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Fire TV Stick
Fire TV Stick
Price: £35.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Looks like it might be good, if it ever starts working properly!, 17 April 2015
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This review is from: Fire TV Stick (Electronics)
Only been playing with it for a few days - so may be user error, but...

Connects fine, recognises my Prime account, remote very simple and allows me to navigate all the menus. BBC and Netflix apps just get stuck on loading screen. Shows up a load of programming which appears to be unavailable in Prime when I check via the web - Band of Brothers and The Pacific for example - which won't let me add to watch list, or indeed watch on the stick. Why show them as available?

Mobile app (running on an Android phone) refuses to detect the Fire Stick.

Glad I got it at the discounted Prime price, otherwise I'd be extremely disappointed, rather than just disappointed.

This feels very beta and fingers crossed Amazon will get it sorted with an

Price: £2.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great debut and hopefully lots more to come, 20 Dec. 2014
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This review is from: Foehammer (Kindle Edition)
Blending a nicely updated sense of sinister Lovecraftian menace with a subtly realised, dystopian near future, this is an impressively handled debut novel from Campbell. It's a well-paced, punky power-chord driven romp of a read, taking the readers along with a troupe of interesting characters deep into some terrifying places to face some ancient horrors. Readers will spot the sci-fi and comic book/graphic novel references along the way, which have clearly inspired the author, but he's done enough to twist the old tropes to create something unique, fun and very readable. The plot drives along nicely and keeps the pages turning and Campbell has been disciplined enough not to splurge all his ideas, plot developments and character arcs into this first book - tying the initial story up nicely but leaving the reader wanting to learn a lot more about this world and see where our heroes will end up next.

Evecase Heavy Duty Weather Proof Sport Bike Mount Holder Hard Shell Case for Samsung GALAXY S4 / S IV I9500 Android Cell Phone
Evecase Heavy Duty Weather Proof Sport Bike Mount Holder Hard Shell Case for Samsung GALAXY S4 / S IV I9500 Android Cell Phone
Offered by BlueMall

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value, does the job with a few issues, 2 Aug. 2014
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Relatively simple product which performs as advertised. It's pretty big and clunky, but the S4 is a big phone and that's to be expected.

The hard shell is lined with shock absorbing foam which gives a snug fit for the phone and reassures you it would survive some hard knocks.

The bike mount is quick and easy to fit to your handlebars and the case locks onto the bracket relatively easily, with a secondary screw for added security. The case will also rotate through 90 degrees while on the bracket, allowing you to change orientation.

There are some nice little extras, like the rear porthole for the camera and a port for headphones (although I suspect this might be the weak point in the waterproofing in really heavy conditions). Buttons on the case are well positioned to activate the two hard buttons on either side of the S4. There is also a built in flip out stand on the back of the case.

The side latches on the case lid seem robust and are easy to use, sealing the case well and designed to make it hard to fail to seal the lid properly. They're also usable wearing gloves or with cold hands.

The case is let down a little by the plastic screen. It works well at transferring touch through to the phone, but the clarity is pretty rubbish and makes the screen almost impossible to see, even in relatively overcast conditions with brightness set to full. In full sun, you might as well forget it.

For the price however, does the job.
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Bodum Bistro Electric Coffee Grinder - Black
Bodum Bistro Electric Coffee Grinder - Black
Offered by Harts Of Stur
Price: £79.95

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fundamentally flawed, 2 Aug. 2014
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Nice looking grinder but with a fundamental flaw - it simply doesn't grind fine enough for espresso despite what it claims. If this is why you're thinking of buying it, don't. Believe the other reviewers here and look for something different.

No matter how much I tamp, I can't get a pull longer than 10-15 secs using coffee ground on the so-called "espresso" setting on this machine. This means espressos are acidic and lacking body.

It's disappointing from a company which seems to pride itself on producing decent coffee making equipment.

For any other use, it's okay. Looks good in the kitchen, nice big hopper, relatively quiet and the glass jar reduces mess due to static. It will also let you grind direct into a portafilter and doesn't require the jar to be in place to work, like many grinders.

