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Shaun Dowdall "Shaun Dowdall" (York, UK)
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SEGURO Water Resistant Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Shower Speaker Waterproof (Bluetooth 3.0, Hands-Free, Built-in Mic, A2DP/AVRCP)
SEGURO Water Resistant Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Shower Speaker Waterproof (Bluetooth 3.0, Hands-Free, Built-in Mic, A2DP/AVRCP)
Offered by SEGURO
Price: £25.00

4.0 out of 5 stars A good bit of kit, 24 May 2016
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Please note, I was sent this product in exchange for an unbiased review.

This is a nice little compact speaker that also packs a good bit of sound. It's nothing mind blowing, but it's perfect if you're the kind of person who enjoys a bit of music or radio in the shower. It also handles calls, so if you're always on the phone you won't need to worry about water damaging your phone! Pretty handy, although the noise of the shower could be a little off putting to the person on the other end of the line.

Design wise this is a nice speaker. It's pretty minimal, small, and feels durable enough that if it fell it wouldn't just smash. On the top you have all the controls you need to switch tracks, change volume, or handle calls. The charger isn't microUSB which is a bit of a shame as it means if the included charger is lost or broken then you'll be a little stuck. I also found that the suction cup on the back wasn't the most reliable and the speaker would often slide down the shower.

For the price you can't go wrong. It's a nice bit of kit and does as advertised. A worthwhile purchase if you just want something that you can listen to when in the shower.
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VicTop 3 in 1 Aluminum Clip-On Camera Lens Kit - 180 Degree Premium Fisheye + 0.65X Wide Angle + 10X Macro Lens for iPhone SE 6S 6 6 Plus 5S, iPod Touch, Samsung, HTC, Sony Cell Phones - Black
VicTop 3 in 1 Aluminum Clip-On Camera Lens Kit - 180 Degree Premium Fisheye + 0.65X Wide Angle + 10X Macro Lens for iPhone SE 6S 6 6 Plus 5S, iPod Touch, Samsung, HTC, Sony Cell Phones - Black
Offered by VicTop
Price: £28.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great place to start when experimenting with photography, 24 May 2016
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Please note, I was sent this product in exchange for an unbiased review.

These lenses are pretty good if you're looking to expand what sort of photos you can capture on your smartphone, especially the fisheye lens! They are easy to fit and relatively small. The clip seemed strong enough to keep them in place without damaging my screen protector or iPhone which is always handy.

Lining the lens up is really easy, clip it in place, pop the cap off the lens and look through it to make sure your camera is lined up correctly. Once done, you are ready to start capturing photos.

I really liked the fisheye lens, and it was with this one I noticed the most difference. It was immediately noticeable how much more my camera captured, getting wider photos. They looked great, with very minimal blurring and curving around the edges.

The macro lens was also pretty great, but I feel the iPhone already does a pretty good job in this department. However, I did notice that the central focus was a lot clearer with the lens on than without.

The lens' come with a little carrying pouch which will help to keep dust from getting all over them and they also come with caps for each of the lens' which seemed secure and durable.

If you're into your photography and want to experiment more with your iPhone then these are a great place to start.


THL T7 Smartphone 4800mAh Powerful 4G Unlocked Phone 64-bit 5.5 HD 1280*720 pixels, Android 5.1 MT6753 Octa Core 1.3GHZ, RAM 3GB, ROM 16GB,Dual SIM (Silver)
THL T7 Smartphone 4800mAh Powerful 4G Unlocked Phone 64-bit 5.5 HD 1280*720 pixels, Android 5.1 MT6753 Octa Core 1.3GHZ, RAM 3GB, ROM 16GB,Dual SIM (Silver)
Offered by EKEYUK
Price: £109.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome smartphone for the price, 22 May 2016
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Introduction

I wasn't really sure what to expect when I was offered this phone to review, given it's price tag and specifications, it seemed a little odd. From what was advertised, it seemed to pack in a lot for such a low cost. The question is, does it match what is on offer?

