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LG 32LS3400 32-inch Widescreen HD Ready Direct LED TV with Freeview
LG 32LS3400 32-inch Widescreen HD Ready Direct LED TV with Freeview

70 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars covers all essential bases very well, 29 May 2012
A really good TV for the price point.
- Looks great in shiny black.
- Great picture, compared with all others in the shop (720p resolution is good on 32")
- Backlit (not Edge) LED - gives great contrast and colours
- 100 HZ - good motion clarity
- good digital freeview reception - easy to use 7-day guide with alarm features
- touch controls on frame (when u can't find the remote)
- very easy setup - 8 screws for stand, connect, switch on and the startup menu is intuitive (auto scans)
- great USB capabilities - very high success with my varied movie file types
- all kinds of picture wizards and sound modes which you don't need

There will always be missing latest features - this does not have 3D, DNLA, and other smart TV features. Sound is only as good as expected in the slim TVs. The model lacks a bit in input options, but works for most setups. The provided manual is basic but I didn't miss it at all as the remote is intuitive. If you are looking for a good TV that does the basics well at a very reasonable price, I definitely recommend it.

(The advisor at Tesco had said that since it has Component-In it may not take the Composite input from the Wii - he was wrong, it takes the old red+white+yellow wire inputs too - shown in manual)
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Sociology
Sociology
by Anthony Giddens
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 20 Aug 2011
This review is from: Sociology (Paperback)
One of the very well written text books I have ever come across. The subject helps - discussing society is obviously stimulating and relevant to all of us. I picked the subject purely out of interest (may decide to do a formal course in the future) - and while it also covers several theoretical approaches etc, it rarely bores you as many textbooks do.

It is a book which you can just start at any chapter that interests you - easy references to other chapters, for further details, are provided throughout. Each chapter/topic is kept within 50 pages - which I found was crucial to holding easy interest. Its a 1000+ pages, so there's enough material. The different theoretical approaches are never more than 20% of a chapter (a separate chapter is dedicated to leading theoretical thinkers). Chapters cover practical aspects of modern society, discussing trends and variations across time and geography, and tries to make sense of them through theories, famous experiments and studies, and other data. Most of it is fairly easy reading.

Topics include stratification & class, poverty & welfare, global inequality, race, migration, religion, media, education, work, crime, politics, terrorism, social interaction, socialization, ageing, families & relationships, health, sexuality & gender, organization & networks, cities, globalization, environment, (phew!).. Take your pick and enjoy.

Perfect book for someone interested in learning about the subject (not sure how appropriate for students focusing on an exam). Written by a recognized expert in the field, it was a delight to find a book so well thought out and organized. Highly recommended.


7dayshop Exclusive PU Leather Book Case for Amazon Kindle 3 / Kindle Keyboard - Brown (NOT Compatible with 2011 Kindle 4)
7dayshop Exclusive PU Leather Book Case for Amazon Kindle 3 / Kindle Keyboard - Brown (NOT Compatible with 2011 Kindle 4)

5.0 out of 5 stars works perfectly, 2 July 2011
Does exactly what it says it should - and looks pretty good doing it. Decent finish - faux leather outside, suede like inner.
The elastic straps on the 4 corners hold the kindle pretty securely. My toddler has knocked the covered kindle off a coffee table top a couple of times, and everything was fine. I now throw it into my laptop bag without a second thought.
Some mentioned a smell, but that disappears within a few days of use.
Easy to hold and read - makes it a bit bulkier, but I don't think any cover can avoid that.
5 stars especially as it came at nearly 2 for a tenner!


India Today
India Today
Price: £0.99

4.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly good job.., 31 May 2011
This review is from: India Today (Kindle Edition)
India Today has done a great job of putting their content together in this e-mag format . I haven't compared page to page with a physical magazine copy, but most of the standard sections and articles seemed present. I am not sure how much of the content is available free on their web edition, but I know why I would pay for it - easy on the eye, and reading on my commutes.

