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Klarstein 'Herakles 3G' Food Blender Smoothie Maker Mixer (2L Blender Jug, 1500W & 40,000 RMP) - Blue
Klarstein 'Herakles 3G' Food Blender Smoothie Maker Mixer (2L Blender Jug, 1500W & 40,000 RMP) - Blue
Offered by Electronic-Star-UK
Price: £389.90

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An affordable/capable - powerful blender, 16 Dec 2014
I was kindly sent the Klarstein Herakles 3G food blender for review purposes. The comments made within this review are from my own experience using it for over one month now. . . .

The Herakles food blender is a big and powerful kitchen blender which you can use to blend all kinds of foodstuffs to make a range of meals/desserts. It was delivered very well packaged and I was sent the white colour.

What's in the box?

- The blender - 1500 watts - 40,000 rpm - UK plug - 4 feet power cable - nice gloss white colour
- Blender jug - 2 litre capacity - 6 blades - with lid+silicone lid seal
- Tamper - for pressing ingredients down through the lid
- Spare drive socket

I have uploaded some pictures showing the blender front/control panel - jug with damper - blades - jug top/lid - back of blender - details on the back -

The blender itself is made from tough/robust plastic. There are rubber feet on the bottom and It has a great quality thick power cable with fused plug. There are three control switches -

- Power on/off switch
- Power/blender dial with 13 speed variables
- Pulse switch - this is just on or off

The blender jug is made from tough clear plastic/polycarbonate. It has measurements going up the side in 50 ml increments upto 2 litres and a good pouring spout. The handle is big and makes holding the jug when full easy enough. The rubberised lid fits well and stops anything leaking out when in use. There's a hole (which has a removeable cover) in the top of the lid for dropping ingredients in and tamping them down with the tamping rod supplied.

This jug has 6 stainless steel blades inside which look and feel very good/strong. They are sharp and along with the high powered motor work well in reducing the ingredients down. These blades can be removed for cleaning or replacement by unlocking the nut underneath - see pic uploads.

The full height of the blender plus jug is 20 inches. The jug alone is 10 inches.

Overall this is a very well made item that looks good and feels tough.

In use -

Easy enough to set up in 1 minute - just plug in - put the jug on and you're ready to go!

What can you use this for?

As an avid home cook I was eager to see what this blender could do compared to a 1.6ltr Magimix I've had for a few years now. Well. . . pretty much anything!

The main use for a blender is smoothies, milkshakes, soups, ice crushing, frozen ice drinks and grinding solids like chocolate for hot chocolate, sugar to grind it down for cooking/baking and bread for bread crumbs. This can do all that! There's a tonne of stuff on the internet to find out about how to do all these and YouTube is always a good place to look.

I've been drinking smoothies for years now and made quite a few using this machine. Once all the ingredients are in, smoothies take about 1 - 2 mins tops until done. The best way to make a smoothie is to use frozen fruit/cold juice or water, fresh vegetables with skin on and seeds included! Here's a couple of breakfast recipes I use -

Yellow smoothie. . .
125 mls pineapple juice
125 mls Greek yogurt
teacup frozen pineapple, diced
teacup frozen mango
1 banana, chopped
1 tsp grated ginger

Orange smoothie. . .
70 mls orange juice
70 mls vanilla Greek yogurt
1 small orange, peeled and frozen
½ peach, peeled and diced
1 carrot, grated

The blender, blends fruit very well, there may be some 'bits' but you can re-blend it some more or add a touch of liquid to smooth it out a touch. Some people even strain the liquid before drinking it. It's all down to personal preference.

A classic green smoothie . . .add a teaspoon of honey if you want it a bit sweet!

teacup of Kale
teacup green leaf Lettuce
50g parsley
1 Carrot
1 Apple (skin, seeds the lot)
half a Courgette
1 Celery stick
half teacup fresh orange juice
half teacup of coconut water or just water!

Again, the machine blended this well enough for me. Not too much fibre floating around and well liquidised. Again - you can always blend it longer or add a tad more liquid!

