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5800 (UK, Black/Red)
5800 (UK, Black/Red)

44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My first Nokia, 1 April 2009
This is my first Nokia phone, but not my first touchscreen, and it has really impressed me. Firstly, a lot of the negatives in the first few reviews seem to be about touch phones in general - there are things to get used to with the transition to touch. One thing I can say, compared with my old LG Viewty, this is a vast improvement in technology. One thing to note is that many of the reviews online are of the phone with it's original firmware - further updates have improved the functionality and responsiveness of the touchscreen. When I installed it, I couldn't believe the difference.

UPDATE -
6 months after getting the phone, I've decided to update the review. It's still a great phone, but the touch screen has gradually lost some of it's responsiveness. This is due to it being a resistive touchscreeen (rather than capacitive, like the iPhone), and leaves it more susceptable to wear and tear. The main areas affected are the two button areas at the bottom of the screen, and the direct middle. The cause of it is most likely a combo of me not keeping it in a case and using fingernail taps that are maybe a bit too hard. I would reccommend treating the screen with care. That said, it responds perfectly fine to fingernail taps rather than full finger presses. (all other points of the review still stand, battery life still excellent etc.)

HARDWARE -
The phone is a very well built object, but the back casing and stylus do seem a bit flimsy when removed. The screen is very nice, responsive and sharp, although I find myself using fingernail taps for texting rather than full finger presses. I have never used the stylus, or felt the need, but I have small fingers. The camera is a bit rubbish, but then so was the one on my old LG (with all it's 5MP) compared with my dedicated camera. The phone has a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is great. For a touch phone, I have to say the battery life is amazing, so thumbs up there.

SOFTWARE -
The phone software is an updated Symbian smartphone OS, which looks a little dull to begin with. However, the beauty of Symbian is that it can be updated and changed to look however you want - my favourite is the iPhone theme by Pizero - which suits the fun loving music demographic that this phone is aimed at. The music player is very good, automatically finding any music you drag and drop onto the card supplied. Several touchscreen features are worthy of note: the accelerometer that switches the screen landscape to portrait, the scrollbar (much easier than the weird scrolling on the LG), and the nice big full-screen QWERTY keyboard. It's worth noting that some actions require 2 taps, specifically selecting items from the menus, whereas all other actions only require on press.

FEATURES -
The camera, as I said, is a bit pants - but that isn't why you would buy this phone. The supplied games are also a bit rubbish, but there are free downloadable ones on Nokia's website. The internet browser is great, very sharp and fast, but beware of double-tapping, this only zooms the page in. GPS seems to work well too - but requires an internet connection for some reason, so make sure you have a contract including browsing. And although it comes with NokiaMaps, this is only a demo - go and download Googlemaps for free. The music player is top notch - but doesn't feature Nokia's "Comes with Music" software. Video playback is awesome on the big screen, and BBC iPlayer plays very well bar its usual pixellation issues. All in all, a great package of features.

COMES WITH... -
The phone comes with a great package of extra bits, a stand for viewing video, a TV-out cable to watch iPlayer and self-shot video over the TV, headphones, in-line remote, charger, spare stylus and a weird plectrum stylus. Bizarrely, although 2 of these items have an attaching cord, there seems to be no hole to thread them through anywhere on the phone. The included 8gb card is very generous, and can be expanded to 16gb is Nokia is to be believed, and 32gb if Wikipedia is to be believed.

CONCLUSION -
I like this phone, the touch controls work well (once the multiple presses have been adjusted for), and it's very easy to use. Some more customisation on the home screen would have been nice, but it does the job. The review that lamented the lack of a "Back" button should note that there is always an "Options" and "Back" button at the bottom of the screen, not sure how they missed that. Anyway, after a week, I'm very happy with this phone. It's not an iPhone, but it was less than half the price on a better contract.
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Sony PSP 2000 Series Slim and Lite Handheld Console (Black)
Sony PSP 2000 Series Slim and Lite Handheld Console (Black)

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beware of the Long Term..., 4 Feb 2009
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
The PSP is a lovely device, and the Slim and Light version has made some great improvements, including battery life and screen brightness. I love my old chunky model to bits, so this is more a review of the console in general.

