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    • Apple iPhone 4 32 GB / Smartphone / 23 Readings / 21 Ratings
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      01.09.2011 15:21
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      Outstanding - wonder what the iPhone 5 will be like ???????

      First things first, this phone looks and feels incredible. It's well made and sits comfortably in the palm of your hand, the front and back glass panels and extremely strong and I've dropped mine on several occassion with it taking hardly any damage. It's much thinner than it's predecesors coming in at only 9.3mm thick. As it is the same weight as the 3GS (137g) but is smaller in size it does feel heavier in comparison but by no means does it feel heavy.

      As there wasn't a great deal wrong with the previous versions, Apple hasn't overhauled the insides instead opting to tweak several features with the addition of a couple others. So i'm not going to go into detail about the specifications other than to list a few: iTunes, GSM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, 5MP rear camera, front VGA camera.

      It now comes with a high resolution screen, in fact it is apparently so hi-res that your eyes cant take in how good it is (if it's to be believed). The scren transition is beautifully smooth with a clear and precise display.

      A new app that comes with the phone is FaceTime, which is a video calling application which uses the VGA camera located on the front of the iPhone. FaceTime is extremely easy to use, which may increase the popularity in video calling, and you can even switch to FaceTime during a conversation.

      One neat little thing which the iPhone has introduced is managing your data by being able to create folders so you can organise everything with greater ease, this is limited however to 12 apps into a folder.

      All in all this is a great phone, but leaves me hoping that the iPhone 5 will be an even bigger jump.

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    • Apple iPhone 3G 8 GB / Smartphone / 22 Readings / 20 Ratings
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      16.08.2011 13:19
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      good but we'd like better please

      Apple delivers again....just.

      This iPhone is a quality mobile / cell phone but it does lack some basic features. For example the 3G connection can be unstable on occassion, battery life isn't great and sometimes the e-mail synchronisation can be hit and miss.

      Now that the negative things are done and out of the way lets get on to the good stuff!

      As it's designed by Apple, you get a sleek, sophisticated and wonderfully crafted mobile phone which is user friendly, responsive, reliable and built with beautiful quality leaving you proud to show off this phone, which is also available in white.

      The 3.5 inch screen shows off brilliant rich colours and movement is controlled and displayed effortlessly.

      The App Store allows you to download applications for your mobile which are available for free or to purchase depending on the app, created by professionals and amateurs alike.

      With the iPod functionality built in, as well as a camera, scientific calculator and vastly improved call quality this is an impressive device which leaves many other phones in the dark.

      This phone is a huge step up from the original model but still lacks in some departments, which is telling with the quickly released iPhone 3GS model. Although it's good, we would like more and from the amount you pay you should expect more for your money too.

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      03.08.2011 13:25
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      Pretty Good

      This laptop is pretty good in day to day business use, with a decent battery life, variety of features and functions there are lots of good points about this laptop, but it isn't the best. So if you're after a higher end laptop then I would recommend that you look elsewhere.

      It comes pre-installed with Windows Vista, but with a good operating system (e.g. NOT Vista) this laptop runs like a gem. With a 15.4 inch anti-glare widescreen display (easily large enough for normal business use) and with a AMD Turion 64 X2 processor, 160GB HDD, 2GB DDR2 RAM, DVD RW and wireless LAN, this laptop is more than capable to run most tasks.

      Due to the screen size it isn't the smallest laptop but is still easy and comfortable to use but with it weighing in at 2.7kg it can feel heavy at times.

      We have several of these laptops deployed throughout the company and have never had an issue with one in the two years they have been in service, which is commendable.

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      27.07.2011 11:30
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      Very good for business use

      We currently have about 100 of these phones in use at our company. There are very easy to use, provide a wide variety of functions and also look smart.

      To begin with the phone has 12 feature keys which can be programmed accordingly providing such features as Callback, Call Pickup, Park and Page, Tannoy, Speed Dial and Call History among many others. They are located down the centre of the phone unit and you are provided with blank labels with can be changed with no problem.

      The multline display unit provdes the time, date and extension number as well as the telephone number of incoming and outgoing calls. It is also beneficial when dealing with multiple calls at the same time.