It will blend seeds and nuts and the only thing that I haven't tried that will really test it out is an Avocado seed. But I will give it a go and update this review.

In regards to making a soup - you would just add hot (not boiling) water and your pre cut veg and seasoning and whizz until liquidised. You can then pour this into a pan to heat up or bowl to microwave. An example of a simple blender made soup -

Tomato-Carrot Soup

1 and 1/2 to 2 cups hot water.
1 whole carrot
1-2 whole plum tomatoes
1-2 stalks of celery
1 slice of red onion (optional, to taste)
1 clove garlic, crushed (optional)
Try different variations of Oregano, Basil, Dill, Italian seasoning. Add a dash of salt and pepper to taste.

Obviously you can just use your imagination when making your own soups at home. This is just a quick example. Broccoli and stilton is an easy one too as is good old tomato soup!

One thing I would say is that this is a loud machine and on full power very loud indeed (it'll definitely wake the baby up!) but I would not let that detract from what it is capable of as it will only be running for minutes at a time. All in all this is a great blender and does the job well. It isn't a Vitamix or Blendtec and you cannot compare them as they are at the top of the game in blenders and cost a few hundred quid to boot!

This is an affordable entry level blender with a powerful overheat protected motor and six stainless steel blades. It isn't complicated and easy to use. It has coped with all the stuff I usually do and has not let me down yet.

Healthily recommended
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SOLEMEMO Compact Portable Mini 4.0 NFC Bluetooth Wireless Home Audio Speaker With Built-In Mic & Speakerphone, Wireless Hifi Hands-free Outdoor Stereo Bass sound for iPads, Android tablets, PCs, Macs, PSPs, cell phones from Apple, Samsung, Nokia, HTC, Blackberry, etc.(Black)
SOLEMEMO Compact Portable Mini 4.0 NFC Bluetooth Wireless Home Audio Speaker With Built-In Mic & Speakerphone, Wireless Hifi Hands-free Outdoor Stereo Bass sound for iPads, Android tablets, PCs, Macs, PSPs, cell phones from Apple, Samsung, Nokia, HTC, Blackberry, etc.(Black)
Offered by Solememo
Price: £89.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A mini marvel of a speaker!, 13 Dec 2014
I was kindly sent this Bluetooth speaker by the manufacturer for review. You can connect this to any Bluetooth enabled device to play great quality audio/music through. Such as your phone, computer or tablets.

This must be one of the coolest little things I've ever seen!

It is tiny! I've uploaded a picture of it against something small to get a feel for it's size. But, for it's tiny size it can go pretty loud! Like my daughter :(

What's in the box?

- The speaker which measures 2 inches high x 1.5 inches wide! - 3w music power- 400mAh Li Poly battery - Bluetooth 4.0 - CSR 4 chipset
- USB to 3.5mm cable - 20 inches long - for charging
- 3.5mm aux cable - 20 inches long - to connect this speaker to radios etc
- Instructions (you'll need a magnifying glass!)

Bluetooth 4.0 - A new version of Bluetooth giving you more power per charge as it drains much less power than older Bluetooth versions plus it can stream music/audio at higher quality than before.

CSR 4 - helps deliver better audio quality by transferring more data quicker giving a smoother experience to the user.

The speaker has a great build quality to it being made from powder coated aluminum with a rubber ring on the bottom for stability and there's no weight in it at all! On the speaker you have a mic (you can take calls through this when linked to your phone) and a 3.5mm socket that acts as the charging point and as a aux port for headphones etc and a LED indication light. The power on/off button is underneath as is the NFC tag.

In use -

You just charge this little beauty up for 1.5 hours to get upto 8 hours of use. I charged it via my Samsung Notebook. That's a very good return 1.5 hrs for 8 hrs!

To pair up - just turn on at the bottom and search for Bluetooth devices with your mobile. It came up on mine as ' OP_audio mini' and I was connected in less than a second.

I've played loads of music/audio through this for a few days now and I cannot believe how good this little beast is!

