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Oral-B Pro 600 CrossAction Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Oral-B Pro 600 CrossAction Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Price: £24.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good, simple brush, 14 Aug 2014
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I like using this toothbrush, although I miss the Visible Pressure Sensor warning light that is found on more expensive models in the range (more on this later).

I've tried a few of the Oral B range and always found them very good - brushing with these leaves your teeth feeling much cleaner than manual brushing. For everyday brushing the Pro 600 brushes as well as others in the range. The package includes the new Cross Action brush head, which is very good. My previous favourite brush head was the Floss Action, but I prefer the new Cross Action. The brush will also take other Oral B brush heads, including the Floss Action, Sensitive Clean, and Trizone.

This toothbrush is simpler, and cheaper, than others in the range. It only has the Daily Clean brush mode, unlike the others which have additional modes. I have other brushes in the range, but frankly I rarely, if ever, use any other mode. In fact, just having the one mode simplifies usage. On this brush pressing the on/off button does just that - simply switching the brush on or off. But on the other brushes the on/off button also scrolls you through the brushing modes, which can get a little annoying if you accidentally press it during brushing.

The brush changes sound and tempo to warn you if you are applying too much pressure, but lacks the Visible Pressure Sensor warning light that is included in upper versions in the range. I find the warning light to be very useful, so suggest it might be a reason for upgrading to one of the more expensive models. By the way, I also find the Wireless Smart Guide on the top end brushes very useful - though obviously those Oral B brushes are much more expensive.


Samsung UHS-I CLASS 10 32GB SD Micro Card with Adapter
Samsung UHS-I CLASS 10 32GB SD Micro Card with Adapter
Offered by WhiteFay
Price: £14.26

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good memory card, 6 Aug 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Using this with a Motorola Moto G phone, and it works fine. The ridge that you grab with your fingernail, feels slightly more pronounced on this card compared to another brand that I've used, with makes it slightly easier to extract.
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Moto G 4G 8GB SIM-Free Smartphone - Black
Moto G 4G 8GB SIM-Free Smartphone - Black
Price: £149.00

102 of 106 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressed, 6 Aug 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I hope this review will be especially useful to anyone not familiar with smartphones and their apps.

I'm very impressed with this phone. I've spent a few days testing it against an iPhone, and have to say that the Motorola holds up very well indeed. Screen quality, sound, phone call clarity, battery capacity, network speed, smoothness of web page scrolling - the Motorola is not out classed.

One aspect that is slightly better on the iPhone is the quality of the camera for lower light levels. At low light levels, for example when indoors, the photos from the iPhone are slightly crisper, though the differences are slight and only really detectable when the photos are enlarged. In bright light and outdoors I found that the quality of the photos is evenly matched.

I like the camera interface on the Motorola, its intuitive and allows you to press the shutter by pressing anywhere on the screen - it makes it easier to hold the phone steady while using the movable focus box and pressing the shutter.

Of course, a phone isn't going to offer the same photographic quality that you can get with a proper camera, especially for zooming, low light and moving targets; but as a handy alternative, the Motorola copes adequately.

Here are some other things I like about the phone, as well as a few tips and suggestions:

● It's free from bloatware
It is to Motorola's credit that they haven't added lots unnecessary apps to this phone. The phone contains the key apps that you will probably need, but there is plenty of capacity for you to add additional apps should you wish.

● Android KitKat
This phone includes the latest version of the Android operating system, KitKat (yes, the Android developers really do name the Android versions after confectionary). In fact, when I first used the phone it automatically updated to latest subversion of Kit Kat (4.4.4) via an over-the-air update that installed easily.

● SD Card Storage
The phone can take a micro SD card with a capacity of up to 32GB.

The Android operating system puts a few restrictions what can be transferred from the phone to the card; for example it prevents some apps from being transferred to the card. Even so, the SD card is a great addition for increasing the capacity of the phone to store things like photo, videos, documents and other files.

You might read some older reviews that report problems with the phone's ability to read the SD card. Motorola seem confident that these are fixed with the new version of KitKat that the phone now uses. Certainly I've tested the phone with two SD cards (Samsung Evo and SanDisk Extreme) without any problems.