The battery life on this model is better than the old, but still not in the same league as the DS, a machine I hardly notice having to charge. For charge the PSP you will, the huge bright screen is a big drain on power, not to mention the lovely graphics. Really, with battery issues aside, and it's excellent media capabilities (8GB card + Flight of the Conchords DVD + Handbrake software = most fun you can legally have on a train) the PSP should be the true choice for gaming on the move.

BUT...poor PSP has been somewhat abandoned by the developers in recent years. It has a good back catalogue to keep new owners busy, but there are unlikely to be more than 10-15 games that you'll be particularly excited about. Which is a shame, because a lot of it's exclusives are stellar, and in my opinion much better than all but a few DS games. Lumines, Patapon, LocoRoco and Crisis Core all deserved to be touted and paraded as LittleBigPlanet was, but recieved barely any attention.

So beware, potential owner, check the Gamespot back-catalogue to make sure your new purchase won't be gathering dust after 6 months. And don't hold your breath for anything new any time soon.
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Dr. Martens Amber Dark Brown 12867201 6 UK Regular
Dr. Martens Amber Dark Brown 12867201 6 UK Regular
Offered by James and James Footwear

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Boots, great price., 11 Dec 2008
This review is from: Dr. Martens Amber (Apparel)
These are nice boots, a lovely colour, and very well made. The sole is very flexible and has Dr. Martens Airwair technology to make it more comfortable than the average heeled boot. It also has a pretty wide shaft, fitting easily around my calves (which at 14" are often too big for some boots). My only criticism is that the toes are quite narrow and the leather there will take time to stretch and become more comfortable. Recommended for those with narrow feet, or who don't mind stretching them slightly. That said, the rounded toe gives a very feminine look.


Kensington 33374EU Wireless 2.4GHz USB Presenter + Red Laser;Compatible with PowerPoint(TM)/KeyNote(TM)
Kensington 33374EU Wireless 2.4GHz USB Presenter + Red Laser;Compatible with PowerPoint(TM)/KeyNote(TM)
Price: 17.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gadget, 11 Dec 2008
This remote is a very well designed piece of kit, with a nice tactile rubbery underside and an ergonomic thumbrest keypad. It fits right into the palm of your hand very comfortably. The dongle that tucks away in the bottom of the handset is also very clever, ensuring it doesn't get lost or drain battery. I haven't had a chance to push the recieving range yet, but other reviewers seem to have had no problems.

Interestingly, this remote would seem to not just be for Powerpoint, or even Windows. The box lists Mac and Windows, but it also works just fine on my boyfriend's dinky Linux Eeepc. Given the varied distributions of Linux, I can't guarentee it will work with any other common distributions such as Ubuntu however. It also works happily with the free presentation software OpenOffice Impress, on my Windows Vista laptop. Gold star for compatability.


Xbox 360 Console (60 GB Hard Drive)
Xbox 360 Console (60 GB Hard Drive)

50 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gaming Powerhouse, 5 Dec 2008
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
I recently purchased this model of Xbox 360, and in the light of the New Xbox Experience (NXE) that has just been released, I thought I'd do a review. I'm very happy with the Xbox, and I have to say I haven't touched the Wii since I bought it (or for about 4 months previous to buying it). Here's my opinion of the good and bad aspects, and some stuff you may not know you can do with your Xbox!

GOOD:

Graphics:
Excellent. They look superb on my HDTV (even though it's only 22in), and this new model supports HDMI. It's worth noting that it's not compatible with the NXE right now, however. Eurogamer have also comparing cross platform PS3 and Xbox games since the beginning, and the Xbox usually comes out on top due to keeping its frame rates higher.

Gameplay:
Controller is great (bar the dodgy d-pad), and there are lots of excellent exclusives for Xbox 360 (Mass Effect, Gears of War, Viva Piñata, Banjo Kazooie to note a few). Most other games are cross platform too.

Price:
Amazing, cheaper than Wii or PS3. You can't really argue with that, and the value really is incredible. Games can also be picked up at silly prices second hand.

