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      30.09.2011 16:43
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      Great perfume

      I bought this perfume for my girlfriend one year and she seemed to be pleased with it.

      I personally feel that this perfume has a great smell. It's fruity, floral and fresh but without being too sweet or over-powering which, when you spend most of time with it wafting up your nostrils, is always a good thing. The bottle is also a really nice design, using a curved glass look to give it that upper-class, expensive look, even if the perfume itself is a little bit urine-looking. The branding is also pretty subtle, with just NINA and Love in Paris being written on the bottle, which is always nicer than lavish annoying brand names covering the entire bottle.

      The bottle is a great shape for use aswell. You can just simply sit it in the palm of your hand and hook your fingers around the curves, either side of the spray nozzle, and use your middle finger to operate. I'm not sure if it's just me but it seems like I am always given the job of spraying the perfume so having an easy to operate bottle is always nice.

      Overall this is a very nice perfume, having a nice subtle, non-overpowering smell which is suitable for any occasion. The bottle is a great shape and weight and the branding is nice and subtle. This perfume is available for around £20 in the shops, but they are becoming quite rare so amazon is probably your best bet. Plus it is around £3-5 cheaper, bonus.

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        27.09.2011 18:39
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        Brilliant if you are an Android user

        After I had my iPad for probably around 4 months, my Dad decided to purchase this Advent tablet, as it was the cheapest one on the market, to see how it performed in comparison. Therefore this review will be a deconstruction/comparison between the two.

        LOOKS

        I personally feel that the iPad wins this battle between the two, sporting its all-in-one glass display and curved metallic back. This tablet on the other hand has a fairly cheap feeling plastic body but a glass display, so it isn't quite as luxurious as the iPad but makes an attempt, opting for a glass display instead of a cheap and nasty plastic one. This product does not have any buttons on it's face, so it looks a bit like a digital photo frame, unlike the iPad which has its home button, so this a plus for the advent. It also has a front facing camera, looking very similar to that of the iPad 2, only it is landscape rather than portrait. It also has button around the edges, similar to that of the iPad, only these are made of a cheap looking shiny silver plastic instead of the subtle black colour of the iPad ones. Furthermore this is plagued with holes and flaps etc for different cable attacthments that are, although very useful, not the prettiset things in the world. And most importantly, it is nowhere near as thin as an iPad, being about twice the thickness. In my opinion this product is just simply not as appealing as the iPad, although it isn't far off.

        DISPLAY

        The Advent's display is taller and thinner than the iPads, so it is less proportional to an A4 piece of paper, which is what I feel a tablet should be similar in size too. Furthermore the Advent takes longer to boot up than the iPad, but only fractionally, but can be locked using the power button, similar to the iPad. The display is not as bright as the iPad's and does not feature the 'Retina' definition that the iPad sports, so things are not quite as crisp edged. Furthermore it is not as smooth in operation as the iPad, for example it can be a tad stilted when moving from page to page and does not glide like the iPad's display. And finally the touch screen is not quite as responsive as the iPad's, but in fairness to it, it is not far off, and is more than an acceptable quality.

        SOFTWARE

        This tablet runs the Android OS which since it came out has been in competition with the established IOS software powering all of apples touch screen products. For me, IOS will always be the best, I personally feel that the interface is easier to use and has superier features. However this Android software runs pretty well on here, allowing you to display apps and widgets on your home screens and providing you with an app menu, and also a very helpful pull down menu from the task bar which is, I have to admit, a superior way of displaying notifications than that currently seen in IOS. I have, however, had lots of trouble with the android app store, with apps not downloading and then not calibrating correctly, and doodle jump not working at all. This is a massive problem that I have found and hopefully it will be fixed fairly soon.

        FUNCTIONS

        To begin with, this device only has one camera, which is forward facing, which instantly makes it inferier to the iPad 2's dual camera setup. Furthermore, it is a landscape camera as apose to a portrait one, which I feel for a forward facing camera is not as easy to use.

        Battery life is good, lasting about 5 hours of constant use with wifi turned on, which is good but not quite as good as the iPad's 8 hours. It is very simple and quick to connect to your wifi and then once connected runs very quickly and smoothly.

