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32nd® [MFI Certified] lightning to USB braided nylon data power charging cable for Apple iPhone 5 5S 5C 6 6 Plus - Gold
32nd® [MFI Certified] lightning to USB braided nylon data power charging cable for Apple iPhone 5 5S 5C 6 6 Plus - Gold
Offered by 32ndShop
Price: £12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars WHILE IT IS A ROBUST CABLE, IF YOU USE A CASE NOTE THE LIGHTNING SOCKET END OF THE PLUG IS WIDER AND MAY NOT FIT THE APERTURE, 31 Aug. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Charging my iPhone everyday I have never managed to go a full year without having to replace the cable. A similar problem also regularly occurred with the older 32 pin charging cable, while the iPhones and iPads stood up to use, the cables never really have.

For those of you who have opted to replace the broken cable with original equipment you will know how expensive this can be, in some cases it can cost £25. Also some after market cables, while cheaper didn't always work properly because they lacked the licensed authentication ‘chip’.

The cable is well packaged.

The braided wire and rose gold colouring make this cable stand out, it appears robust and when plugged into my iPad and linked to my Macbook appears to work without issue. The braiding means the cable is a lot stiffer and thicker than the usual plain coated wire but give it its due, it also makes for a much stronger cable. The connection between the wire and the plug is also more robust, an area where Apple cables tend to fray, kink and break. I have twisted, bent, rolled and pulled the cable and it remained in one piece without any evidence of damage. Solid build quality on the one I have.

The USB plug is larger than the original Apple plug probably down to the fact that the plastic is covered with a rose gold aluminium wrap. It is the same for the lightening connector end, it is both wider and longer.

NOTE:

The lightning end plug is also wider than the Apple plug, I use a Lifeproof case on my iPhone and have found that the plug does not fit into the case aperture. It is fine for the Lifeproof case for the iPad as the socket is bigger.

If you do use a case on your device this may be an issue.

On the back of the packaging it states the cable is MFI certified which means it is made for the device and ‘certified by the developer to meet Apple performance’. It also states that it may affect wireless performance.

There is also a section ‘About or Brand’ which I have photographed, a very deep company statement or gibberish?

In conclusion it is reasonably robust cable, it is ‘MFI certified’ and it is cheap. The downside is the size of the plug, while I can recharge my iPad, the plug does not fit the Lifeproof case.
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Purina PRO PLAN Dog Large Adult Athletic with OptiHealth Rich in Chicken Dry Food - 14 kg
Purina PRO PLAN Dog Large Adult Athletic with OptiHealth Rich in Chicken Dry Food - 14 kg
Price: £37.90

5.0 out of 5 stars IT'S GOOD VALUE AT MOMENT FOR A QUALITY DRY DOG FOOD, 29 Aug. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Over the past few months we have tried a number of the Purina branded dry dog foods and so far our dog has eaten what we have put in his bowl for him. I have to say that he must find them tasty because he always clears his plate. We have also had no problem mixing and matching with his food and have had no unfortunate after effects.

In the past we have had a dog that was extremely fussy and insisted on eating only fresh cooked chicken so it is a relief that our recent new member of the family likes dry food. This particular food, 'Purina Pro Plan for Large Athletic dogs, appears to be tailor made for him, a 30-35kg Greyhound/Lurcher. Definitely large and definitely athletic.

We feed him around 450-500g a day on dry food so this 14kg sack will provide 28-30 days worth of food. At the offer price it is selling for at this moment in time it equates to around £1.30 a day which is good value.

Purina dog food is generally high quality, the dog continues to eat it and does not get bored eating it, though on occasion we do treat him to a little extra cooked meat mixed in. Though even when we do not add anything extra he still wolfs it down.


Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Leather Case, Onyx Black - fits all Paperwhite generations
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Leather Case, Onyx Black - fits all Paperwhite generations
Price: £29.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WELL MADE AND NICELY FINISHED BUT DON'T MAKE THE MISTAKE I DID AND BUY IT FOR THE VOYAGE, DOH!, 28 Aug. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Really well made case, nicely finished but alas had to send it back because I have the Kindle Voyage and it doesn't fit that. Should have read the description properly. Disappointed that I had to send it back but found a really good case for my Voyage that I have reviewed.


BBC News
BBC News
Price: £0.00

3.0 out of 5 stars UPDATED FORMAT BETTER BUT WHY OH WHY CAN'T IT ALLOW YOU TO OPEN A NEW WINDOW FOR EACH NEWS ITEM, 28 Aug. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: BBC News (App)
The BBC News app downloaded for my Fire TV stick. The updated format is a little better but it is let down by the fact that when perusing the news you cannot open a new window to each news item. Instead you have to go forwards and backwards page by page. This is exactly what I would expect from the BBC, dinosaurs emerging into The Bronze Age while the rest of the world has moved on into the technology era.


Brodit PNA car mount for Garmin - with Kugelgelenk - suitable for Garmin nüvi-Reihe
Brodit PNA car mount for Garmin - with Kugelgelenk - suitable for Garmin nüvi-Reihe
Price: £15.71

5.0 out of 5 stars I've used Brodit mounts in all my cars., 28 Aug. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Fits the Garmin Nuvi range, it is straight forward to replace the existing ball joint mount. The Brodit range of mounts are designed to bring your Sat Nav closer to your finger tips. Well constructed and robust.


