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      16.06.2012 17:52
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      Good little mp3 player if you are looking soley for a personal music player

      Pros:
      - When saving files to the MicroSD the automatically update on the inbuilt memory making locating and playing the files so much easier in comparison to competitors.
      - The placement of the buttons is spot on, unlike the competion (particular this Mp3s predecessor).
      - There is the ability to play Audiobook files which can also be adjusted in terms of speed that they are read.
      - Browsing the menus and the use of the Mp3 is smooth and easy to follow.
      - The sound quality is better than most in the same price range.

      Cons:
      - Battery life. I found that you can get no where near the advertised life of the battery, geting slighty over half of the battery the box states
      - The MicroSd slot lacks any cap which caused me to lose the memory card within a week of purchase
      - No touch screen which is pretty much standard in modern mp3s.
      - Lack of features such as web browser and games

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        15.06.2012 12:46

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        One of, if not the best sets of headphones available

        The sound is pure quality, clear and crisp, giving not only perfect sound but also managing to keep out all of outside noise even when walking by a busy main road. They are not completly balanced in terms of sound, favouring base although this works to my advantage considering my musical tastes. I listen to a lot of Hip-hop, grime, dance and rock and pop so the base usually works as an advantage bar one or two songs in my regular playlist.
        If they cut back on the luxury packaging they could most likely reduce the retail price but if your going to fork out over £100 on a dedent set of headphones why not make it a luxury desirable product from the first sight in shop. The cable is also of a exceptional quality standing no chance of getting tangled like many of the inferior competitors. On first use I did find them rather unccomfortable but this is soon rectified, you simply have to take a minute or two to adjust and find the best position for them to sit.

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      • Apple iPod nano (6G) 8 GB / MP3 Player / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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        15.06.2012 12:12
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        Nice attempt but all round inferior to its high spec brothers and sisters

        The iPod Nano does have many positives. It is the right size, not too small definately not too big, and easy to manage (my favourite feature being that the ipod shuffles the songs when you shake it). This is however about the only feature it does have, lacking what the larger older nano's had in features and quality. This models predecesor included a video camera, micro-phone and speaker, all of which this one lacks. A further major disadvantage of this Nano is you cannot switch it off. Try as you may, all you manage is to put it in sleep mode which still uses the battery taking a whoping 36 hours of sleep before it will eventually switch itself off. However it does allow you to play a song and then put it to sleep, so you can still hear the song whilst using considerably less power from the battery as you would in normal operation. Sticking with the battery, it takes 3hours for a full charge which is simply just too long in my opinion. That said a 'fast charge' of a hour and half will give 80% of the battery life. I also found the sound quality to be rather poor in comparison to the other items from ipod range which I own. As usual with the ipod most if not all audio files are compatible as are image files, syncing to the device at lightning speed however the synnc speed does progressively slow down as more of the memory is taken. For such a small screen the colour display is crisp and clear however users with 'chubby' fingers may have little difficulty hitting the correct icon, especially when considering how responsive it is. Whilst the design has been greatly improved in terms of appearence and usability, there seems to be a step back in relation to features and overall quality. I expected more.

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        15.06.2012 11:46

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        If you want a ipod buy a ipod not this family reject

        Well, where do I start. I had high expectations for the shuffle, considering the quality of the rest of the 'ipod' range. What a disappointment, such a let down. This is, in my opinion, the worse ipod of the lot. Synchronise the iPod Shuffle with my computer, the easiest of tasks and such a simple function obviously expected from your mp3. Well thats what it should be but here, Apple fail epicly, it's such a struggle to even get my computer to recognise the ipod and i'm using the latest (and recommended) software on a new laptop. Apple themselves even admitted there was synchronisation problem when I contacted there online help, which begs the question 'Why has nothing been done to rectify the problem?'. The biggest disadvantage I found with this model of shuffle is that only special headphones with a control mechanism can be used as the unit lacks controls. This severely restricts the headphone choice when it comes to replacing the substandard headphones supplied by Apple. There is also a lack of range in compatible audio files, particularly relating to audio books, even those purchased from itunes won't play. The device is also advertised to hold around 500 songs, which maybe acheivable if you was to compress the files, although I could fit just over 200 only on the device. The only real positive I can say about the shuffle is that it looks aesthetical pleasing with the shining chrome outer shell and that it is the perfect size for those wishing to use it during excercise.

        In conclusion, at £100 cheaper than the next model up in the range there is a clear and simple reason as to why, this is by far an inferior product. Simply avoid and buy a real ipod rather than this 'fake' immitation.