The most important thing, for me, is how the content is laid out and the ease of navigation in the kindle version. This is what pleasantly surprised me - competent job I thought. The cover page opens up with a scan of the actual cover. The "Sections and Articles" is well designed - all sections listed on left column, and based on section highlighted, the articles are listed on the right column. Clicking the article takes you to its content. Jump between articles using the forward/back cursor keys. Get back to the Sections & Articles page in a single click from anywhere - press the select key. Neat.
(I later realized this is the standard kindle layout for all e-magazines. No wonder. As I said, it works...)

Text formatting is pleasant and familiar - like the articles in print. They could try a bit harder with more pics/photos accompanying the stories (very few today). I know that all photos would not render well on a kindle screen, but since these aren't serious technical challenges, a bit of touching up to greyscale and laying them out would be greatly appreciated - and get them my 5th star.

Standard Amazon features work fine - seamless download in literally no time. Opt out of the subscription anytime. Its great that amazon gives you 14 days of free trial (in which you would sample 2 weekly editions) - I don't see myself opting out anytime soon, especially at the very nice price point.
Definite recommend for those wanting to get the good old feel of Indian weeklies.

(later update : check out the get-news feature in Calibre - opens up a whole world!)


Children's Globe & Booklet 240 Piece Puzzleball
Children's Globe & Booklet 240 Piece Puzzleball

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best puzzle so far.., 11 May 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This was as much fun as I thought it would be - I always wondered how precise the engineering needed to be to make the pieces fit - and it was! The numbers behind the pieces help - especially getting started from the south pole. By the time I reached the northern hemisphere it was more fun getting the countries in the right places (no more cheating!).
Just assembling the pieces themselves (with cheating) is fun, as you need to be careful to make sure they sit well giving rise to the shape. By the end, it gets quite tough inserting the last few pieces. And lo, you end up with quite a sturdy sphere that can take some knocking about!
Fun for the family - the kid was busy sorting out the pieces by numbers (searching and sorting 240 pieces is a challenge), while my wife and I tested our long forgotten geography.
A bit pricey - but hey, this is one assembled puzzle you can leave on the mantlepiece.
Highly recommended.


NIX 8 Inch Hu-Motion Digital Photo Frame - X08C. Motion Sensor turns frame ON/OFF automatically when it senses you nearby. Hi-Res 800 x 600 pixels
NIX 8 Inch Hu-Motion Digital Photo Frame - X08C. Motion Sensor turns frame ON/OFF automatically when it senses you nearby. Hi-Res 800 x 600 pixels

79 of 82 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good product, but misses some bits, 13 April 2010
Great product for its price as long as you know what you are looking for. I decided to return mine when a few things I was expecting turned out to be missing (not explicitly clear from product description). I will possibly opt for another similar NIX model with the features, and only bit more expensive

Pros -
True 800x600 resolution. Much better than lower resolutions in some bigger brand models
8" size is way more viewable than 7" models coming at a similar price point
Good looking frame with reasonably sturdy build
Can show videos (mpeg4) and play mp3 in the background
Support stand behind folds away fully to give a flat form factor

Cons -
No internal memory. It can show pics out of SD card/USB stick that has to stay with the frame
Does not have the calendar/clock feature seen in other NIX models
Does not have internal battery
User manual has basic mistakes - however, NIX support did respond quickly to email queries with clarifications and apologies
Menu navigation can be improved - misses features like sorting the slideshow based on date photo was taken

For me the first 2 cons above can be rectified by opting for another similar NIX model -
NIX 8 inch Hi-Res Flat Screen Digital Photo Frame, 1GB Internal Memory, Auto Rotate Sensor & Touch Sensitive Controls, Video, Photo & Music playback - TS08B
Personally I am willing to pay the excess as having to buy an SD card for the frame nearly balances out. Using an SD card as frame memory means that copying photos from another SD card (of your camera) would be a bit complicated. Using a USB pen drive as frame memory means something sticks out of the frame. I think the clock/calendar feature is also worth it.