        This tablet comes with not only a headphone port but also a USB port, an HDMI port and a slot for an SD card. This makes it far superior to the iPad as the iPad has no way of connecting to an external hard-drive or flash drive which means that it's content is limited to only that which you can fit onto your device's memory. Also this means that you can display your device onto an HD ready TV without having to buy an expensive attatchment. This comes in handy for giving presentations or just wanting to enjoy your film content on a bigger screen.

        The speakers on the device are also of a good quality, just as good as those on the iPad, but there can be the occasional crackle if you play music too loud or the bass is too heavy, which can be the case for most modern music. The SD card is also very useful for increasing the internal memory of the device, which otherwise is capped at 4 GB.

        PRICE

        Now this will be fairly quick, this device is MUCH better value for money than the iPad, being available for around £150, compared to the £400 of the iPad. This is a huge selling point as it means you can get a lot more for your money, and despite being not quite as good as the iPad, this price more than makes up for it.

        OVERALL

        To summarize, this product does pretty much exactly what the iPad can do, perhaps not quite as well, but it does them. And for £250 less this is more than worth it. My advice would be that if you are an iPhone user, get an iPad as it's a system you are used to and the two work together perfectly. And if you are an Andriod user, buy this tablet as it is the cheapest and yet possibly one of the best tablets on the market. This is also a great tablet if your a person who loves to tinker with operating systems, as there a plenty to put on here and mess around with, unlike IOS which you can't change without jailbreaking your device.

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        26.09.2011 20:43
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        Great flash drive

        I came into possession of this particular flash drive by complete accident. A friend of my brothers gave it to him to download some files off of, however it was then never returned and eventually ended up being mine, good times.

        For an 8 GB flash drive it is absolutely minuscule, measuring no more than 50mm in length. It is also only about 10 mm thick, like I said, minuscule. It also comes with a cleverly designed swivel cap, the idea being that you can have a cap to protect the USB plug-in section when not in use but also a cap that you can't lose. This is very effective as I have a huge problem with losing USB caps and therefore this is perfect (even if I do leave it plugged into the computer at the library occasionally). This swivel cap also has a slit in the end in order to allow you to attach to keys etc. This is very handy if you are prone to leaving your flash drives behind, guilty as charged.

        The entire body is made from plastic which makes it fairly strong and also pretty scratch resistant, which is always a good thing. Mine is in the nice red colour as pictured but it does also come in black and grey I believe for those of thee not so in to bright colours.

        The USB plug-in itself is a good size, fitting into the port nicely and firmly but not needing much force to remove it, so no danger of ripping the thing in half trying to take it out of the computer. It is also very good at, well, being a flash drive. I am yet to loose any files from this (touch wood) and it will take any movie formats etc.

        It also has a handy little light on the end to tell you when it is in use. This is a brilliant little feature as it stops you from pulling it out of your PC whilst in use and risk losing your files. It also has no sharp edges so no worries about it tearing a hole in your jeans.

        To summarise this is a brilliant little, and I mean little, flash drive that I would truly 100% recommend. It can be purchased from amazon.co.uk for £14.92.

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      • Dyson DC30 / Vacuum Cleaner / 8 Readings / 8 Ratings
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        26.09.2011 13:36
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        Would reccommend

        Again, like most of my reviews, I'm going to start by telling you why I purchased this device. And, once again, that reason is because it looks sensational. This vaccum looks like some kind of futuristic death ray gun and there is nothing un-cool about that.

        This vaccum features Dyson's well known 'Cyclone-technology' which claims to never lose suction. And in the time I have owned this, which must be around a year and a half now, I have to say that this claim is standing up to the test. This little handheld vaccum can clean my carpets far better than my panasonic upright vaccum and has none of this spitting nonsense that you get with other vaccums.

        One of the best features of this product is probably the nozzle extenstions, which are designed to allow you to vaccum floors without the need to bend down. You simply push a little button on the top of the product and clip your nozzle in to place. This design only works because of the immense suction power of the dyson, which can easily handle sucking the dust all the way up this fairly long tube. What's more is the ends of the nozzles all have the perfect angle on them so that when your holding the vaccum in your hand the nozzle will go flat against the floor, pretty nifty.

