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Odd Bot Out
Odd Bot Out
Price: £1.31

5.0 out of 5 stars Clean, safe, entertainment, 4 Jun. 2015
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All items start off with three stars, the other two stars are for them to win or lose.
The premise is simple, you have to guide your robot through the factory to the exit by overcoming the obstacles. There are no timers put on unwanted pressure, no adverts, or in-app purchases, minimal permissions, and little in the way of instruction. That said, you're guided gently into how things work before entering the game proper. Simply drag your, somehow quite personable, robot in the direction you want it to go. Pick up blocks (some cunningly hidden or disguised), drag items around, connect circuits, operate switches, fly rockets and build structures to get to the next exit.

The early levels are relatively easy, some may say they're lulling you into a false sense of security. The reality is, you have to figure out how to solve each puzzle and the solution may be something entirely new, especially at the later levels.

Some puzzles are refreshingly quick to solve, with others presenting a greater challenge. As you progress through the stages you get more and more familiar with your charge you'll come to appreciate the little things which imbue it with a certain charm. The simple graphics help you to focus on the challenges.

It is very refreshing to have an Amazon app work without needing to connect to the Amazon server (which is not always available - not necessarly due to Amazon, but you may just not have access to the Internet). The lack of intrusive permissions is another plus. A small download (helped by the simple, yet effective, graphics). Some apps might encourage you to make purchases to progress in the game, or even take part it in, for example Star WarsTM: Galactic Defence, but not Odd Bot Out.

Plus one star for the lack of in-app purchases and minimal permissions. Plus one star for the adequately, but not overly, challenging puzzles coupled with the entertaining character of the bot. A simple five star App. Well done to Martin Magni, other developers take note.


Glow Burst
Glow Burst
Price: £0.64

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Limited appeal, 18 May 2015
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All apps start with three stars, the other stars are for the app to win or lose.

Let's get one thing straight, anything which would prevent me from purchasing an app should result in minimum stars. The minimalist and, to be frankly honest, lazy, description of the app would mean I would not purchase this app; the only reason I have it is because it is the Free App Of The Day (FAOTD) today.

Before you even get to start your first game you are guide through the tutorial; touch, or swipe (for more points), the circles with the numbers in, in increasing numerical value. And that's it. At the easier levels there are fewer circles, with the quantity of circles (which are moving randomly around the screen) increasing as you progress. But again, that's it, it rapidly becomes repetetive. The only redeeming feature is that it may be an opportunity for some people to improve their hand-eye co-ordination. Unfortunately, the developer's laziness in failing to provide a decent description overwhealms this aspect, as I would not have wanted to have wasted any cash on this app. Consquently, 1 star, as zero is not an option.


Star WarsTM: Galactic Defense
Star WarsTM: Galactic Defense
Price: £0.00

1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 3 May 2015
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All apps start with three stars, as the average, the other two stars are for the app to either win, or lose. For a product backed by Lucas, it is reasonable to expect good graphics, which this app has. Unfortunately the app has some rather significant flaws.

This app is a significant download (660Mb!) (Compare with Bloons TD5, which is just 100Mb), so it is not unreasonable to expect all programming and graphics to be embedded in the app. Unfortunately, the app won't run unless there is an Internet connection. Tower defence games don't have a necessity to be connected to the Internet to run, unlike, for example, a browser or the Amazon App Store App. This would be sufficient for the app to lose one star, but when the app fails to record progress during a game then, due to inability to connect to the server (despite an active Internet connection) it also fails to record the progress made, forcing the game just played to be re-played. Two stars lost.

The app is so sloooooowwwwww. It takes ages to load (much of which is connecting to the server, according to the progress bar, and this is with what should be an above adequate broadband connection). Then, there are multiple screens to step through to get into the actual game. Another star lost.

Reliance on In-App purchases. Having In-App purchasing is not necessarily cause on its own to lose a star (although it is not favourable), but the number of ways available for players to spend their hard-earnt cash does, especially when all of the nice things which could make progress easier are typically beyond the reach of the player through normal game play; i.e. they are available, but they'll take ages to earn, and the game will either defeat the player, or you'll get bored with it. Another star lost.

Connection to social networking; the game encourages you to connect it to Facebook. The premise being you can seek help from your Facebook friends on the game. The real reason being, of course, to provide the game with free advertising. You don't *have* to connect to Facebook, but the player should be better rewarded, and the developers should be more open about their intentions. Another star lost.

You can't give an app negative stars, so it ends up with just one.

