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5.0 out of 5 stars Just the job, 22 Feb. 2016
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Just what I needed as I was forever having to charge my portable Wi-Fi unit through the USB port on my laptop. And then I found this nifty little adaptor that means you can plug it in anytime if you require a wireless connection and charge up at the same time - a godsend of a device!

TheBlingZ.® TPU Gel Jelly Rubber Silicone Slim Skin Phone Case Cover For Samsung Galaxy Note 4 - Purple
TheBlingZ.® TPU Gel Jelly Rubber Silicone Slim Skin Phone Case Cover For Samsung Galaxy Note 4 - Purple
Offered by TheBlingZ.
Price: £2.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Fits perfectly first time, 22 Feb. 2016
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Gel cases for mobiles don't come much better or fit more snugly than this one. Perfect fit and is neither loose or ill-fitting, that plus it's a bold and striking colour. Usually I prefer a blue case but this shade of purple is the next best thing as it helps make a statement for your Note 4, as well make it be noticed amongst other mobile users. Good choice.

Samsung Galaxy TAB A 9.7' SM-T550 WI-FI 16GB Qualcomm 16 GB 1536 MB Android 9.7 -inch LCD
Samsung Galaxy TAB A 9.7' SM-T550 WI-FI 16GB Qualcomm 16 GB 1536 MB Android 9.7 -inch LCD
Offered by ETI DEALS
Price: £171.75

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and brilliant, 14 Jan. 2016
Bought one of these a few months ago as I was having issues with my iPad mini - it was only a 16GB model and the memory was getting full having downloaded a lot of music as well as several apps. This meant that both taking photos and trying to access some apps wasn't possible due to the dwindling amount of storage space, and rather than splash out on another iPad I went for this Samsung instead, mainly for two reasons - 1) it is double the size of and cheaper than the iPad mini, and 2) you can install a memory card later as you download more music, photos and apps - something you're not able to do with Apple products.

There's a lot to like about this particular tablet, even if Samsung have not yet made their own range of covers and cases for this model unlike the E, S and S2 range (any chance, Samsung?). Great screen and rich,vibrant colours instantly stand out from the minute you switch it on and start using it, plus it has a fast processor so it doesn't hang around when accepting your commands. The camera is very handy too, albeit I haven't used this feature very much since purchasing as I have both my digital hand-held and iPhone versions, and you can choose to add any size of micro SD card as it accepts them up to and including 128GB.

Much as I love this device there is however one slight flaw, and that is its' slow recharge time - whether this is whilst the tablet is in standby mode or completely switched off it can take ages, and at most this can be anything over four hours! This is thankfully only minor and shouldn't spoil your enjoyment of using the tablet, and there's an enormous amount of music. films, games and apps available from the Google Play Store at your fingertips.

I've enjoyed my Tab A experience so far, and having done so I've decided that my next smartphone will also be a Samsung. Android may not be as popular or as fast an operating system as iOS, but it's certainly a cheaper alternative and may even overtake Apple in future. Great price, great screen and simple to use - Samsung does it again!
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JUSTOP EZCast WiFi Display Screen Mirroring Dongle Miracast Adapter Full HD 1080P Media Pushing Network Streaming Sharing Client Push Media From Tablet / Phone /PC To Your TV Through WIFI, Support EZ Cast MiraCast DLNA uPnP and Airplay
JUSTOP EZCast WiFi Display Screen Mirroring Dongle Miracast Adapter Full HD 1080P Media Pushing Network Streaming Sharing Client Push Media From Tablet / Phone /PC To Your TV Through WIFI, Support EZ Cast MiraCast DLNA uPnP and Airplay
Offered by DigiDirect
Price: £29.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish, 14 Jan. 2016
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This is one product that is beyond useless - could not for the life of me try to get it set up and do something. No proper written instructions were provided, only diagrams, and that in itself is not the right way to show the purchaser how to get to grips with something that you get the feeling you've eventually wasted your money on. Tried several times but kept on having to go back to square one as I was getting nowhere fast. It has since gone back in the box, and that's where it will it stay for the foreseeable future.

Philips DTB855 Micro Docking Entertainment System with Bluetooth, DAB, CD, FM, USB Dock for lightning Device - Compatible with latest iPhone/iPad
Philips DTB855 Micro Docking Entertainment System with Bluetooth, DAB, CD, FM, USB Dock for lightning Device - Compatible with latest iPhone/iPad

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little system, big sound, 22 Aug. 2015
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Bought this as a birthday present for myself, and having listened to it on a good few occasions now I can honestly say that I've never been more impressed with a new hi-if than I am with this big-sounding system. It both promises and delivers a lot.

