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Tech | 21 iBand Case For cellular phone (T21-690) 12/07/2012

Are You Using Protection?

Tech | 21 iBand Case For cellular phone (T21-690) Anyone who owns an iPhone will know that the moment your most precious possession falls from your hands your heart skips a beat and you hurriedly pick it up praying that the screen isn't cracked in that awful spider web pattern that destroys the aesthetics of the whole phone. Anyway, I digress, basically what I'm trying to say is that you don't want to step outside your front door with a beautiful iPhone unless you're fully protected - and I've got just the thing for you boys and girls... May I introduce you to the Tech 21 T21-1247 Impact Band designed for the iPhone 4 I first heard of Tech 21 on Dragon's Den, where the material D30 was introduced as a revolutionary material that can not only protect your gadgets but can be used in bullet proof vests for the army (now if that doesn't sum it all up I don't know what will!). The material, soft to the touch instantly hardens on impact to protect whatever you want it to. Upon hearing about this fantastic new discovery I quickly made my way to Amazon and purchased a iBand for my iPhone 3GS and upon buying the 4S I did exactly the same. You may be scratching your heads and wondering why I purchased something that's made for the iPhone 4 for my 4S, but unfortunately as far as I was aware at the time there was no such product for the 4S and as there's so little difference in design I risked it and made my purchase for £16.99 and excitedly waited for it to arrive. Upon arrival it comes packaged in a transparent box, which, yes ...

Apple iPod shuffle 2 GB 4th Generation 10/07/2012

Everyday I'm Shuffling

Apple iPod shuffle 2 GB 4th Generation Lets face it, Apple are everywhere from iPhones, to iPads and of course the original and possibly the product that started off the revolution - the iPod. Now the iPod has had dozens of incarnations (Touch, Nano, Classic) but what could be more simple than a little device (miniscule infact) without a screen that plays your songs at random and can keep you entertained for hours? That’s exactly what the Shuffle is, there have of course been lots of different Shuffles on the market over the years but it would seem that the Shuffle, more than other iPods is the model that has changed the least. It would seem that simplicity really is key here and even with top of the range models like the iPod Touch and the Nano, Apple continue to market the Shuffle as your basic run of the mill iPod… but is that necessarily a bad thing? *** Availability *** Well, no as it would turn out as there are always people out there who have wanted simplicity over something that enables you to fling birds at green pigs and gives you recipe ideas. The Shuffle retails at a very modest and obtainable £40 compared with the Apple juggernaut the Touch which can set you back around £300. *** In The Box/ Set Up *** The shuffle comes in a tiny box, only slightly bigger than the device itself but it comes with everything you could need. A pair of white signature Apple earphones (throw these away and go for anything by Dr Dre!), a UBS adapter and a little set up booklet, but to be honest unless you’ve never ...

Apple iPhone 4S 16GB 09/01/2012

Say Yes To The 4S

Apple iPhone 4S 16GB You could say I’m a bit of an Apple enthusiast; from the iPhone, to the iPod Nano, iPod Touch and iPod Shuffle, I’ve experienced them all and loved them equally - well, maybe not quite equally as the Daddy of them all is the iPhone, to be exact, the new iPhone 4S, which has been hailed as the best smartphone ever made and to be honest, it’s rather hard to disagree. *** Availability *** Thought I best cut to the chased - these things aren’t cheap, but then, would it have the same feeling if they were? Sim free (they aren’t available on pay as you go yet) you’re looking at anything upwards of £500, depending on what GB you’re after. On a monthly contract with 02, anything under around £50 a month and you’ll have to pay for the phone which on a 24 month contract works out at a massive amount of money… … but is it worth it? *** Setting Up *** I’ve always found setting up Apple products to be surprisingly simple, given their reputation of producing some of the most technically sound products on the market. There are new sim cards for the 4S (and I believe the iPhone 4) which are called Micro Sims. These work in the same way that normal sim cards do and are inserted using the little fork type accessory that comes in the iPhone box. Inserting is easy and after turning it on and selecting the usual options (language, etc) all that is required is to plug the USB into your computer/laptop and sync with your iTunes account. The great thing I have found as a previous iPhone user is ...