It has great bass for it's size and at full volume there is virtually no distortion and certainly nothing to complain about. Music/audio clarity is spot on and a very good listening experience is delivered in my opinion. It responds well to changing the EQ presets in your phone I found. I use the Tune In radio app a lot and through this speaker it was a really nice, clear listen.

I also linked this up to my notebook to use as my audio source for watching a movie - The French Connection on Blu Ray. The famous car chase scene sounded brilliant through this speaker as small as it is. The deep resonance of the revving engines was great and made the movie jump out! Good stuff.

You can also take a phone call through this speaker if it's connected. Call quality is good with no problems at all.

I'm really impressed by this mighty marvel and if it were a superhero it would have to be Ant Man! Small yet powerful!

I can highly recommend this miniature speaker to anybody looking for a speaker loud enough for personal use, to throw in a rucksack/bag, take on holiday as it takes no space/weight up at all, to use as an alternative to your pc speakers or just to anybody who likes cool gadgets!
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The Friendly Swede Egg Shaped Hand Exercise Balls (Set of 3 Resistance Levels)
The Friendly Swede Egg Shaped Hand Exercise Balls (Set of 3 Resistance Levels)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Need or want a better grip? Read on. . ., 13 Dec 2014
There's nothing worse than shaking a blokes hand to find out you've got hold of a limp fish, he has the weakest grip known to man.

These can sort that out within weeks of use!

Day to day activities such as turning doorknobs, opening jars and conducting mechanical repairs benefit from a strong grip. Medical rehabilitation after hand surgery and racket sports enthusiasts would make use of these and of course although we hope it will never happen - if you ever get into a fight a strong grip is a godsend.

What's in the box ?

You get three thermoplastic rubber hand strengthening medium egg shaped sized balls of differing resistance levels - soft > medium >hard. On the side of the box is a diagram of how to use them! Just repeatedly squeeze them! :)

How to use them - if you're interested . . .

As a martial arts practitioner in years gone by I was taught that there are three types of grip strength.

Crushing strength - This type of grip strength is demonstrated when you crush say an empty drinks can (usually beer in my case). A crushing grip is also used when shaking hands or in a fighting context, grabbing your opponent's wrist, arm, ear , nose, clothes - anything. A good analogy would be a table-vice mechanism This has has almost an identical action to that of a crushing grip, in that the stationary side of the vice (the palm) has a component (the fingers) that closes toward it as it crushes.

Pinching strength - Useful in real world applications (as everything isn't about fighting hopefully). An example of this would be gripping a heavy plate between your finger and thumb as it hangs downwards. Usually pegging tons of washing out in my case!

Holding strength - This type of grip involves the thumb, fingers and palm (a cross between the crushing and pinching grips) and is used most often in a real world situation for controlling an object (a steering wheel of a car for example), moving heavy items around or controlling a person in a confrontation. Usually maneuvering my bone idle son out of the house to college in my case!

Using these eggs will improve all the above three grip types (help me dispose of beer cans, peg washing out and get my son to college) to some degree and more so the crushing grip.

When to use them? - If time permits and it doesn't take long - I would say start with say 30 - 40 tight squeezes and hold for 10 seconds each squeeze every other day until you feel ready to do this every day or. . .just use them every day and carry them around the home/work and keep squeezing them repeatedly. Sometimes this way you don't even notice the effort involved and will build grip strength.

Just so you know they're working - before you start using them - just make a fist and squeeze tight as possible. See how hard your forearms are. After a few weeks of using the eggs try it again - you should notice a difference.

I was kindly sent these hand exercise eggs for review by the manufacturers.

I just hope my little stick of dynamite doesn't get her hands on them! Oof! :'(

Recommended


GRC - New Design RC3910 Remote Control- for Toshiba LCD / LED Tv`s
GRC - New Design RC3910 Remote Control- for Toshiba LCD / LED Tv`s
Offered by Genuine-remote-controls
Price: £4.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A replacement remote for the Toshiba 37BV700B 37-inch Widescreen 1080p Full HD LCD TV with Freeview, 13 Dec 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I had to buy this to replace a non functioning one for a 4 year old Toshiba TV.

