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Nokia 5800 XpressMusic 15/03/2010

My review of Nokia 5800

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic After so many months since I bought this mobile I finally decided to write a review about it. This Nokia 5800, in a few words, is easily one of the best mobile phones made by Nokia. I was not surprised to find it 3rd in the list of "Best Mobile Phones". I've been a Nokia customer for years, my last Nokia mobile phone lasted as long as 8 years in full working order (see my review on the ancient Nokia 7110) and only lately it started to give some twitches. I decided it was time to change it when people started to laugh about my phone when I pulled it out... kinda sad I know. Wanting to stick to Nokia I soon found out that the 5800 was what I needed. Wi-Fi connection and GPS amid the most appealing features. WHAT I LIKED I will no w list the things I find appealing in this mobile phone and why I think it's worth buying: 1) Wi-Fi connection: if you already have broadband connection at home with router or you have a connection at school or work, this means you can connect with your mobile to internet for free. Chat with friends, update its contents, even phone for free (through skype!). Around the city a lot of people or shops also forget to put a password to their broadband connection so that even when I'm around town I can connect and check internet (don't worry for your data, your information are safe as long as the phone tells you that you are going to connect to a safe connection) 2) Free GPS: why buying an expensive TomTom when you can use your mobile phone to navigate? ...

ebay.co.uk 16/11/2009

Ebay - my Love-Hate review

ebay.co.uk Ebay, My Little Review This is not the first review on ebay and it won't be the last either but I wanted to share some opinions I have of this website which I sometimes use, love, hate and sometimes thank. The first time I saw ebay was in 2004, back then the website was something completely different, full of genuine sellers doing a virtual "yard sale", although it was also a bit less friendly to use, plenty of design flaws too. It was easier to find great deals but of course it had its downsides, many people in those years did not have digital cameras (nowadays it's unlikely to find a person without one) so many auctions were simply "described" but with no picture associated and it was sometimes a blind purchase. I don't remember paypal being that common at that time (until ebay bought it and brought it to fame) so also paying wasn't always easy unless you had a bank account or similar. Western Union was very popular with overseas purchases and also very expensive. Ebay has become over the years more and more user-friendly (thanks to so many improvements of their website) and easy-to-do (you can really create an auction in few moments now). As many of you already know it has also become widely hated, first with the imposition paypal over the ebay World, then with constantly updated terms&conditions which seem to get worse and worse for the sellers the more they update them. Not to mention the 10% final value fees to be added to the paypal fees and insertion fees... it's ...

PNY Attaché Premium Capless - USB flash drive - 4 GB 10/10/2009

PNY Attaché... they all break in the end

PNY Attaché Premium Capless - USB flash drive - 4 GB Review of PNY USB Flash Drive - 4GB INTRO What I'm going to review is a USB flash drive made by PNY Technologies, Inc, a manufacturer of various computer gadgets that now is getting more and more famous and renowned. Among the most famous (and bought) products of this company there are: USB flash drives like this one, memory cards, GeForce graphic cards and RAM slots. I won't spend too much time saying what this device is for... you can use it for back-ups of your precious data, transfer files from computer to computer and so on and so forth... 4GB is up till today still very decent capacity for all kind of users, the only higher capacity model for now reaches 8GB and 16GB, if I'm not mistaken. DESCRIPTION This USB flash drive is quite nice looking, it doesn't beat my SanDisk (previously reviewed) but it has its own appeal. The best practical feature is perhaps its design. As it can be seen from the image provided by Ciao.co.uk, this device is composed by two parts, the internal part with USB port and an external cover. The two parts are attached together but the internal one can turn on itself to either reveal the USB port (when you need to use it) or hide it away. It's quite a friendly design because it keeps covered the USB without the need of a cap (which can be lost as it happens with many similar devices) and it also prevents some people from using your flash drive... you would be surprised to know how many people were puzzled about how to open it! Colourwise is ...