        My favourite feature of this product, however, has to be the trap door style release at the bottom. This is a bagless vaccum and therefore collects all of the dust etc in the contre of the body. Then to release it you simply hold your vaccum over a bin, press the little blue button and the door at the bottom of the product opens, allowing all of the waste to fall into the bin beneath. It's a very simple way of doing things and a brilliant idea. However, be certain that when you are done that you close the doors FIRMLY, otherwise you might find that upon your next use you simply move the dirt around.

        The only downsides to this product have to be it's weight, which can be a little bit heavy on your arm after about 5 minutes of use, but that is not a huge problem as the next downside is the battery life, which after a full charge (which takes around 3 hours) only lasts about 5-6 minutes. But this thing is so efficient that cleaning doesnt take any more than 5 minutes.

        Overall this is a very well designed product which has unparralleled suction power. It is perfect for cleaning areas such as the stairs, the car or around tables and skirting boards etc. However it is quite pricey, at around £110, but I feel it is worth the money.

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        • Apple MagSafe / UPS / Power Device / 11 Readings / 7 Ratings
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          25.09.2011 21:40
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          Brilliant charger

          I have had my MacBook for around 9 months now and obviously this charger comes as standard. And like all apple products it has a certain aspect that just makes it that much better than every other product like it.

          For the Apple MagSafe charger this aspect is the charging jack itself. Instead of having a regular design that plugs quite far into the laptop to connect, this instead has a magnet on the end and a very short plug in. Not only does this mean that it is much easier to attach than regular chargers but it is also a very effective safety device. By this I mean that, for instance say that the laptop is on charge whilst sitting on a table and the wire is stretched across the room. If someone were to trip over this wire, with a standard laptop charger it would stay connected and pull the whole laptop off the table. However with this if this were to happen, then the magnet would just disconnect and your laptop remains on the table. I can't tell you how many times this has come in handy, I'm quite a clumsy person. The jack is also symmetrical so that it does not matter which way up you plug it in, it works both ways.

          There is also a handy LED on the casing of the jack, which lights up as red/orange when the laptop is charging and green when fully charged. This helps you know when to unplug your charger to save both your laptop battery and electricity. It's also handy to know if your charger is actually working.

          There are also some very handy flip out pegs on the power pack part of the product which are designed to give you something to wrap your cable around. This is a brilliant idea and also very helpful for when you need to transport your charger. The only thing that let's this product down is the 3 pin plug, which isn't apples fault, it's just a very silly, clunky design of a plug.

          I have had this charger for 9 months now and have had absolutely no trouble with it disconnecting or overheating or anything. It is completely silent, cool and functional. A brilliant design.

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        • Kindle 3 / Tablet PC / eBook Reader / 12 Readings / 9 Ratings
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          25.09.2011 19:10
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          I would recommend

          When I first purchases my iPad I swore that it would mean I would never need to buy a kindle. And then it became summer and I realised that reading iBooks outside in the sun is pretty impossible. Therefore I purchased this kindle. The difference between these two devices is that the iPad uses an LCD screen where as the kindle uses E paper technology, which is sort of like a really clever etch-a-sketch. A sudden burst of power moves the millions of microcapsules inside to a certain arrangement, I.e. a page of a book. They then stay there until this process happens again. This means that it uses far less energy than an iPad and also means that it doesn't produce light so that, unlike a screen, it can be used in the sun just like a book can.

          This is truly the kindles strongest selling point as it works perfectly. In fact this device works better in really bright light than not, mainly because seeing as it gives off no light it can be quite hard to read in the dark, just like a book. Therefore a lamp etc is necessary if your using it at night.

          I ordered mine from amazon (funnily enough) and it came just a few days later. However, a day later I had to send it back as it was completely broken, not a great start. However I have now had my current one for about 4 months and I have had no problems what so ever.

          The device is around 8" x 4" and sports a 600 x 800 pixel display. This may seem small but you can change text size so that no matter what your eye sight capabilities are, you will be able to use the device. It is also very thin, no more than 7 mm, and is very, very light. This is very good as if your an avid reader and read for a long time you need it to be as light as possible so your arms don't start to ache when holding it.