Oral B PC 1000 /827962 D20.523.1 26/09/2011

A Vibrator For Your Mouth

Oral B PC 1000 /827962 D20.523.1 Taking care of your health doesn’t just include eating healthily and taking lots of exercise; we all want a bright white smile that we can be proud of don’t we? The claims of electric toothbrushes have always drawn me in, but it wasn’t until a few months back that I got the urge to splurge and take the plunge into the weird and wonderful world of electric toothbrushes, after all wouldn’t you rather spend on an electric toothbrush than spend quadruple the amount on painful dental treatment? Prices vary dramatically depending on where you shop, I bought mine from Boots using a considerable amount of Boots points and a gift voucher so I ended up paying £15 for mine, but the actual cost was £49.99, whereas from Amazon this baby is available for only £28 so it definitely pays to shop around. I bought this toothbrush because it doesn’t claim to be something it’s not. It doesn’t claim to be the best thing since sliced bread and it doesn’t claim to give you a Simon Cowell smile, it cleans your teeth to the best of its ability and that’s all I wanted. The toothbrush is packaged extremely well, too well some would say as it took me a while to get into it but once I was in I had a brief read of the instructions, which tells you more about how to brush your teeth and the benefits than how to use the toothbrush itself (it’s really very simple). However, I did experience a few discrepancies with the instructions. The instructions don’t just cover the 1000 model, they also cover 2000 ...

Monster Beats BY Dr.dre TOUR 21/09/2011

Music Matters

Monster Beats BY Dr.dre TOUR Forgot About Dre? Earphones; they're a necessary evil aren't they? I mean, the wires become tangled, they fall out of your ears and sometimes they don't work full stop, however, where would we be without them? Unless you're a 15 year old chav, listening to music through the speakers of your phone is just socially unacceptable, so a pair of earphones are a bare essential in the 21st century, but with the market flooded with so many different brands claiming to achieve all sorts of wonderful feats, it becomes a chore just finding a pair that's right for you. So hopefully I'll be able to help out with the search a little with my experience of the much hyped Beats By Dre earphones. Availability With hype, comes expense and of course with the Dr Dre name attached to it (if you haven't heard of him, Google him) then you can expect that price to skyrocket until it lands at a catastrophic £179. These headphones can be brought cheaper, but I decided to spend a little more on Littlewoods, my thinking being as there are a lot of fakes on the market (these are easily spotted if you know what you're looking for) and I wanted to know that I was getting the real thing for my money and I also had the option to take out care insurance, which for the price I paid I thought was necessary. After looking online I would be dubious about spending anything less than £80 for a pair of these headphones as the market is currently flooded with fakes. First Impressions As soon as these arrived by ...

Apple iPod touch 32 GB (4 GEN) 15/08/2011

iAm... Speechless

Apple iPod touch 32 GB (4 GEN) I love Apple products, always have and always will and even when I’ve got one, I’m always on the lookout for the next. That’s why after owning a 6th Gen iPod Nano for about 4 months, I decided to sell it and buy the most recent 4th Gen iPod Touch. It was of course a little more on the pricey side but I don’t regret it one bit… Want to know why? Availability Well before I get to the interesting bits, let me just run through the formalities. There are several different versions of the iPod Touch that you can invest in, and of course several different memory capacities. I was interested in buying the 16GB, but it would seem (correct me if I’m wrong) that Apple have stopped making 16GB Touch’s and decided to focus on 8GB, 32GB and 64GB. 8GB, personally wasn’t big enough for my music collection and apps and 64GB was too big (and expensive), so, like Goldilocks herself I found myself with a 32GB which set me back a staggering £249.99. This was from Amazon and I can now see that the price has dropped by around £30, but still expensive in anyone’s book. If Amazon isn’t your thing then the Touch is available from a range of on and offline stores to suit you. Setting Up After previously owning an iPhone, I was already familiar with the setting up process for Apple branded products. The iPod Touch is so much simpler though. Simply plug it into your computer or your laptop using the provided USB and iTunes will automatically appear on the screen. All that’s left for you do to is ...