[EDIT: So, I've managed to play the game without the tablet being online. Doing so speeds the game up a bit, although it doesn't decrease the quantity of screens you have to go through, but overall a much better experience. Oh, how did I manage that? Well, you play the game for a while, it then hangs and crashes your tablet, which restarts, but won't connect to the Wifi (no 3G in this one). To restore the Wifi connection capability, the tablet has to be shut down then restarted again. So, that's all good then.

I've also discovered another pain; there are Power Packs which get used up each time you play the game. You start off with five and, if you have used any, you gain another one every 15 minutes. You use up the Power Packs more quickly than they're refreshed, so will eventually end up running out of Power Packs. Of course, it's possible to spend real money to gain new ones, another blatant marketing tactic. Oh, I almost forgot, how do you buy the Power Packs if you can't connect to the Internet...?]


Guess The Emoji
Guess The Emoji
Price: £0.00

1.0 out of 5 stars No free coins as advertised, 5 Jan. 2015
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Chose this app this because of the free coins offer. It's the next day and still the 100 free coins have not appeared, either in the app itself or from Amazon (it's not clear who is supposed to give you the free coins).

This may be okay for US-English speakers, but not for others. So if you're a native Australian, British, Canadian, New Zealand, South African or other English speaker probably wise to steer clear of this app until the developers realise that America is not the only country in the world which uses English.


Civiballs
Civiballs
Price: £0.63

1.0 out of 5 stars Unnecessarily requires Internet connection., 27 May 2014
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This is much like Spirit Catcher in many ways, but Spirit Catcher does this so much better. For some reason Civiballs also occassionally refuses to start, claiming lack of network connection. It's a standalone game so it *should* be able to function indefinitely without being connected to the Internet, but no, just when you have five minutes to spare, bam! you can't play. This might be acceptable for devices with built-in 3G connections but for a tablet with wi-fi only you can't guarantee there will be a suitable connection available. Even if you're playing this on a device with a 3G SIM, there's no guarantee you have signal coverage, or that you you're not roaming, so have turned off data. This could be a useful time-waster when you're travelling, but just when the captain says you can use electronic devices you'll be stymied by this app... Taking a base 3 stars as average, minus 1 for not being as good as Spirit Catcher, minus another 1 for the failures to start without an Internet connection.


Move it!
Move it!
Price: £0.63

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars May suit some but has unrealistic requirement to be Internet connected, 18 Dec. 2013
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The premise is simple; move the block to the target area. You do this by sliding other blocks out of the way. As you progress through harder puzzles the moves you have to make become more complex. With a bit of thought, and trial and error, you should be able to solve every puzzle. The challenge is in trying to work out the solution in the Target number of moves. This will probably be sufficient for some people to while away a few (or lots of) spare minutes. I rapidly got bored with this and will be uninstalling it.

Where this app falls down is that to get it to run it was necessary to connect the tablet to the Internet. There is no call for this, and if you don't have an Internet connection handy you won't be able to play the game. Whether this an actual requirement of the game, or some bizarre requirement of Amazon I don't know, but it's just not acceptable; once you've purchased an App, and if it has no valid purpose for accessing the Interent (like a browser, or email App, for example), there is no reason for an App to have to access the Internet before it runs. The app would have scored 2 stars for its mediocre playability, but it drops to 1 star for the Internet access requirement.


D-LINK Powerline 500M AV Starter Kit
D-LINK Powerline 500M AV Starter Kit

4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it is designed to do, well., 15 Dec. 2013
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This is a review of the D-LINK Powerline 500M AV Starter Kit, purchased via Amazon EU S.a.r.L. late in 2012.

Packaging was as expected of Amazon.

Set up was simply a case of following the supplied instructions; plug them in, press the buttons. Go. All done. I've used the same pair in two different home networks, with different IP ranges without any trouble.

Some reviewers have spoken about the transfer rates. As with any network technology the quoted maximum is really only for continuous data in one direction. This does not take into consideration various factors such as interference from other electrical/electronic devices connected to the same power circuit. Typically network efficiency is somewhere between 60% and 80% of the maximum, so realistically you should, in ideal circumstances get between 300Mbps and 400Mbps.

To put things into perspective, the majority of people who want devices like these will be using them to extend their home broadband, rather than for high-speed business critical use. At the time of writing, in the UK the typical maximum advertised broadband connection speed is 120Mbps. Again, that's the theoretical maximum in best conditions, so you'll realistically be getting closer to 72Mbps to 96 Mbps. Now consider that the average household in the UK doesn't get close to those speeds, and you should be more than confident that the D-Link Kit will be up to the job.

