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Alpatronix iPhone 6 Plus Battery Case [MFi Certified], BX140plus Ultra-Slim Protective Extended iPhone 6 Plus Charging Case with Removable / Rechargeable Power Cover [Fits all versions of the Apple iPhone 6 Plus / 4000mAh Battery Pack / Full iOS 8 Compatible Support / No Signal Reduction / Apple MFi Certified / 5.5 Inch-Model Only] - (Black)
Alpatronix iPhone 6 Plus Battery Case [MFi Certified], BX140plus Ultra-Slim Protective Extended iPhone 6 Plus Charging Case with Removable / Rechargeable Power Cover [Fits all versions of the Apple iPhone 6 Plus / 4000mAh Battery Pack / Full iOS 8 Compatible Support / No Signal Reduction / Apple MFi Certified / 5.5 Inch-Model Only] - (Black)
Offered by Alpatronix EU
Price: £34.00

5.0 out of 5 stars My wife absolutely loves it. Highly recommended., 1 July 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while I was pleased to receive this iPhone 6 Plus battery case in return for an unbiased and independent review. It’s a quite nicely designed case for the iPhone 6 PLUS (don’t confuse this will the standard sized case). It has a built in 4,000 mAh battery. Great way to have some extra juice to keep you going just when you need it.

What's it like?
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In a sentence, beautifully designed using top quality materials. It adds a little bit of weight and depth to the iPhone, but my wife loves it - and wouldn't be without the extra battery life she gets out of it. You simply un-clip the top of the case, and slide your iPhone into the cool matt black plastic case, snap the front back in place, and off you go. It protects it remarkably well, covering both the back and all edges.

In terms of additional weight, my iPhone 6 plus comes in at 173g and with the case on adds an additional 133g. With the case on the phone in my pocket it felt like it didn’t really add much. I have to say, I also love the finish and smooth touch feel of the back of case. One of my personal complains is the iPhone 6 is just too slippery. This case has a lovely “velvet” feel to it, and not slippery at all as the original iPhone 6 is.

I was surprised to find this comes with a couple of additional bonuses. In addition to a standard transparent frame (protecting the edges of the iPhone 6 plus), it also included an additional one in black. It also has a screen protector, which means you get all around protection for your investment.

It's also good to see from a quick read through the instructions (not needed - like most blokes I just ignore them), it is an Apple certified product. This is reassuring as it means you won't get the dreaded message "Accessory not compatible with iPhone" message.

Also, the buttons are covered, but stand proud of the edge, and have a distinctive “click” when you press them. This is worth noting, as some case/covers tend to cover up the buttons, and they are not very tactile. This has the buttons stand out slightly, so they’re easy to find with your thumb or forefinger.

So next time you get the "battery low" message, just press the button to start re-charging your phone and keep going.

Almost forgot. One final touch I really love, is you can charge your phone while keeping it in the case, and you’re no longer dependent upon the (rather expensive) Lightning cable (I’ve already had two of my Apple supplied cables break). You can simply charge the battery using the supplied micro-USB cable (a very common format for rechargeable devices), and press the button to charge up your phone.

What's Good about it?
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* Great design with a lovely “silky” feel to the product
* Adds a huge battery life bonus - just press the button on the back to start charging. To put this in context, the iPhone 6 is supplied with an 1,810 mAh battery, and this adds 4,000 mAh.
* Protects your phone from scratches and knocks

What's not so good?
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Not a lot reallly. The only other option I've considered is buying a separate battery pack (which means I can use it if I change my phone), but that means you've got to carry something else around with you - whereas this is always with you.

Conclusion
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My wife absolutely loves it. Highly recommended.

Disclosure: I was kindly sent this by the manufacturer to give an independent unbiased review.


All-New Kindle Paperwhite, 6" High Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers
All-New Kindle Paperwhite, 6" High Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers
Price: £109.99

4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb reading device - but which one is best for you?, 1 July 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This is a review of the Kindle Paperwhite launched July 2015. Essentially. the same as the previous Kindle Paperwhite but with a fantastic upgraded (300 dpi) screen, more memory and storage it's a terrific reading device. This review aims to describe both this product, and compare it with the other Kindle devices available to help you choose the best one for you.

It's broken up into sections so you can skip the less interesting bits. If you’re in a hurry I’ve included a summary at the start, and a Frequently Asked Questions section at the end.