          The kindle comes with wifi connectivity and it can also come with 3G if you want to pay extra for the contract. It therefore can download books wirelessly from the Internet, much like iBooks on the iPad. This is much better than a lot of other e readers that need to be plugged into a PC to retrieve data. It also comes with 180 megabytes worth of storage space, which is around 200 books, which is much more than enough for the normal person. These can then be deleted and what not as and when you please, which is perfect.

          Battery life is also one of the kindles top selling points. It uses a replaceable lithium battery which can last for about a week on one charge, that completely trumps the 8 hours that the iPad offers. And it is replaceable which is also a big selling point, as it means any battery problems are easily fixed.

          It also has music playing capabilities but to be honest with you, I don't think they are worth it. The speaker on the kindle isn't great and it's just easier to listen on a computer or iPod etc.

          Finally the controls on the kindle are also very well designed, with the page turner buttons on either side of the screen and the keypad in the middle to search for your next book. One improvement could be changing the shape of each button, as the bump they have completely goes against the regular indentation of your average keyboard and this means that the buttons are not as easy to operate as they are not ergonomically designed.

          But on the whole this is a brilliant product for book lovers, and I wouldn't say a replacement for the iPad, but does the job of an e reader better than the iPad ever could. The kindle is available from amazon for £111

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          • Binatone D430 / GPS Sat Nav / 9 Readings / 8 Ratings
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            25.09.2011 12:01
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            Great, cheap sat-nav. I would reccommend

            I was after a really cheap sat nav for a holiday around devon when I stumbled across this little beauty. Its a very simple, cheap touch screen sat nav made by Binatone. At the time it cost about £70 but now I think you can get it for around the £60 mark.

            It is a very sleek design, not like most sat-navs, having a body that's no more than 2cm thick. This is a much nicer design than the regular box shape. It also has a nice, bright 4.3" display makes this product even more user friendly, as it's much easier to see than the silly little ones sat-navs normally have.

            The software the device runs is also as well designed and built as the rest of the product. Navigating to your destination is very simple, using the nice, and dare I say it very responsive, full screen touch screen keyboard to type in your post code and your away. The signal is also very good, rarely dropping out, meaning that you are very very rarely left stranded in the middle of nowhere, which is more than can be said for other sat-navs I've used in the past.

            This product also comes with handy little extras, such as a headphone 3mm socket and a mini USB slot in order to charge it. It also a built in speaker so you don't have to worry about attatching it to your car stereo.

            The only problem I have found with this device is it's battery life, because it is in a word, non-existant. It works using a permenant rechargable battery, which once fully charged takes about 20 mins to die again. In order to use this product it has to pretty much be plugged into your car at all time. But to be honest that isn't really much of a problem, as that's what I would do most of the time anyway.

            All in all this is a well designed, well made product. The touch screen is very effective and very responsive and the signal from it is brilliant.

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            23.09.2011 00:23
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            Brilliant device for TV enthusiasts

            The cable tie has been around for longer than I can remember and serves a very simple purpose, it ties cables together. But we as human beings have come up with so many more uses for this simple product that it seems it's potential is simply immeasurable.

            This particular item sells in bags of 100 for around £2. They design is just a strip of nylon with 100's of teeth cut into it. At the end there is a plastic slot which the nylon strip threads through. Then as this is pulled the teeth are gripped and then the only way to undo it is to cut it. This is about as simple as design gets and yet it has not changed since it was first made because it is so effective, simply bunch some cables together and whack one of these round them and voila, your cables are all tied together.

            These are also very strong, I even hung a big disco light from a bar once purely with 2 cable ties (but don't tell anyone because that breaks about 6 health and safety laws) and it held it fine. These can also be used to old together, well, pretty much anything, ranging from bags to guitar straps and even holding falling trees against support posts.

            I work backstage at a theatre and there cable ties are pretty much the solution to every problem, those and gaffa tape. They are very reliable and are highly unlikely to snap. They are very cheap and easy to use and most importantly, they come in a huge array of colours, ranging from black all the way to bright yellow.

            There is no problem too big that a cable tie cannot help with in some way and to that end I would recommend to this product to everybody. I have even used them to patch up my brothers teddy bear.

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              23.09.2011 00:01
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              Great must have product

              If your an obsessively neat person when it comes to electrical fittings etc like me then this is just the product for you. You have probably seen this stuff before, in public buildings, schools etc. It's called cable trunking and essentially it is just a plastic tube which you can put a bunch of messy wires in in order to make the whole affair look much neater, very simple concept, and yet hugely effective.