Shame such an otherwise good grinder falls down on such a fundamental thing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Devolution for classic jacket?, 13 Dec. 2013
I'd always been a big fan of Northface and considerd my old Triclimate jacket a classic, until the waterproof lining began to flake off the inside. My faith in Northface was restored by its warranty promise, and it replaced the jacket free-of-charge, with the newest version - the Evolve II.

Sadly the design of this new jacket seems to have taken a step back and failed to address the few failings on the older model.

Gone is the fantastically useful "Napoleon" chest pocket, perfect for stashing sunglasses, ski googles or a mobile phone away from the evil scratchiness of keys or loose change. And while they've robbed us of a pocket, they've done nothing to address to issue of the old version - the mesh lining to the pockets being perfect for catching on key rings and other spiky objects.

The inner fleece feels and looks thinner and less cosy, compared to the older model's inner jacket. The blurb on the label promises more warmth with less weight and in moderate, urban conditions it seems to retain heat, but I'm not sure I'd be confident it's going to keep me warm on a longer hill walk, unlike the original Evolve.

Unfortunately these design decisions smack of cost cutting, rather than offering customers a better jacket.

And penny-pinching seems to have gone on with other specifications - as other reviewers have said, the zips aren't great and only one small strip of velcro is lavished on the hood compartment (from memory the original Evolve had three), meaning it opens far too easily while you're wearing it.

It's also true that there is something about the interior of the fleece lining which makes it impossible to remove the jacket without the sleeves turning inside out - which while not a fatal flaw, is annoying.

Criticism aside, the jacket is well made and feels high quality. The three-in-one system works as well as any, with a series of loops and zips to keep the fleece in place. Like the Evolve I, there are no loops along the bottom of the fleece to prevent it riding up inside the waterproof shell, a failing not addressed in the Evolve II either.

Waterproofing (so far) is excellent and fingers crossed, they've solved the flaking problem I experienced in the previous model. Fingers crossed as well that Evolve III is what this jacket should have been, an improvement on the last.
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Pudding Lane Gluten Free Plus Round 500 g
Pudding Lane Gluten Free Plus Round 500 g
Price: £10.16

3.0 out of 5 stars Pudding imposter, 4 Dec. 2013
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Not sure what happened to our pudding, but only hope it's a weird one off problem when someone in the packaging department had an episode while dispatching our order. Rather than beautifully wrapped as shown, ours arrived in a plastic bag, crudely contained in layers of tin foil (which looked as if it had been used once already). The Pudding Lane label was in the plastic bag loose and had one corner cut off. To add to the delight, the label showed that it was already out of date - best before Nov 2013, pudding delivered Dec 2013. So we're puddingless two days before the in-laws arrive for an early Christmas this weekend. Thanks!

UPDATE 10/12/13

After emailing the UK based importer of these puddings a very nice chap arranged for a new pudding to be delivered, which arrived today - sadly too late for our early Christmas with relatives, but accompanied by some extra gifts and a letter of apology for the mix up. New pudding appears as pictured, nicely packaged and tied (although still appears to be wrapped in foil within the fabric wrapping). Not tasted yet, but updated rating to reflect good customer service.

Ex-Pro® Samsung BP1030, BP-1030, ED-BP1030, EDBP1030 High Rated Power Plus+ 2 Year Warranty Replacement Lithium Li-on Digital Camera Battery for Samsung NX200, NX210, NX300, NX1000, NX1100, NX2000
Ex-Pro® Samsung BP1030, BP-1030, ED-BP1030, EDBP1030 High Rated Power Plus+ 2 Year Warranty Replacement Lithium Li-on Digital Camera Battery for Samsung NX200, NX210, NX300, NX1000, NX1100, NX2000
Offered by ExpressPro
Price: £8.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Low charge for a low charge, 20 Sept. 2013
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There's always a risk with cheap third party batteries that you'll not quite get what you'd get if you paid full whack to the official manufacturer - and this battery is no different.