Summary - What can you do with it?
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* Read a book. It can store 1,000s of books - take an entire library away with you on holiday.
* Buy a book. You can browse the Amazon kindle store, and buy books over a WIFI connection
* Borrow a book. Using the Kindle Owners Library you can borrow one of 60,000 books (if you have Amazon Prime Membership)
* Share your books. Using Amazon Family Library to link two Amazon accounts and four children and share your books with the entire family
* Highlight a section. Using the touch screen, you can highlight a particulary interesting few lines. If several people highlight the same section, that's also indicated.
* Record a bookmark. To come back to it later
* Read a book on your Kindle, continue on your smartphone or tablet computer, and it will jump to your last known position
* Look up a word, and record them in the vocabulary builder
* Track a characters appearance throughout a book using the “X Ray” feature.
* Read for weeks without needing to recharge - typically 4-6 weeks
* Share you books (Multiple Kindles on the same account, or "family sharing")
* Access every book you've ever owned "on the cloud" - available for download within seconds over WIFI or 3G..

What Devices are available?
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As of July 2015, Amazon have the following Kindle devices on sale:-

1. Kindle 6" (around £60)
2. Kindle Paperwhite 6th Generation (212 dpi - launched October 2013) - around £99
2. New Kindle Paperwhite 7th Gen (300 dpi - launched July 2015) - around £109
3. Kindle Voyger - around £170
4. Kindle Fire - 6" or 7" colour tablet computers at around £80-£100

So you're faced with a few devices, plus additional options. Which to buy? Here's a quick summary in order of cost.

*** The entry level Kindle ***
An entry level black and white (e-ink) book reader, it has a 6 inch touch screen with enough storage to hold thousands of books, and a battery which should last around 4 weeks.

A terrific device to read books, and a worthy contender. For the technically minded, it has a 1Ghz processor and 4Gb of memory with an E-ink display. Essentially this means it's (a) Black and White (b) Fantastic to read even in bright sunlight (c) Requires very little power - hence the battery lasts for weeks instead of hours.

*** New Kindle Paperwhite ***
Launched in 2015, this is really an upgrade adding a super-sharp display with 300 pixels per inch - the same as the top of the range Voyage. The high resolution screen does provide a crisp text which is pleasing to the eye, but battery life is reduced from 8 weeks of the “original Paperwhite” to 6 weeks - but still a very long time.

Compared to the existing (2013) Paperwhite it also includes double the memory which means it’s faster and slicker than before, and a new “Bookerly” font plus better presentation of fonts on screen.

If you have an existing Paperwhite it’s probably not worth upgrading. However, if you own a prior device, you’ll notice the huge leap in screen quality, contrast and performance.

*** The Voyage ***
Far more expensive that Paperwhite, this is thinner and 26g lighter. It has more of a “quality” feel with the screen flush with the e-reader body which makes it look more like a tablet, and keeps direct from getting caught in the edges. The back has a “soft touch” plastic finish which feels lovely in the hand, and it has new “Page Press” buttons on the side to turn the pages. When the buttons are pressed there’s a gentle vibration for feedback (nice touch). It has 4Gb of storage (same as the Paperwhite), and a similar battery which should last around 6 weeks on a single charge.

Although it has the same sharp (300 dpi) screen as the Paperwhite, the backlight includes an ambient light sensor so it automatically adjusts to different lighting conditions. This means if you read it the dark it will automatically adjust the brightness so it doesn’t look too bright. In addition, you’ll find when you switch off the room light your eyes naturally become accustomed to the darkness. To compensate, the Voyage automatically softens the light slightly. A lovely example of attention to detail in this premium device.

*** Kindle Fire Tablet Computer ***
The "Kindle Fire” range is a very different beast to the rest of the Kindle range. Similar to the Apple iPad mini, it has a high resolution screen, a fast processor and lots of memory with a colour screen and a much shorter battery life - hours rather than weeks. Although you can read books on a “Fire” using the Amazon Kindle App, you’ll find the Kindle with it’s sharp black and white screen far more like reading a physical book. You’ll find it produces less eye strain, and whereas a tablet computer is better suited to surfing the web, watching videos and reading eMails, the Kindle is a dedicated “book reader” device.

Unlike a Kindle, the Fire produces light at the blue end of the spectrum which means it may make it harder for you to sleep. The Paperwhite and Voyage also ave the advantage of a soft white back-light which is far more suited to reading in bed, and it won’t for example, wake your partner if reading in the dark.