Pro's

Well designed
Premium feel
Good quality screen
Snappy response
Con's

Made for lefties?
Average camera
Design

So let's talk about the design and build quality first. The first thing that struck me about the THL T7 was the size. It's a nice big screen, but there isn't too much wasted space. The screen is extremely close to the edges, and the top and bottom of the device aren't overly large. This has enabled them to keep the phone from becoming too big, but it is still worth noting, this is a big phone, it is a 5.5 inch display after all.

The build quality is much better than expected, and when compared to other devices in this price bracket it's top class. The phone has a solid feeling metal frame that looks and feels great. On the back you'll find a plastic casing which feels metallic at first touch, the camera at the top with a flash, and the finger print sensor just beneath, and finally a small speaker grill on the bottom of the rear casing.

There is a dual sim set up for those who need it, but if you don't need multiple sims, then the second sim slot doubles up as a MicroSD slot. This is great for users who want more memory.

The only thing that I found a bit odd is that the lock/power key is on the left of the phone. It's not a huge issue, but it definitely feels like a phone built for lefties.

Functionality

The phone is a speedy little beast. I found pretty much all apps loaded quickly and that switching between menu's was seamless. The hardware inside of this phone really handles everything, giving a smooth experience throughout.

It's also worth noting that there was a software update available straight out of the box, so once you've got the phone connected to the internet you might want to do this.

One thing that really let the phone down, especially how good it is in pretty much every area, was the camera. Capturing photos is extremely slow, so slow in fact that I could never get anything more than a blurred shot of something that moved. Even taking a completely still photo gave average results, which is a real shame given the camera specs. I'm not really sure what it is that causes the lower quality, software or hardware, but no matter what I did with the settings, photo quality was average at best.

On the plus side, the video quality I captured was good. I managed to get some good looking video which made up for the lacking camera quality when it came to stills.

Battery life on this is good. The phone packs in a large battery, but given the screen size and spec, it needs it. From what I found, I got between 4-5 hours of screen on time out of the phone which was easily enough to last a full day. This included checking emails, surfing the web, using whatsapp, keeping my Twitter account updated, and a few calls.

Conclusion

So, the real question is, should you consider this phone? The short answer is yes. For the price you can't go wrong. It's powerful and has a great looking screen with awesome build quality. Yes, the camera is a little lacking, but for the price it's not actually bad, just not what I was hoping for considering how good everything else is on this device.

It's a very reasonable price for a pretty great bit of kit. Definitely worth checking out!
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Bluetooth Speakers, Archeer Portable Bluetooth Speakers Waterproof IPX7 Shower Speaker, Outdoor Speaker with Microphone, A109 -Black
Bluetooth Speakers, Archeer Portable Bluetooth Speakers Waterproof IPX7 Shower Speaker, Outdoor Speaker with Microphone, A109 -Black
Offered by Archeer-UK
Price: £13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely awesome, 18 May 2016
Please note, I was sent this product in exchange for an unbiased review.

The first thing I thought when I opened up this tiny speaker was that it was going to be quiet and die as soon as I popped it into some water. I was so incredibly wrong.

The moment I turned it on I was surprised by how loud it was. Once I paired my phone up and started playing music I just sat listening, wondering what sorcery enabled this small little speaker to make such a noise and deliver it so well. Seriously, for the size, it shouldn't sound as good as it does. Literally, at full volumes it doesn't distort, and it delivers such a good range I was blown away.

I showed it off to a few friends who were equally as surprised, and then we decided we needed to drown it. So, with a pint glass full of water, we threw the poor little thing in... and it just kept on blaring out its music! The entire thing was submerged and it kept going.

This is the perfect companion for anyone on the move, or who wants to listen to music in the shower. I really cannot praise it enough. This is one of the best speakers I have heard in quite sometime in the sub 50 quid bracket, and that's saying something.
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Fizz Bath Bombs: Aromatherapy Bath Bomb Gift Set For Her. Handmade Using Top Grade Essential Oils That Have Been Blended To Create Relaxing, De-Stressing and Calming Scents. Made For Ladies Who Love To Relax In The Bath.
Fizz Bath Bombs: Aromatherapy Bath Bomb Gift Set For Her. Handmade Using Top Grade Essential Oils That Have Been Blended To Create Relaxing, De-Stressing and Calming Scents. Made For Ladies Who Love To Relax In The Bath.
Offered by BuyitBug
Price: £19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great relaxing bombs, 18 May 2016
Please note, I was sent this product in exchange for an unbiased review.