      A head set can be used with this phone, which plugs directly into the back of the base unit as well as allowing for the telephone to be connected through a desktop PC or a network cable.

      The phones can be programmed via the network using the Mitel Communications Director Tool which is extremely easy to use for setting up users. Setting up a new phone only takes mintues, once out of the box and assembled, set up the new device and connect the telephone to the network. Once done diall *** then the extension number and use the superkey to send the PIN. After a minute or two it will be programmed and ready to use.

      All in all this is a very good phone which I would highly recommend.

      Features of the 5312 IP Phone include: (taken from the mitel-uk website)

      Two-line by 20-character white, backlit, graphics display with contrast control and auto-dimming
      Twelve programmable multi-function keys with dual-color LED indicators (for speed dialing, line appearances, feature access)
      Eight function keys: hold, menu, message, speaker, mute, transfer/conference, redial, cancel
      Browser-based desktop user tool programming for easy access to telephone system features
      Handsfree speakerphone operation (full duplex)
      Speed calling
      Call hold (place/retrieve)
      Call transfer
      Last number redial
      On-hook dial
      Off-hook voice announce and handsfree answerback
      Page send/receive
      Voicemail access - large message waiting lamp
      Conference call setup
      Hearing aid compatible handset
      Dedicated headset jack
      Customizable center panel
      Automatic call distribution (ACD) agent support
      Chinese characters support
      Dual mode: MiNet and SIP support
      Phonebook support on Mitel 3300 IP Communications Platform (ICP)
      Mitel Teleworker Solution support
      Mitel Wireless LAN Stand and Gigabit Ethernet Stand support
      UC Express and UC Advanced support
      Two-position, 35-degree tilting stand for better viewing angle
      Wall-mountable
      Multiple powering options (802.3af-compliant)
      Backwards compatible with previous system platform releases
      Designed for power conservation: reduces power consumption for overall energy savings
      IP licence may be required

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    • The Proposal (DVD) / DVD / 14 Readings / 13 Ratings
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      26.07.2011 16:30
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      Pretty good, worth a watch

      As a 23 year old heterosexual male who bought this DVD for £4 I was expecting it to be below average at best and to fill in a quiet Thursday night after work. I thought it may raise a smile once in a while and for it to be put at the bottom of the DVD piles when finished but I was wrong. This is one of a small number of romantic comedy films that I like. Funny, witty, well acted and slightly engrossing.

      Sandra Bullock stars a cruel, strict and demanding book publishing editor showing little emotion and care for any of her work colleagues but who is highly regarded as one of the best in her field when it comes to her career. With no family or friends she is career driven and doesn't have another care in the world. Ryan Reynolds, her assistant for numerous years, hates her with a passion but works hard to please her in the hope of one day becoming editor.

      When Bullocks character is threatened with being deported to Canada she blackmails Reynolds into marrying her so she can stay in America and continue working. The story develops from there but I won't go into any more detail and give away the plot (not that there is much of one).

      Although the story isn't original and the ending is as predictable as every other rom-com out there is, the film still provides plenty of laughs along the way. Bullock and Reynolds play their characters well but it's not stretching their talents by any means. All in all this is a pretty good movie.

      I would highly recommend it as an easy watching film that will provide good entertainment any night of the week for the whole family.

      3.5 out of 5

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        28.06.2011 22:46
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        Wow!!!

        I bought this monitor last Christmas to preplace a heavy and bulky 21 inch CRT monitor and I couldn't be happier with the choice and purchase I made.

        For just over £200 I bought this Samsung Syncmaster P2450 and don't think I could have made a better purchase for that sum of money. Standing at 24 inches (widescreen) with HDMI input and 1920x1080 resolution this monitor provides beautiful quality. The colours are rich and deep and provide a vibrant display. If your PC doesn't have HD capability it has the standard VGA and DVI inputs.

        Due to the refresh rate, watching high resolution media such BluRays is smooth and thoroughly enjoyable.

        The touch senstive buttons on the front of monitor are cool and fun to use, although is dim lighting they can be difficult to see and use.

        The monitor is incredibly easy to set up out of the box and can be done so in minutes, even for complete novices.

        This is a FANTASTIC monitor and would highly recommend it to anyone.

