better than its previous versions in that it's touch screen and you can swipe along songs instead of fiddling about with buttons, but when compared to the iPod touch that's available it's seriously lacking in those extra special features that make the iPod touch so good.

      It comes in a range of colours which look good and has a clip on the back to attach to your clothes so is much better if you're a runner or athlete who needs something small rather than the bigger Touch.

      Like other iPods it is fairly easy to add music to it using iTunes and requires no real computer knowledge. Once on your iPod your music is automatically sorted by Artist/Genre/Song and even has Genius - the feature that suggests songs for you based on your previous music choices.

      The home screen has a few apps other than the 'Now Playing' and 'Music' buttons. It comes preinstalled with Nike Fitness and Photos that allows you to add your photos to your iPod, which considering the small size of the screen isn't that great of a feature.

      In short, it holds a decent amount of music and the sound quality is good, but if you're looking for an all singing all dancing iPod then you're better off paying another £65 or so and getting a Touch.

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      27.07.2011 22:10
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      A beautifully written, rollercoaster of emotions

      I've got two words for this book - absolutely fabulous.

      As soon as you see Marian Keyes name you expect that it's going to be her famous brand of wacky Irish comedy mixed with some serious soul searching and this book definitely did not disappoint. There's a fair bit of mystery surrounding the situation the main character finds herself in at the beginning of the book and you're led to believe certain things that turn out to be incredibly wrong, but Marian Keyes does this so well that when she reveals the truth you're gobsmacked. I have to admit I howled with tears when I read those pages - no book has ever moved me that much before. Keyes has a certain way of telling a story so that you feel everything her characters are feeling and this book is certainly a rollercoaster of emotions. You'll find yourself laughing, crying and feeling hopeful all in a few hundred pages.

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        27.07.2011 22:01

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        Great straighteners but not very time effective

        I have long, thick hair so the wide plates were perfect for me and they heated up really quickly, however they took twice as long to use as the first time around they dried the hair (as long as you went over your hair slowly) and then you needed to give your hair another go with them to make it properly straight. I would recommend rough drying your hair first although they can be used on towel dried hair - it just takes a bit too long for me! The big plus though is that straightening your hair from wet makes it really shiny as the cuticles lie a lot flatter! If you're straightening dry hair then these are fantastic - they make a really quick job out of straightening hair especially as the plates are much thicker and they just glide over your hair.

        I wouldn't advise buying these purely for skipping drying your hair.

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      • Dell Inspiron 1525 / Laptop / 5 Readings / 3 Ratings
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        27.07.2011 16:00
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        Overall a great laptop and would definitely buy one again

        I've had this laptop for 3 years now and despite a few hardware problems I would buy it a million times over.

        Design:
        The design is sleek and different to the generic black and grey/silver laptops out there. I have the red cover and it looks brilliant with the silver casing. The laptop weighs barely anything and is easily transportable if you're taking it out and about. It has one of the nicest keyboards I've used on a laptop and comes with handy touch keys for playing, rewinding/fforwarding, stopping and changing volume when playing media.

        Usability:

        The laptop came with Windows Vista but I have since upgraded it to Windows 7 and have had no problems with the upgrade. The laptop is the easiest thing to use and runs like a dream. It can handle performing multiple functions at once, thanks to the ample 2GB RAM, and very very rarely lags and almost never freezes. I often have lots of things running at once and it handles it with no issues.

        Features:

        Disregarding the Windows features, this laptop has lots of added extras thanks to Dell. First off is the built in webcam and built in microphone. The webcam picture is incredibly clear and has security functions to record on movement etc. The microphone works well with programs such as Skype without the need to use headphones - there is little echo or feedback. As mentioned before there are touch keys that light up blue when you press them for media control - they make muting sounds so much easier than having to move the mouse to the taskbar and selecting mute. The laptop boasts a 250GB harddrive which in 3 years I haven't filled completely! There is an HDMI slot which means you can hook it up to your HD television, however beware as audio isn't supported.

        Disadvantages:

        While the laptop was a fantastic buy, I'm glad I took out insurance on it as after a year it needed a new harddrive and the same again a year later. The other disadvantage is that there is a bluetooth light on the laptop but it doesn't actually have a bluetooth function - a bit misleading! The casing is a bit flimsy and care should be taken when opening and shutting the laptop.

        All in all the laptop is nice looking, easy to use and can handle everything the average user would need it for - if you wanted it for gaming I'd consider something with a better graphics card.

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        27.07.2011 14:35

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        Excellence!

        This game is amazing from all angles. Both on and offline gameplay has amazing graphics and sound. The offline missions for the game can be chosen by difficulty level, from easy to challengingly hard. The Multiplay feature allows you to play and compete with players all around the world with a wide variety of game types and also allows you to create your own custom layout for guns, perks, etc so you can make the experience even more enjoyable! After the launch of Black Ops, there's been millions of sales world wide, many millions are still actively playing the game and still will be in the months to come, so don't miss out! The other additional feature for this game is the Zombies game, you start off as a character fighting the endless hordes of the undead, with many perks and guns available, some guns that aren't found on the game itself makes it more fun and enjoyable than your typical Zombie related game. If you're a fan of FPS (First Person Shooter) games then you'll more than certainly enjoy the Call of Duty: Black Ops experience.