Tesco Internet Phone E212 10/10/2009

Internet phone but very good for Skype too... this is my "how to"

Tesco Internet Phone E212 This Tesco Internet Phone is a USB-wired little phone which was created to be used with Tesco internet phone service. I couldn't care less of that service but I was very interested in buying a a cheap PC phone to use on skype and I read this would work ok. The price was an absolute deal... 1p! You don't belive me? I didn't believe my eyes either but that was the price tag on it. They were practically giving them away, why not try it then? I bought two or three (I can't remember exactly), just in case one broke or for a particularly cheap gift. Total price 3p. How does it work then? Well it's literally a plug-and-play device. You don't need to install anything if you only want to use it for skype. It is automatically recognized by Windows XP or Vista as a usb microphone and set of speakers (it will show up as USB AUDIO DEVICE). Once it's plugged in, the little monitor will show the message "CHECK PC". You don't need to worry about that, the tesco phone is expecting you to install its drivers to be used with Tesco Internet Phone Service but here I'm simply explaining how to use it on skype, the phone keyboard will be therefore useless and totally unresponsive, the phone will only act as a simple headset (mic+speaker). Once it's plugged in, open Skype, set the usb phone as microphone device and speaker device and you're ready to use it as a skype phone. The advantage is that you don't need to wear headphones or hold a mic at your mouth when talking to skype (something that ...

Acoustic Solutions LCDW 22 HD 11/09/2009

22" LCD TV - Acoustic Solutions

Acoustic Solutions LCDW 22 HD UNEXPECTEDLY GREAT TV!!! I've had this TV for a year now and I finally find some time to write a review about this product. It was gifted to me to be put in my bedroom. It's quite an ideal tv for a small or medium sized room. It's 22" widescreen so you can even place it quite near yourself without suffering too much. The TV itself has mostly good quality, overall I would suggest its purchase to anybody who needs a small-sized tv. First of all video and audio are very good, side stereo speakers can go very loud and still keep the quality of the sound decent, on the side you have a on/off button, which is (gladly) not digital. If for any reason the TV would freeze you can still reset it in the old fashioned way of pressing the off switch. When in stand-by a blue led light appears on the front. The design of the tv is simple but sharp, the colour is matte black and never looks "dirty" even when perhaps it is. This tv has several inputs, I can't remember them all but at the moment I have a dvd player, a playstation and multimedia hard disk, all of them plugged in separately. And still there are few more available (including HDMI). Freeview TV is enbedded in the tv and it's really user-friendly, far better than many digibox I've tried in the years. The remote control lacks of clear indication but it's excellent once you have learnt what you need to press. Screen and sound settings can be changed both from the remote and from buttons on the side of the tv, the on-screen menues ...

gumtree.com 04/09/2009

Gumtree or... how I wasted plenty of hours on this website

gumtree.com Gumtree is a website dedicated to free ads of certain areas of the globe. It is advertised as UK n°1 website for classified ads but it has branches also in other Worldwide locations (Australia, Poland, New Zeland, Asia and South Africa) plus European and North American partners, meaning other websites called differently but offering the same service. The website is divided into main areas of the UK and each main city in those areas have their own space for posting your ads. So if you live in Manchester you will post your ads in your local area. Also the search of items for sale is local, there isn't yet a function for a global search, mainly because most of transactions end with a collection in person so it's useless to search items across the UK if you live in Cardiff. Classified ads are divided into categories: Flat & Houses Services Pets Friends & Dating Cars For Sale Stuff For Sale Jobs Community Each one has sub categories, for example in Flat & Houses there are subcategories such as For Rent and For Sale, each one again divided into Offered and Wanted. So if you are looking for something you know exactly where to search. Posting ads is free. They stay up for 120 days, after that time they disappear and you need to post it again. The adverts are usually posted imediately but sometimes they take up to 1 or 2 days to show up. Everyday your advert will lose its high position going down in the list the more days pass, so the high peak of inquiries will probably be in the ...