              This is a square model but they do come in my arc shapes swell for that smoother edged look. The design of this product is 1 plastic strip which is essentially 3 sides of the box. This has very strong double sided tape on the back, enabling you to stick it to the wall etc. You then put your bunch of messy cables so that they run through this track and then slide the lid into place, covering up the wires and leaving you with just a white tube stuck to your wall. These are very durable and bend, making them very hard to snap. The lid is also very firm once in place, which means that it can hold a lot of cables without getting pushed off. This is very helpful if you are, for instance, clumping a lot of wires together and sending them all to a mains socket, as this does mean that there can be quite a lot of wires.

              Not only does this make the whole set up look tidier but it is also much safer than having lots of cable trailing around everywhere, which someone could easily trip over on or something could fall on to and cut the wire. Putting them in a big plastic case is much safer.

              This product is very simple to use and the tape on the back is very strong so just be careful that your putting it in the right place, because once its stuck its very hard to move. This product is also very cheap, available from places like B&Q for about £10 for 5m, so it really is worthwhile. I would strongly recommend this to anyone and everyone with loose wires dangling from TV sets or speakers etc. They also come in black or white to match your decor.

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            • Motorola PEBL U6 / Mobile Phone / 8 Readings / 8 Ratings
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              22.09.2011 19:02
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              Pretty good. I would recommend

              I had the motorola pebl for about a year and in the time it turned out to be one of the best phones I have ever owned. Being a man I purely bought because it had a cool auto open feature and that was the coolest feature on a phone at the time so bingo, that was the one for me.

              This phone is designed to look like a pebble (hence the name), and uses a simple round shell covered in a black rubbery substance in order to achieve this. This material makes the phone splash proof, so pouring your drink over it is no problem, although it is prone to grease marks, so using it whilst eating fish and chips a big no no. It also has a simple thin, horizontal display on the front which displays the time (either in digits or as an analog clock, depends what your into), any new messages and also has the 2 mega pixel camera on it (which has 4x zoom function, fancy I know).

              The opening function works very well, even to this day. It works uses a spring loaded hinge at the top and two small magnets at the bottom. You simply push the top downward to take it out of line with the magnets and the lid flips open, it's very futuristic. On the inside the keypad has been designed to be as sleek and modern as possible, using just a flat sheet of metal with small, curved rubber ridges to seperate the keys and then a circular arrow panel in the centre. It looks very nice but the only problem with this is that when the phone is closed the screen presses up against these rubber ridges and leaves nice curved imprints on your screen. This is feel could have been slightly better designed.

              Saying that though, the keypad is very easy to use, each key being easy to use (just the correct size for the average persons fingers) and it is very easy to text on, which is a must for every phone I use. The phone system is very easy to navigate and has a lot of good features, including the camera, some good games for when your bored and a music player. The device also has a mini USB port on the top in order to import music, videos etc onto your device from your computer, using the provided computer programme.

              Battery life is good, lasting around a week with fairly regular use and the speakers on the phone aren't too bad either. The camera is also pretty good quality. This phone also has email and Internet capabilities but being on pay as you go, I never used these.

              Generally this is a pretty good phone for general phone tasks, and if my iPhone were ever to break, this would be the phone I would most likely return to.

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            • Sennheiser HD 201 / Headphones / 11 Readings / 9 Ratings
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              Would neither recommend nor condemn

              I'm not 100% sure how I came into the posession of these particular headphones, they are just a pair that seem to have been by my computer forever, so when I saw them on here I decided to write a cheeky review of them.

              These headphones are made by Sennheiser and cost around £15. They are fairly standard wired earmuff style headphones, with padding around the headphone cups and the top of the frame that sits on your head, generally making the whole product more comfortable to use. They also have a 3mm jack, not a 9mm, so you need an adapter for things like guitar amps etc.

              The headband can extended in order to accomodate the larger head, which is very handy if like me, your best friend has an unusually large head. The cups also pivot slightly and tilt forward, which all adds up to a higher comfort factor.