Finally, unlike the rest of the Kindle range, the Fire is almost useless in bright sunlight so while it’s fine for everyday use, it’s less useful on holiday. The Kindle range of devices are perfect to take away on holiday as they can carry thousands of books, and are a pleasure to read even in bright sunlight.

What other options do I have?
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Having decided upon the model (Kindle, Paperwhite, Voyage or Fire), the next decision is around:-

* Special Offers - ie. adverts
* 3G or WIFI connection

Personally I have no issue with adverts on a Kindle. They only appear on screen when the screen saver is on, and are not at all distracting.

The 3G option is a more difficult question. This effectively means you can use your kindle to buy or download books “over-the-air” instead of at home or near a WIFI hotspot. Personally I went for the WIFI model as the saving is considerable, but it’s a personal choice. Of course if you won’t have WIFI at home, then you’ll need the 3G option.

One point worth mentioning however, is if you have a modern smartphone, you can always create a “Personal Hotspot” or local WIFI signal that your Kindle (or indeed any other WIFI device) can connect to. Got to Settings —> Personal Hotspot on your mobile to set one up, and you can connect your WIFI only Kindle while you’re out and about.

Conclusion
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If you love books but your on a budget, the original Kindle with WIFI and special offers is a great option. You’ll still be able to carry thousands of book around with you, but you’ll lose out on the soft white back-light and super crisp display of the Papwerwhite.

The Kindle Paperwhite is your next best option and is a terrific device for reading with a superb 300 dpi super-sharp screen. Finally, there’s the top of the range Voyage with the “page press” buttons and ambient light sensor which automatically adjusts the brightness.

If you’re in the market for a “Tablet Computer” then the Kindle Fire range is worth considering, but you’ll get a better “book reading” experience on the Kindle. Myself I have both a Paperwhite and an iPad Air 2. I was skeptical at first, but the Kindle is a perfect device for reading with one hand (on the train), and the back-light and long battery life a huge bonus.

Frequently Asked Questions?
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Q: What file format will a Kindle read?
A: Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively in addition to HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion

Q: What? It doesn’t support EPUB format?
A: No - but you can convert your EPUB books using a freely available program called “Calibre”. Simple search for “You Tube um0teoAR6zw” and you’ll see a video explaining how to do this. Simples.

Q: If I lose my Kindle, do I lose my books as well?
A: No. All books are available on your Amazon account to download on a new device.

Q: Can I save my place in the book?
A: Yes. It will automatically save your place, and if you resume on other device it will prompt you to jump to that position.

Q: I often need reading glasses - can I adjust the font size?
A: Yes. There’s a range of fonts, and sizes to suit all tastes

Q: Can I share books with my partner or children?
A: Yes. You can now share your books using "Amazon Family Library" to link two Amazon accounts and four children and share your books with the entire family

Q. Can I use a Kindle to read in bed?
A. Yes. But only on the Paperwhite and Voyage models. It’s a pleasure to read in the dark with a soft white light. For the base Kindle model you’ll need the light on

Q. Are there any free books available?
A. Yes! Over 40,000 classic titles are available for free (out of copyright), and they can be legally downloaded. If you have a “Amazon Prime” membership you can also borrow a book from the Kindle Owners Library which includes around 60,000 books.

Q: How long does the battery last?
A: Depending upon model, you should get between 4 and 6 weeks between charges on around 30 minutes of reading per day. I’ve certainly found I’ve gone for weeks without charging the device

Q: How long does it take to charge?
A: From absolutely flat, around 4 hours

Q: How many books will the Kindle hold?
A: Literally thousands. You can also download every book you’ve ever owned from your Amazon account - so the list is quite literally unlimited.

Q: Do I need anything else?
A: You’ll need a smartphone charger or laptop with a USB socket as the Kindle range doesn’t come with a charger (but the Fire does). Amazon also offer an additional charger to buy if you need it. Some people also buy a “cover”, but I think this is not really needed. It adds to the weight, and is not really needed. It will protect your Kindle from a drop however, and protect the screen if it’s left knocking around in a bag.


Air Zuker® Dancing Flame LED Candle Real Flame-effect Real Wax Moving Wick Flameless Candle with Timer [10-Key Remote Control] [Classic Pillar Candle, Ivory Color] - Set of 3
Air Zuker® Dancing Flame LED Candle Real Flame-effect Real Wax Moving Wick Flameless Candle with Timer [10-Key Remote Control] [Classic Pillar Candle, Ivory Color] - Set of 3
Offered by Air Zuker. UK Store
Price: £23.99

5.0 out of 5 stars All the benefits of candles without the risk of fire or soot. Love them, 27 Jun. 2015
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while I was pleased to be offered these “flameless candles” in return for an independent and unbiased review. I was VERY skeptical before they arrived, and now I’m converted. They sound terrible, but they work a treat, and look lovely.