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      • Logitech MX 700 / Mouse / Trackball / 4 Readings / 4 Ratings
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        28.06.2011 22:07
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        Fantastic mouse

        I bought this mouse over 4 years ago and it still works as well as it did the day I bought it.

        The ergonomic design of the mouse means that it sits perfectly in your hand and can mannouvre it around with great ease and accuracy. It is relatively heavy so that it can't be easily knocked and doesn't slide around uncontrollably.

        Setting up the mouse is easy, simply plug the base unit into the back of the PC via a USB cable, plug it into the mains and away you go. Windows 7 found the driver with no problem but the mouse is accompanied with a CD so you can point Windows to the driver if need be. Click the "connect" button on the base unit, click the "connect" button on the bottom of the mouse and after a couple seconds the mouse and base unit will be connected and you are free to use it.

        I use my home PC every day, normally for about 4 to 5 hours and even after 4 years the mouses battery will last for about 5 days before it needs to sit in the base unit to charge. When low on battery a small red LED will flash indicating it is low on power.

        This is such a good quality product and has been very reliable and durable (even after accidentally dropping it several times). If I were to get another mouse I'd buy the same on again. Superb.

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      • miniclip.com / Internet Site / 19 Readings / 16 Ratings
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        25.06.2011 19:51
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        All in all is a fun website

        This website hosts hundreds of cames that you can play online including sports, arcade, shoot 'em up and multiplayer games among others.

        The majority of the games are similar to those found on other online gaming websites such as Shockwave.com. A few of the games I have came across do lack quality and do not maintain your interest but there are a couple that are highly addictive, mainly 8 Ball Pool comes to mind and theres has been occassions where I have happily spent a couple hours playing the games.

        You are greated on the home page with the three latest games that have been added to the website as well as a selection of the "hot games" (games that have recently been the most popular). This is a great way to find new games and try them out.

        At the bottom of the homepage you will find all of the featured games listed in alphabetical order. Any new games are red, bold and have a "New" symbol next to them. The different category types are also listed if you're looking for a specifc genre of games.

        The website is bright, attractive and extremely easy to navigate through and also provides links to iPhone users so they can download games from the app.

        All in all this website will keep you entertain for hours, however there are different websites out there that feature better games

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        22.06.2011 16:49
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        Great phone, wish i still had it

        Two months after buying this phone I had it stolen during a music gig....and I was gutted! After reporting the theft to our home contents insurance providers they informed me that they couldn't replace the phone as Orange had an exclusivity contract for that phone so they gave me the £500 to replace it. However after needing some money for car repairs I replaced it with the Nokia 5800 Xpress Music (£200) and I've missed the Samsung Omnia HD ever since, until getting my HTC Desire. Anyway, back to the review...

        This was/is a great phone. The sophisticated sleek design grabs your attention straight away and when you turn on the hone you are welcomed with a dazzling...........which provides such rich, deep and vibrant colours you will be in love with it forever. To my knowledge this was the first phone with an HD screen on the market.

        The size and weight of the smart phone was disappointing, while sitting in your pocket you were constantly aware of it. But what can you expect when so much technology is crammed into a phone. Since this phone was release smart phones have got smaller and lighter and the technology advances.

        This phone features an inviting and interactive user interface with plenty of options to customise the settings to your liking. And with GPS and Wi-Fi there is so much potential in this phone.

        With an impressive 8 mega-pixel camera you can take some stunning photos with this phone especially when using the LED photo light located on the back of the phone. And with either 8GB or 16 GB of internal memory alone, you will not struggle to store all of the music, video and data you want.

        One small nagging feature is the the QWERTY keyboard for text input is only available landscape meaning you have to use two hands to hold the phone and type.

        When running multiple applications the phone tends to struggle and operates relatively slowly as well which can be frustrating.

        Overall this phone is a great piece of equipment. It does have some downsides but which phone doesn't?

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      • Nokia 5800 XpressMusic / Mobile Phone / 7 Readings / 7 Ratings
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        22.06.2011 16:14
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        A good phone but nothing special

        I bought this phone as a replacement after having my Samsung Omnia HD stolen and have recently upgraded to an HTC Desire. It cost £200 and was a decent reliable smartphone however, in my opinion it looked and felt bulky and cheap due to the plastic finishing. Having said that the phone had all of the features you could ask for and I was more than happy using this phone for a year (although I was happier after getting my HTC Desire).