Attractive to look at from any angle and no matter how you like your music - whether it be on a CD, via bluetooth streaming from your bluetooth enabled device or by listening to your favourite FM and DAB radio stations - there's a chance that once you start using the unit and listening to it for the first time you'll be hooked straight away. The two 15-watt speakers combined make for a powerful sound and help to more or less fill the room, and there is a useful preset sound effect with which to enhance the bass for specific genres of music - pop, rock, jazz and classic. For connection to external audio equipment the unit has a 3.5mm AUX/line out connection, which is useful for me as I still use my faithful old minidisc recorder and needed a system that actually had one! To listen to your content via this connection you need to select MP3 LINK by pressing the USB button on the remote control supplied, which itself is fairly easy to understand and use.

As ever with DAB radio there is a great range of stations on offer as per usual, but as a lover of radio I confess to being rather dismayed that very soon there will be more ethnic language stations available than English ones as there are already so many broadcasting today. Fortunately everybody still has their individual favourites that they can hear at any time. Downloads can be easily accessed and listened to via either bluetooth or by connecting your smartphone or tablet/iPad to the docking station on top of the unit.

There is however one minor niggle with this system, and that is the slow scrolling text when listening to the radio - it is probably the slowest I have ever seen! The front display itself is very easy on the eye and is heavily reminiscent of that seen on the first generation of PURE digital radios. And the aerial on the back is, for a change, an extendable telescopic one instead of the usual trailing and wiry version so commonly found on many music systems these days.

No instructions are provided with the unit in that the user manual has to be downloaded via a link from the Philips website, but this is easy to do and the instructions themselves are routine and fairly self-explanatory.

If you're after a system that is big on both sound and features as well as being remarkably compact, then you should almost certainly give this one some serious consideration as a worthy contender. Pricey though it may be it is a treat to use and listen to, and having had mine for just over a week now I intend to be using it for a few more years yet. A winner all round from a happy owner!

Nokia Asha 210 SIM-Free Mobile Phone - Black
Nokia Asha 210 SIM-Free Mobile Phone - Black

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, simple smartphone alternative, 12 Oct. 2014
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Nokia phones are well-known for their simplicity and ease of use, and this phone is no exception. It's a cheaper and more affordable alternative if you enjoy texting and keeping in touch via social networks but don't wish to fork out that bit more for one of the much pricier options in the smartphone range, i.e Blackberry, Samsung or HTC.

Bought one of these to replace my Blackberry Q5 which unexpectedly died a death earlier this year, and it was always my next choice should the worst happen. But my head was turned yet again when I spotted an iPhone 4S on a low-cost deal on Virgin Mobile, and so I signed up for one and decided to keep my 210 as a replacement work phone. Lately however I have discovered that owning an iPhone on contract is not as cheap as it should be if you use internet and social media on an almost daily basis, and as a result I'm having issues with my monthly bill being higher than expected. So should I decide to ditch the iPhone and revert to a sim-only deal, I've recently bought another 210 - albeit this time in white - as a possible replacement phone through having had experience in using one, and because it's more affordable.

As I do a lot of texting I tend to find it faster and easier to do so on a QWERTY keypad phone, so this fits the bill really quite nicely. There are however a couple of gripes, one being that even though the display screen is wide enough it is perhaps still a little too cluttered, and the second is that wallpaper choice is very limited in that there are only five readily available on the phone - a wider range can be accessed and downloaded from the Nokia store. There is, as a bonus, a good choice of ringtones and messaging tones to help make up for it, which is standard for Nokia.

So a good all rounder if maybe you're thinking of parting company with your smartphone and replacing it with a budget-priced alternative, that plus it won't consume a huge amount of battery power and will stay fully charged at least a week, if not more. Nokia does it again!

Armchair Thriller Vol.1-10 - Complete [DVD]
Armchair Thriller Vol.1-10 - Complete [DVD]
Dvd ~ Delia Low
Price: £39.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable hokum, 16 Jun. 2014
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There were several TV shows in the 1970s and early 80s that brought us stories which had a darkly sinister theme to them. i.e Thriller, Tales Of The Unexpected and Sapphire & Steel to just a few, and in 1978 along came this series which probably boasted the most eerie combination of spooky title sequence and equally chilling theme music ever. Watching it now a good thirty or so years later it seems positively tame now, and perhaps the inclusion of the word 'thriller' in the title doesn't seem to do the series justice in that the scare factor is hardly present in some of the stories, but for lovers of TV nostalgia it remains enjoyable nonetheless.

