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I upgraded my phone contract last year to get a HTC wildfire phone but I wasn't with the phone for too long as it was stolen a few months later whilst I was sitting my end of year exams. I had to go back to using one of my old phones and I wasn't too pleased about it. A month later I wound up with my Blackberry Torch 9800. The phone was actually my mum's upgrade but she wasn't used to having a touchscreen phone and she knew I needed a new phone and handed the Blackberry Torch over to me.
So I've had the Blackberry Torch 9800 for 15 months now; just a few months left before I get another upgrade. Everyone in my household has a Blackberry phone and for some time I felt like the odd one out until I was given this new phone. I've had the phone for so long and it hasn't let me down; it still does everything I need it to do and more. The phone looked so nice brand new so I bought a screen protector and a transparent plastic cover to protect it; I've dropped the phone a lot of times so it was really needed.
One of the features I love about this phone is that it not only has a qwerty keyboard but it's also a touchscreen phone too. Sliding the phone up allows you to access the qwerty keyboard and sliding it back down puts the phone into touchscreen mode. I type very slow with the touchscreen so I'm glad I have the option of using the qwerty keyboard. Most times I choose to use the touchscreen option if I want to click on something really quickly or if I want to zoom in or out by pinching the screen. In touchscreen mode, you can view whatever is on the screen in portrait or landscape; depends on which way up the phone is being held. You can actually use the phone in touchscreen mode without the need of the qwerty key pad but I interchange between both when convenient for me. The Blackberry trackpad on the phone helps you to quickly navigate around the screen. You can use the trackpad in touchscreen mode or when using the qwerty keyboard.
I use my phone a fair bit and most times it takes about 5 days before I need to fully charge my phone. There are options on how to increase battery life, e.g. by reducing the brightness of the screen etc. I implemented such useful strategies to increase the battery life on my phone and it's probably helped a bit.
My blackberry phone keeps me connected. When I first got it I was able to set up my emails straight away and access social networking apps. There's also the blackberry messenger service which keeps me very busy indeed. I download apps through blackberry app world both from the app on my phone and sometimes directly from the website whilst I'm on my laptop.
My blackberry comes with a 5 megapixel camera which is not too bad I guess. The camera function allows you to choose different modes you want to take your picture, which is good too. There's the auto mode too which is what I use most of the time. Allows you to add or remove flash too and you can geotag your photos if you want.
One thing I love about this phone is the universal search where you can search keywords to find specific text messages. Also if you need help with something on the phone, you can search for what to do through universal search. Because of this I'm able to use the phone very efficiently without wasting much time looking for things.
All in all, it's a really good phone that's very good for networking which I'm really pleased about.
Ok, so I bought the short version and have been satisfied with it so far but each time I put them on I just felt that there was something missing. I then decided to treat myself to the taller version in black, as an early (very early) Christmas gift to myself and I haven't looked back since. Set me back 80 quid too but I don't really mind the price because they look so much nicer and of course, it's also because it's of such good quality and will definitely last.
To help maintain the look of my wellies, I bought the Hunter boot buffer and I know it was worth the buy because of how instantly it revitalised the look of my short gloss hunter boots after I'd worn them a lot and was lazy to clean or maintain them after each use.
Because these boots are much taller, they really enhance any outfit you put together to wear and I love them for that. These boots have attracted a bit of (positive) attention whilst I've worn them out on the streets; I catch people looking at them as I'm walking past them (Both women and men). You can sort of tell that they wish they had one or were brave enough to wear them. Puts a bit of smile on my face when people take notice of them.
These wellies provide adequate insulation and are fully waterproof. They're also made with vulcanised rubber so they're really strong. They provide a very good grip and have adjustable straps for a better fit. They have cushioned insoles which adds extra comfort for the wearer.
I've also bought the Hunter fleece socks in the tall range for use in the cold weather. I have to say, these boots have helped me a lot this December, especially because we've had quite a bit of rain; it's helped keep the rain out even more than when I wore my short hunter wellies and it's been a huge bonus for me.
So glad I got them!
I moved away from home into student accommodation and I realised I needed a straightener and a hair dryer. I normally use my older sister's hair straightener back at home and she wouldn't let me take them with me to my student accommodation so I decided to buy one of my own. My older sister had a really good Remington straightener but I decided to look for something even better in the same brand. I shopped around on Amazon and luckily at the time they had deals for straighteners and I managed to get these ones for half the usual asking price; I got mine for £30.
These straighteners are really amazing; they really bring my hair back to life. First of all the ceramic coated plates condition my hair with Vitamin E. I don't know how they thought of it but it really does wonders for my hair. When I wash and blowdry my hair, my hair looks a bit lacklustre. Once I run the straightener through my hair, my hair ends up looking like I had it straightened at a professional hair salon. The ceramic plates are protected against styling products and scratching. I add styling products to my hair and use the straightener over it (my hair) so it's nice to know it won't affect the plates.
