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Snooper Sapphire GPS Speed Camera Detector With Voice & Rechargeable Battery
Snooper Sapphire GPS Speed Camera Detector With Voice & Rechargeable Battery

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Snooper Sapphire GDP Speed Camera Detector, 19 Nov. 2010
I've had the Snooper Sapphire for over a year and, if I'm honest, I've very rarely used it. I'm not a speeding driver and always tend to drive carefully, but these devices are designed to give you piece of mind - something which the Sapphire has failed to do. The accuracy of the database is questionable, due to the fact that not all speed camera locations (including fixed cameras) are recognised.

As said above, I tend not to use the Sapphire anymore. There's arguably little difference between the Sapphire (and other similar devices) compared with the speed camera databases compatible with general satellite navigation systems. If I were to purchase another device I'd opt for one with radar detection technology to supplement the database.

Top Spin 3 (PS3)
Top Spin 3 (PS3)

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Spin 3, 26 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Top Spin 3 (PS3) (Video Game)
As somebody who owns both Virtua Tennis 3 and Top Spin 3, I have to say that although Virtua Tennis 3 is brilliant, Top Spin 3 is in a league of it's own.

Believe it or not I'm not a real fan of real-life tennis. The reason I bought Top Spin 3 in the first place was because I enjoyed Virtua Tennis 3 so much.

In comparison to Virtua Tennis 3, here are the reasons I believe Top Spin 3 beats the competition:

- Graphics. From the sweat on the players' skin to the crowd, stadium and ball boys, I was very impressed with the attention to detail.
- Gameplay - Top Spin 3 requires you to practice and learn to reach your potential. The power, speed and accuracy of your shots depends on your quick thinking. This doesn't automatically mean the game is difficult, it just means there is substantial scope for improvement.
- Realism - Unlike Virtua Tennis 3, there's no guarantee that your shot will stay within the court. Knowing exactly where and when to hit the ball and the power you use will affect the outcome.
- Online play. Unlike Virtua Tennis 3, Top Spin 3 allows you to play with other users from around the world. However, I believe the Xbox360 version of Virtua Tennis 3 allows users to play online - which I wasn't best pleased about!

Like all games, Top Spin 3 does come with a few drawbacks:

- Online play. Lag can be a problem when playing with some. Sometimes you may even struggle to find or join a game. Unfortunately, another problem is that a few people tend to quit before the game has finished. Basically, if you're looking to purchase Top Spin 3 because you like the idea of multiplayer, don't get your hopes up too much. You'll find that single player provides more than enough entertainment anyway!
- Female players. Unlike Virtua Tennis 3 you'll find that male players (I.e. Federer, Nadal & Roddick) tend to have the advantage, especially when comparing players' statistics (I.e. Power, serving, speed & stamina, etc)
- Player hierarchy - When comparing player statistics, you'll find that Federer, Nadal and Roddick tend to come out firmly on top. Saying that however, I do love Roddick's serving ability!

Finally, don't feel that you have to be an avid tennis fan to enjoy Top Spin 3, or Virtua Tennis 3 for that matter.

If you're wondering whether to purchase Virtua Tennis 3 or Top Spin 3, I would definitely recommend Top Spin 3 beyond all doubt. Although Virtua Tennis 3 is a brilliant game, the makers of Top Spin 3 seem to have taken Virtua Tennis 3's good points, ditched the bad points and launched Top Spin 3 into a league of it's own.

Koss Porta Pro On-Ear Headphones Classic, for iPod, iPhone, MP3 and Smartphone - Black/Silver
Koss Porta Pro On-Ear Headphones Classic, for iPod, iPhone, MP3 and Smartphone - Black/Silver
Price: £28.89

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Koss Porta Pro Headphones, 28 May 2008
The build quality of the Koss Porta Pro headphones are extremely poor and feel like they're ready to break any minute.

Regarding the sound, I bought these headphones for indoor use with my IPod. Due to the IPod's volume limitation you cannot turn up the volume to suitable levels. Infact I'd say the volume level is extremely poor and is definitely not good enough for dance and rock music, etc. This isn't usually a problem with in-ear earphones.

Although the sound quality is extremely good - good treble, clear and good levels of clarity - the bass is almost non-existent.

Over all, if you like loud music with good, deept bass then I'd look elsewhere. If you listen to quiet classical music or you enjoy listening to DAB radio then I see no reason not to purchase these. However, I'd be extremely careful when handling these headphones as, like I said above, the build quality is extremely poor and volatile.
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V-Moda Bass freq - bling bling black
V-Moda Bass freq - bling bling black

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars V-Moda Bass Frequency earphones, 12 May 2008
For the price these earphones are excellent.
The bass is good but doesn't dominate too much. The mid and high range frequencies are much better than I anticipated, although not as clear as the Sennheiser CX300s.

At the moment I have two pairs of earphones for my IPod:
- V-Moda Bass Frequency
- Sennheiser CX300

In comparison I would say that treble, middle and high range frequencies are better with the Sennheiser CX300s, but the bass is far superior in the V-Moda's. As said above, the bass isn't all overpowering as I suspected it could be.

If you're not specifically looking for bass then I would suggest the Sennheiser CX300's. The bass is already top notch in the Sennheisers anyway.

I find the V-Moda's are easier to fit in the ear. They're also less likely to fall out if you're jogging or running.

All in all it depends on type of music you're listening to and how much detail and bass you like in your music.

For treble, detail, mid and high range frequencies I would choose the Sennheisers CX300's.
For bass I would definitely choose the V-Moda Bass Frequency earphones, although I'm not suggesting the V-Moda's lack clarity and sufficient detail.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - Limited Edition (PC DVD)
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - Limited Edition (PC DVD)

3 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars GTA: SA, 17 Jun. 2007
Want your kids to turn out well? ... Allow them to play this. We all know kids play 18-rated games.

All that aside, just driving the cars around the cities makes for an addictive experience nonetheless! :P

9 Songs [DVD]
9 Songs [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kieran O'Brien
Price: £6.00

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Low budget movie with nothing more than sex, music and drugs, 17 Feb. 2006
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This review is from: 9 Songs [DVD] (DVD)
If all you're looking for is explicit porn movies with continuous sex then go for it!
If you want more then you'll be sadly disappointed. This movie is approximately one hour long, with nothing but sex, music and drugs.
The acting is very poor. There's no attention to detail when it comes to developing the characters.
However, if you're looking for extremely explicit scenes, then this might be for you. This film has been rated to be amongst the most explicit in film cinematic history by some magazines.

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