I found the devices work well in a simple home network. One D-Link is connected directly to the broadband router, the second to a spare router (with wireless capability), which feeds to a NAS drive, printer and computer, all three connected by cable to the router. The D-Links have made accessing both the NAS drive and printer over the wireless network simple. As the router is standard 10/100 Ethernet the best transfer rate is likely to be 60-80 Mbps, so once again, the D-LINKs are more than up to the job.

To be fair, any power line network extender set with similar performance capability should be equally able to cope with the typical requirements for home use, but this D-Link set certainly made setting up and using them easy.

A word of caution if you're considering extending your network's wireless signal, you will require a second wireless transmitter for this set. As in my setup, a spare broadband router can be used. Just make sure you turn off the DHCP aspect to let your master router (i.e. the one connected to your phone socket) handle the IP addressing. If you don't have a spare broadband router with wireless capability you may wan to consider a different power line set, where the second device has a wireless transmitter built in.

As a final note, power line network extenders transmit your network data over the electrical cabling in your house. There can sometimes be issues passing the data through consumer units (the 'fuse box'). This may be a consideration where you're thinking of using them to extend your network to an building external to the house where a second consumer unit is likely to be installed. You may, or may not find the performance downgraded in such circumstances. There is a word of caution here though; once your data is on the power network it can theoretically be picked up by others, such as your neighbours. To keep your data private, ensure you use the security built-in to the devices.


Chess Pro 3D
Chess Pro 3D
Price: £0.64

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the effort downloadin, 13 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: Chess Pro 3D (App)
Asus Transformer Prime (TF201)

Installed okay, but you only get to view the menu system. Once you try to actually play (Practice or Tournament) and then select a difficulty level the screen goes blank and that's it, nothing else.

Uninstalled.


Samsung S View Premium Cover for Galaxy S4 - Black
Samsung S View Premium Cover for Galaxy S4 - Black
Offered by High-Grade Bargains
Price: £6.49

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, fits well, works harmoniously with the S4, 11 Aug. 2013
Received as gift, so I can't say for sure who supplied this. I say this because at the time of writing Amazon have suspended supply of this product pending investigation of a report from a customer saying the product was not as described.

The manufacturing quality is good and the cover fits the Samsung Galaxy S4 perfectly.

There's something built into the front cover which the S4 detects; when you close the cover the display adjusts to show through the window in the cover. A few seconds later the display switches off to save power. This is a good thing because when the 'window' display is active the brightness is way up. The reason for this is no doubt because with the cover closed the sensor cannot detect the light level to set the display brightness automatically. If you were in a bright daylight situation and a lower brightness level was set you may not be able to clearly see the display. Okay, this is as much about the functionality of the S4, but it shows the S4 and cover are working in harmony.

If you receive a call with this cover on and closed, the caller ID and the answer/reject options are displayed within the window, just swipe the relocated controls as normal, no need to open the cover. Notifications are also displayed briefly in the window, so this is much better than an entirely solid cover.

The hinge is very flexible so you can fold the cover neatly behind the phone. It also means you can use the volume control through the hinge, although not with the cover fully closed, it needs to be open sufficiently for the normal mode to be active.

There have been some reviews which say the window was scratched or otherwise poor. On mine this was because there were two film covers to the window, one inside, one outside. The film covers were almost clear and there were no printed indicators, or tabs to remove them. Only by looking very closely was it possible to determine the films were present, other than what looked like a poor finish to the window. So, if the window of your cover appears scratched or not quite as clear, check for film covers. Carefully use a finger nail to drag inwards from the window edge until you raise an part of the film sufficient to remove it. Don't use anything harder or sharper because you could damage the window.


Docs To Go Premium Key
Docs To Go Premium Key
Price: £6.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Seems to work, 14 July 2013
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This review is from: Docs To Go Premium Key (App)
Having read the other reviews which say this doesn't work in the UK I was slightly sceptical, but still tried it. As I didn't already have the free Documents To Go main app I first installed that, from the Amazon App Store, whch went smoothly. I then installed this Full Version Key without any error messages or anything saying I was in the wrong region. (I'm in the UK.) I've had a quick play, and have been able to create both an Exel and Word document. The interface in Documents to Go is not as good as the one presented by Cloud On, but that requires an Internet connection, which is not always available. I've not tried importing/opening other files yet, but as this product is actually the Key rather than the editing app we're strarting to drift off of the main topic. Worthwhile checking this out whilst it's free.


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