It came well packaged and in pristine condition.

It's spot on and does the job intended. All the functions you had on your old remote are there so everything is accessible as usual EPG > source > menu's > text > red button etc. . .

Can't fault it. Recommended if you're after one :)


Attmu Vegetable Spiral Slicer - Perfect Vegetti Spiralizer Stainless Steel Spiral Cutter for Low Carb Healthy Vegetable Meals with Japanese Blades and 2 Julienne Sizes
Attmu Vegetable Spiral Slicer - Perfect Vegetti Spiralizer Stainless Steel Spiral Cutter for Low Carb Healthy Vegetable Meals with Japanese Blades and 2 Julienne Sizes
Offered by Attmu UK
Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oodles and oodles of healthy veg noodles!, 12 Dec 2014
I was kindly sent this vegetable spiralizer by the manufacturers for review.

I was keen to give this a go as a passionate home cook.

I use a lot of veg in my cooking and am very keen on the mantra of 'if you have great knife skills and decent knives you'll never need any kitchen chopping gadget' but you can't do this with a knife!

This may transform the way you eat your veggies and how much of them you eat!

The device is really well made from tough plastic body with super sharp stainless steel blades and a stainless steel handle. It is hour glass shaped and only 4.5 x 3 inches so won't take up much space.

It's a two sided device you get here. Thick spirals one side and thinner the other.

You also get a spiked lid to help you push the veg down and twist if your fingers are getting a bit too near the blades. You get a cleaning brush to clean the awkward to get to blades too! This is a dishwasher safe item.

How do we use it?

Just take the item of veg that you want to spiralize (typically courgette/cucumber but whatever takes your fancy) and decide thick or thin spirals/noodles.

Note - if it has a peel then peel it first! Such as a carrot. Obviously the likes of a cucumber with a softer peel is good to go as is!

Then just take it firmly in your hand and stick it right in all the way and slowly but firmly twist it in one continuous motion and try not to stop. This way you will produce better spirals. Practice makes perfect with this I found as with everything in life!

I would advise to use larger/thicker (may I say phallic) shaped veg as the spirals just turn out better.

What can you do with this?

You can spiralize Courgettes - Cucumbers - Sweet potato - Carrots - Butternut squash and whatever you can think of that will fit in this! Use the spirals to decorate salads or to cook with.

If you are trying to get healthy, lose a bit of weight, cut down on calories, add some vitamins to your diet - then this is for you!

You can treat sweet potato and butternut squash spirals as pasta - saute it and season to taste for a really healthy alternative to a full on pasta/cheese sauce dish. Curly cucumber spirals with a dash of apple cider vinegar with a quick grind of salt and pepper is surprisingly tasty and healthy!

You could make curly thin fries, hash browns and potato pancakes using thin spirals too.

I'm not a fan of the latest kitchen gadgets but with a little imagination and practice, this is a nifty little device to have in the kitchen.

Recommended


Victorinox Classic SD Swiss Army Pocket Tool Red
Victorinox Classic SD Swiss Army Pocket Tool Red
Price: £10.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Save your teeth and get one of these!, 12 Dec 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
The Classic SD Swiss Army Knife by Victorinox has been dubbed the most popular knife in America and is by far the best selling pocket knife. It is also an excellent and unique keyring.

This miniature tool is small enough to fit in any pocket, glove compartment, handbag - anywhere.

I have bought this as a stocking filler for my son as I myself have carried a larger SAK around with me for around 20 odd years which has proven a life saver at times and which I recently lost and had to order one from here.

Swiss Army Classic SD Features. . .

Small Blade
Scissor
Nail File with Screwdriver Tip
Toothpick
Tweezers
Key Ring

Length (Closed) is 2.25 inches

This one arrived in a nifty little pouch and it goes without saying as a design classic that the build quality of this little knife is non other than first class. The blade is sharp as you like, nail file does file well, tweezers are sharp and pointy too. It's the finer details such as the spring action of the scissors, you just know it's been well thought about - designed - engineered.