SWAT 4: The Stetchkov Syndicate Expansion Pack (PC) 01/07/2009

New life to the good old SWAT 4

SWAT 4: The Stetchkov Syndicate Expansion Pack (PC) The Stetchkov Syndicate is an expansion pack for the game SWAT 4. This expansion adds extra missions, new weapons and more. If you are reading this review you probably are already familiar with the game SWAT 4. The Stetchkov Syndicate requires the original SWAT 4 game to play. When I first saw this expansion I had no idea of its exsistance. It came out in 2006 but I had never heard of it and since I liked SWAT 4 quite a lot as a time-filler shooting game I decided to try its expansion too. Actually I was pretty excited to have it because I had played the old SWAT 4 missions till boredom and I couldn't wait to see what new stuff was added and I have to say it didn't disappoint me. There are several missions which have been added to the main game with their own plot which revolves around the Stetchkov mobsters. Also new weapons and so on, but I'll write about that later. First of all the price of this totally justifies the purchase of this title if you already enjoyed SWAT 4. On ebay it can be found for very little prices. I'm sure there is also a version of Swat 4 with the expansion already included. This new expansion pack offers more difficult missions, thanks to more aggressive, unpredictable artificial intelligence AND larger scenarios. A new array of additional weapons has been added and it includes a subachine gun (modeled after the real-life FN-P90), a grenade launcher (less exciting than it sounds), a desert eagle gun (unprecise but powerful), and loads of new extras ...

Jacobite Steam Railway, United Kingdom 30/04/2009

Everything that you need to know about it

Jacobite Steam Railway, United Kingdom JACOBITE STEAM TRAIN REVISED REVIEW The Jacobite steam train is indeed one of the greatest railway journeys of the world like the company website says. Unfortunately, information about this steam-train experience are really scarce and hard to find. People don't exactly know what kind of carriage they get when booking and the official website is very very poorly done. So I'll try to describe my experience and leave useful information and tips for who has never been on the train but plans to. One last note... The pictures I uploaded are not only a "plus" to my review but they are strictly related to it since some issues or descriptions I will give will be linked directly to the photos I took. I revised this review hoping to get higher rating. BACKGROUND HISTORY & Advertising "2009 is the 26th year of the return of steam trains to Mallaig. From the start in 1984 when British Rail reintroduced steam to the line it was known as ‘The West Highlander’ which later became ‘The Lochaber’. West Coast Railways took over the running of this service in 1995 and gave it the much loved title ‘The Jacobite’. It continues to be an essential part of every West Highland holiday. It is regarded as one of the Great Railway Journeys of the World and was voted Top Railway Journey in the World 2009 by Wanderlust Magazine, due mainly to the stunning scenery through which you will be travelling. The 84 mile round trip will take you past Britain's highest mountain, deepest loch, shortest river ...

PNY Attaché Premium Capless - USB flash drive - 8 GB 09/04/2009

a nice 8GB contraption

PNY Attaché Premium Capless - USB flash drive - 8 GB Review of PNY USB Flash Drive - 8GB INTRO What I'm going to review is a USB flash drive made by PNY Technologies, Inc, a manufacturer of various computer gadgets that now is getting more and more famous and renowned. Among the most famous (and bought) products of this company there are: USB flash drives like this one, memory cards, GeForce graphic cards and RAM slots. I won't spend too much time saying what this device is for... you can use it for back-ups of your precious data, transfer files from computer to computer and so on and so forth... 8GB is plenty for all kind of users, the only higher capacity model for now reaches 16GB. DESCRIPTION This USB flash drive is quite nice looking, it doesn't beat my SanDisk (previously reviewed) but it has its own appeal. The best practical feature is perhaps its design. As it can be seen from the image provided by Ciao.co.uk, this device is composed by two parts, the internal part with USB port and an external cover. The two parts are attached together but the internal one can turn on itself to either reveal the USB port (when you need to use it) or hide it away. It's quite a friendly design because it keeps covered the USB without the need of a cap (which can be lost as it happens with many similar devices) and it also prevents some people from using your flash drive... you would be surprised to know how many people were puzzled about how to open it! Colourwise is nothing special, the one I have was mostly black. The size is ...