Samsung I9000 Galaxy S 09/06/2011

Discover A New Galaxy

Samsung I9000 Galaxy S Farewell iPhone I was an iPhone convert, I was all about the iPhone, the iPod, well basically anything with a lower case ‘i’ in front of it. Infact, when my 18 month contract came to its conclusion recently, I was certain that I wanted to sit it out and wait for the iPhone 5 to be released, however, I started to become more and more aware of the Samsung Galaxy S, Samsung’s leading smart phone, recently voted phone of the year. So after a lot of deliberation and after being wowed by the salesman in the shop, I was hooked and decided to take out a new 24 month contract with T Mobile. Availability I managed to bag the phone free, however, I’ve found myself tied to a 24 month contract which I can upgrade after 18 months. For this I receive 900 minutes, unlimited texts (actually 3500) and unlimited internet (1GB) for £35 a month, so all in all it’s actually a pretty good deal. Coupled with two months of free insurance, which afterwards costs £8 a month, I was rather happy when I walked out of the shop. I would recommend a contract phone, although if you’re not 100% sure how much you’ll use it, it may be wise to go for pay as you go, in which case you’ll need to pay for the phone outright which will set you back around the £400 mark. First Impressions The first thing you’ll notice about the Galaxy S is the clarity of the screen. After owning an iPhone 3GS and thinking it was the best thing since sliced bread I now see why people have been raving about the Samsung ...

Ray-Ban RB 3423 11/05/2011

Eye-Poppingly Good

Ray-Ban RB 3423 Summer Loving So - summer is here again, well, almost… but what better way to celebrate than to shell out for a new pair of sunglasses? I’m a self-confessed sunglasses freak, I buy them every year and I’ll spend as much as I need to, although I usually manage to find a bargain of around £40 or less. This year was different though, as I decided to treat myself to the real deal - Ray-Bans. For anyone who’s not heard of Ray-Bans, they’re one of the leading companies in the competitive world of sunglasses, established in 1937 they’ve become one of the best known brands in the world. Availability There’s an abundance of retailers that stock Ray-Bans and when I happened to be browsing the ‘Very’ online store (very.co.uk) I came across these and being the sunglass addict I am I had to have them and I had to have them right away. To use their full name, the Ray-Ban Bar Polarized Aviator came in at a whopping £119, but after purchasing them, I’d be more than happy to buy another pair if necessary. Wow! A couple of days after ordering, the Ray-Bans arrived heavily packed (at that price I’d expect them to be) and they arrived in pristine condition. They come packed in a silver box with the Ray-Ban branding stamped on the front and back and inside will be the case with the sunglasses in them. There’s a little booklet with instructions for wearing them in an abundance of languages (a bit redundant really, but it makes them feel all the more special). The case is a stylish black ...

Loud - Rihanna 19/04/2011

Too Loud?

Loud - Rihanna Loud Rihanna - what can be said about this 23 year old Barbadian that hasn’t already been said? Through her undeniable talent, unique sense of style and turbulent personal life, Rihanna has undoubtedly become one of the biggest names on the planet. Since her debut way back in 2005, the young Rihanna has massed up sales of 45 million singles and with the release of album number 5, that trend doesn’t seem to be slowing. Tracks S&M What’s My Name Cheers (Drink To That) Fading Only Girl (In The World) California King Bed Man Down Raining Men Complicated Skin Love The Way You Lie (Part 2) Off Her Pedestal? The album kicks off in a big way, with S&M. This is pure and cheesy electro pop and I defy anyone not to like this after a couple of listens. Yes it’s repetitive, yes it’s auto-tuned beyond recognition, but I’ll be damned if this isn’t one of the catchiest tracks on the album and the most club friendly. A lot of it isn’t exactly what you could call ‘radio friendly’, with the title suggesting most of this already, but nonetheless it’s a different and undoubtedly more grown up Rihanna from her days of singing about umbrellas and breaking dishes. Thing is though, despite the songs undeniable catchiness, I fear that Rihanna finds herself making a living from her reputation these days, with anything she releases a sure fire hit. That said, Loud is definitely a step away from the dark and arguably superior Rated R. She’s been down the teenage pop princess route, she’s been a ...