Much of Armchair Thriller is of varying quality in that whilst some stories are well written and brought to the screen with some genuinely scary moments, there are those that don't live up to their premise and end up becoming the weaker ones - A Dogs' Ransom (2nd story of season one) perhaps being the worst example in that despite being a six-part serial the story more or less concludes after the first episode and becomes something of a yawn fest for the remaining five. The following instalment The Girl Who Walked Quickly is mercifully shorter at just four episodes, but on close inspection seems to be nothing more than a leftover The Sweeney script, what with all the car chases and running around involved.

Both Quiet As A Nun and The Limbo Connection seem to get the series back on track in that they contain some elements of suspense and terror - the former especially as it's the one story that everybody still remembers to this day. Memorable though this particular story is, it does however suffer from a weak final episode when the true identity of the mysterious 'black nun' is revealed and any ideas of ghostly manifestations are all but thrown out the window. In other words, it's something of a cop out.

At the time of submitting this review I'm still currently watching season two with two more stories to go, including the two that were produced by Southern TV and are not included in this boxset, Dead Mans Kit and High Tide, both of which I shall review individually later. The series certainly has no end of guest stars during both seasons, with James Bolam, Ian McKellen, Maria Aitken, Michael Sheard, Bryan Marshall, Denis Lawson, Prentis Hancock, John Shrapnel, Michael Troughton, Brenda Bruce and Stephen Greif amongst others all making memorable appearances.

For me the other thing that prevents this boxset from getting five stars is the fact that there are no special features at all - a great shame as a series as iconic as this would have benefited from having a retrospective documentary of some kind made charting its creation. This appears to be the one big failing with most Network DVDs - great though some of their releases may be, a little something in the way of bonus material wouldn't go amiss once in a while.

Armchair Thriller has never been repeated since its final story - The Chelsea Murders - was originally broadcast in 1981 as a one-off feature-length episode, but now thanks to this release all those terrifying moments can be relived all over again. As for my recommendation as to what the best story of the series is, I'll stick my neck out by saying that with two more yet to be watched yes, it's got to be - as people still refer to it years later - 'the one with the nun'... what else?

Armchair Thriller - Rachel In Danger [1978] [DVD]
Armchair Thriller - Rachel In Danger [1978] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stephen Greif

5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare to be chilled, 21 April 2014
There were certain TV shows that many people of my particular age group still have vague memories of even to this day, more especially for their theme tunes and opening titles, and Armchair Thriller is certainly one of them. So eerie and chilling was the effect of Andy Mackays' music at the start of every story that it made me as a 5 year-old scared to go to bed in the evening alone, and today I think it's a miracle that the show was scheduled for as early as 8 to 8.30pm, given its' scary overtones. But having watched this story for the first time ever 36 years later on YouTube the shock factor has all but gone, although it didn't ruin my enjoyment of its four episodes.

Rachel In Danger gets the series off to a perfect start as it more or less lays the foundations for the remainder of the stories - it chills and oozes tension in equal measure, and in many ways the plot is reminiscent of many an Agatha Christie novel or Alfred Hitchcock movie. Good performances from a strong cast help carry it along really quite nicely, with Stephen Greif giving a deliciously evil performance as the smooth-talking south american assassin Juan, who remains cool and calm throughout after having murdered his old friend Peter Walmington (Neville Jason), as well as having to assume the role of father figure to Peters' young daughter Rachel whilst hatching a plot with a group of terrorists to commit a political assassination. But little does the killer realise that the child is no fool and is one step ahead of their plans...

An interesting piece of casting is that of Gwynneth Powell as the WPC who becomes Rachels' saviour during the story and whom she goes to for help as events start to unfold - she's better known still to this day as Mrs.McCluskey, the long-serving headmistress of Grange Hill! There's also a Doctor Who connection here - well, two actually - the director Waris Hussain directed the very first story An Unearthly Child, whilst Ron Grainer (who composed the theme tune with Delia Derbyshire) provides the haunting incidental music here.

Oh and watch out too for an early role for Marsha Fitzalan, who plays Podge, the department store assistant - she's best known for playing Rik Mayalls' wife Sarah B'Stard in The New Statesman.