I was going to publish a video to prove just how good these things are, but I’ve since seen so many video reviews on Amazon, I’m not sure I can add anything.

What’s good about them?
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* Beautifully packaged - the arrived carefully cradled in a custom built polystyrene box to keep them safe - which is important because I think they’re pretty delicate really
* As close to real as you can get - although they are clearly hollow, they are covered with a layer of real wax - a lovely touch which means they literally look and feel like candles.
* No flame, so there’s no risk of burning down the house - you can even leave them in a child’s bedroom
* Remote control - so you can turn up/down the light, and switch them off as you’re leaving the room. I leave my remote by the stairs, so I switch them off as I go to bed

What’s not so good?
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* As this is a “review” not a “brochure” I feel honour bound to criticise them, but it’s hard. So OK, close up (ie. within 12 inches) you can see the “flame” is not real, but a small plastic tab. Having said that, from a distance of about 6-12 feet they do look remarkably real.
* other than that - nothing. I love them

Conclusion
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All the benefits of candles without the risk of fire or soot. Love them

Very, very highly recommended.
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Muze®-for Iphone 6 Plus 5.5 Inch Power Case, Slim Backup External Portable Charger Case 4200mah Rechargeable Battery Extended Case with Pop-our Video Viewing Stand Retail Packing (for iPhone 6 Plus/Black/1pcs)
Muze®-for Iphone 6 Plus 5.5 Inch Power Case, Slim Backup External Portable Charger Case 4200mah Rechargeable Battery Extended Case with Pop-our Video Viewing Stand Retail Packing (for iPhone 6 Plus/Black/1pcs)
Offered by MUZE Store
Price: £17.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Great quality battery case. If it was Apple Certified I’ve give it five stars., 27 Jun. 2015
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while, I was pleased to receive this iPhone 6 Plus battery case in return for an independent and unbiased review. This is a quite stylishly designed, (military “Black Ops”) tough case for the iPhone 6 PLUS (don’t confuse this will the standard sized case). It has a built in 4,200 mAh battery. Great way to have some extra juice to keep you going just when you need it.

What's it like?
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Nicely designed using good quality materials. It adds a little bit of weight and depth to the iPhone, but my wife loves it - and wouldn't be without the extra battery life she gets out of it. You simply un-clip the frame/edge of the case, and slide your iPhone in. Snap the front back in place, and off you go. It protects it remarkably well, covering both the back and all edges.

In terms of additional weight, my iPhone 6 Plus comes in at 172g and with the case on, this increases by 128g. With the case on the phone in my pocket it felt like it didn’t really add much. One of my personal complains is the iPhone 6 is just too slippery. This case has a lovely “velvet” feel to it, and not slippery at all as the original iPhone 6 plus is.

Just add a screen protector for 100% all round protection.

It's also good to see from a quick read through the instructions (not needed - like most blokes I just ignore them). Also, the power button is covered, but stands out slightly from the edge. This is worth noting, as some case/covers tend to cover up the buttons, and they are not very tactile. This has the button stand out slightly, so it's easy to find with your thumb or forefinger.

So next time you get the "battery low" message, just press the button to start re-charging your phone and keep going.

Almost forgot. One final touch I really love, is you can charge your phone while keeping it in the case, and you’re no longer dependent upon the (rather expensive) Lightning cable (I’ve already had two of my Apple supplied cables break). You can simply charge the battery using the supplied micro-USB cable (a very common format for rechargeable devices), and press the button to charge up your phone.

What's Good about it?
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* Great quality build and a lovely “silky” feel to the product
* Adds a huge battery life bonus - just press the button on the back to start charging.
* Protects your phone from scratches and knocks

What's not so good?
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* I have to admit, as much as I love this, it’s not marked as “Apple Certified” which means there’s a risk you may eventually get the dreaded “This device is not compatible issue”. So far no problems myself, but it means it loses a star which is a pity.
* Also you don’t get a lightning cable with it - but you’ll have one anyway with your iPhone, and anyway, they’re cheap to buy, and never come included in these devices.

Conclusion
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Great quality battery case. If it was Apple Certified I’ve give it five stars.