Online:
Online offers a slew of features I'll go over here
- Online play, works great provided your broadband is fast enough.
- Chat, via MSN messenger. Works just like a phone, but free. And you can play games at the same time. And leave annoying voice messages.
- Buy things! this is shoved in your face a little, but you can download excellent games like Braid and Geometry Wars from the Live Arcade.
- Download free demos and videos.
- Party up with your friends and chat/play together.
- Spy on what your friends are up to (as if Facebook wasn't enough) and compare skills with Achievements.

Other Features:
The NXE offers a lot of new stuff, most of which is an oppertunity to Buy! Buy! Buy! stuff from Microsoft, but also some really cool things:

- Play media files and music from portable hard drives. All compatibility issues seem to have been sorted, as mine wouldn't work on a friend's Xbox before and now it does. Also, it'll play .avi files :)
- Customise your Avatar (like a grown up nintendo Mii, but less creepily unchanging) to make yourself look cool. All blokes look a bit girly though.

BAD:

- No internet browser: why, when even PSP and DSi have one?
- Disk tray is loud: although not when playing DVDs. I've found I'm used to this now.
- Consumerist Home screen: Buy things, now! There are about 3 tabs of stuff to buy on the Dashboard now.
- Microsoft points are quite expensive: but then so are Wii points.
- Red Ring of Death: small chance that your console might decide to die at some point. Microsoft insures them for 2 years free of charge.
- Xbox Live is Expensive: 39 - 49.99 a year for Gold (online game playing) membership.
- Lag in online gaming if broadband connections are slow.
- Miss out on other platform exclusives: No amount of Banjo Kazooie will console you if you wish it were Little Big Planet.

All in all, this is the cheapest and probably most fun way to join the next generation of gaming, and to bring all of your friends along. The most pressing problem for me is a lack of good games on a console, or them being very expensive, and the Xbox is concern free in this area. Enjoy!
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Rocket Dog Snug
Rocket Dog Snug

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely boots...shame about the quality, 4 Nov 2008
This review is from: Rocket Dog Snug (Apparel)
Having bought these for their funky looks, I was dissappionted when the insole came away at the heel after 1 wear. After returning them, the replacement pair were the same. They're lovely, but they just fall to bits.


Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core (PSP)
Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core (PSP)
Offered by Global Xpress
Price: 24.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I like it...a lot, 16 Aug 2008
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Well, as you can see in the other reviews, there are quite a few negative issues that some people have with this game. However, I love this game. I've nearly finished, and when I do, I'm going to play it again. To me, thats the mark of an excellent game.

This is not a turn based, strategic battle system affair like its parent game, but rather an action based game. I love the hacky-slashy combat - which to me seems perfect for an impulsive "leap before you look" type like Zack. The battle is complicated by the DMW (Digital Mind Wave), a slot wheel that spins to dole out bonuses. This is presumably meant to represent Zack's SOLDIER enhancements, as it releases limit breaks, levels him up, and deals out random smaller bonuses. Personally, I like it. The system evolves throughout the game with more characters added and even extra reels. By the time that mini cutscenes about the characters are added I was impressed that square had managed to keep the whole thing fresh.

The real star of the game is the characterization, with all the characters exactly as you would wish them to be. The story is superb - mad as ever, thanks square! - although some of the cutscenes that repeat 1997 history have lost a little of their sheer horrified amazement. I would highly recommend this game to anyone who enjoyed FFVII purely for the chance to meet Zack Fair, who is probably the best character in the FF series for a long time. The story will tug your heartstrings all the way through :)

It's also great to see a game so well adapted to the PSP. It fits sony's system perfectly, with lots of bitesize missions to do on the bus/train. I personally prefer doing lots of different missions to level up Zack and get new items than the traditional FF method of leveling...finding the monster that gives the most exp and killing it over and over and over....
In this way, leveling is taken care of for you while you search out new materia and equipment.

All this without even mentioning all the mini-games, side missions and materia fusion system. The music and graphics are also outstanding. Quite simply, I think this is a stunning game.