SanDisk Cruzer Micro - USB flash drive - 1 GB 30/03/2009

Handy little flash drive

SanDisk Cruzer Micro - USB flash drive - 1 GB SanDisk Micro Cruzer 1GB Although there are many higher capacity models of this Cruzer Micro, I find very handy the 1GB one for the most common usage which doesn't involve the transfer of video files (which are usually the biggest in size). Till a year ago I never even heard of this brand SanDisk but it has become very very popular lately and I have to say, of all the products I bought that were made by this brand none of them has yet failed me. This flash drive is no exception. It's small in size covered by a rubber thin see-through case and equipped with a loop wide enough to fit through a necklace chain, the rubber cover can be removed but I suggest you to leave it on because it protects the drive from damages (for example if it falls on the floor). It's very Windows-friendly and is imediately recognized both by Vista and XP without the need of driver installation or software of any kind. It can be safely removed just as easily. A warm green light goes on and off like a christmas decoration when it is plugged in (it's very relaxing to look at or to have in the background), and it blinks faster when the drive is in use. FEATURES SUMMARY Some of its features can be here summarized: * USB 2.0 (backward compatable to USB 1.1) * Green Progress LED to show when moving / reading data * Windows compatable * Dimensions: 7.9mm x 18.95mm x 52.2mm (H x W x L) * Hi-Speed USB 2.0 certified (backwards compatible with all USB 1.1 ports) * Compatible with Windows 2000 SP4 and ...

LaCie LaCinema Premier 26/03/2009

LaCie LaCinema - enjoy your divx on TV!

LaCie LaCinema Premier LaCie LaCinema Premier my review I already owned a 500GB version of this LaCie LaCinema but when I was in Asda and saw the 750GB for more or less the same price I paid for the other one (£129 I think) I couldn't resist the tempation. I gifted it to my in-law and she's super happy! So what's this LaCie LaCinema Premier? It's a multimedia hard disk that you can plug to the TV and it allows you to watch your media files (video, music, pictures) on your TV, it plays the most commonly used codecs such as DivX, MPEG, JPG, MP3 etc (see them listed later on). I will never praise this product enough, it's simple to use, it's durable and has a very good remote control. What does it change from the 500GB version that I already reviewed? Nothing really, only the size, it allows you to store many more media files, that's all. For who hasn't read my previous review on the 500GB version, this LaCie LaCinema comes in a white little square sturdy box. Taking out the contents you will find the device itself (black in colour), CD with manuals (no drivers needed), USB 2.0 cable, A/V cable, remote with batteries (2AA), power adapter and a (very) Quick Install Guide. The hard disk looks professional and its weight is not too heavy nor too light (1Kg to be exact). Colour is opaque black with blue led lights on the front when turned on. It has some controls on the front (stop, play, four direction arrows and power button) which might come handy at times but trust me you will always use the ...

Technika TA 708 21/03/2009

Cheap but not cheap-looking headphones

Technika TA 708 TECHNIKA FULL SIZE HEADPHONES from TescoDirect MY REVIEW I didn’t really need another pair of headphones but when I spotted these at Tesco for £5.94 I had no other choice! I bought them on the spot and never regretted it. I am reviewing the Technika TA-708 wired “Full Size Headphones” that can still be found on TescoDirect for the same price I paid and worth 5 Clubcard points (Catalogue number: 202-1333). So what’s good about them? Well first of all the price considering what you get... these headphones are not cheap-looking, they come with a gold plated standard 3.5mm plug, they are adjustable for all sorts of pinecone heads and the sound quality is very good, they can blast your hears without loosing too much sound quality but please remember that playing music at loud levels may and will damage your ears in time. The ear pieces are covered with fake leather (faux leather or something similar) and so is the head band, they are attached by one single cable, not too long I have to admit but long enough for computer use or if you sit not far from your stereo. These can be of course used also with MP3 or CD players, watching tv or any other activity that might require a pair of good headphones, remember though the wire is not excessively long (1.8m) so if you want to watch tv you might need an extension. The box is very simple as you can see in my picture, there is no extra included (for £5.94 I would hardly expect that). Colour is black with silver parts and here are some ...