[Apple MFI Certified] aLLreLi 2.0M Apple Lightning to USB Cable [Heavy Duty] - Lightning Sync & Charge USB Cable with Nylon Braided Design - Perfect for iPhone 6 / 6 Plus / 5S / 5C / 5, iPad 4 / Air / Air 2 / Mini / Mini 2 / Mini 3, iPod 5th / nano 7th generation - Fully Compatible with iOS 9 - Gold
[Apple MFI Certified] aLLreLi 2.0M Apple Lightning to USB Cable [Heavy Duty] - Lightning Sync & Charge USB Cable with Nylon Braided Design - Perfect for iPhone 6 / 6 Plus / 5S / 5C / 5, iPad 4 / Air / Air 2 / Mini / Mini 2 / Mini 3, iPod 5th / nano 7th generation - Fully Compatible with iOS 9 - Gold
Offered by ForPower(aLLreli TM)
Price: £29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality Apple Certified Gold/Black coloured lightning cable at a great price, 27 Jun. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while I was pleased to be offered this iPhone lightning cable in return for an independent and unbiased review.

There seems an awful lot of poor quality cheap Apple compatible cables for sale on Amazon. Even the cable supplied with my iPad Air broke after 6 months (and was promptly replaced by Apple free of charge). I’m pleased to report this is not a cheap and nasty Apple clone/copy as it’s “Apple Certified” (MFI) so you won’t get any “Not compatible with this device” issues.

It’s a 6 foot long gold coloured Apple iPhone/iPad charge cables with USB and lightning plugs. It works exactly as the Apple supplied cable, and I was able to charge up my iPhone and iPad without problems.

In terms of design, the gold cable has an extra strong plastic collar around both the USB and Lightning connector ends, and the tips themselves are made of gold coloured metal. The cable is a braided cloth (also in gold), and is extra long. The fact it’s braided cloth should mean it tangles less, and I’ve certainly found that myself.

The other cable is tipped in black with a quality blue and black striped braided cloth cable covering. Again this is the “tangle free” variety.

Unlike the 1 inch wide 30 pin connector, this is the new (small) “Lightning” connector which works with:-

* iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
* iPhone 5s, 5c, 5
* iPad 4th Generation, iPad Air and iPad Air 2
* iPad mini range (including original, 2 and 3)
* iPod 5th and iPod Nano 7th generation

Personally I’ve tested it out without problems on my iPad Mini, iPad Air 2 and iPhone 6, and all worked flawlessly.

One final comment, I’ve personally reviewed and tested a lot of devices (wireless head-sets and bluetooth speakers) from Allreili, and I’ve been consistently impressed by their quality. This may be a company you’ve never heard of, but I’ve certainly been pleased with the quality of the products they’ve produced.

Highly Recommended.
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[Apple MFI Certified] aLLreLi Apple Lightning to USB Cable [Slim Fit] 1.0M - Superior Quality Sync and Charging Lead - for iPhone 6 / 6 Plus / 5S / 5C / 5, iPad 4 / Air / Air 2 / Mini / Mini 2 / Mini 3, iPod 5th / nano 7th generation (Compatible with iOS 9) - Gray / Black
[Apple MFI Certified] aLLreLi Apple Lightning to USB Cable [Slim Fit] 1.0M - Superior Quality Sync and Charging Lead - for iPhone 6 / 6 Plus / 5S / 5C / 5, iPad 4 / Air / Air 2 / Mini / Mini 2 / Mini 3, iPod 5th / nano 7th generation (Compatible with iOS 9) - Gray / Black
Offered by ForPower(aLLreli TM)
Price: £28.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality Apple Certified Lightning cable at a great price., 27 Jun. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while I was pleased to be offered this iPhone lightning cable in return for an independent and unbiased review.

There seems an awful lot of poor quality cheap Apple compatible cables for sale on Amazon. Even the cable supplied with my iPad Air broke after 6 months (and was promptly replaced by Apple free of charge). I’m pleased to report this is not a cheap and nasty Apple clone/copy as it’s “Apple Certified” (MFI) so you won’t get any “Not compatible with this device” issues.

It’s a 6 foot long silver coloured Apple iPhone/iPad charge cables with USB and lightning plugs. It works exactly as the Apple supplied cable, and I was able to charge up my iPhone and iPad without problems.

In terms of design, it has an extra strong plastic collar around both the USB and Lightning connector ends, and the tips themselves are made of silver coloured metal. The cable is a white thick covered plastic material which appears durable, and the cable itself is covered by a “Lifetime warranty” - so you can buy with confidence.

