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Samsung YP-Z5A 4GB MP3 Player - Black
Samsung YP-Z5A 4GB MP3 Player - Black

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A contender, 31 Dec. 2006
This is my first MP3 player, although I've used I-Rivers and Ipods extensively.

Build quality is good, it's nice looking, and quite chunky and the screen is clear and sharp. I do a lot of cycling with my MP3 player, and I just know I'd snap a weedy Nano so the fact this is twice as thick is a good thing for me.

The user interface is fine, whilst not as user friendly as the Ipod wheel, as others have said, it's not like you're trying to do anything complicated, so once you've got the touchpad worked out, it's fine.

I far prefer the drag and drop method of transferring files over synchronising with a desktop media player. The only downside I can see is that this player doesn't support the MP4 format that iTunes rips as standard so if you're erm... borrowing music from iPod using friends ... then you'll need to convert the files to MP3 or WMA.

The playback quality is very good, and the battery life is outstanding - but not 35hrs as stated unless you have one 35hr long track so you never need to view the screen!

You also need to remember to switch it off by holding down play for 5 seconds when you're not listening, otherwise it waits in standby mode which is effectively still on - draining the battery.

The fact it only charges from the PC cable isn't ideal, because you're not likely to take your PC on holiday with you! I imagine there'll be a mains adapter available, and the same thing applies to other MP3 players too, but it's still a poor customer experience at the end of the day.

Also, when it's connected to a PC, if you shut down the PC, the player stays on in standby mode - again draining the battery. It's things like this that make you realise this isn't quite as well thought through as it could be, but it's still a very good piece of kit.

The stock headphones are ok, but upgrade them for sure if you really want to get the most out of your music.

All in all, some minor issues, but at the end of the day, it stores loads of music, plays for ages, is small, and works well.


Samsung YP-Z5Q 2GB MP3 Player - Black
Samsung YP-Z5Q 2GB MP3 Player - Black

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A contender, 31 Dec. 2006
This is my first MP3 player, although I've used I-Rivers and Ipods extensively.

Build quality is good, it's nice looking, and quite chunky and the screen is clear and sharp. I do a lot of cycling with my MP3 player, and I just know I'd snap a weedy Nano so the fact this is twice as thick is a good thing for me.

The user interface is fine, whilst not as user friendly as the Ipod wheel, as others have said, it's not like you're trying to do anything complicated, so once you've got the touchpad worked out, it's fine.

I far prefer the drag and drop method of transferring files over synchronising with a desktop media player. The only downside I can see is that this player doesn't support the MP4 format that iTunes rips as standard so if you're erm... borrowing music from iPod using friends ... then you'll need to convert the files to MP3 or WMA.

The playback quality is very good, and the battery life is outstanding - but not 35hrs as stated unless you have one 35hr long track so you never need to view the screen!

You also need to remember to switch it off by holding down play for 5 seconds when you're not listening, otherwise it waits in standby mode which is effectively still on - draining the battery.

The fact it only charges from the PC cable isn't ideal, because you're not likely to take your PC on holiday with you! I imagine there'll be a mains adapter available, and the same thing applies to other MP3 players too, but it's still a poor customer experience at the end of the day.

Also, when it's connected to a PC, if you shut down the PC, the player stays on in standby mode - again draining the battery. It's things like this that make you realise this isn't quite as well thought through as it could be, but it's still a very good piece of kit.

The stock headphones are ok, but upgrading them is a must if you really want to get the most out of your music.

All in all, some minor issues, but at the end of the day, it stores loads of music, plays for ages, is small, and works well.


Dancer In The Dark [DVD] [2000]
Dancer In The Dark [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Björk
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £6.92

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 18 Jun. 2006
There's not much to add to what's already been said. Like many others here I was left in tears by this stunning film. See it.


Unnovations
Unnovations
by Charlie Brooker
Edition: Paperback

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick, Funny, Evil, 30 July 2003
This review is from: Unnovations (Paperback)
This will make you soil yourself at least once, it's so darkly funny.
Basically an Avon catalogue for the criminally deranged, it's full of stupid and evil gadgets that will generally cause the user great harm or embarassment.
Pretty throwaway really, but worth keeping around if you throw a party where sensitive types might stumble across it!
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Getting A Job In Canada 3e: Find a well-paid job and a wonderful lifestyle: Secure a Well Paid Job and a Great New Lifestyle (Living & Working Abroad)
Getting A Job In Canada 3e: Find a well-paid job and a wonderful lifestyle: Secure a Well Paid Job and a Great New Lifestyle (Living & Working Abroad)
by Valerie Gerrard
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Generally good info, but out of date, 30 July 2003
The general advice in this book is good, but it's well out of date as far as new immigration selection processes and the role of the web in this process.
Look elsewhere.


