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HTC One M8 UK SIM-Free Smartphone - Gunmetal Grey
HTC One M8 UK SIM-Free Smartphone - Gunmetal Grey
Offered by STARS COM UK
Price: £244.99

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely awful headphone output. Avoid, for the sake of your ears., 15 April 2015
The headphone output of this thing is, even at the lowest possible setting allowed by the stock firmware, exceptionally loud. Even listening to music for half an hour through the provided headphones was enough to leave my ears ringing for hours.

The contrast with the Samsung, Apple and LG devices I then compared it with is striking. If you value your hearing, I strongly recommend against purchasing this phone.

I've never been quite so disappointed by a purchase before. After being informed by HTC that it's not considered a fault (EU volume limit laws be damned), I honestly consider any financial hit worthwhile to divest myself of the thing.

Such a fundamental element of the device flat-out isn't up to scratch, and HTC support's conduct during the response I received to my query was outright insulting. As far as I'm concerned, I've no intention of ever purchasing another HTC product after my experiences with them.

Avoid. Go and buy a Galaxy S-series or iPhone instead.
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Betron BPS60 Wireless Bluetooth Speakers, Rechargeable Compact Portable Mini Travel Speaker for Bluetooth enabled iPhone iPad Tablets iPod Mp3, Samsung HTC Nokia Blackberry - Black
Betron BPS60 Wireless Bluetooth Speakers, Rechargeable Compact Portable Mini Travel Speaker for Bluetooth enabled iPhone iPad Tablets iPod Mp3, Samsung HTC Nokia Blackberry - Black
Offered by Betron Limited ( VAT Registered)
Price: £29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Decent., 6 Oct. 2013
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Entirely worth every penny. Clear sound, room-fillingly sound, great quality for the size- and the bluetooth's more or less flawless, in my experience. Don't go expecting vast range from the connection, but it's still more than reasonable for a Bluetooth device. I've been using it with my iPhone for weeks now- perfect, if you need a speaker in a pinch. Small enough to slide into a corner of a bag and completeley forget about, too.

Decent battery life, as well. Needs charging once in a while, of course- but by no means at intervals so short as to be inconvenient.

My only criticism's the bizarre decision to use a Mini-USB connector, rather than the now-standard Micro-USB port. Carrying about another cable's not too much of an issue, but it's a minor inconvenience the thing'd be improved without.


Modern-Tech High Capacity Replacement 3500mAh Battery and Rear Cover / Case for Samsung i9000 Galaxy S
Modern-Tech High Capacity Replacement 3500mAh Battery and Rear Cover / Case for Samsung i9000 Galaxy S
Offered by Modern-Tech
Price: £13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely perfect., 9 Mar. 2013
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A touch heavier, of course- but it's more than worth it. Any ill-fitting case rattling issues can be fixed by putting a piece of tissue paper between the extended battery and new chassis- once that's done, it's solid as a rock.

The battery lasts two days of heavy, *heavy* use on a single charge now. The end product's not all that much thicker or heavier than the standard battery, but the trade-off's more than worth it.

Couldn't recommend more. If you're looking to eke a bit more life out of you old Galaxy S, this is absolutely the best purchase you could make. More than mitigates the battery drain penalty from non-stock firmwares, as well.


Case-mate Samsung Galaxy Tough Case - Black/Black
Case-mate Samsung Galaxy Tough Case - Black/Black

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb., 26 April 2011
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Sturdy, survived three drops from normal height onto a hard floor today, fits impeccably, and feels far nicer than the naked phone.

Would recommend highly. You get what you pay for.


Speeches, 1997-2006
Speeches, 1997-2006
by Gordon Brown
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £30.00

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent., 11 Jun. 2010
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This review is from: Speeches, 1997-2006 (Hardcover)
Has made a sublime doorstop. Can't fault it.

...On a more serious note, it's exactly what anybody interested in buying the thing would expect. Fascinating, from a historical point of view- whilst it would be stretching the English Language to its limits to call Brown a fine orator, recent events have more than carved out his place in history.


Kinobo USB Webcam for Laptop/LCD screen/Desktop 5 Megapixel + USB Microphone
Kinobo USB Webcam for Laptop/LCD screen/Desktop 5 Megapixel + USB Microphone

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous., 11 Jun. 2010
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Reasonable picture quality, plug-and-play, and clings to a laptop screen nicely.

Can't complain.


Salters (OCR) Revise A2 Chemistry
Salters (OCR) Revise A2 Chemistry
by Mr Dave Newton
Edition: Paperback

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Would not recommend., 22 Jan. 2009
Doesn't actually cover the entire syllabus, despite claims to the contrary.

Misses out enormous swathes of the Chemical Storylines material explicitly stated on the OCR Salters Specification, and gives shallow, unhelpful explanations of what's actually *there*.

Grab a copy of the OCR Salters Specification from the OCR Website, and then use that and Chemical Ideas/Storylines- the official course textbooks. You can do a *lot* better than this.

Granted, it's a revision *guide*. And, yes- it's concise. One can't help but feel that it's just a bit *too* concise, though. A few extra pages of padding out would have worked wonders.
Stay well away.
Thankfully, this specification's being phased out this year- hopefully, the next edition will make some headway in fixing these problems.


Ender in Exile
Ender in Exile
by Orson Scott Card
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the read if you're a fan of the series, 29 Nov. 2008
This review is from: Ender in Exile (Hardcover)
...Spends more time winding up loose plot threads than it does actually spinning story. Being sandwiched inbetween two chapters of Ender's Game, for the most part, that's somewhat unsurprising, perhaps, but it really doesn't move the story on at all.

Essential if you follow the series, and care about what happens to character like Graff. Fills in the gap at the end of Ender's Game wonderfully.

Just don't expect it to stand on its own merits.

Strictly for fans of the series. Also completely incomprehensible if you haven't read the "Shadow" saga.

That said, I've enjoyed it. Genuinely worth the read. Wish it had a little more story, but that's for Shadows in Flight to wind up, I suppose.


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