JVC CB Case Camcorder (CB-A79) 09/03/2009

Utilitarian case by JVC

JVC CB Case Camcorder (CB-A79) JVC CB A79 Case Camcorder also known as "reporter bag" INTRO With a weight below 180 grams this medium-sized case can be considered, without a doubt, a lightweight case. I have been looking for a case where to put my werdly-sized camera (Canon S5 IS) for a long time after the fiasco of the original canon bag in which my camera does not fit properly; so I was in a shop (Curry's) the other day and I spotted this case on a shelf with a 97p tag on it. I asked the assistant if it was indeed 97p and so it was... I imediately bought it. I later found out that the price of this bag usually varies between £10-£15, currently on amazon is around £13 so I can consider myself quite lucky and happy of the amazing deal. OVERVIEW So let's see some details, first of all the size: approximately 17 x 11 x 10cm. The material I believe to be that kind of plastic commonly used for waterproof camera or camcorder cases. Although I cannot guarantee its waterproof-ness it does look like it could get some shower rains without getting wet inside. It has a front pocket as you can see in my pictures and it can be opened from top with a zip. Inside there is a little soft compartment which can either be ignored or used for something... a wallet for example, or even two wallets by the size of it. The strap attaches onto the bag through a classic plastic clip (not sure how they are called honestly, pardon the ignorance). On the bag of the case can also be found a useful belt loop if you want to ...

Olympia Dualphone RTX 3045 18/02/2009

A Skype Phone and normal cordless all in one

Olympia Dualphone RTX 3045 USB Cordless DualPhone for Skype The USB Cordless DualPhone is a cordless telephone that can be connected to a normal telephone socket and a USB port on a PC to be used both as a Skype phone and a normal cordless phone. I have found this particular phone very useful so I thought it was about time to write a review about it. First of all, WHAT IS SKYPE? Skype is a free program that, once installed on your computer, allows you to phone people all over the world as long as they have Skype installed too and a microphone. Nowadays you can even phone landline numbers for very cheap fares and I have found very useful to have an actual cordless telephone to plug in my PC for this purpose. I have always hated using microphone and headphones because they require the proximity to the computer (at least the mic does). This cordless phone was the solution! Description and Opinion You have a charging base on which the telephone stands and recharges its batteries. The phone has a simple display but it is just enough for what you need to do. It has a wire for the power supply, a USB cable going to the PC and a telephone wire that goes at the telephone plug on the wall. As a matter of fact you can use this cordless both as a normal house phone as well as a skype phone. The display shows whether your friends who also use Skype, are online. If they are, you simply have to press the appropriate green button and talk to them. You can switch between the ?PC phone? and normal telephone by ...

LG GSA H54N Super-Multi 25/01/2009

LG dual layer DVD writer... not really great

LG GSA H54N Super-Multi LG GSA H54N DualLayer - My review A LITTLE INTRO If I own this DVD writer is simply because when I assembled my computer it was the only black optical drive to match the colour of my "tower". I can tell you, this appliance annoyed me from the very beginning. [A note for who doesn't know anything about computers at all, this device serves the purpose of reading DVDs and CDs and also writing data on them.] REVIEW Now on my review... It is sharp looking, no complaints there. The problem is that at the access is incredibly slow; to put it in a simpler way when I insert a CD or a DVD in this drive it takes too long a time before it actually opens the contents of the discs, enough time to get my fingers tapping on the desk. It is also very noisy, as soon as it starts reading a disc it sounds like a turbine engine although, luckly, it stops after some time, I guess until the informations are stored in cache. But as soon as the disc is accessed again the turbine goes on. Honestly I wouldn't suggest this CD/DVD-writer to anyone. Actually my strong suggestion is to stir away from this product, as soon as you read LG on its front. LGs are known to be twitchy gits, I was concious of that even before I bought it but I wanted to give it a chance hoping that the rumors about this brand were just rumors. GOOD (?) AND BAD... What's good about it then? Well I would say that once it starts reading or writing, it is very fast. Perhaps that's why it needs a noisy ...
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