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      • Samsung Galaxy Mini / Smartphone / 5 Readings / 5 Ratings
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        15.06.2012 11:21
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        A great little smart phone packed full of features although serverly lacking a flash

        The Galaxy Mini is exactly that, a mini, condensed version of the Samsung Galaxy, however they are not identical in terms of functionality, performance and features. The first thing I would like to mention about this phone is the exceptionally fast internet access. Within the Galaxy range this is the basic entry level, yet it still mangages to boast broadband like speeds, allowing for faster updates. However, the speed of offline use is rather poor with the phone regularly 'lagging' and crashing, requiring daily (and in some cases hourly) re-boots. This is very frustrating, especially when needing to make an urgent call or when in the middle of writing a text message. That said, as long as it doesn't crash the touch screen is otherwise fast and responsive.
        The size is very well though-out, managing to stay pocket sized (un-like the bigger, brick like, smart phones of the day such as the i-phone). This is a great victory considering the features it packs, however it must be noted that the camera is of a poor resolution at only 3.2mp, wheras most phones are coming with a camera of around 5mp as standard these days. A further disadvantage of the camera is the lack of a flash. Whether this is due to the low price or compact design is unknown however a flash is such a basic function which I would expect.
        This is a great little smart phone for under £100. The low price may also explain the lack of flash and poor camera quality, which are not really that much of a problem for myself as I never really use the camera function on phones. The ease of use is incredible, finding it so simple use(even my technology illiterate, 82 year old Gran had no problems working it), with a great reception amd phone signal also, making calls easy to make and recieve with no problems.

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        • Garmin Nuvi 2595LMT / GPS Sat Nav / 4 Readings / 3 Ratings
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          15.06.2012 10:58

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          One of the best examples of sat nav technology

          With this Garmin product map updates and traffic information are thrown into the bundle and remain free for the life of the satnav (unless Garmin see an opportunity to cash in). This is a major benefit when compared to competitors who charge one off or subscription fees for the same services. The device worked brilliantly, detouring through congested build ups of traffic saving me around 30 minutes from my journey (had I waited in the traffic). It is also very quick at updating, which is a bonus particularly if a wrong turn is made as the unit almost instantly re-calcuates a new route. The software included also allows for use accross the majority of europe which is great for those that require over-seas driving. This can also be updated to include countries further afield, however this comes at a premium and requires a subscription.
          The voice command is such a bonus as it understands me clearly always getting the task correct saving me from 'messing' with the touch screen (which by the way is very responsive) creating a safer in drive experience than having to adjust a touch screen whilst driving. Use of the voice command also displays updated pictures of the route so there is no question as to whether you are on the correct route, you can easily see if you are or not. This is a fantastic addition as, in the past, satnavs have directed me on a route only to discover it was the wrong road miles later into the journey.
          Inconclusion, this is a very useful product which will continue to take prime position on my dash board assisting me time and time again to arrive at my destination in the quickest most direct route available.

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        • 21 Jump Street (DVD) / DVD / 5 Readings / 4 Ratings
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          14.06.2012 15:51

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          Funny throughout with a good involving storyline

          Starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in the funniest comedy either have starred in, in my opinion and one of the best films of 2012 to date. The story based very loosely a old TV series about two young cops who in school were opposites in terms of popularity and 'coolness' although found a common interest in the police after graduating becoming frineds whilst training for the polic force. Due to their poor policing skills displayed through the shambles of their first arrest they are assigned to an undercover job in a high school to find the supplier of a new drug. Definatley a 'teen comedy' with humour along the lines of a 'better' American Pie, not one to watch with your gran due to the crude rude nature although extremely funny throughout. And the final 'arresting' scenes of the pair taking down the 'supplier' will make. the strongest man cringe in agony at the thought of what happens. Look out for the Johnny Depp cameo.

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          14.06.2012 14:45

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          The album that defines the early Naughties of Hip-hop

          The Marshall Mathers LP is in my opinion Eminems best work to date forming an impressive follow up to The Slim Shady LP. On his debut (if you forget about the Infinite ep) Eminem rapped about his life and problems he faced before he made his first album resulting superstar levels of fame whereas in this album he talks about life since his first album such as the struggles of fame, aswell as keeping us thoroughly entertained with witty punchlines and wordplay.
          The whole CD is an example of outstanding lyrical ability, twisting syllables and word arrangement that has become a trade mark of Eminem. His voice also seems to have improved, he doesnt sound as 'squeaky' and high pitched as he did on the 'Slim Shady Lp' although does still use shock tactics with certain issues he chooses to rap about, contin. The only real let down appears through the guest appearances as the features sound weak lyrically in comparrison making me the LP would have been even better as a purely solo effort.

