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BlackBerry Torch 9800 Sim Free Smartphone
BlackBerry Torch 9800 Sim Free Smartphone
Offered by Mobile Phone Island
Price: £99.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get's the job done!, 9 Feb. 2011
The Torch 9800 has replaced my iPhone 3G which had become next to unusable due to Apple's software upgrades. I had been looking into BlackBerries for a while and read loads of reviews on blogs and tech websites. Most of them criticised the fact that it wasn't much of a gadget and that the processor speed was "only" 624MHz where most current smart phones run at 1GHz speeds.

In my opinion these reviews are missing the point of this telephone. The Torch is not a HD video recorder/editor nor does it's OS offer a lot of eye candy. Video recording is basic and the camera is ok. It's adequate for a phone like this and not it's raison d'etre.

The Torch is great at the following:

Speed, efficiency and fluidity of the operating system are the best I have used on any phone. The phone is lightning fast, multi-tasking works great with no delay when switching between applications. The system wide search works brilliantly and it's results are instantaneous (when T9 is turned off). They even include the manual so if you don't know how to do something just start typing from the home screen and you will get the results.

Call quality and reception is miles ahead of my iPhone. I have never dropped a call in my house where the iPhone would constantly lose calls or fail to connect.

Messaging is miles ahead of my iPhone. You have to experience for yourself how well Email, texting, instant messaging etc are implemented on this phone. It's a joy to use. Blackberry messenger is fabulous too and a great way to stay in touch with your friends without paying extra for international texts etc.

Application support is good. Clearly nowhere near as extensive as on the iPhone but the app store features everything you would find useful.

On the downside scrolling through pictures on the Torch can be a bit stuttery. I also wish it integrated better with MobilMe. Synch on the Mac works ok but could be better. iCal and Address book work well as does iTunes but you need the latest version of iPhoto to synch pictures. Synching videos did not seem to work automatically. What's good though is that the phone just appears in the Finder when plugged in - nothing is hidden which makes the process of backing up or copying data a lot easier than having to go through iTunes. Furthermore memory is expandable so if you find yourself running out of it you can turn this phone from 16GB to 32GB in the time it takes to swap out a micro SD card.

One big advantage of a slower processor is that battery life is brilliant. I have managed to get through 3 days without charge on moderate use. So far I have not needed to use my AIO EXTENDED 1500 mAh BATTERY FOR BLACKBERRY TORCH 9800 which I had purchased just in case. I would recommend the BlackBerry Torch Leather Pocket Case (Black) and BlackBerry Torch 9800 Desktop Charging Pod as well.

To sum it up the Torch strikes a different balance to the other smart phones in the market because it prioritises speed, efficiency and battery life over gadget functionality. It excels as a communication device which will help you get the job done.

Offered by Crawley Music
Price: £7.71

12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant second album!, 17 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Ritual (Audio CD)
This album was well worth the wait. The band have come on in leaps and bounds. The songs are more mature and they really develop from start to finish. The same can be said for the album as a whole. It doesn't get boring at all and I really love the way the moods change. There are many more facets to the band's sound especially noticeable on tracks like "Is Love" "Streetlights" Holy Ghosts" "The Power & The Glory" and the last in the set "Come Down" (which is a real gem). The band sound more confident which is particularly true for Harry's singing - his voice is full and expressive but it can also be tender and intimate. I have already seen the band play these tracks live and it is fantastic to finally hear them on record. I can't turn this album off!!!

Beyerdynamic DT770 PRO Headset - 250 OHM
Beyerdynamic DT770 PRO Headset - 250 OHM
Price: £109.97

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic headphones!, 17 Dec. 2010
I can only agree with all the previous reviewers about the sound, built quality etc. The bottom end, particularly, is phenomenal. It's punchy, tight and very detailed. The headphones are incredibly comfortable to wear. Even after several hours you won't feel fatigue or discomfort. As for the volume: Most people commenting on the loudness of these headphones have the 250OHM version. This means that tiny headphone amplifiers like those of music players and smart phones will not have enough power to get these headphones really loud. There is now, however, an 80OHM version which I would recommend if volume is a concern for you (80OHM being less resistance so the iPod/phone etc won't have to work so hard to achieve high SPL levels).

However, on a practical note I have worn these headphones on the tube and did not have to turn my iPhone 3G up full in order to enjoy the music. Because the design is closed, covering the entire ear you won't be polluting people in public places either even if you turn the music up. Please keep in mind that these headphones were built for professional recording studios and sound stages etc where the equipment is capable of driving a 250OHM load easily. If that's not how you will use them check out the 80OHM version instead.

One thing I would like to add is that if you travel a lot you might want to check out the Sony MDR 7506 - Headphones ( ear-cup ). Whilst they are sonically not as amazing as the Beyers they still sound very good and cost £50 less.They come in a pouch and fold up easily which makes them very practical. They are my preferred choice for traveling.
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Play TV (PS3)
Play TV (PS3)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have if you own a PS3, 25 Dec. 2008
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Play TV (PS3) (Accessory)
PlayTV is a must have if you own a PS3. It works brilliantly and the set up is a doddle. The freeview interface is well laid out and certainly better than my Toshiba's inbuilt tuner. The software works well and it is rock solid. I can honesty say that with my PS3 networked to my Mac and Medialink serving photos, videos and my entire iTunes library to the PS3, PlayTV has been the missing link to turn it into a (hate to use the word) "home entertainment hub"

If you get an alert telling you that an update for the PlayTV software is available here's where to look:
Settings > About > Update this game.

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