Sennheiser CX 500 Headphones 03/04/2011

A Treat For Your Ears

Sennheiser CX 500 Headphones I've Got The Music In Me We all love music don’t we? But without a good set of earphones or headphones to listen to it on, it can be a little like attempting to mow the lawn with a pair of scissors - you just don’t get the desired affect unless you shell out for the real thing. After being blinded for years by Apple’s attractive, yet fundamentally useless branded earphones, I finally saw the light when I invested in a pair of Sennheiser earphones, the CX 500 to be exact and believe me when I say this - they’re the real deal! We Belong To Music So, after hearing so much about Sennheiser earphones, I decided to invest in a pair. I didn’t want the bog standard £14.99 pair, nor did I fancy shelling out £70 for a top of the range set. I wanted something midrange with a good reputation and the CX 500 seemed like just the thing. Please Don't Stop The Music I paid £26.99 for my CX 500s and I don’t regret a single penny. I purchased them from Amazon from an independent seller and including delivery it came to an even £30. Once delivered the earphones come in an attractive, yet almost impossible to get into package that I was forced to dismantle with a pair of scissors, but once in I was immediately impressed by the style of the Sennheisers. They come with an eye-catching carry case, branded with the company logo and an abundance of extra ear buds to suit any user. There’s a clip included, which I never bothered with at first, but after experiencing the chord being pulled while ...

Who You Are (Parental Advisory) [PA] - Jessie J 18/03/2011

Stomp Stomp She's Arrived!

Who You Are (Parental Advisory) [PA] - Jessie J Meet Jessie J Jessica Cornish, or Jessie J as you may know her, has recently experienced an unprecedented rise to fame within only the last 6 months and with a number one single and a number two album under her belt already, the future is looking bright for the 22 year old Londoner. Jessie is another in a long line of stars who first found fame writing songs for other people (Party In The USA for Miley Cyrus being her biggest success, but best to ignore that blip!) and her YouTube videos had already garnered her a considerable fan base, so after releasing her debut single Do It Like A Dude and winning the Critics Choice Award (previously won by Ellie Goulding and Adele) Jessie J looked set to make a huge impact on the UK music scene… and hasn’t she just? Track List Price Tag Nobody’s Perfect Abracadabra Big White Room (live) Casualty Of Love Rainbow Who’s Laughing Now Do It Like A Dude Mamma Knows Best L.O.V.E Stand up I Need This Who You Are Album Overview As aforementioned, debut single Do It Like A Dude made a big impact on the charts, peaking at number two. The song, originally written by Jessie for Rihanna is a nasty R&B number, that wouldn’t have looked out of place on Christina Aguilera’s ‘Stripped’ album during her ‘Dirrty’ days. The song, with its coarse lyrics and sexual innuendo had people hooked from the very beginning. This songs stomping beat hits you like a freight train and once you’re caught in its clutches, much like a Black Widow, it won’t let you ...

Apple iPod nano 16 GB 6th Generation 06/03/2011

Back To Basics

Apple iPod nano 16 GB 6th Generation The iPod has changed several times over the years, from the Classic, the Shuffle and the Touch, but none more so recently than the iPod Nano, which has changed so dramatically since its first incarnation you’d barely recognise it. Infact, people have often mistaken it for an iPod Shuffle, but don’t be fooled people, this is no Shuffle. It’s much, much more than that… The only iPods I’ve ever owned have been Nanos, although I have had experience with the Touch, being an iPhone user, I found it decidedly pointless to invest in a Touch, when it houses everything that an iPhone does, with a little less finesse. No, the Nano is definitely for me, its slim, sleek looks have me hooked everytime. The 6th incarnation of the Nano wasn’t something I was immediately taken with though and it took me some time to come around to the idea of the much more compact Nano, but once I did, I was once again putty in Apple’s hands. Availability The Nano is widely available in electric stores and online stores alike, the cheapest I managed to find it though was from Amazon, where for around £120 (depending on what colour you buy), you can pick up an 8GB, or for £150, (again, depending on colour), you can bag yourself the 16GB and with a lot of music to play, I went for the 16GB. Setting Up In the box (the box is as small as the iPod by the way), you’ll find a pair of earphones (the dreaded Apple branded earphones), a USB cable and a little manual. The manual, to be fair, isn’t actually much ...