These are better than I expected, helping me to have a nice relaxing bath. Fill up the water, throw one in, and watch the little bomb bubble away. It's pretty impressive how quickly these things fizzle away and fill the bath. The scents released filled the bathroom, they weren't over powering, but just right.

They all come nicely packaged and are quite large. My only issue is that at this price you probably won't want to use them daily. They are great little bombs for a nice relaxing bath though.
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Rokono® SoundGo® Stereo Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (F200), 8-hour Playtime, Portable Bluetooth Speaker for iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Nexus, HTC and More
Rokono® SoundGo® Stereo Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (F200), 8-hour Playtime, Portable Bluetooth Speaker for iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Nexus, HTC and More

4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic little speaker, 18 May 2016
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This is a nice little, compact speaker that looks smart and delivers great quality audio. Pairing up the device is very easy, just switch the power button across on the back, and immediately it will go into pairing mode. You can search for your speaker, or if you have an NFC enabled device then you can simply tap it against the speaker to pair. Can't get much more convenient than that!

The device charges via a Micro USB cable which is a nice feature, meaning you won't need to carry a separate cable around. Charging time takes about 4 hours and the battery lasts a comfortable 8 with solid use. That's pretty impressive considering the size.

On top of the device you'll find click buttons for pretty much all features you'll need. One of the buttons, the talk one, also allows you to access Siri when paired up with an iPhone or iPad. This is a nice little addition for iOS users as it means if you're doing something where your hands are getting messy you wont need to touch your phone.

Audio quality is really good. I was pretty impressed by how good. At the price point you can't go wrong, and although the bass isn't superb, it's an all around good speaker when it comes to audio.

I'm really impressed by this little speaker and think the only thing that would help to improve it is waterproofing. That aside, this is awesome, especially for the cost.
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Lecxci AC Universal World Travel Adaptor with 2 USB Ports for Mobile Phone/Tablet/Camera/Laptop/Shaver Best All in One International Travel Plug Adapter Power Wall Charger US/UK/Australia/Europe with Car Charger (Blue)
Lecxci AC Universal World Travel Adaptor with 2 USB Ports for Mobile Phone/Tablet/Camera/Laptop/Shaver Best All in One International Travel Plug Adapter Power Wall Charger US/UK/Australia/Europe with Car Charger (Blue)
Offered by CXCOUK
Price: £17.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The best charging solution for most people, 18 May 2016
Please note, I was sent this product to offer an unbiased review.

Ok, so where to start with this product? It's the perfect companion for so many purposes. If you have multiple gadgets, then you've got two USB's, and you also still retain a plug! I took mine away with me for work, and the hotel had a limited amount of plugs. With this I was able to plug my iPhone and Apple watch in via the two USB ports, and also plug my tablets mains adapter directly into the unit. All of my devices charged without any issues.

Next up, you've got the car charging adapter so you can use this while in the car. Again, this gives you multiple ways to charge different devices, and is very welcome if you're on the road a lot.

If you're traveling to different countries then you've also got multiple plug pins built in. Just chose which one you're going to need, push the small slider on either side of the device and bam, you're ready to plug in and go. This is so handy as it means you won't need multiple chargers or pieces. It's all just in one unit!

The unit itself feels durable and well made, and considering how many parts are inside, it feels very solid.

I really can't praise this thing highly enough, it really is an awesome bit of kit. If you're traveling around a lot, needing multiple sources to charge your gadgets, then look no further!
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Bluetooth Speakers, Bengoo Wireless Speakers Portable LED Color Lights Wireless Bluetooth Speaker for iPhone,iPad, Support TF Card and Remote Controlled
Bluetooth Speakers, Bengoo Wireless Speakers Portable LED Color Lights Wireless Bluetooth Speaker for iPhone,iPad, Support TF Card and Remote Controlled
Offered by BenGoo Inc.
Price: £22.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning looks and great sound, 18 May 2016
Please note, I was sent this product in exchange for an unbiased review.