Head Hunters/Thrust
Head Hunters/Thrust
Offered by Revival Books Ltd
Price: £9.39

6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funkin' Good Choons, 30 July 2003
This review is from: Head Hunters/Thrust (Audio CD)
Two of Herbie's most influential funk/breakbeat jazz albums and you're wasting time reading reviews?!
Just buy it you fool!


Getting A Job In Canada 3e: Find a well-paid job and a wonderful lifestyle: Secure a Well Paid Job and a Great New Lifestyle (Living & Working Abroad)
Getting A Job In Canada 3e: Find a well-paid job and a wonderful lifestyle: Secure a Well Paid Job and a Great New Lifestyle (Living & Working Abroad)
by Valerie Gerrard
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs updating, 13 May 2003
This book is way out of date - the skilled worker immigration points system has changed, and there is little acknowledgement of the wealth of web-based resources that are available to help people (like me) who are thinking of making the move to Canada.
The fundamentals are the same and the more general advice is sound, but overall it can't be recommended until it's brought up to date.


Unnovations
Unnovations
by Charlie Brooker
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where can I order one?, 13 May 2003
This review is from: Unnovations (Paperback)
Dark, twisted, brutal, evil, and sometimes even funny.
Some of the unnovations are so ingenious you'll wonder how you never thought of it before. Like the "As The Crow Flies" in-car navigation system, a large red arrow that conveniently always points forwards...


Speedball 2
Speedball 2

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic game lives again, 26 Sept. 2002
This review is from: Speedball 2 (Video Game)
I was a huge fan of the original Speedball 2 on the Atari and Amiga, and was overjoyed to hear it would be arriving on the GBA, but would it make the grade?
First impressions were good, despite an overly long intro that slowly shows you a series of company logos before you can actually do anything. Once in, the menu graphics are slick and the soundtrack is excellent.
Get into the game proper and you realise why this game is such a classic. It's easy to pick up, but gets very tough very quickly, especially in the League matches where you can be drawn against the top teams when your own team - Brutal Deluxe - is grossly underequipped!
The view is "top-down" and you control the player nearest the ball in most cases, but when you have two or more players on the very edges of the screen display, the one you are controlling can suddenly change very quickly and this often causes some calamitous mistakes! Still, you learn pretty quickly where your chaps are going to be, and this only gets better as you collect money during each games to improve players using the excellent training interface.
There are some issues with the GBA's small screen, you simply cannot see enough of the pitch once the action really hots up! There are also problems with the conversion from joystick to gamepad, it's extremely difficult to apply aftertouch (curl) to your throws, which limits more experienced players range of passing options. Or maybe I just haven't got a fully conditioned Speedball-thumb yet...
The AI is more of the "A" and less of the "I"... your own players regularly avoid heading towards the ball, and the best opponents regularly make some bizarre passing decisions when clear through on goal!
Saying that, overall the difficulty level is probably just about right, with the Knockout being the toughest competition of all in my opinion. I recommend playing for a few draws to save up some cash in the early games...
It's fast, simple, brutal, looks fantastic and has enough gameplay options for a quick blast to a marathon session. Oh, and the 2-Player mode is superb too, and will no doubt be the cause of many bust-up and GBAs being stamped into the ground!!!


The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
by Edward R. Tufte
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £26.00

28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it, before you make a really bad mistake., 7 Dec. 2001
This book should be a compulsory read for all graphic designers dealing with data visualisation.
The clearly focused chapters, all with superb illustrations, take the reader through some of the best and worst graphics and charts ever printed, with Tufte providing crystalline insights and techniques that will stick in your mind and make your own work better.
Whilst this book deals only with printed graphics, I think that the lessons learned are even more valuable as a foundation for interactive media designers. With the added dimensions of time and user involvement comes the potential to commit far worse design-crimes than many of the examples laid bare in this book!
Like I said: Read it before you make a really bad mistake!


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