There's 1001 uses for this little knife as well as the obvious ones such as filing your nails > pulling splinters out of your fingers > cleaning your teeth > cutting packets/string/nails > general knife work with the blade such as cutting Amazon boxes open, picking staples out of things, tightening glasses screws, cutting wedding cake, buttering small crackers . . .

The other 899 uses you will be ready for as and when they arise in life! and they will :)

Super Swiss recommended


Running Belt for iPhone GaiaZon Carrera Multifunctional Splash Proof Twin Pouch Money Belt Waist Pack, Fanny Pack, Bum Bag for Running, Walking, Sprinting, Hiking, Cycling and many other outdoor activities or traveling. Compatible with the iPhone 6 Plus and many other smart phones. Highly flexible polyester material, which is durable and easy to keep clean. Free from bounce whilst running. Elastic and adjustable waist band for 28"-51" waists. (Black)
Running Belt for iPhone GaiaZon Carrera Multifunctional Splash Proof Twin Pouch Money Belt Waist Pack, Fanny Pack, Bum Bag for Running, Walking, Sprinting, Hiking, Cycling and many other outdoor activities or traveling. Compatible with the iPhone 6 Plus and many other smart phones. Highly flexible polyester material, which is durable and easy to keep clean. Free from bounce whilst running. Elastic and adjustable waist band for 28"-51" waists. (Black)
Offered by GaiaZonDirect
Price: £24.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute belter!, 11 Dec 2014
I was kindly sent this multi purpose twin pouch belt by GaiaZon for review and have had it for around one week.

I've never used one of these belts before so was intrigued as to how useful it could be. . .

The belt arrives in a nice box and was well packaged. Inside the box is the belt and a extended warranty card. You can register for a 2 year warranty which isn't bad at all! There's loads of clear customer contact information and a returns card. It seems GaiaZon have plenty of confidence in their product.

And rightly so.

The belt has a very good build quality to it. Made from an elastic polyester weave it is extremely lightweight and fully adjustable. It will fit waist sizes from 28 - 51 inches. So it'll even fit me! :) The two pouches are water resistant (when closed of course) and have really good well sealed zips on them. Each pouch measures just under 8 long x 1.5 wide inches and they are elasticated (the belt is 1.5 inches wide all round). The belt fastening clip is plastic but solid and works well and won't come undone by accident!

This is a twin pouch belt. The pouches have been separated (by a reflective strip) so you can put things that will damage your phone in the other pouch, separate your money etc.

Who could use this belt?

Sports enthusiasts - runners > cyclists > campers > outdoors activities - climbers - hikers - holiday makers

In use - the belt is very comfortable and barely noticeable when worn. Quality is spot on and adjustment is simple enough without being too fiddly. Pockets are easily accessed and well positioned.

What can you get in these pouches?

Err. . .whatever you want really? Chocolate, energy bars, keys, bank cards, money, coffee receipts, lipstick (I always carry a lipstick with me on a hike!) mobile phone (I got my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 in one pouch quite comfortably which is a big phone).

My daughter has already claimed this belt for when she's off on holiday in Feb!

Cracking belt which I can see will come in useful for me being a cyclist/hiker and tightwad northerner who likes to hide his money!

Recommended
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Karrimor Mens Pyramid II Trail Running Shoes K688 Black 7 UK, 41 EU
Karrimor Mens Pyramid II Trail Running Shoes K688 Black 7 UK, 41 EU
Price: £31.77

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars - Lightweight and comfortable with no rubbing or chaffing from day one of ..., 8 Dec 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I bought these for my 15 year old son.

We are seasoned hikers and have gone through quite a few pairs of walking boots/shoes over the years and Karrimor have been a quality brand in my opinion. When I spotted these at such a low price at this time of writing it was a no brainer!

He's been using them for a few weeks now and they have proven to be very reliable indeed.