Eagle Vs Shark [DVD]
Eagle Vs Shark [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jemaine Clement
Price: 5.81

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars dark departure for Conchord, 14 July 2008
This review is from: Eagle Vs Shark [DVD] (DVD)
I investigated this film on the back of brilliant indie comedy Flight of the Conchords, the vehicle through which Jermaine Clement achieved mainstream fame. Having never seen him outside of his bizarrely symbiotic relationship with Bret Mckenzie, I was surprised to see Clement here: in a Dynamite-esqe film. While Clement gets most of the good one liners in this film, you may find yourself disliking him in the first portion of the film. Before the action moves wholesale to Jarrod's family home, he comes across as rather one dimensional next to the bottomless well of emotion that is Lily. His assertion "I'm just so deep" makes you want to answer "No, you're just an insensitive idiot".

However, this is a film of 2 halves, and when you meet Jarrod's family, you realise what lies behind his Dynamite style bravado. Lily's patience, emotion and soul cannot help but touch you from here on in, and you'll root for her all the way through. Probably as the film maker intended, the whole film eventually hangs on one line spoken by Jarrod near the end, and you'll either hate or love the film based on this. If you loved the Life Aquatic (the film this most closely resembles apart from Dynamite), then you'll probably like this. It kept me smiling all the way through, but also left me very sad in places. The animation sequences have been criticised in other reviews, but I found they made sense by the end.

This is a different comedy from the Conchords, a deep emotional one, and it certainly has depths where Dynamite had none. It's much heavier than Little Miss Sunshine and Eternal Sunshine. I'm only awarding 3 stars, as some aspects of the film are tacked on for no apparent reason, (a certain little girl, for example) and this is definitely not a film for everyone. I liked it, It's broken, but beautiful.


SEGA Mega Drive Collection (PSP)
SEGA Mega Drive Collection (PSP)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: 12.47

102 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some Absolute Classics!, 8 Feb 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
I recently bought this game for my PSP, as I already have a working Mega Drive for my TV this seems the obvious choice! There is a huge selection of 27 (gasp) games included in this packeage, making it by far the best retro compendium around. These games can be divided into 3 catagories:

CLASSICS: you'll play these again and again

Columns - A worthy and difficult alternative to tetris

Comix Zone - Great side scrolling beat em' up, even looks like a comic!

Ecco the Dolphin I and II - Still as devilishly hard as ever, but still looking great

Phantasy Star III and IV - IV is an especially good RPG

Ristar - Lovely forgotten gem of a platformer

Sonic the Hedgehog I and II - Still as brillant as ever

Vectorman I and II - Great graphics, nice platforming

GAMES THAT AREN'T AS GOOD AS YOU REMEMBER (but are still pretty fun for 1/2 an hour)

Altered Beast - Great at the time, but very short nowadays

Decap Attack - Still good, just a bit awkward to play

Golden Axe I, II, III - Not quite as good as you remember, but still fun

Gain Ground - pretty hard and unrewarding

Kid Chameleon - Good platformer, but looks like it came with your phone

Phantasy Star II - Battles hurt your head! too much strobe flashing

Shinobi III - Still good, just feels a little flat (no pun intended)

Virtua Fighter 2 - By beat em' up standards this is pretty average. If you own dark ressurection you won't touch it.

Super Thunder Blade - Fairly fun helecopter game

GAMES THAT HAVE AGED BADLY

Alex Kidd - I thought this was pretty bad on my actual Mega Drive

Bonanza Bros - Permanent split screen in single player? Why thanks!

Ecco Jr - So boring you'll fall asleep

Flicky - It is what is always was, fun until you ask yourself why you're still playing, and it looks awful

Sword of Vermillion - Very slow walking speed and having to select "Speak" form a menu date this RPG terribly

As you can see, there's a good ratio of fun games in this package, compared with a pretty low tally of poor ones. The classics of this package are timeless, and are well worth the relatively budget price of the compilation, and most of the games in the second category are still sound, if a little "arcadey" and short. I hope this helps you decide on wether to get this game, but i'm certainly glad I did.
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