Watching just this one story alone made me hungry for more, so much so that before posting this review I placed my order for the entire series boxset of the remaining nine serials produced by Thames Television, plus the two that aren't included in the set and were made by Southern (Dead Mans' Kit & High Tide). If you enjoy a good chiller and aren't easily, or love being, scared then this is the ideal show for you - just try not to have nightmares afterwards...

Doctor Who - The Web of Fear [DVD]
Doctor Who - The Web of Fear [DVD]
Dvd ~ Patrick Troughton
Price: £6.00

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tense, gripping and chilling, 24 Feb. 2014
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When the news was leaked last October that four of this storys' missing episodes had been found at a TV station in Nigeria, I - along with many other Doctor Who fans - licked my lips at the prospect of seeing at last a story that has long been classed as a classic in all its' glory. And having watched it the day before posting this review, I can safely say that it more than lives up to expectations.

The Web Of Fear works on so many levels as it contains many memorable moments and images. Perhaps the most iconic scenes are those involving the Yeti in the darkness of the deserted London Underground tunnels, and the idea of the great intelligence once again using them in its' invasion of Earth is an inspired idea. The human traitor aiding the aliens in their plan isn't known until the last few minutes of the final episode, and when it's revealed who it is the viewer is left speechless - who would have thought it could have been the loyal Staff Seargent Arnold, when some suspected the intrusive journalist Harold Chorley or even one of the other soldiers? Professor Travers makes his second appearance in this story, and he is just as flawless in the scenes when he is seen to have been taken over by the intelligence as he is during the rest of the serial as the blustering, no-nonsense scientist.

For many fans this story sees the introduction of the character who would become as much an icon as the Doctor himself, that of Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart (later to be Brigadier), and such is the impact made by Nicholas Courtney in his debut in the role that many are left wondering whether the part was made especially for him. Him and Patrick Troughton are great in their scenes together, more or less laying the foundations for the relationship between the Doctor and the Brigadier in later seasons. The tension never lets up from one moment of the story to the other, much of it due to the skills of the late great Douglas Camfield, who as this storys' director proves that he was the ideal choice to deal with scenes including a gun battle between the Yetis and the regular army.

The Yeti themselves are genuinely more frightening this time around, but they still manage to also look rather comical in some scenes, most notably during the scenes shot on location in Covent Garden in episode four. And in some shots when they appear in the tunnels the lack of any incidental music to accompany their presence on screen does tend let the production down slightly, but thankfully this is only a minor flaw as the rest of the story is virtually faultless.

Two things that the DVD suffers from are: 1)the still missing episode three appears only as a series of telesnaps edited together, and 2)due to the time constraints between the story being re-discovered and its' rush-release onto DVD there are no special features of any kind, the same problem that occurred with the release of The Enemy Of The World. If perhaps the third episode was to be found tomorrow and this story was to be re-released as a special edition as a result, I would suggest these would be included to keep fans like me happy at the earliest opportunity.

So to sum up, this is one DVD release that was well worth the wait. Superbly written, directed, and crammed with tension with many memorable scenes as well as being genuinely terrifying, you'll be gripped from the minute you start watching.
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The Complete Mary, Mungo And Midge [DVD]
The Complete Mary, Mungo And Midge [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mungo and Midge Mary
Offered by Copeylad
Price: £24.89

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic kids TV at its' coolest, 10 Feb. 2014
If proof was ever needed that childrens' TV was at its' best during the 1960s and 70s, then Mary, Mungo & Midge is certainly it. This was one show that I grew up watching and being fascinated by, and what a delight it is to be able to watch shows like it all over again on DVD some three decades or so later.

I am a sucker for cult TV shows that people of my particular age group used to watch all those years ago, and still have vague memories of even to this day. No matter what you remember of MM&M the most before watching it again years later, whether it's Richard Bakers' beautifully delivered narration, the lovely music of Johnny Pearson or the general all-round storytelling style of John Ryan (the shows' creator), the memories will all come flooding back in an instant. And when you do watch it'll seem like it was only a few years ago!

To some of todays' children a series like this will seem very dated indeed, but then again this was 1969! If you want an excuse to revisit your childhood for just the one episode or to watch the entire series in one go, then you've got good reason to do so. Just remember - as Mr.Baker tells us at the start of every episode - "A town is full of buildings... some tall, some short, some wide, and some narrow"... wonderful stuff!

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