It works perfectly with a Samsung NX1000, but it clearly doesn't hold as much charge as the original battery - perhaps as little as half as much based on my not-very-scientific tests.

However, it's more than half as cheap as the micky-takingly expensive official Samsung batteries and will provide a good emergency power source to tuck into your camera bag and see you through the rest of the day when your primary battery gives up the ghost unexpectedly - and that's better than nothing!

Shades of Grey
Shades of Grey
Price: £5.98

5.0 out of 5 stars High concept and highly readable, 20 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Shades of Grey (Kindle Edition)
When sometimes you despair that there are no new ideas in fiction, a book like this comes along and refreshes your optimism. It's high-concept fantasy/sci-fi, where Fforde explores a world where the ability to see, or not see, certain colours has become the mark of status.

Fforde's clever trick is never even attempting to explain how this could come about, nor trying to write round some of the more obvious flaws in his concept - but he trusts the reader to suspend their disbelief in order to enjoy what is essentially a fairy tale.

And like the best fairy tales Shades of Grey is both funny and touching and dark and affecting in equal part. It leaves you in turn amused, amazed and unsettled.

There are clear echoes of many other writers and inspiration in Fforde's work - shades of Adams, Pratchett, Magnus Mills and even in the more ridiculous and circular logic of the society he describes, Heller.

His characters are well-rounded and believable - extra believable in fact as he has a skill of presenting heroes and villains alike as three dimensional, neither all bad, nor all good and wrestling with their own motivations and emotions.

Dialogue is fantastically snappy and at times, hilarious - you feel every word has been carefully chosen and the effect is worth the effort Fforde's put in.

The pacing is also handled well - Fforde's imagined world appears to be a warm and gentle idyll, a recreation of a never-really-existed 1950s with tea rooms and village greens, but stifled by rules and lack of individuality and the first section of the book lulls you in a similar way, painting this world without much happening - but slowly introducing an uneasy feeling that *something* isn't quite right.

The reveals are well handled, but there's the natural disappointment and lack of satisfaction in reading this, the first of a planned trilogy, that many threads are left hanging and unresolved. There's also a slight feeling of an overly rushed ending, which is shame considering the deft pacing earlier in the book.

Thoroughly enjoyable, clever and witty though and left me keen for the next instalment.

Flick Golf
Flick Golf
Price: £0.69

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hole in one, 20 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Flick Golf (App)
Lovely, immersive graphics and well-thought out simple gameplay make this a tempting offer for golf fans and non-golf fans alike. The gameplay is simple, you get one shot on each hole and can spin and curve the ball in the air, trying to get it into the hole. Points are earned for more impressive shots - back spinning long distances across the greens, or plugging it perfectly into the hole without a bounce. The courses are beautifully rendered, each with its own individual feel and identity. The physics of the game are more or less spot on and the interface is simplicity itself. Marks are lost for frustratingly slow transitions between menus and play; a slightly odd bug where if you "fast forward" the scoring notification (which is a little overlong) at the end of each hole, you lose the points; a clunky exit route which takes longer than it should to shut down the game; the occasional bug in gameplay when sometimes the ball will clearly be in the hole, but doesn't register as a success; and limited appeal due to the relatively easy learning curve, limited holes (only three/four holes per course and less than ten courses in the game) and relatively limited bonus levels.

sugar, sugar
sugar, sugar
Price: £0.65

23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and sweet, 20 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: sugar, sugar (App)
A genius of a game which proves that developers can still come up with brilliant, original ideas which are all about gameplay, not flashy graphics. The concept couldn't be more simple, grains of sugar fall from the top of the screen and you, by drawing ramps and chutes directly onto the screen, have to direct it into cups. It takes about two seconds to learn, and the difficulty ramps up perfectly, with different coloured sugar required to be directed into different cups, special colour changing filters you need to divert the sugar grains through and eventually, getting your head round changing the direction of gravity to accomplish your goals. With levels taking a few minutes to play, the well judged learning curve and highly addictive gameplay, this may be the perfect mobile game!

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