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The first thing that struck me about the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W510 is that it's extremely pleasing to the eye. It's sleek, stylish design really compliment the features of the phone. It's a 12.1 megapixels camera, with 4x optical zoomand 26mm wide angle lens. Its packed with features such as facedetection and sweep panorama and an enormous 6.7cm LCD screen. The Camera is extremely easy to use a child could take a half decent picture, handy as an all occasion camera that doesn't need the instruction manual everytime you want to use it. You can pick a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W510 up on Amazon for around £80 and you will need a reasonable size memory card to accomodate the 12.1 megapixel photos, but it's a price well worth paying for what you get in return. The camera is reliable with excellent battery life, is packed with various easy to use features, fantastic picture quality and is sleek and stylish in design, a camera for all occasions.
Amber leaf is my preffered choice of rolling tobacco for sever reasons. Firstly the flavour, it's smooth, but not light, flavouful, but not overpowering. It's easy on your throught and chest (as easy as smoking can be) and doesn't leave a funny after taste, like some slighty cheaper brand tobbacco sometimes does. I'm particularly fond of the Aber Leaf "Mini pouch" it fits nicely in my pocket, and where it's smaller it keeps the tobacco from drying out, which I have noticed to be a problem with the larger pouches. I haven't noticed any other "mini pouches" on the market with any other tobacco brand on the market and was amazed to see it when I opend the cardboard box to see the usual foil wrap replaced with it. The box itself, other than the "minin pouch", contains 50 quality rolling papers, which seems to be just enough for a 12.5g pouch. A 12.5g pouch of Amberleaf costs between £3.26 - £3.80, making it not the cheapest, but not the most expensive by far.
It's cheap, has no special features to speak of, isn't overly attractive, but it's a phone. The Samsung GT-E1080i is small, black, and sturdy. It doesn't matter if you drop it, it always bounces back. I'd say the handset is virtually indestrucable, even the buttons look strong and at no risk of falling off, as you'd expect of a cheap phone. It won't take a picture, has no fancy touch-screen, but it'll let you make and recieve calls and send and reciever txt messages, and it won't cost a fortune. With prices varying from £10 - £17 depending where you shop, the phone really is a bargain buy. The Sumsung GT-E1080i comes unlocked to any network, so you'll have no trouble transferring your number, or have to worry about changing provider. The phone seems to pick up good signal on any network and has a suprisingly long battery life for both standby and talk time. The only downfall I feel with this phone is the noises it makes. Everything it does causes the phone to squeek and chime in extremly irritating tones. These can however be silenced with the press of a button, but this isn't helpful if you need to hear your phone. OverallyI'd rate this phone 8/10 if you want something cheap and cheerfull that does the minimum you need it to and no more, or if you're just looking for a temporary stop-gap phone and don't want to spend a fortune, then this is the phone for you.
The Football Factory, based on John King's best selling novel, is based around Tommy Johnson (played by Danny Dyer) and his involvement in British football Hooliganism. This drama studies male culture and the violence surrounding football. It's action packed and deals with some heavy issues, such as drugs, murder and violence, but also has a brighter side with some classic comedy moments. It may not completely reflect real life and is said to "glorify" violence, but come on people it's only a film and there is a deep message opposing violence for anyone paying close enough attention. This film really brought Danny Dyer to fame, yes the actor's done well in previous roles, but this is the first film where you actually look at him as the star of the show and look at him as more than the 2 dimentional "cheeky cockney" as he's usually portrayed. The film is studded with other top British stars such as Roland Manookian and Frank Harper who really bring the film to life. This is a violent film for adults only, and if you worry that this will encourage violence than maybe it should only be watched by people with a certain level of intelligence, because for me it's an action packed piece of British cinema that will go down in history (and it didn't make me go out fighting). I now have The Football Factory on DVD and has become an old favourite of mine and my friends, I would reccomend it to any like minded people who want to be entertained with something that feels more real than american cinema.
The Orange Sydney may not be packed with apps, it may not be a status symbol like a Blackberry or an iPhone and it may not be as advanced in technology as the competition, however in my opinion the Orange Sydney or "Syd" as I call my phone is the best value phone on the market. I've always had a habbit of breaking or losing mobile phones, which as you can imagine when you usually buy iPhones and Blackberry's, can be very expensive. Christmas 2011 after dropping and breaking my fourth phone of the year, my partner decided to buy me Syd, her reasoning being that it only costs £40 so if anything were to happen it wouldn't be the end of the world, I was expecting some cheap, nasty thing, with clunky buttons and no camera, but how I was wrong. When I first unwrapped Syd on Christmas morning, I saw the image on the front and thought to myself "She's bought me an iPhone", as the Orange Sydney's sleek, black design has a lot of the same characteristics as the much sought after iPhone 4. The smilarities between the iPhone 4 and the Orange Sydney end at appearence only, but that didn't put me off the phone in the slightest, the usual 3 hour struggle trying to get a new phone to work the way I want it to, was not present at all when trying out Syd. The 3.2 inch touch screen is extremely responsive, the FM radio took me about 3 minutes to set to my favourite stations, and the camera captured some beautiful family images, with know blurring and no hassle. Browsing the internet was a breeze, no freezing, no crashing, no nothing. Sure I missed some of the apps on the iPhone, but did I really need to spend 3 hours a day trying to catipult an angry bird into various towers? The phone is more than fairly priced considering its features. I was still able to send a video message to my Mum of the kids opening their presents on Christmas morning, still able to wish my friends a merry Christmas after downloading the Facebook for mobile app and still able to store my favourite songs onto the phones idiot proof MP3 player. This is the first phone I've never had to look intot the user guide to use to it's full potential. It really is laid out so simply and efficiently that gettting the handset to do what you want it to do is childs play, my 6 year old son knows how to call his grandad from it and he's only used it once!! The phone has proved it's durability as I'm writing this in August, 8 months on and even after dropping Syd around 20 times this year, it's still going, problem free. Even when my 18 month old daughter got hold of it and dribbled all over it, Syd didn't quit. If you want a flash phone that makes the tea, asks you how your day went and tells you when you're going the wrong way then buy and iPhone. If you want a reliable, stylish and affordable handset that does what a phone should do, problem free then the Orange Sydney is second to none.