There's a digital display that helps you adjust the temperature setting which goes from 150 to 230 degrees Celsius. I like to use the minimum temperature possible as too much heat can be damaging to the hair, so this means I have a bit of control. And my hair still looks good, feels smooth and looks shiny at the setting I use which is 180 degrees Celsius. To make sure it stays on the temperature I've chosen, I press the lock button to do this.
I'm always in a bit of a hurry and it helps that it only takes 30 seconds for the straighteners to heat up to my desired temperature setting. Also even if I've forgotten to switch them off (though it's never happened), these straighteners are designed to turn themselves off automatically after 60 minutes. The 3 metre swivel cord makes it easy for me to move around with it and provides a better reach.
Once I'm done with it, I tend to lock it using the hinge lock and store it away in the heat-proof pouch provided just to be safe.
This hair straightener is good for most hair types and the manual advises you on the temperature setting to use according to your hair type. I've had mine for more than 6 months now and I've had no problems with it all. And because they're so good, my younger sister who's moved away from home to start her first year at university bought the exact same hair straightener too.
I'd been contemplating for months about if I should get one or not and I'm glad I got one too. My younger sister has had hers (Hunter tall black gloss) for over a year and they still look good as new. This helped me in deciding whether to get one too. They are quite costly for wellington boots but I personally think they're worth it. I had a £25 John Lewis gift voucher so I purchased mine for £44.
There are so many colours to choose from and you can even choose to match it with your outfit. I love how you can accessorise the boots by choosing from different colours of fleece socks in the hunter brand.
These boots are fully waterproof and made with vulcanised rubber and the glossy look just tops everything; the icing on the cake. Comes with an adjustable strap and provides a very good grip too.
I chose black because it goes with all my outfits. They provide a very generous fit; I'm a size 7 and ½ so I normally buy size 8 shoes. I bought them in a size 7 and they are still comfortable and provide enough room for me to wear even thick socks. And trust me; they really do keep the weather out. In the winter I team them with my hunter fleece welly socks and together they keep the cold away from my toes, as I'm cold intolerant so they really help a lot with that. These boots are very easy to maintain too; a good wipe with a soft wet cloth will do the trick.
You can also easily tuck your trousers into them; I normally wear skinny jeans, jeggings etc so I don't have much hassle there. Hunter Wellington boots have the Royal warrants of Appointment so what more can you ask for? Surely if they're fit for royalty then their brand and quality of products can be trusted.
I sometimes wear them to work especially when it's raining but I do take them off when I get to work. Because of these boots I no longer worry about winter or how cold or wet the weather may be. Come rain, come snow these boots are just right for me.
Look out Glastonbury, here I come!
This laptop has served me for years; I have had it for three good years and counting and it has not failed me at all. I haven't had a cracked screen or any faults whatsoever. It is so compact and has everything you could possibly want a laptop to provide and more. The screen size is perfect, the cursor area is not too bad. Though I have seen a couple of new laptops in stores, of other brands, with a much bigger and wider space for the cursor area. The laptop has stood the test of time, even though it is no apple mac, it is still able to perform the basic functions you would want any laptop to do. The power saver options on the laptop is really good as you can adjust it to meet your needs and the battery life is also very good too, and you can also adjust settings to make it last even longer than usual.
Happy to have received this camera as a gift...thanks mum. Ok so, this camera is not so complex. Once you understand how it works (which is pretty easy) you can take really good pictures. The 2.7" screen size is not too bad and together with the 4 times optical zoom, it makes this little camera very handy. In particular, I was at a concert and was able to zoom in and take some really good pictures of the artists on stage and I wasn't even close to the stage. When using the intelligent auto feature of the camera, you do have to be careful though when taking pictures as sometimes it takes time (I would say just a few seconds) to get pictures in focus before taking them. It is probably worth the wait because it chooses an appropriate setting to take your picture in. You can also choose scenes manually if you decide you no longer want to operate the camera using the auto intelligent scene selection feature.
This camera is a great find, I think, mainly because of its special features. These include face detection and smile shutter, which I'd never heard of or even seen on any other cameras (since the only camera I grew up with was one of those really expensive professional cameras with the really long lenses, which belonged to my dad and I misplaced). Before you take a picture, the camera detects your face and with the smile shutter feature, it can just take the picture once a smile is detected...neat trick. The movie feature is ok too; you can record good short happenings in your daily life. I sometimes like to connect my camera to our Plasma tv so I can actually see the pictures blown up and also watch the videos recorded. Brings the family together. Oh and let's not forget the red eye reduction feature which is available, which is a must.
The last time I had fun with this camera, I was taking shots of my friends and family in mid-air; was experimenting to see if it was possible to capture mid air images, though it was possible the pictures came out blurred but we did have fun taking those pictures.