          Track by track breakdown:

          1. PSA 2000 - This is the albums opener, never really understood skits, could be left off in my opinion.
          2. Kill You - This is the first real track, touching on life since fame and issues he has dealt with. The theme running throughout this song is basically 'mess with me and I'll kill you' which may sound very aggressive but in the macho bragging world of hip-hop makes for a amazing lyrical ambush to your ears.
          3. Stan - The second single from the album. This is a incredible feat telling a fictional story of a obsessed fan through the art of rhyme, this song is very graphic creating a believable narrative and uses a Dido sample.
          4. Paul (Skit) - The second skit of the album in which Paul tells Eminem how poor he thinks the album is. Just like the first skit I don't think this is needed and should of been left off the album.
          5. Who Knew - Eminem touches on the subject of race in this song, explaining how he makes multi-ethnical music and doesn't aim at one particular audience. He also notes how he believes if he was black himself we would be nowhere near the superstardom level he is at.
          6. Steve Berman (Skit) - Another unnecessary skit.
          7. The Way I Am - One of the best songs of the album, here Eminem gives an insight to his current life and the daily struggles he faces.
          8. The Real Slim Shady - The first single of the album. This is a catch song verging into the pop genre in terms of beat rather than hip-hop. In this song Eminem is basically 'bigging himself up'.
          9. Remember Me (feat. RBX and Sticky Fingaz) - This is one of the only songs I didn't like. Not that Eminem isn't good on it, it's just the featured artists let the track down.
          10. I'm Back - Eminem tells us he's back and he's here to stay. This is a very humorous song, particularly the verse concerning Jennifer Lopez .
          11. Marshall Mathers - This is a very personal taking us through the mind and day to day life of Eminem, similar to 'The Way I Am' however this song draws the listener in more in my opinion as I personally felt I was able to relate with some of the subject matter.
          12. Ken Kaniff (Skit) - Another unnecessary, vulgar skit.
          13. Drug Ballad - This could be compared to 'My Fault' off Eminem's Slim Shady LP due to the subject matter of drugs. I believe this to be one the best songs on the album because I can relate to the themes discussed.
          14. Amityville (feat. Bizarre) - This is in my opinion one of the worse songs on the album with Bizarre letting it down. Bizarre has always been lyrically weak and more of a 'horror-core' rapper and whilst he fits considering the theme of the song he is simple outshone by his superior.
          15. Bitch Please 2 (feat. Dr. Dre, Xzibit, Nate Dogg and Snoop Dogg) - with such a high quality line up of MC's I expected a lot more from this track. The late Nate Dogg sings the hook perfectly and Xzibit and Eminem's verses are lyrically strong and project a presence of superiority in the hip-hop world. Dr. Dre and Snoop don't really have anything to offer.
          16. Kim - Wow. This song sums up exactly how I am feeling at the moment, talking about Eminem's on/off girlfriend. Whilst the lyrics seem dark and disturbed they are put across in a way which makes you understand where he is coming from. This is like a release of pent up aggression and emotions
          17. Under the Influence (feat. D-12) - This is a group effort, which should have in my opinion either been put on the first D12 album instead or should have had only Eminem on as Eminem completely surpasses their ability.
          18. Criminal - This is a tongue-in-cheek song, documenting criminal ventures. Very well written and performed.

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        • Nokia 5800 XpressMusic / Mobile Phone / 6 Readings / 5 Ratings
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          14.06.2012 12:11

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          Overall a good well rounded mid range smart phone with a few teething problems

          I have decided to write this review for this phone because I bought it and liked it a lot. This is what I would consider a middle rang smart phone in terms of price and processing ability although up there with i-phones of the work in reegards to ability and features. Features include the handwriting recognition software, Wlan (Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g) easy to browse anywhere, substantial mp3 and video capabilities. The battery lasts long for about 2 days which is good enough for me. The only drawback is the quality of images takes by the camera. One cannot compare it to a Sony Cyber-shot. Inbuilt A-GPS (Assisted GPS) feature is also very good, but you have to have internet either connected by Wi-Fi or mobile internet. The TV out feature is also very good but gives average quality. A second mino problem is the fact Nokia have decided to stay clear of the android market keeping to their own Ovi store which unfortunatley sees a lack of quality apps.

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