● SIM-free and good for Pay As You Go
The version of this phone sold by Amazon isn't "locked", which is good since it means it should work with any phone network. I have a simple and cheap pay-as-you-go account with one of the supermarkets, and installing their SIM was a breeze. The phone only accommodates micro SIM cards, which is okay because most SIM cards, if not already supplied as a micro SIM, allow the centre of the SIM card to be pushed out to convert them into micro SIM cards.

If, like me, you are using a pay-as-you-go SIM, you will probably want to turn off data downloading via the phone network in order to ensure internet downloads don't use up your phone account balance. To do this choose Settings>Data usage, and set Mobile data to off. You will still be able to surf the internet and download files and emails via any wireless network you are connected to. Of course, you can quickly turn the mobile data usage on again if you want to use the internet while you are not connected to your wireless network.

● Easy device connectivity
The phone has Bluetooth - a simple wireless technology that enables close devices to interact and transfer files. The supplied USB cable also enables you to transfer files between your phone and PC.

Some reviews have noted that the phone has useful OTG (On The Go) capabilities. This would allow you to connect the phone to devices such as mice and memory sticks using a special OTG cable. It's mentioned in the user guides, although I've yet to test it. I'll add an update to the end of this review once tested.

● Getting the best from the camera
I've found that the photos are clearest when the camera zoom isn't used.

There is an HDR (High Dynamic Range) option that improves the detail in bright scenes that include shadows. This does improve the picture quality, though is not recommended for low light or moving objects.

● Getting Started
The printed instructions supplied with the phone are brief and really only give an overview of the phone's capabilities - this is true with most mobile devices. Even so, setting up the phone was fairly easy by following the messages displayed on the screen. Once you have the phone started, you can access more detailed instructions via a Help app - look for the app that looks like a question mark. There is also a very heĺpful Moto G User Guide that you can download from Motorola.

● What else would you need to buy?

The phone is supplied with a micro USB cable that is used for charging. You can connect this to a PC to charge the phone, but if you have no PC, or for better convenience, you will need a charger suitable for a plug socket.

A micro SD card is useful for adding extra storage capacity, though you might find the memory storage of the phone itself is sufficient. The phone supports cards that are up to 32GB. I'm using a Samsung Evo micro SD card, which works fine.

*** Update: 24 August 2014 ***
On-The-Go tested successfully
I've just purchased a cheap OTG cable (aLLreli® Micro USB Host Mode On The Go OTG Cable for Google Nexus 7 2 II Nexus 10 5, Motorola Moto G Phone Xoom, Samsung Galaxy S4 S2 S3 S5 Note 3, Galaxy Note 8.0 Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Tab 3 8.0 10.1, HTC One, Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet, Tesco HUD...) which allows me to access devices such as memory sticks through my phone. The cable connects to the micro-USB slot on the phone, and then other devices can be connected to the USB port on its other end. This is a useful option for transferring files. If you connect a device, you'll find information about mounting and unmounting it at the bottom of the Settings > Storage menu.
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TRIXES 10 X Crystal Retractable Stylus Pens for IPhones Ipad Samsung Tab
TRIXES 10 X Crystal Retractable Stylus Pens for IPhones Ipad Samsung Tab
Offered by Digiflex
Price: £3.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 5 Aug 2014
These are great. Delivery was fast. The stylus pens look smart, and exactly as they do on the photograph. They are convenient to carry, and the telescopic mechanism stays up and makes them comfortable to use. They have no sharp edges that might scratch the screen.


Android Hacker's Handbook
Android Hacker's Handbook
by Joshua J. Drake
Edition: Paperback
Price: £23.11

5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive coverage of Android OS security, 2 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
With Android devices so ubiquitous in the mobile market, the need for a comprehensive book covering Android operation and security cannot be overstated. The Android Hacker's Handbook meets that need well. Covering the architecture, files, processes and security vulnerabilities of the operating system, the authors explain with clarity and depth the complexities of the Android 0S.

I haven't finished the book yet - it's over 500 pages, but after the first few chapters I feel much better informed about Android's history; its security and structure, and the operation of key concepts such as rooting. The book is well written, and covers technical detail with clarity whilst retaining a comprehensive coverage and technical depth.