- Lightweight and comfortable with no rubbing or chaffing from day one of wear
- Waterproofing is okay not brilliant
- Tough non penetrable yet flexible sole
- Great breathable material so no sweating
- Good all rounder for simple days out to some medium terrain walking

The only negative about them is that they are a tad tight. Maybe he should have got a size 8? But great shoes nevertheless.

Recommended


Jeyes Fluid 5L
Jeyes Fluid 5L

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best disinfectant, 8 Dec 2014
This review is from: Jeyes Fluid 5L (Kitchen & Home)
Jeyes fluid outdoor disinfectant has been around for over 100 years. My grandparents used it as did my parents and now so do I.

In my experience you cannot get a better or more potent outdoor disinfectant. If you want to clean and disinfect then this is the stuff for the job!

This is a 5 litre can and will last me for 18 - 24 months.

Please Note. . . .What you 'cannot' use this for is indoors or on soil/around plants or aquatic life (regardless of what you may read on internet gardening forums!) under any circumstances as this is so effective because it is toxic and can have an accumulative effect if not used properly!! Also do not use this to deter cats as again it can absorb through their foot pads and accumulate causing organ failure.

So what can you use it for -

Drains - Use neat in outdoor drains and leave for 20 mins then rinse thoroughly especially good in hot spells

Concrete paths and patios - Dilute 150mls to every 5 litres of water, apply sufficient solution to thoroughly wet the affected surfaces and allow 30 minutes then rinse off with water and scrub with an old stiff yard brush.

For light coloured stones - Dilute 50mls per 5 litres of water to avoid staining. Test a small area first to be sure.

Tarmac areas - Dilute 125mls to 5 litres of water in a watering can, apply sufficient solution to thoroughly wet the affected surfaces. Check a small area for softening first. If tarmac does soften, use a lower dilution of 60mls to 5 litres of water and repeat treatment after 1 month.

Canes, Labels, Secateurs & Knives - Wipe over with 10ml per litre of water and leave for 5 minutes then rinse off

Water Butts:- To clean water butts, scrub with a solution of 15mls to 5 litres of water. To freshen water add 3 mls Jeyes Fluid and stir

Greenhouses - Remove all plants, wash down all glass, glazing bars and shelving with 35mls per 5 litres of water and ventilate and allow to dry before reintroducing your plants

Avian Influenza/Bird Flu - Use a solution of 250mls to 5 litres of water to disinfect all surfaces against Avian Influenza. Remove any excess soil, apply the solution via a watering can, allow at least 20 minutes contact time and rinse off after use.

With regular use Jeyes will ward off all manner of bugs, insects and pests, keep your garden, patios and driveways spotless from moss and algae and smelling clean.

Highly recommended with safe use


10.1'' Dragon Touch A1X Quad Core, Android 4.4 KitKat Tablet PC, Octa Core GPU, 16GB Storage, Dual Camera, Bluetooth, HDMI, Google Play Pre-installed, WiFi, 2014 Best Deal
10.1'' Dragon Touch A1X Quad Core, Android 4.4 KitKat Tablet PC, Octa Core GPU, 16GB Storage, Dual Camera, Bluetooth, HDMI, Google Play Pre-installed, WiFi, 2014 Best Deal
Offered by TabletExpress EURO
Price: £199.99

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant inexpensive Android tablet, 8 Dec 2014
I was kindly sent this Google Android tablet by the manufacturers for review purposes. The comments made within this review are from my own experience using it for the last 7 days. . . .

I'm not going to dance around and say I do or do not like it until the end of this review and will just jump right in and say that at the current price point of under £80 that this tablet is great value for your hard earned cash.

I like it a lot.

I have an iPad 4 with retina display that I paid £500 for at the time. It's hard to review a tablet without comparing it to what you already have but in this instance I cannot. This is a different tablet in a different price bracket. The iPad is the benchmark and has no competitor and this nor any other tablet is no iPad - but . . .it can do a hell of a lot of stuff I use the iPad for regularly - but for under £80! Now there's something!

What's in the box?