              These headphones seem to be fairly well made as they are yet to break, although the wires seem a bit cheaply made and not of the best quality, and I imagine are quite likely to break. The sound quality is ok but nothing special, with the occasional crackle and quite a frequent crackle if you turn it up too loud, which for some people may be a problem. They are also not very good at keeping out background noise, as while listening to music you can still hear people talking around you and they arent great at keeping noise in, with people frequently being able to hear what you are listening to.

              All in all these headphones are OK but you can get better pairs for less money.

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              22.09.2011 12:38
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              I would recommend these to all iPad 2 users

              Now this is an apple product which has been well thought through and is a perfect demomstration that developing cases whilst your developing your product is the only way to make them as good as they can be. The idea behind these smart covers is that it is pointless striving to make a product as thin and attractive as possible, just to encase it in some think, unsightly hunk of plastic. Therefore this smart cover is one very thin layer of either plastic or leather, dependent on how much your willing to spend, that protects just the screen and leaves the back uncovered.

              The success of this product is in the design. It has been exceedingly well thought through and perfectly executed. By designing this product at the same time as the iPad itself, they have been able to incorporate aspects directly into the iPad. I am of course referring to the magnets which allow to this product to be attatched and removed as easily as it can be opened and closed. There are a pair of magnets built directly into the side of the iPad which the magnets on the smart cover then join up with to hold the cover in place. This system is made better by the fact that there is only one place on the device that the pairs of of magnets will line up. This means that to attach it and line it up it is as easy as putting the two together and they will line up by themselves, which means that your cover will always go on perfectly aligned.

              Furthermore, the cover has cleverly been designed in panels so that they can fold up to create stands for your device. For example if you wanted to type on your device, you fold the cover back into a triangle shape which then sits on the table, giving your device a 30 degree angle, ideal for typing. Or you can stand the iPad against it to give it a 75 degree angle so you can use it to watch movies etc. This included stand function is very useful and I use it very often.

              Not only this but the cover has a smart function that means that when the cover is shut the iPad automatically locks, and then wakes up when it is opened. This again is a very useful feature as it prevents wasted battery life from unknowingly leaving your device unlocked and it is also very nice to not have to open the case and then press the unlock button, having it all happen together is very easy and useful.

              The only down side to this product is that the iPad does not fit in the charging dock with the cover on, but it is so easy to remove that this is hardly a problem. They also don't work with the original iPad as they do not have any built in magnets to hold them in place. It is also quite expensive, costing £35 for a polyurethane model or £59 for a leather one. These come in an array of colours as well. Blue, grey, green, orange and pink for polyurethane and brown, black, grey, cream and red for the leather ones. These funky colours go very well with either the black or the white iPads and are just very nice, useful and colorful accessories.

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              • Apple iPad Keyboard Dock / Keyboard / 7 Readings / 5 Ratings
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                I wouldn't buy this product again

                When I first received my iPad I was unsure what to make of it to be perfectly honest with you, and I wasn't quite sure what to use it for. It was this exploration into it's uses that led me to this product, the iPad keyboard dock. This is essentially a regular apple charging dock only it has a keyboard attached to it, which allows you to use your iPad more like a laptop than a tablet.

                In general I have found this dock to be a bit hit and miss, and most of that is down to it's general design. The main problem with this is that when typing, I find that the general best layoutnis landscape, as you see the page in bigger, clearer font. However the design of this does not allow you to view your iPad in landscape as it attaches via the apple port at the bottom of the device and cannot rotate in anyway. I find this to be a real pain as I have to constantly zoom in (as I don't have the best eyesight in the world) and then consequently scroll across the page as I go.

                Another problem I find with this is that it does not seem to fit in with the general feel of how the iPad is supposed to be used. Since day one I have always used my iPad when lying on bed or when sitting on the sofa or even in the backseat of the car, as this is just how it feels the product has been designed to be used. However this product does not feel like it is designed to work like that, needing a table or some kind of surface to sit it on in order to use it properly, as it is a bit clumsy and top heavy for lap use and it's difficult to see both keyboard and screen without it being on a table.

                I also feel that it makes the iPad a lot less portable than it has been marketed as being, as to fully take advantage of the dock on this product you need to be near a plug socket and it's just another thing to fit in you bag on the way to work or school etc.

