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Lorus Gents Leather Strap Watch RH325AX9
Lorus Gents Leather Strap Watch RH325AX9
Offered by Gadgetize
Price: £20.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value and nice looks, 11 May 2013
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Bought this as an additional dress watch due to great price and simple but modern looks. The strap is very cheap looking and overall not quite as good as the photo but nevertheless still a bargain.

Sekonda Men's Quartz Watch with Black Dial Analogue Display and Silver Stainless Steel Bracelet 3354.27
Sekonda Men's Quartz Watch with Black Dial Analogue Display and Silver Stainless Steel Bracelet 3354.27

5.0 out of 5 stars Far better than the price would suggest, 11 May 2013
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I bought this watch as a replacement for my Dad who's mislaid his. It's an excellent watch that looks and feels far better than the price. Admittedly the feel of winder suggests a budget model but the given a price of less than £20 this is a real bargain.

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254 of 255 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing Performance and Great Value, 19 Aug. 2006
I bought camera on its repuation as being the top pocket camera for performing in lowlight. The results are simply stunning, whether used in automatic, scene mode or manually the high ISO performance whilst still maintaining detail is simply unsurpassed in a camera of this type.

One of the commonly overlooked criteria with cameras is usability. What's the point in have every feature going if the camera is too difficult to use in real world situations. Fuji seemed to have got it just right. The dimensions are just about right, easy to hold with grips on front and rear and a high quality anti-glare LCD screen which doesn't go right to the edge of the camera chassis, thus allowing you to hold the camera with your left hand without finger smudges all over the screen. The menus are definetly better than those of Canon with a dedicated 'F' key with access to ISO, Resolution and Colour settings only. The menus are relevant to the mode selected and options available as required.

Outdoor performance is well above average and once you can start taking advantage of using the camera manually the results can start to rival a digital SLR camera.

Battery life is quoted as up to 580 shots but as we all know quotes never compare to reality. In this case I'd suggest over 400 shots between charges which is better than the vast majority of the competition.

There are always comprimises with any digital camera and with the F30 there is a lack of a viewfinder and optical image stabilisation. That said the F30 does have anti-shake processing and if you wanted all of these features together you'll have to pay more to get more. As it is there isn't a pocket sized camera that offer these features and match the lowlight performance of the F30.

The other cameras I looked at before buying the F30 were the Canon Ixus 800 - Feature packed, small, viewfinder and probably the next best lowlight performance for its size but more expensive and not so easy to use. Panasonic FX-01 - Wide angle and optical image stabilisation and slightly cheaper but awful lowlight performance and no manual mode. Casio EX-Z850 - A great deal of features, viewfinder and manual mode but low quality LCD screen and not so easy to hold and use. Casio EX-Z1000 - Many features, wide LCD screen and 10MP but sensor not capable of utilising those 10MP and ease of use similar to EZ-850.

Basically the F30 is a real winner if you want a camera that can take brilliant pictures in almost any situation. Add to that usability, good looks, long battery life and real genuine camera manufacturer and you've got a great pccketable camera that will last for many years.

The Rule Of Four
The Rule Of Four
by Ian Caldwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rule of Forlorn!, 1 Jun. 2005
This review is from: The Rule Of Four (Paperback)
Da Vinci it certainly is not! It may be unfair to compare this narrative with that of Dan Brown's. After all, other than the central theme pertaining to the decipherment of a coded text there is no corresponding similarities to character, plot or setting.
Caldwell would have us succumb to his enigmatic world of Academia which is the so called 'Ivy League' Princeton in rural New Jersey. But unlike offerings such as Donna Tartt's 'The Secret History' which actually bring such places to life and concentrate on the relational aspects between the characters, here we are subjugated to little of the required intricacies that make such an environment elevate from the page.
The main chracters Tom & Paul are dull and uninspiring and for me the setting misplaced. DVC worked on another level, that of its locations and surroundings. Here we have only descriptions of the history reflected in the deciphered code.
Some parts have merit, especially when the pace increases, but I cannot express just how tedious at times I found this book.

Before The Frost
Before The Frost
by Henning Mankell
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Respectable effort from Mankell, 1 Jun. 2005
Having read several of Mankell's previous works I was looking forward to delving in to this one. Kurt Wallander mysteries are amongst the finest of 'Police procedurals', but I have to admit that I found the first Linda Wallander story somewhat fractured and plodding. May be it's the switch of main character or the religious aspects that underly the antagonists.
Essentially I'd recommend this book to any Mankell fan but for me it didn't quite live up to the eminence of 'Sidetracked' or 'Firewall'.

Easter Island
Easter Island
by Jennifer Vanderbes
Edition: Paperback

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting though not completely compelling, 12 Sept. 2004
This review is from: Easter Island (Paperback)
A pleasant read which follows two stories, one based in 1914 and the other in the 1970's. Both seem to focus largely on the characters' progress through parts of their lives involving issues of love, marriage and loss. Although both are told largely within the context of the setting 'Easter Island' I got the feeling that the characters could have been some place else together. Although very prominent in providing a factual description of Easter Island, the facts seem to bear less of an attachment to the central themes of the story.
Enjoyable enough and fascinating insights in to one the world's most mysterious places.

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