- The Android tablet
- AC charger
- USB to micro USB cable
- OTG cable
- Instruction booklet

The tablet runs on android KitKat 4.4.2 - if you have ever used an Android mobile phone you will be familiar with the way this tablet works as it's pretty much the same but a lot bigger! Android 4.4 takes system performance to an all-time high by optimizing memory and improving your touchscreen so that it responds faster and more accurately than ever before. This means that you can listen to music while browsing the web, or race down the highway with the latest game, better than before!

I have uploaded a few pictures of the tablet with this review. The tablet connected to a Bluetooth speaker with Radio 4 on - The connections on the edge showing charger point, HDMI, mini USB, mic, 3.5mm jack, Micro SD card slot, on/off and volume switches - screen shot of a 3D racing game - apps screen - main screen/wallpaper (yes! It was 3am this morning!) - back of tablet.

Out of the box -

It looks the business - a nice white gloss finish, tough plastic back. The screen is capacitive (touch sensitive) and made from plastic It does have a bit of glare to it and has a nice black border around it. The actual corner to corner size is 11.5 inches and weighs 544g which is just over half a bag of sugar (the iPad weighs double and is a real hand killer at times) There is no flex/bendability to this tablet, it is solid and build quality is good.

Some specs -

- Size - 10.2 x 6.5 x 0.25 inches
- 6000mAh internal battery
- 1gb of RAM
- 16gb built in hard drive storage. You are left with around 10gb after they have installed the operating system and apps etc. (this can be upgraded by adding micro SD card giving you plenty of memory)
- Quad core A31 processor
- Bluetooth 4.0 enabled
- Main rear camera is 2mp
- Front facing camera is 0.3mp

In use -

I charged it overnight before my first use as advised by the manufacturers. I ran it flat on my first run through and upon recharge noticed it takes about 1 hour per 20%. So around 5-6 hours for a full charge from my note book's USB port thereafter.

What apps/Widgets are pre installed on this tablet?

- Google Play store
- Google Settings
- Calculator
- Calendar
- Email
- Google Maps
- Clock >timer > stopwatch
- MP3/voice Recorder
- Music manager
- Chrome
- Browser
- Pictures gallery
- Voice Search
- Bookmark

Time and location set up are dead easy and take minutes.

Screen display -

The display is good and works well enough to look at photographs - watch YouTube - BBC i player - watch streaming movies - watch web content on news sites and such. No problem. I am currently watching the FA Cup highlights whilst typing this out! 3D games look great on here too. I've played quite a bit of Real Racing on this which is a high quality graphics racing game (390mb download) - no lag - great colours - good experience. The screen does have what I would call a tight viewing angle but again - it isn't a problem and just something I need to report on. If you are looking right at it and around 20 degrees off to the left or right it's all good. I had no complaint at this personally. Connecting this to a big tv and you get a great picture as you would expect. You're using the tv's screen to display content from the tablet.

Front/Rear cameras -

The front is a 2mp camera and facing a 0.3mp. The still images and video taken from these are not that good (unless it is your first tablet and you're experimenting with the camera but - what it is okay for is Skype. It's a lower resolution image therefore less data to handle which makes for a smoother Skype experience. It does the job! The camera has a normal shot and panorama mode - A few effects such as Autofix > Cross Process > Posterize > Lomo > Black+White > Sepia > Negative > Duo Tone > Documentary. You can access camera settings which are - Timer > Picture size and quality > Face detection (which I found works well) > on screen grid for composing pictures. One handy feature is 'Fast Snap' which takes 10 photos in one second. You can then save one or more to your liking. Handy for sports/fast moving objects/fireworks etc.

Speakers/Audio -

The only niggle for me. The stereo speakers situated at the back are low at full volume but crystal clear. There's a simple solution to this though. A Bluetooth speaker. You can connect this to a Bluetooth speaker or headphones available here on Amazon. I have tested loads over the years and here's a few links to some inexpensive yet great little speakers to connect this tablet to that I and many others have reviewed and recommended. . .