Sound product nevertheless - recommend this model too if you are fine with the above.


3.5mm Jack to 2 x RCA Phono Stereo Audio Cable 3m Lead
3.5mm Jack to 2 x RCA Phono Stereo Audio Cable 3m Lead
Offered by ETechland
Price: £1.25

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars works just fine, 8 April 2010
Worked as expected - managed to play music from a dodgy and tiny mp3 player on to my TV and Hi-Fi. Basically anything that has a 3.5mm headphone socket (walkman, phone, computer) can be played on any other speaker device that has "audio line in" (2 holes circled red and white, in case that was techie jargon for u ;o)
Could save you a ton if you opt to try this instead of docking stations for your mp3 player. The wire is long for all types of needs, and you could opt for a shorter length as that possibly has an impact on quality of sound transferred - I could not figure any deterioration though, but I am no audiophile.


LINX B-Tube,Portable A2DP Bluetooth + MP3 Speaker System -Silver
LINX B-Tube,Portable A2DP Bluetooth + MP3 Speaker System -Silver

4.0 out of 5 stars nice little speaker, 8 April 2010
Does what it says - the sound is nothing huge, but it definitely has better bass than the tinny laptop/computer speakers. The novelty is in using the bluetooth connection - and it was easy to sync up with a couple of my laptops and my Nokia5800 phone. Bluetooth works in the room but music tends to skip if beyond 10-15 feet. 3mm headphone line-in works fine (wire provided). It looks really sleek & stylish. On full charge it seems to work for a few hours - so good to carry on an outing for friends gathered around a mp3 player. After several weeks (as novelty wears off), don't see it as very useful inside the house, especially since most of us have more powerful speaker systems that accept a line-in (music systems, TVs, etc)


Logitech M505 Wireless Mouse - Silver
Logitech M505 Wireless Mouse - Silver

5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't ask for more, 8 April 2010
Brilliant wireless mouse. Laser sensitivity, and the tiny receiver has no issues picking up the movements (tried even 10 feet away!). Simple 2 button with a clickety scroll wheel - reliable Logitech build. No issues with leaving the receiver in the usb slots - don't think u can damage it when moving your laptop unless you really tried. On the flip side u could lose it a lot easier if it wasn't kept plugged into a usb, or its little docking slot within the mouse. I often switch this receiver between 2 laptops (both on XP - and I don't bother with the "remove safely" procedure) - and the mouse works for the one you just plugged into. Only on the rare occasion did I need to switch mouse off-n-on. Nearly a full size mouse with high arch - quite comfortable for long use, but might not be the tiniest one to fit into your laptop bag. Highly recommended.


FoneM8 - Nokia 5800 Screen Protector (PACK OF 5)
FoneM8 - Nokia 5800 Screen Protector (PACK OF 5)

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars does the job well enough, 9 Feb 2010
Even a rocket scientist can't be sure to get these things on right the first time - so 5 tries in a pack is great. Getting it for a couple of quid is fantastic! Lack of any instructions is unforgivable - the seller can easily add more instructions. There is an important note stuck on the pack that says that 2 outer layers of the screen protector have to be removed, and tabs with each layer that indicate the sequence. Here is what I did:
Clean the phone's screen with provided cloth - check for fine dust particles in bright light. Then remove the back of the screen gradually - start positioning and sticking the screen as you remove the back layer. Start sticking from the bottom so that the 3 keys work as a guide. Gradually moving upward while pressing in horizontal strokes should drive out all air bubbles. I suppose you can peel back a little to release air bubbles and stick again if needed. On reaching the top press well across the entire surface, and then use the other tab to peel off the front layer.

Looks good - even after a month of using it. Screen responsiveness is unchanged!
Does take on finger smudges, though easy enough to clean.
One problem with my first try is that the top left and bottom right corners did not stick well, and air and dust is visible below it. I think the glue is less sticky in these corners. However this is outside the touch-screen boundaries, so it does not hamper use.

Highly recommend that u give it a shot at this price..


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