BPM Clear Silicone Case For iPhone 09/02/2011

I Don't See Nothing Wrong, With A Little Bump And Grind

BPM Clear Silicone Case For iPhone Choices, choices - looking through the vast array of iPhone accessories could be compared to being a kid in a candy shop, but with so many cases to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you? You could say I'm rather promiscuous when it comes to accessories for my iPhone as I seem to change them more often than I change my socks, but there's one that's been pretty standard on my iPhone for a good few months now - the BPM Clear Silicone Case Cover Skin. There are several reasons why I like this case and why it's done me well for such a long time in comparison to other cases that I've used. The main reason of course being the aesthetics of said case. You can put functionality first all you want, but as soon as something better comes along your eye will wander and you'll become tempted. This case fortunately puts style and substance into place for many reasons and at only £4.99 from Amazon it's well worth investing in. Although the case is called 'Clear Silicone', this is a touch misleading as although it's clear on the sides, there's a pattern on the back. Grey circles take over the back of the case and make for a very stylish, yet understated design which won't look out of place on a trendy teenager, or a middle class business man. The case is designed to fit the iPhone 3G and 3GS, although I'm sure there are similar cases for the mighty iPhone 4 available. The case fits undeniably well - a lot of cases make the iPhone look big, bulky and overall very ...

Hotpoint WMA61 16/01/2011

Wash Away Your Troubles

Hotpoint WMA61 Introduction There are some things you just can't live without, and unless you live on the set of Eastenders, a washing machine is probably one of them. It's also one of the things that we take for granted, as if said washing machine breaks down you're left with the task of shelling out a couple of hundred pounds for a new one. Availability So I'm here to tell you about the machine that's utilised in my household and has served us well for around 3 years now with no problems whatsoever. The Hotpoint Ultima WMA 61 isn't the newest washing machine on the market, but when bought, this machine set us back around £400, a top of the range model at the time, which now can be picked up for around £150 from certain online retailers. Installation There are plenty of upsides to this machine - beginning with the installation. I don't profess to know much about the installation itself, but it was completed within around 15 minutes, by someone who is by no means a professional, with the supplied manual. The manual is extremely easy to navigate and explains everything in laymen terms so that even I could understand it. Ease Of Use/Cleaning There are several different upsides to owning and using this machine - ease of use being one of them. The facia of the washing machine, not only stands the test of time (it still looks chic and modern even today), but it stands up to scrutiny too. All the buttons are laid out and labelled distinctly and the buttons come in a curved silver which ...

Gear4 AlarmDock Halo 08/01/2011

Geared For Greatness

Gear4 AlarmDock Halo Introduction Music is universal - tall, short, fat, thin, black, white and everyone in between, everyone loves music right? So surely you want to enjoy it to its full potential. Well I've got just the thing for you - the Gear4 Halo Alarm Dock. Gear4 are experts in producing top notch iPod/iPhone equipment ranging from docking stations to cases and I'm the proud owner of several Gear4 products which have severed me exceptionally well over the years. Whilst recently on the lookout for a speaker dock for my iPhone, I also wanted an incorporated alarm clock to replace my stand alone alarm clock. I didn't have a huge wish list - first and foremost I wanted it to look good and secondly I didn't want to break the bank, so with a limit of £80 I set about scouring the internet looking to make my purchase. Availability At £49.99 from Amazon the Gear4 Halo Alarm Dock (which will now on be referred to as the 'Halo'), this isn't going to break the bank, nor is it cheap enough for you to be dubious about its capabilities beyond a week of usage. The Amazon price is the cheapest online price you're likely to find, although Tesco do stock it in their stores for £44.97. Setting Up There's noting I hate setting up more than alarm clocks - pressing the same button over and over again to reach your desired time before setting the date, month year etc. Fortunately I mustn't be the only one with this sheer hatred of alarm clocks, which I presume is why Gear4 have decided to make it a ...
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