                I mean don't get me wrong, in the right environment is thing is a pleasure to use. The dock works perfectly and charges your device while in use and the keyboard is very well made. Each key is light to the touch and it's very easy to type on. The special addition of 'hot key's is also a very good feature, allowing you to assign certain functions or apps to certain keys. Once you get the hang of that it really is very useful, especially if you work quickly on your iPad like me.

                But despite all of those good features I just feel like this product has not been thought through very well and I feel it greatly limits the potential of the iPad. And more to the point, what's the point of having an amazing, futuristic touch screen keyboard if you are just going to stick on ordinary keyboard on instead and use that? I havn't used mine for months and to be honest I don't expect I will use it again, it simply doesn't suit my relationship with my device.

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              • Panasonic MCE4061RP4 / Vacuum Cleaner / 10 Readings / 9 Ratings
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                21.09.2011 21:22
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                Would neither recommend nor condemn, it has served me alright

                When our old Hoover finally packed up and gave into the pressure of day to day Hoover life, my parents went out and returned with this Panasonic model, in the hope that it could do a better job than it's predecessor. And for all the chores we but it through, and the endless amounts of hair grips and Lego bricks it has to endure, this thing stands up to the job pretty well.

                I'm no fool, and I can appreciate that the only reason my dad chose this model is because it has a clever rotating handle, and that's what we men do, we buy the model with the coolest feature. However, this has turned out to be a staggering success as being able to spin the handle under to make the Hoover half of it's original height opens up a lot of new storage spaces, such as underneath shelves, where other upright hoovers daren't go. This is a very useful and quite ingenious feature.

                Another clever feature is that this a bag less model, meaning that all the dust and dirt gets sucked into a plastic pot in the centre of the Hoover which then simply lifts out and the top unscrews to empty it. I have never owned a bag less Hoover before but now I am never going back. It's so much easier than the faff of making sure you buy the correct bag and then trying to empty it without getting covered in Hoover dust. And most importantly it means you don't have to keep paying more and more for Hoover bags.

                This hoover comes with the standard Hoover features, nozzle extensions, a pointy thing to do skirting boards etc and a brush attachment. It also has a pedal to allow you to release the position of the hoovers body to tilt to your preferred angle for use. This again is a very useful feature.

                My only problem with this model is that the filters need cleaning very regularly as they get clogged quite easily which means that this Hoover has a tendency of spitting out stuff as well sucking it up, which can be a bit of a pain if your in a rush. I have to say this is one problem your rarely get with drag along hoovers, but is quite common amongst the uprights.

                This Hoover is also very noisy, and that's compared to hoovers which are noisy to begin with! But that does tend to indicate it is doing a good job so I suppose it's worth it.

                I'm not sure this would be the Hoover for you if you were after a cheap, quick Hoover that's easy to maintain, because at £80 this is none of those things. But it is good for storing in small spaces and as long as you clean the filters religiously it does do a good job.

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                • Tesco JK07 Jug / Kettle / 7 Readings / 7 Ratings
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                  20.09.2011 22:59
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                  I would recommend this kettle to anyone in need of a kettle

                  After owning a Morphy Richards kettle for about 3 months before it completely broke, when buying the next kettle I decided not too bother spending lots of money on a fancy kettle (because clearly they are simply not worth it) and went for the cheap and cheerful approach. Tesco being my main supermarket led me to this particular model, the Tesco Value kettle, 1700 ml capacity and all for just £4.78.

                  It's a very simple design, with just a slightly angled lid to give it that edgy, modern look. It has proved itself to be a very sturdy, reliable kettle and being made of plastic it does not burn you when using it, which is more than can be said for a lot of other more expensive models. The detachable power base is also a very handy feature as it means that when your poring the kettle there is no attached wire to get in the way or limit the area the kettle can be used.

                  Generally it works perfectly, the lid being easy to unclip and open and the on switch functioning just as it should. The only problem with this kettle is that due to the slightly silly design of the spout, boiling water has a tendency of spilling on your hand whilst pouring your cup of tea. Obviously this can be a bit of a pain, literally. It can also take a little bit too long to completely boil when the kettle is full, and when it does get there it comes with quite a noise as well. But other than that this a well constructed, functional kettle which for £4.78 is an absolute bargain!!

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