Unlike the 1 inch wide 30 pin connector, this is the new (small) “Lightning” connector which works with:-

* iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
* iPhone 5s, 5c, 5
* iPad 4th Generation, iPad Air and iPad Air 2
* iPad mini range (including original, 2 and 3)
* iPod 5th and iPod Nano 7th generation

Personally I’ve tested it out without problems on my iPad Mini, iPad Air 2 and iPhone 6, and all worked flawlessly.

One final comment, I’ve personally reviewed and tested a lot of devices (wireless head-sets and bluetooth speakers) from Allreili, and I’ve been consistently impressed by their quality. This may be a company you’ve never heard of, but I’ve certainly been pleased with the quality of the products they’ve produced.

Highly Recommended.
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7 Inch T716 Tablet PC, 16GB Multimedia, Multi-touch 1024 x 600 HD Display, A33 Quad Core, Google Android 4.4 KitKat, WLAN, Dual Camera, Wifi, Black
7 Inch T716 Tablet PC, 16GB Multimedia, Multi-touch 1024 x 600 HD Display, A33 Quad Core, Google Android 4.4 KitKat, WLAN, Dual Camera, Wifi, Black
Offered by AresparkDirect EU
Price: £100.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Great "starter" tablet computer - although the lack of bluetooth was a concern for me, 27 Jun. 2015
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while, I was pleased to be asked to produce an independent review of this 7 inch Android tablet computer. I’ve owned (and since sold) both a Google Nexus 7 and an iPad Mini, and coincidentally I’m also reviewing a similar 7 inch tablet computer at the same time, and I’ll try to give a objective view. In common with Apple, I’ll concentrate less on the technical jargon and numbers and more on the experience. After all, it doesn’t matter if it has a “Quad Core 32 bit processor with 8 gigabytes of storage” if it doesn’t work very well.

Before I start, lets put this in context. For the price of a Nexus 7 or iPad mini, you could buy several of these tablets, and still have enough money left for a massive 32Gb SD card. You’re looking at the “value” end of the spectrum, but even so, it does the job.

The packaging is quite off-putting as it’s so generic. Although well boxed and protected, I’m used to having at least some indication of the product inside. This one simply says it’s a “tablet" powered by Android (4.4), and has a multi-touch screen. Leaving that aside the tablet itself is surprisingly good build quality for the price point, and although not quite up to the great build quality of the Nexus or iPad mini - it’s certainly usable with little flex or give.

As with most budget tablets, the screen is plastic rather than the “Gorilla Glass” of the Nexus, and there’s noticeable screen reflection - so you won’t be able to use this in bright sun-light - but that’s not uncommon. While the 1024 x 600 screen resolution was acceptable, colours were reasonable with the brightness turned up to maximum. I did find however, there was an annoying delay when switching the device from portrait to landscape. I’m sure you’d get used to it, but it irritated me at first.

Sound quality wasn’t brilliant (again as you’d expect at this price), and unfortunately it doesn’t come with a bluetooth connection. This is a major issue for me, as I often listen to music on these devices connected to a bluetooth speaker. It also means you can’t connect a bluetooth keyboard, or in fact any wireless device. You’re limited to using a pair of wired headphones (none-supplied), and sound quality was OK but quiet.

As you’d expect there’s a 2 mega-pixel front and rear facing camera, so you can take snaps or video, or use it for Skype. Again, quality was not brilliant, and while photos in sunlight were OK, it struggled to work well in low light (indoor) situations where colours were muted. Having said that, it was fine during a test Skype call.

I quickly connected it to Google and my photos, eMail and address book were immediately available. I then tested it on a few web pages including the image rich Daily Mail web site, and it worked fine, if not quite as responsive as the more expensive alternatives. I also downloaded a free copy of Temple Run 2 and Fruit Ninja and both worked pretty well.

Watching You Tube videos was fine, although sound quality was poor, and the headphones very quiet. Reading books on Kindle is acceptable, and the small form factor is tailor made for this as you can hold this tablet easily with one hand.

In terms of storage it comes complete with a full 16Gb of space although not all of that is fully available, and I found out of the box there was about 11Gb left. Of course, you can always add a 32Gb Micro SD card for as little as £10.00 on Amazon which should be enough for most people to store books, videos and music.

Finally, you should expect to charge this every day. I got about 3-4 hours out of it before I needed to charge it. Unusually, in addition to a standard micro-USB connection (to connect the tablet to a computer for backup), this device has a separate “pin” socket for charging, and the supplied US charger comes (in the UK model) with a converter. Not a problem, but it does mean you’ve got yet another charger/adapter to plug in - you can’t use your existing smartphone charger.

