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    • Nokia E5 / Mobile Phone / 12 Readings / 9 Ratings
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      31.05.2011 22:28

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      Great phone if you dont mind the lack of fun!

      The Nokia E5 is the latest in the line of business orientated phones, and is built to a high standard. It feels slim in the hand, solid and well built, with a metal battery cover adding a little bit of class to the simple yet functional design. The buttons are ridged making it easy to type on the qwerty keypad, and also allowing the phone to avoid being too wide. The screen is sharp enough for most uses, and the camera is suprisingly good especially as this phone is not an N Series phone with their flashy lenses etc.

      The operating system is Symbian, which seems to have barely evolved over the past 5 years but runs smoother than previous versions. Android and Iphone OS's are much slicker, better looking and have more apps, but the Symbian system works well and can be personalised easily. The home screen can be customised to reduce the need to keep dipping into the menu and the shortcut keys on the phone help to make using the phone much more efficient.

      The phone is aimed at business people and excels at email and messaging. The qwerty keyboard is excellent, easy to use and comfortable. Several email accounts can be set up on the phone and switched between simply, and the whole setup has been designed to make things easy and practical.

      Wifi is very good on this phone, and when connected the phone browses the internet very well, although the screen is small so it is a pain to browse for long periods. The battery life is excellent, usually three or four days with light Wifi usage.

      Overall this phone is very well built, does what you need from a phone, but if you are looking for games, and fun stuff you may want to look at an android device.

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    • Kia Rio / Car / 14 Readings / 8 Ratings
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      15.04.2011 23:07
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      Unless you are a Top Gear nut, this car does the job well and does the job efficiently

      We bought our Rio new thanks to the trade in scheme, and have been very pleased with it so far! We opted for the diesel model, something I would highly recommend due to the increased power, reduced road tax and the extra m.p.g.

      I drive quite a lot, over 1000 miles a month, and the car is comfy on the motorway, happily cruising and with enough guts to pull away even in 5th gear. To add to this, the car will give 60 m.p.g., something that is very handy with the ever increasing fuel prices! Around town the car is nippy, not too big and will economically cruise around in 3rd or 4th gear. The car is actually quite narrow for its size which makes it easy to park and get through tight gaps which is also a plus.

      The back seats can slide forwards slightly to increase the boot, or slide back again if you have tall passengers, and a 6ft 6in friend of mine had no issues sitting back there. The boot itself is a decent size, although we have had issues with folding the back seats down flat.

      Kia do a levelled system with their cars rather than putting in optional extras, and we went for the basic '1' model. This means no central locking, no electric windows and no air con; we don't miss them but if you do then the upgrade to get all three is only about £1300. Like I said, we don't miss them, and you still get things like a CD player, USB and AUX ports, and an electronic stability programme. Everything is well positioned, with all buttons within logical and easy reach.

      Summary:

      Although obviously not going to be a top end car, this is a great family car for the money conscious person. Although the interior is not the greatest quality, it has everything you need and the car provides a fun, safe and relatively fast drive. I would highly recommend this car to anyone

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        10.04.2011 23:20

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        Unless you are a hardcore smart phone user, this is perfect

        The 8520 was released as a poor mans Blackberrry Bold, without the 3G and with a cheaper chip inside, however for the majority of peoples phone use it is perfect.

        It feels solid and well built, Blackberry are famous for this so it comes as no suprise. The non-slip back cover proves useful, although people tend to use a gel skin or something similar to protect it.

        So why go for a Blackberry? Simply put, they are the best phones for sending and receiving emails; other smart phones have the ability to do this but Blackberries are so much more efficient and easy to use. There are plenty of free apps such as Facebook etc so you can customise the phone to suit you. Battery life is good, typically 3 days between charges with moderate use.

        The phone doesn't have GPS so cannot be used for Sat Nav - not a massive problem but worth noting. Being 2G, the internet is slow on the phone, but it does have wifi which can be used all over the place these days.

        To summarise, this phone is not a BB Bold competitor at all, but is available at much lower price tariffs or a lower price sim free.

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      • HTC Tattoo / Smartphone / 3 Readings / 3 Ratings
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        10.04.2011 22:56

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        Good in its day but technology waits for no man (or phone)

        I upgraded to this phone in June 2010 as it was available on a low tariff and has the increasingly popular HTC branding. As with all new things, I immediately downloaded as many apps as possible, played all of the free games and bored my friends to tears with the wonders of my new toy!

        The phone itself is however sorely outdated already; Android 1.6 combined with a low resolution, smaller screen means that the apps available are slightly limited or do not run properly on the phone. The processor inside the phone lacks the punch of phones such as the HTC Desire, but then its in a totally different price bracket so this is to be expected.

        Within its own price bracket however, there are many less fashionable brands that will offer better performance, and thanks to the universal nature of Android, phones such as the LG Swift offer a newer interface, faster processor and much better battery life (my tattoo needs charging pretty much every day and i'm not a heavy user at all).

        To sum up:

        Pro's: Cheap, HTC quality and after sales service, Android OS, HTC Sense interface makes it easy to use

        Con's: Poor camera, Poor battery life, Better options available

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