This book is going to be very useful to mobile device systems administrators, Android developers, and anyone concerned with mobile device security. Students on forensic computing or cyber security courses are likely to find this book especially useful.


Ambi Toys Dazzle Ball
Ambi Toys Dazzle Ball
Price: £12.66

4.0 out of 5 stars Simple, but nicely designed, 29 July 2014
This review is from: Ambi Toys Dazzle Ball (Toy)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I like the way the parts of this ball stick together – the sizes of the parts are precise enough to allow them to stick together by friction.

The ball is made of hard plastic that is tough. Over the past few weeks our little one has bashed it against garden paving stones, pushed it over stone floor tiles, and hammered the separate parts together. It’s survived relatively unblemished. The only sign of wear is that two of the sections have become a bit looser that the others, and have to be rotated slightly to find the point at which they stick together.

It’s not the most exciting toy, but it is something our youngest enjoys playing with intermittently.


Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 inch S-Pen Stylus with Eraser
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 inch S-Pen Stylus with Eraser
Price: £17.36

5.0 out of 5 stars Works perfectly with Note Pro 12.2, 11 July 2014
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I bought this for the Note Pro 12.2. It works perfectly -- accurate and no offset. It's more comfortable than the stylus pen that comes with the Note, and so far I haven't accidently pressed the Air Command button -- which I was always doing on the small original stylus.


Oral-B Pro 4000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Oral-B Pro 4000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Price: £54.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Very good toothbrush, 11 July 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I've tried a few makes of electric toothbrush, but always found the Oral-B range to clean the best and to be the most satisfying to use.

The Oral-B 4000 Braun PRO CrossAction 4-Mode Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush is a very good toothbrush that gives good feedback. In particular the indicator light that shows if you are brushing too hard is bright and visible. Even so, I prefer the wireless Smart Guide available in the Oral-B 5000 Braun PRO CrossAction 5-Mode Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush with Wireless Smart Guide. You can often find the 5000 on offer for a similar price to the 4000.

The Cross Action brush heads are very good. I've found that they work okay on other models in the range, so you don't necessarily need this model to use them. I used to use the Floss Action brush heads, but now prefer the Cross Action ones.


Oral-B Pro 5000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Oral-B Pro 5000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Price: £75.71

5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best, but not as chunky as the older model, 10 July 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I’ve tried a few makes of electric toothbrush, but always found the Oral-B range to clean the best and to be the most satisfying to use. The Oral-B 5000 Braun PRO CrossAction 5-Mode Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush looks externally identical to the cheaper models in the range; unlike the model it replaces, which was chunkier.

The new 5000 is a very good toothbrush, and is now compatible with the recharging stand of others in the range. Personally, I preferred the larger handle and more detailed indicator lights of the older model, but I’m happy to forego these since I can now share the recharging stand with other Oral-B owners in my family.

The wireless Smart Guide is simple, but I’ve found it to be really useful. It has a timer split into four 30-second periods, one for brushing each quarter of your mouth. It also flashes a warning when you brush too hard. Such information may not sound helpful, and in fact is presented by the brush via beeps and red lights anyway, but having the feedback displayed by a Smart Guide on the shelf in front of you as you brush really does enhance the feedback and helps you pace the brushing.

The Cross Action brush heads are very good. I’ve found that they work okay on other models in the range, so you don’t necessarily need this expensive model to use them. I used to use the Floss Action brush heads, but now prefer the Cross Action ones.

Externally, this toothbrush looks identical to the cheaper ones in the range, so beware you don’t mix them if your household also has others in the range.


Galt Giant Floor Puzzle Jungle
Galt Giant Floor Puzzle Jungle
Price: £10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Colourful and fun, 18 Jun 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Our 3 year old loves doing this puzzle. It's colourful and interesting. The animals are fully-shaped single pieces, so can be used as templates to draw around. The cardboard is reasonably thick and strong, but some of the pieces are long and thin, and so are prone to getting bent. Therefore I doubt this is a toy that will last for years but it seems ideal for a few months of entertainment.


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