In conclusion, if you’ve never owned a tablet computer before, and want to dip your toe in the market, this is a functional (if limited) device - the lack of a a bluetooth connection is particularly poor. The screen and sound quality could be better, it could be a bit quicker switching from landscape to portrait, but you’re getting a usable tablet for little money. The quad core processor is reasonably fast, and you get 11Gb of the installed 16Gb of storage on a usable Android 4.4 Kit-Kat platform which is good.

Provided you’re aware of the limitations this would be a great “starter” tablet computer, or a gift for a small child. Just be aware, it’s not an iPad or Nexus 7, but at this price, does it matter?

Overall:

Build Quality : 4 Stars
Design and Use: 3 Stars
Speed: 4 Stars
Value for Money: 4 Stars

Recommended.


1byone® Pocket Size Mini Folding Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard, Portable Ultra-slim Bluetooth Keyboard with Foldable Protective Case for Apple/ iPad Pad Air 2 / Air, iPad mini 3 / mini 2 / mini, iPad 4 / 3 / 2, Windows, Mac OS, Linux, IOS/Android Tablet PC/ Galaxy Tabs& Smart Phone, Color Silver
1byone® Pocket Size Mini Folding Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard, Portable Ultra-slim Bluetooth Keyboard with Foldable Protective Case for Apple/ iPad Pad Air 2 / Air, iPad mini 3 / mini 2 / mini, iPad 4 / 3 / 2, Windows, Mac OS, Linux, IOS/Android Tablet PC/ Galaxy Tabs& Smart Phone, Color Silver
Offered by 1Byone Products Inc.
Price: £41.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great little keyboard, 27 Jun. 2015
OK - so firstly I have to admit I absolutely love the iPad, but while I love the touchscreen input, I also value the ability to touch-type at full speed. I took ages looking for a keyboard, and previously bought the Logitec Ultra Thin, then the Zagg Folio, a Zagg Cover, and finally this keyboard. Of course, I now also have an Android device, and would like a keyboard which will run all my devices.

Read on for a comparative review.

Basically there are three types of keyboard.

1. The “Folio” which are attached to your device and (when closed) cover the back and screen
2. The “Cover” which (ironically) only cover the screen when closed
3. The “Free Standing” keyboard - which aren’t connected at all, but can also be used for other devices, (for example a PC, Mac, Android tablet or iPad).

This keyboard is the “Free Standing” variety. It’s worth noting, it’s not just for iPads. It can be used on almost any device including an iPad, Android tablet or even a PC or Mac.

What’s it like?
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Open up the nicely designed, but simple packaging to reveal a truly tiny little device. At under 6 inches by 3 inches and about an inch deep, it’s a lovely designed keyboard wrapped in what feels like a tough metal case. Fold out the two sides, and it turns into a full size keyboard, and a green light pops on to indicate it’s ready.

They key’s themselves are well placed, and responsive, although I found the “travel” (the amount you press down) was a little shorter than I was used to. Having said that, a five minute typing test later, and I was typing at my full 50 wpm speed (I learned to touch type years ago).

It was dead easy to set up. Just open it up, and press the blue Fn key and C (which doubles up as a bluetooth connection button), and it appears as “Keyboard” on the bluetooth settings on your phone or tablet.

I also did the “bloke test”. This means I took it out of the packaging, switched it on and just started pressing buttons to see if I could get it to work. I’m please to say it passed with flying colours, although there is a small colour user guide (in tiny writing) with additional instructions for working iOS, Android and Windows devices.

Does it compare with other keyboard options?
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Well, compared to the “Folio” or “Cover” keyboards I’d say…

Advantages:
* This is a full size keyboard, not limited to the physical space of an iPad, iPad mini (even smaller) or Android tablet
* Given it’s not made for a single device, you can use it with other devices. Means you don’t need to replace your keyboard when you upgrade your tablet computer or switch from Apple to Android
* Unlike the other keyboards, you can use an iPad or Android tablet in portrait or landscape mode. Others tend only support landscape
* Unlike other keyboards, this is a separate device - means you only attach you iPad when you need to use it.

Disadvantages
* As it’s a separate device, you need carry an additional item with you (as “folio” and “cover” keyboards are attached to your iPad). Having said that, it’s incredibly light and thin.