- EasyAcc Mini Portable Rechargeable Bluetooth Speaker with Microphone for Tablet/Laptops - Titanium Black

- August SE30 - Portable Stereo Bluetooth Speaker - Compact Wireless SoundBar with 3.5mm in and Rechargeable Battery (Red) - Compatible with iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, Nokia, HTC, Blackberry, Google, LG, Nexus, iPad and all Bluetooth enabled Mobile Phones, S...

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If you want to spend a bit more money on an amazing Bluetooth speaker -

- ADX GizMo, Bluetooth V4.0 Ultra Portable rechargeable Speaker. High-end Zinc enclosure in black UV finish. 5.5watts. compatible with all Android, Apple and Windows devices inc iPhone, IPad, IPod, HTC, Samsung, Sony etc

- ADX Fusion, Aluminium Stereo Bluetooth V4.0 Speaker with NFC pairing - Silver. High power speaker with long playtime and dual bass diaphragms. Compatible with all Apple, Android and Windows devices.

- Brainwavz HM9 Hi-Fi Noise Isolating Headphones

Connectivity -

There's loads of ways to connect with this tablet -

- Mini HDMI port to connect to your tv to stream movies/video
- Micro USB for connecting to anything with a USB and charging your tablet from your computer
- Micro SD card slot to upgrade your memory/storage (I have a 32gb card in now)
- Bluetooth 4.0 to connect your speakers and headphones. Connect to your computer to send pics/documents/music/video
- 3.5mm headphone socket to connect wired headphones or connect a speaker with a 3.5mm socket

So you can connect this to all you need basically.

- Your TV
- Wired headphones
- Bluetooth/wireless devices such as headphones and speakers
- The Google cloud to store documents/pictures/videos which can be downloaded to any other devices to look at or print off as long as you have a google email account to sync from on all these devices

Battery life -

From a full 100% charge I've had. . . .

- 6-7 hours of web browsing
- watched 2 full HD quality movies
- 4 to 5 hours of browsing, watching videos, sending emails, online shopping in one session

Not bad at all on battery usage. Just make sure you give it that initial overnight charge and again overnight the second time you charge it. Then you can just charge a few hours at a time.

What apps I've downloaded -

- Tune In Radio (listen to any radio station worldwide. It has podcasts, science, sports, live concerts and much more to offer to radio fans. Connect a Bluetooth speaker and you will have thousands of radio stations at your fingertips)
- Spotify (Create your own personal radio station playing the music you love to listen to)
- Word Chums (A word game similar to scrabble - but better!)
- 8 Ball Pool (Play pool against online opponents all over the world)
- 3D Real Racing (race sports cars against competitors worldwide)
- BBC Iplayer (Catch up with all your BBC tv and radio shows)
- Unit Converter (How many inches in a mile? This will tell you!)
- Chess (play chess)

and of course Google Santa Tracker. I'm ready for him! :)

You can of course (just like on your android phone) go into the settings and change notification tones for when you get in game or Email notifications, change wallpapers, delete anything you need to, turn Bluetooth, auto rotate, location access etc on and off as and when and all that. The response of the tablet is quick enough during multi tab browsing, selecting music to play and playing games - sending an Email as it can handle all this okay.

To sum up - For what it is advertised as being - this is a cracking tablet that does what it says! For under 80 quid I cannot complain. I have played games > taken low res photos/videos > played online games > searched the internet for recipes, watched YouTube videos, read an Ebook, iPlayer, streamed HD movies > sent emails > downloaded apps > listened to any radio station/podcasts worldwide > connected speakers and headphones via Bluetooth to give me a great listening experience with radio, music and movies! This would be a great first tablet for Christmas for anybody who's never used one, a second tablet or a child. If it does break by accident or get lost stolen - it's not the end of the world as it wasn't 500 quid thankfully.

I would definitely advise you to get a Bluetooth speaker or headphones to go with this tablet for the reasons I've given above.

I have only used this for a week up to now so it's all new and in great working order. 'If' anything major goes wrong with this tablet I will contact the manufacturer see what they say and update this review asap!


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