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      • Apple iPhone 3GS 32 GB / Smartphone / 8 Readings / 6 Ratings
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        27.07.2011 14:20

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        Fantastic Phone

        The Apple IPhone 3GS is a quality phone. It has a wide range of features, including practically unlimited space for phonebook entries and message storage. If you're buying anything above the 2gb phone then you'll have more or less unlimited storage for music/short film files. The phone has a sleek black/white curved design, quite light on your hand and looks good to your ear. There's also thousands upon thousands of applications available from the iPhone store and similar websites. The technology available on this phone is astounding. You're more likely to enjoy the experience of 21st century technology with the iPhone as opposed to any other phone on the market. All in all this phone is perfect for business use, or personal or both! With access to email, the internet via 3G or WiFi, you have it all right in your hand. You can buy songs from the iTunes store to play on your in-built iPod, watch moves with Apple's movie player or you can record your own movies with Apple's in-built cam-corder. A very fun, and, professional phone.

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      • Sanctuary Salt Scrub / Bath & Shower / 5 Readings / 3 Ratings
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        20.07.2011 20:35
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        Would recommend to anyone

        I love, love, love this salt scrub! As a big fan of anything Sanctuary bring out, this has to be my personal favourite out of all the products in the range.

        It has the signature Sanctuary smell which is a cross between oriental and floral but not overpowering, and comes in a big pot - big enough to fit your hand in! The scrub feels lovely - the bits are really fine so it doesn't feel too rough on your skin and it leaves a really smooth feel. I've got quite rough skin on my arms so if I use this twice a week and moisturise it's gets rid of the problem altogether. Another great thing is that it's easy to rinse off.. just a rinse with water and it disappears so you're not stood there for ages trying to get all the little bits off!

        I've also got sensitive skin and had no problems using the scrub - a big thumbs up all round!

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        • Sony Ericsson W910i / Mobile Phone / 6 Readings / 4 Ratings
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          20.07.2011 20:13
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          Wouldn't recommend due to hardware faults

          I've always loved Sony Ericssons and have owned a fair few, but this was by far the poorest of them all.

          Let's start with some plus points:

          As Sony Ericssons are famous for, this one was easy to use and simply laid out for ease of access. The main function of the phone, other than texting and phoning, was the mp3 player which I couldn't fault. The sound was great and you had the option to create playlists etc. The phone looked great and was ultra slim and were it not for hardware and other manufacturing issues, it would have been a great little phone.

          Downsides:

          The camera was only a 2MP which even for an mp3 player phone wasn't great and the photos were average at best. After a few months something broke in the slider and got jammed so I couldn't open the phone and had to send it back to be repaired. Once I received it back it started to freeze which I was told by Sony was a common problem with this phone and they offered to replace the phone with a brand new one. This was great news, until I received the new phone and it had the same problem over and over again.

          If a phone can't stay on or freezes often then it's simply not functioning as you'd expect and therefore I wouldn't recommend the phone to anyone especially at the prices I'm seeing its still being sold at. I've bought phones for £50 and found them to be far better than this.

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        • Sony Ericsson W995 / Mobile Phone / 5 Readings / 3 Ratings
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          20.07.2011 20:04
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          Fantastic phone

          Compared to phones that are being brought out now this one isn't as slimline as the others, but it's never been a problem because the rest of its features are great! With a good camera, expandable memory and even built in radio and wifi, there isn't much you can't do with this phone.

          As with most Sony Ericssons, the W995 is simple to use and everything is self explanatory but also comes with hints and help if you need it. Text messaging and making phone calls is the same as other phones, but the mp3 player and the camera are what sets it apart in my opinion.

          With a decent amount of internal storage and space for a micro SD memory card (I had an 8GB card in mine) you can hold plenty of music and create playlists and group favourite tracks. The sound quality is great and volume wise it goes up pretty loud!

          The same goes for the camera.. an 8.1MP if I'm not mistaken, which for a range of phones aimed primarily at mp3 player users is more than adequate. Takes great photos for every day use and even has flash.

          The phone has built in wireless so if you're in a wireless spot you can use it. If not the phone is 3G enabled and is quite quick.

          Downsides:

          While you can play music without attaching speakers or headphones, for the radio you do need the earphones as the cable works as the antennae, but this is a minor issue really.

          The battery life isn't as great as newer phones out there but it charges quickly and battery life is far from short.

          The back casing is a bit flimsy and after a while eventually refused to stay on the phone.

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        • Samsung Tocco Lite / Mobile Phone / 10 Readings / 7 Ratings
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          20.07.2011 19:11
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          A good, but basic, little phone

          First things first, the phone looks great. It's nice and small with only a couple of buttons and is very slimline - slim enough to slip into a back pocket. Comes in a range of colours but I went for the traditional black.

          The phone is very easy to set up, and the touchscreen functionality is so easy to get used to so in terms of usability I would say it's great and anyone could manage it. You have the option to organise shortcuts on a widget that is hideable - I tend to have it hidden away as it cuts into my phone wallpaper.

          The phone has all the functions for basic use including SMS, MMS, camera and video recorder, organiser e.g. calendar, calculator etc, plus some apps for things like Facebook, Myspace and email. The only downside to that is the lack of 3G. The phone isn't 3G enabled so using the internet takes more time than average which makes the Tocco Lite, compared to some of the phones out at the minute, poor in that respect.

          I wouldn't say this was suitable for anyone wanting quick internet access or anyone interested in downloading apps or music etc as the connection is slow at best and there isn't much memory without buying a memory card, but if you just want it for the usual phone calls, texts and taking pictures (the camera is decent as long as you have a steady hand) then this is a cheap, nice looking phone.

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