What’s not good about it?
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* I felt the “travel” (depth) wasn’t as good as I’d expected
* While the build quality was good, and typing speed great, you’ve got to be careful not to press too hard on keys at the edge of the keyboard, or the whole device springs up as there’s a slight gap at the edge.
* It doesn’t come with a keyboard case, but then again the tough metal case does it proud anyway.

Conclusion
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I must admit, I was a little skeptical of a separate keyboard (preferring the folio or cover for my iPad Air). Having said that, I’ve so far replaced the keyboard I’d used for my 3rd Generation iPad as it didn’t fit the smaller iPad Air, and this keyboard will work with almost any device. It’s also cheaper than many folio or cover keyboards - another bonus.

Disclosure: I was kindly provided this keyboard for an independent assessment and review. Having said that, it’s a pleasure to test such a great quality device.

I do hope you found this review useful.


Sabrent 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub with Individual Power Switches and LEDs (HB-UM43)
Sabrent 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub with Individual Power Switches and LEDs (HB-UM43)
Offered by Store4PC-Europe
Price: £22.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Overall, great little USB hub with the additional bonus of individual switches., 27 Jun. 2015
Having reviewed on Amazon for several years I was pleased to receive this USB 3.0 hub in return for an independent and unbiased opinion. Its a terrific little device with some additional features which I couldn’t quite see the point of at first, but now I’m sold.

In terms of design it’s a tiny little device made of black plastic and measures 3.5 x 1.5 x 1 inches and is very light weight so easily carried around in a laptop bag. It comes complete with a fixed short, but good quality USB 3.0 cable - which is handy as it means you can’t loose it or leave it behind.

Worth noting it does NOT come with an additional power transformer - which is both a good and bad thing. Good, because it means you don’t need to carry it about with you - it takes all it’s power from your laptop, and is more portable and versatile, but bad, because this means it limits the amount of power you can draw.

However, this little device has a trick up it’s sleeve. Whereas most hubs distribute the power evenly between the devices (meaning once you’ve got a few devices plugged in you’ll not have enough power to drive a self-powered disk or charge a mobile, this one has individual switches for each device. This means you can switch off the devices you’re not using, and use the full power to the device you need. It also produces a full 900mA of power - so can charge a mobile device with ease.

Plug it in, and it lights up 4 bright blue LED lamps, one for each plug. You can also switch off each USB plug independently.

Finally, in terms of speed, this is the latest USB 3.0 standard, which while completely backwardly compatible with USB 2 and 1.1, will give the fastest possible speeds your device can handle.

Overall, great little USB hub with the additional bonus of individual switches.

Highly Recommended.


Dream Dots for Spots - Overnight Acne Patch | Bonus Double Pack | 48 Acne Patches
Dream Dots for Spots - Overnight Acne Patch | Bonus Double Pack | 48 Acne Patches
Offered by Dream Dots
Price: £19.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Did the trick for my 11 and 21 year old daughters!, 27 Jun. 2015
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while I was pleased to receive these Dream Dots for Spots in return for an independent and unbiased opinion. I decided to test them, not for me, but for my 12 year old daughter and her 21 year old sister. They had a mixed, although overall positive response.

Open up the packaging to reveal a set of of white strips in sealed cellophane packaging. Rip these open, and you’ll find a set of 6 tiny “patches” each about 1cm in diameter in a neutral colour. Peel one off the backing paper (having washed and cleansed before as normal), and place it on the spot itself. Press, and hold for about 5 seconds and your done.

My daughters both tried them over night (although my eldest suggested you could wear these during the day under make-up if you had a particularly nasty zit), and they worked a treat.

My 12 year old, used them in a rather “shot-gun” approach, and used about five of them on one night whereas my older was more sparing with them. They both thought they were easy to apply, covered up the spot nicely, and had a great side effect - it meant they were covered so there was no temptation to pick at them.

Next morning they carefully picked the edge off, and removed the “dot”, and surprisingly (to me at least), any redness was gone and the spot well on the way to being cleared up. My youngest said they felt a bit itchy when on, but quickly forgot about them being on at all, while my eldest absolutely loved them.

Overall, they’re both pretty pleased, and although the 12 year old won’t bother buying them again (she has lots of tiny little break-outs rather than proper white headed zits), my eldest is a confirmed customer now, and has already ordered some for herself.

Overall:
Ease of use: 5 Stars
Did it work: 4 Stars (11 year old less so, 21 year old loved them)
Overall: 5 Stars

Did the trick for my 11 and 21 year old daughters!

Highly Recommended


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