        This phone featured pretty much the standard of smartphone. The touch screen was average and seem to rely more on pressure that actual touch but one benefit of this was that the phone was less likely to accidentally do something whilst sitting in your pocket. Although it looked slightly bulky the phone sits comfortably in the palm of your hand and can easily be operated using one hand.

        The phone was accompanied with an 8GB microSD card, more than enough to store your music, photos and video and if you could always buy a larger microSD card if need be.

        The built-in camera was slightly poor at only 3.2 mega-pixels but this is a smart phone so you're not always going to get the best camera but I think a 5 mega-pixel camera would've been far more suitable. That aside it still produced photographs of suitable quality for general usage.

        With the use of Wi-Fi or the 3G internet connect you can connect to the Nokia Music Sotre, Video Centre etc to download extra content and browse the internet.

        As always with Nokia you are buying a realiable piece of kit, both hardware and software (operating system). I never had one fault with the phone and the battery life was pretty good too. With general usage, including quite a lot of internet browsing, I would only have to charge the phone every 2 days.

        All in all this a good, solid, reliable and easy to use phone but still leaves you wanting something a little more special.

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      • XMI X-mini II / PC Speaker / 8 Readings / 7 Ratings
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        22.06.2011 15:33
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        Simply Brilliant

        My friend and I bought one each to take on holiday for our iPods so we could listen to our music in the hotel room.

        The sounds quality is truely excellent especially taking into consideration the size and price of the speakers.

        General playback usage lasts for about 8 hours but this was playing the music at the loudest volume which is remarkable and with a new 40 mm driver the speakers provide a much richer sound and produces incredible base.

        The speaker are so simple to use, charging via USB a red LED indicates that they are charging and when it turns blue they are fully charged. You plug them into your iPod or MP3 player using the standard 3.5mm jack (normally used for headphones) and play your music like normal.

        One neat thing about these speakers is that you can daisy chain multiple speakers off one another connecting them via the cable attached which enables you to get louder, richer, deeper sounding music.

        For the price you could not possibly ask for more even from the sleek and stylish packaging that it arrives in.

        This is probably the best £11 I have ever spent.

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      • Gran Torino (DVD) / DVD / 9 Readings / 9 Ratings
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        22.06.2011 11:39

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        One of my all time favourites

        This is yet another beautiful masterpiece by the legendary Clint Eastwood who directs and also takes the lead role in this thrilling yet moving film.

        Clint stars as Walt Kowalski, a Korean war veteran coming to terms with the loss of his wife. He is a distant, stubborn, cold and unforgiving man with racist and stereotypical views which come to light when a Korean family move next door.

        His relationship at first is tense and he is unwilling to become involved, but his new neighbours can see a kinder side to the war veteran and as his relationship grows stronger his character grows depth and you can start to see a warmer side to Walt. As the story develops so does the audiences relationship with Walt and the Korean family as they interact more and there lives have implications on one anothers heading towards a climactic ending.

        Clint is extraordinary as Walt, the directing is marvellous and the soundtrack is beautiful, I'm so glad that Clint took the lead role as I cannot imagine anyone else potraying Walt anywhere near as well as he does.

        The ending of this movie is heart moving to say the least and is exquisitely carried out. This is one of my all time favourite film and have watched it an endless amount of times and still love it.

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        22.06.2011 00:23
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        Wish I could live there it's that good.

        Several friends and I went to Las Vegas during March madness and spent six of the best night of our lives there. Our ages ranged from 23 to 32 and we all agreed, after visiting all of the big hotels and casinos on the strip that we had made the best choice staying in Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino, by far.

