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MOFRED® Black New Google Nexus 7 2 II Tablet (Launched July 2013) Case-(Second Updated Version of Case)-MOFRED® Executive Multi Function Standby Case for the Google Nexus 7 II-2nd Generation Tablet 16GB or 32GB eMMC ,Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz Processor, Screen Protector + Stylus Pen (Available in Mutiple Colors)
MOFRED® Black New Google Nexus 7 2 II Tablet (Launched July 2013) Case-(Second Updated Version of Case)-MOFRED® Executive Multi Function Standby Case for the Google Nexus 7 II-2nd Generation Tablet 16GB or 32GB eMMC ,Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz Processor, Screen Protector + Stylus Pen (Available in Mutiple Colors)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't fit!, 9 Feb. 2014
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Not much more to say about this - one thing you need from a device cover is for it to fit the device!
Bearing in mind this is supposedly specifically redesigned for the Nexus 7 II (July 2013), there are two major design flaws - the case is too big so the Nexus slides around, and the gap for the side buttons (the sleep button and volume) isn't correctly positioned, meaning that the buttons are partly masked by the back of the cover.

In combination, this means whenever you tilt the Nexus even slightly, the whole thing slides to the right of the case, and the buttons bump against the back of the cover, sending the device to sleep right in the middle of say, a game or a video. Completely useless.


An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
Price: £5.22

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to think of a more inspirational book, 19 Jan. 2014
Chris Had field's story of his career as an astronaut is uniquely inspiring and heartwarming to read. If you've lost your faith in humanity's ability to achieve anything worthy in the universe this book will help you find it again.

First off, this is a cracking read for anyone interested in the recent history of space exploration. Hadfield has been around for the whole of the International Space Station's life and his first hand accounts of being there (and the jaw dropping journeys to and from it) alone make this book worthwhile.

But where the book really excels is in Hadfield's philosophy of life - in particular what it takes mentally and emotionally to be an astronaut, and by extension what it takes to reach the top of any field. This isn't a tale of bravado, ruthlessness or God-given gifts - instead it's about working hard, self determination and, surprisingly, a stern lesson in humility.

I'm not a huge fan of biographies, but this is a definite exception. Read it if you're interested in modern spaceflight, but I'd also recommend it to anyone interested in a tale of true human endeavour.


The Sky at Night: Answers to Questions from Across the Universe
The Sky at Night: Answers to Questions from Across the Universe
Price: £9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic primer on Astronomy and more, 19 Jan. 2014
This is a fantastic introduction to astronomy - but what really surprised me was the diversity of information. There are sections dedicated to every aspect of understanding the cosmos. telescope shopping advice, quantum particle explanations, the history of spaceflight and the shape of the universe - everything is covered, and in simple, enlightening terms for beginners and amateurs like myself.

My only criticisms are that it is slightly repetitive in parts (although the Q&A style of the book means it probably isn't meant to be read end-to-end in one go, as I did). It also suffers from a terrible sense of humour, though that could be seen as part of its geeky charm!

An essential read and fantastic gift for anyone with an interest in outer space, and a great companion piece for those of us whose interest has been reignited by programmes such as Stargazing Live. You'll be grabbing a telescope by the end!


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