This is a pretty unique speaker, with great sound quality and looks that match. It looks really odd at first glance, but once it's powered on and starts cycling through the different colours it really stands out, looking fantastic. The only way to describe the lights is like some kind of solar system, there's loads of twinkling and glittering lights that slowly fade into different colours.

I found that the bluetooth connection remained reliable throughout my usage, and the ability to plug a memory card straight in is also a welcome one.

The sound quality is pretty good, definitely some of the best I've heard at this price point. It was a little lacking in bass, but around this price they always are. The audio remained clear even at higher volumes, and this speaker would definitely work well in a small to medium sized room.

I'd definitely recommend this, especially if you're after something that stands out and looks a little different. It would make a great light for the bedroom, and obviously has the added benefit of being a speaker! Well worth the price.
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USB Microphone, FifineTM Plug & Play Microphone Core Condenser Microphone For PC/Computer(Windows, Mac, Linux OX), Podcasting, Recording-White(K056)
USB Microphone, FifineTM Plug & Play Microphone Core Condenser Microphone For PC/Computer(Windows, Mac, Linux OX), Podcasting, Recording-White(K056)
Offered by FiFine
Price: £21.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, good price, good audio, 18 May 2016
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This is a nice and well made little microphone. It's really easy to set up, I plugged in the USB and my PC found it almost straight away. There's no need for external power sources as this mic works using just the USB which is really handy for portability and convenience. I used this with my gaming PC and also my Macbook Pro, both of which worked fine.

The whole device feels really premium and well made, and it comes with everything you'll need to get up and running. There's a small tripod which lets you set it up on your desk and angle the microphone to suit your needs. You'll also get the foam guard for the mic to help prevent any loud popping or bursts.

Audio quality seemed good, better than the built in mic on my gaming headset. Granted, it's not as high end as something like my Yeti mic, but it's also substantially cheaper. It will definitely help out for better communication via audio such as Skype, but it's also good enough to do things like podcasts or voice overs.

It's a great little starting microphone and comes with pretty much everything you need to get yourself up and running. As I mentioned, there are better mics out there, but you'll be paying a higher price. If you're after something on a budget then this is a great place to start.
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720P 1.0 MP HD Wireless IP Camera Dome, DBPOWER Dome IP Security Camera with Build-in 8GB Micro SD Card, Motion Detection & Push Notification, FTP, Remote View Alarm Video Recording on Phone, IR 3.6mm Lens, ONVIF 2.3 (White)
720P 1.0 MP HD Wireless IP Camera Dome, DBPOWER Dome IP Security Camera with Build-in 8GB Micro SD Card, Motion Detection & Push Notification, FTP, Remote View Alarm Video Recording on Phone, IR 3.6mm Lens, ONVIF 2.3 (White)
Offered by Bravo Tech
Price: £89.89

4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic camera, 17 May 2016
Please note, I was sent this product in exchange for an unbiased review.

This is a nice, high end camera with amazing video quality. It has some great features and it performs well in most conditions. I was really surprised by how good it performed in the dark, getting me great quality video and pictures at night. This is really handy if you're needing to use this for security, or if it's going to be used in darker areas of your property.

Setting the whole thing up is pretty easy. You've got the option to wire it up via ethernet, or you can connect the camera wirelessly. Once you've got your camera set up the way you want, download the dedicated application and follow the instructions. Once that's done, you'll have the option to tweak things, one of them being activating the motion alarm. This came in handy, sending me alerts when the camera detected movement.

You've got pretty much everything you'll need to get this mounted. It includes all of the screws, and you'll be able to fit this into the location you want relatively easily. I personally didn't mount this on a wall or ceiling, but it looks relatively easy and would certainly help to keep the camera out of the way.

All in all this is a fantastic camera. You can't go far wrong with this one
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