        Firstly, the casino. The Pleasure Pit, which really kicks off at 8pm and finishes at 4pm is the best part of the casino. It's lively, has table dancers and great dealers on each table. Sure it isn't the fanciest, poshest or biggest casino by far but it's the most entertaining. The dealers will actually talk to you! Every other casino we visited (including the Bellagio, Ceasar's Palace, Aria, MGM Grand, Monte Carlo and Mandalay Bay) the dealers were there just to do their job. There was no fun, communication and little atmosphere in all of those casino's and they felt dull in comparison to Planet Hollywood. Gennerally games of Blackjack were from $10 to $25 a hand minimum bets which was good for such a big hotel and casino and we had hours of fun. The waitresses however seemed to come around every so often regardless of how often and generously you tipped them. We found that other casino waitresses were more attentive if you were generous. But a special mention has to go to the dealers who keep you entertained and if they like you they will even help you out in tricky situations and tell you what to do so you have more chance of winning. This is due to the fact that the more you win the more likely you are to tip.

        The hotel itself is well decorated and has music playing throughout the entire hotel (good music, well at least we all thought it was). It's decorated with bright colour but is sleek and stylish and feels great value for money. We each paid £800 for flights and accommodation flying from Newcastle to Las Vegas via Heathrow and LA and this also included an upgrade to a Resort Room which was extremely good value for money. We had 3 people in each room and there were 2 queen beds which was plenty of space to share without feeling awkward. The room had a large plasma tv two seats, a table, and a massive bathroom with a shower, large bath and two sinks. At no point did we ever think the rooms were too small.

        The hotel is situated in an excellent part of the strip, only few minutes walk from the Bellagio and Ceasar's Palace. It also has the Shopping Mile which is as you can probably guess, a mile long shopping centre filled with a variety of shops and restaurants.

        All of the staff at the hotel were polite and helpful and the Concierge was extremely helpful and organised some nights out and booked tables at restaurants for us.

        All in all, this place was simply incredible. We're all currently saving up to go back as soon as we can as we all miss Vegas and Planet Hollywood. I hated coming home and wish I could live there. This hotel won;t be to everybody's taste but if you after a good time and lots of fun then you could not do any better than staying at Planet Hollywood.

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      • Haribo Star Mix / Sweets / 8 Readings / 7 Ratings
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        21.06.2011 15:57
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        "lush"

        Haribo are one of the best mass producers of confectionary sweets in the world, as there is a reason why there are and that is because their sweets taste so good.

        In this bag you get a variety of children's favourites including fried eggs, gold bears, rings and cola bottles. All of the sweet are filled with exciting flavours and are so chewy they make your mouth water and want you leaving more as soon as it passes your throat.

        The bag is a great size as if you want to pig-out then you can do and feel satisfied after but if you want to share then there is more than plenty to go around.

        I have yet to come across a bag of Haribo Starmix that I have been disappointed with. The mix of sweets
        always seems to have the right balance between the different types.

        The price sometimes though feels a little steep depending on where you buy them from, I've seem some stores sell a bag for £2.20 when others charge £1. As long as the value is no more than £1.50 then I feel it is very good value for money.

        Whether for an adult or a child they will thoroughly enjoy them.

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        • LG W2252TQ / LCD Monitor / 7 Readings / 6 Ratings
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          21.06.2011 11:38
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          Overall very good

          I use this monitor at work as my primary display. I haven't had any problems with it for the last 18 months and it is a great monitor for work purposes but obviously I haven't really tested the resolution of the monitor and how it performs with gaming for example but for general usage I cannot really fault this monitor.

          It is extremely is easy to assemble out of the box, with clear instructions provided and it likes putting a little child's jigsaw puzzle together it's that easy. And with both DVI and VGA inputs your PC should have no problem connecting to the monitor

          Standing at 22 inches, this LCD monitor provides a huge display which is extremely clear and easy to read under all sorts of lighting conditions. It doesn't seem to over heat even though I use it for over 8 hours a day straight. The large base provides the base with a lot of stability and security so if the monitor does get knocked then it generally won't fall over.

          It isn't the most aesthetically pleasing monitor in the world but it has a good finish and the curved edges give it a more of a sleek look.

          One small drawback is the menu buttons on the monitor; although easy to use the labelling is on a curved part of the monitor which means it's sometimes difficult to read the labels under different lighting conditions.

          If you want a standard monitor for general PC usage then this product is great and would highly recommend it. Considering the price I think it would be difficult to find a monitor of the same quality.

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