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    • Nokia 5310 XpressMusic / Mobile Phone / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      04.06.2012 16:38

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      Small, light and good with music

      Finally, after more than five years of extensive usage, my XM 5310 started acting up funny. By today's standards, I'd say that it's more than double of what I was expecting.

      In comparison to the huge iPhones and SGS's that you see everywhere now, the XM 5310 looks like a toy phone. You can barely feel its weight and you might think that you forgot to take it with you.

      The build quality is OK, all plasticky, not too over the top. The phone is an Extreme Music product, so expect it to sound OK when it comes to music playback.

      Camera's decent (2 megapixels) and the 2GB card that the phone came with were sufficient at first, right before I needed to buy a 4GB one to fit everything in. Not sure if it supports cards that are larger than 4GB.

      Battery is nowhere as good as advertised - I usually got somewhere between 2 and 4 days of regular usage before it died on me, but heavy usage halved that time.

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      04.06.2012 16:29
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      A mix of hit-and-miss

      Right from the start - this Morphy Richard makes a decent coffee and a good cappuccino/latte, but don't expect miracles from it.

      Apart from the basic coffee filter functions, the milk frother is a bit dodgy in terms of design - you fill the jug with as much milk as you want (without actually knowing how much you need, to be honest), leave it on the hot plate to warm up - then actually mix it by pressing the button above it.
      That's fine if you leave the milk right there, but you can't actually do that - because you need to pour it over the coffee.
      If you do that, the leftovers from the blade immediately drip on the hotplate => burnt milk.

      In terms of taste, it really comes down to the type of coffee you feed into it. As usual, I'd have a proper espresso any day of the week but - well, an espresso maker is way more expensive.

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      • Samsung GT i5500 Galaxy 5 / Smartphone / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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        04.06.2012 16:17
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        Quite OK, once you uninstall all the bloatware from Samsung

        My GT-i5500 is close to reaching its first year since its purchase (from 3) - but it's been a quite bumpy ride.
        Having owned a number of other smartphones, it became clear right from day 1 that the Europa has some obvious drawbacks: the small screen or the small storage space were obvious, even before buying it.

        Unfortunately, the main problem of the Europa is not the hardware - but its software. Bundled with a lot of trial applications and proprietary Samsung apps, it can barely drag its feet in menus. It was quite unbelievable to me that a brand-new (then) 2011 phone was laggy like an 10-year-old used one.

        You have to root the phone before you can even dream of touching the software that's slowing it down. Afterwards, you can finally use it to it real potential - and it's then that the phone becomes really good.

        Long story short - if it had the vanilla Android on it, it would have been great. Otherwise, it needs a bit of gimmicking before it's good.

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      • Argos Range Liquidiser / Blender / 2 Readings / 1 Rating
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        04.06.2012 15:58

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        As basic as they get

        The Argos Liquidiser would probably fit in the dictionary under 'basic blender' with no problem. The price says it all really, but even its aspect screams of low cost.

        On a more positive note - it does the job... to some extent. Unfortunately, its main flaw is that the slicer is positioned too high and a lot of stuff fits under it and just remains there, unsliced. Thus, you'll get smoothies with one or two 1-inch slices of banana on a regular basis. This usually does not occur when blending smaller things, as they tend to slide out from under the blade more easily.

        Be careful with how long you're blending - after a couple of minutes, mine usually starts to smell like burnt rubber (not too much, just barely). Not sure if it's just mine or the whole product line, but I'm expecting it to fail any minute now.

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      • Canon EF 50mm f1.8 MK2 / Camera Lens / 2 Readings / 1 Rating
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        04.06.2012 15:36

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        Not a bad first lens for me

        I bought this lens one year ago, right after buying my first ever DSLR.
        Luckily, I didn't have to sell an arm and a leg to be able to afford it (unlike some other lenses my more experienced friends recommended I get).

        In terms of build quality, it's all plastic - and it's both a pain and a blessing.
        Sure, it looks a bit cheap and fragile - but it's not entirely true. Moving past the 'cheap' bit (which is just up to your subjectivity), this 50mm has had a fair share of bumps and didn't even blink - frankly, as I'm not a very careful person, I would have expected it to fail or die on me - not a chance, said my 50mm.

        On the positive side, the material makes the 50mm really light, feeling like you're holding just the body in your hands, and not a full camera.

        The image quality is good enough for someone not so picky as myself. Sure, the bokeh could be a lot better - but, hey!, not everyone can afford the 50mm 1.2 lens.

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      • HTC Magic / Smartphone / 11 Readings / 10 Ratings
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        01.06.2012 14:50

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        In conclusion: it can still do a great job, too bad the selection of apps gets smaller every day.

        I've bought my Magic in December 2009 - my first venture into the touch-screen area. Back then, it was top-notch and had very few comparable rivals.

        With its 3.2" display it looked huge and crystal clear - the second part being still true. Of course, as today's smart-phones look like miniature notebooks that can't fit into a pocket, the 'huge' part slowly died away.

        In terms of the operating system, it's running Android 1.5. I haven't been able to update it, as my carrier has blocked OTA updates and my only alternative would be to do a risky firmware update - and I'm not ready to risk 'bricking' it any time soon.

        Because of the outdated operating system, the choice of apps that I can download from the Market (yes, it's still market, as Google Play is available for newer OS versions only) is very limited. Of course the Magic could run any decent app right now, but the authors usually restrict the minimum OS version so that new phones get sold every day.

        In terms of performance, it can easily outpace a huge number of entry-level phones on the market right now, but no 3D games or memory-hungry applications work great on it.

        In conclusion: it can still do a great job, too bad the selection of apps gets smaller every day.

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      • mysurvey.com / Internet Site / 9 Readings / 6 Ratings
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        01.06.2012 14:23

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        Pocket money made easy

        I have been a member of mySurvey for around 9 months, joining in September 2011 as I had time to spare and opinions to share.

        The site sends a decent amount of surveys per month, and the screening process is usually fast (if you are screened out, you will find out in the first 30 seconds).
        There have been some problems with surveys crashing halfway and sending me directly to the main site, without any awarded points, but the occurrence of such events is too low to count it as a disadvantage.

        Redeeming can be made at low values: 300, 500, 1000 or 2000 points for Amazon e-vouchers, and similar figures for other types of vouchers.
        A point is roughly worth 1 pound.
        A voucher can pay between 30 (very short ones) and 150 (half an hour) points, and I usually got between 3 and 5 surveys per week.

        You can also refer a maximum of 5 friends, and you get 100 points for each referral that turns into a registered user.

        UK only.

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      • Acer Aspire 5742G-5464G50MNKK / Laptop / 3 Readings / 2 Ratings
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        01.06.2012 14:14

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        A fair notebook, apart from a few hiccups

        Having had this notebook for close to a year, I can now objectively comment on every of its aspects.

        Performance-wise, the I5 processor and the discrete video card perform to at least a decent level - mostly because the resolution (1366x768) is low enough not to demand monster graphics. Games like Arkham City or Crysis 2 work just fine.

        The hard-drive failed, surprisingly, after less than 6 months. Because of the complicated procedure of having to send the whole notebook to Plymouth to have it assessed and fixed, I simply bought a new one to replace it. Not happy about the reliability of the HDD.

        The main fault I had was the adapter jack. Because it's positioned somewhat poorly, every time you plug the jack in you risk to damage the actual adapter. I paid 6 pounds for a replacement adapter and did a bit of geek work, but had it fixed in less than an hour.

        In terms of price, I was happy to pay close to 500 pounds for it last year, but - as prices change - I would expect to pay closer to 300 now.

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