BETA Adult Large Breed with Turkey Dry Dog Food, 2.5 kg (Pack of 4)
BETA Adult Large Breed with Turkey Dry Dog Food, 2.5 kg (Pack of 4)
Price: £22.48

5.0 out of 5 stars MEATY SMELL AND GOOD VALUE AT TODAYS PRICE., 28 Aug. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Fed this to our dog without any issues, though I should say that he has never been a fussy eater whereas our previous dog as he got older would turn his nose up to anything that wasn't freshly cooked for him. The product has a nice meaty smell and reasonably sized kibble to chomp on. There is no reason not to give it anything less than 5 stars though you may have a different experience but all in all our dog appeared satisfied.

The pack comes in 4x 2.5 kg (10kg) so this represents just over 20 feeds for our dog (450-500) who is large and very active, equating to a little over £1 a day. Not bad value at all at this offer price. For smaller dog owners it is even better value as it will go further.


AmazonBasics Apple Certified Lightning to USB Cable - 3 Feet (0.9 Meters) - Black
AmazonBasics Apple Certified Lightning to USB Cable - 3 Feet (0.9 Meters) - Black

5.0 out of 5 stars WHY SPEND MORE WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE TO?, 28 Aug. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The call them Amazon Basics, yet there are no corners that have been cut. A decent quality cable well put together. Probably the best value USB to Lightning cables on Amazon and you know that they'll work. Why spend more when you don't have to.


Canon MAXIFY MB2350 Wifi All-in-One Home Office Printer
Canon MAXIFY MB2350 Wifi All-in-One Home Office Printer
Offered by Ballicom International
Price: £115.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A WELL SPECIFIED SPEEDY QUALITY PRINTER WITH EXCELLENT CONNECTIVITY, 25 Aug. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This printer has been designed with the small business in mind, now that the cost of inkjet printing has come down these printers have become serious competition for the laser printers.

The printer is not small and definitely not light weight, but compared to my existing HP 8620 (which I reviewed) it is less tall and wide but has more depth. It is an all in one printer.

On point I would like to mention is the online pdf manual that you can download for this printer, it runs into almost 918 pages, yes I am not kidding you, 918 pages, longer than a novel.

Set up is relatively straightforward as the device supports ‘access point mode’, where you are able to connect directly to the printer without the machine being connected to a router. Other methods of connection are wireless with an access point, wired and also with USB. My personal preference is to hard wire it to my router as my network printer. The printer can also be connected to a cloud service, Canons proprietary iMage Gateway, Evernote or even Twitter. I have not tried this yet. Apps can be downloaded and images retrieved from the cloud as thumb nails on the touch screen.

One point to mention is that setting the printer up is fairly straight forward, I say 'fairly' though my HP printer was easier. The information is shown on the touch screen so all you will need to do is follow the instructions.

For Canon Cloud Printing using a smart phone and app the printer is compatible with Win XP Sp3 through to Win 8.1 and OS X 10.6 through to 10.9. No mention is made of Win10 but that will probably come as an update.

iOS and Android 2.3.3 is supported but not Android 3.xxx. You will need to create an account for Canon Cloud printing.

Android and iOS instructions can be found in the pdf guide. It is also AirPrint compatible.

The touch screen is in the middle and a decent size and clear but faces upwards at an angle. I have my existing printer on top of a tall cabinet and the HP printer has a screen on the side of the unit so I have no problem reading the screen. On this Canon the screen is not as easy to read when placed on the same elevated surface so I have had to site it lower down. However the touch screen is responsive when flicking through pictures and you are able to drag them with your finger.

I particularly liked the dual paper trays which my HP8620 does not have, both can hold 250 sheets of paper. The top one can be adjusted for various sizes of paper but you will have to input this on the touch screen.

Print quality is excellent and sharp both in black and white and colour but it is not quite as good as a dedicated photo printer. The scanner worked flawlessly using the feed tray.

Print speed is very very good and gives my existing printer a run for its money, I’ve not stood by and timed a print run but it took less than a minute to print out 20 invoices in B/W, maybe they should have called the printer Bolt and not Maxify. It is not entirely quiet when feeding the paper through, loud enough to wake a baby.

Ink cartridge replacement is easy enough following the instructions on the touch screen, there are four cartridges but it does not appear that high yield ones are available. Apparently the B/W cartridge can give up to 1200 pages, though not closely typed. We shall see if this claim is true.

A set of Canon replacement cartridges retail for around £45 so no more expensive than other brands and cheaper compatible cartridges for £20. In my view it is always better to take the original equipment, I have had nothing but trouble with compatibles whenever I have tried to save money.

In conclusion this is a well specified quality and quick printer but the set up though straight forward requires a little time. The 918 page pdf guide still amazes me but it is worth downloading off Canons website. Deserves 5 stars on speed, connectivity and easy of use, but only once it has been set up properly of course.


Purina PRO PLAN Dog Medium and Large Adult 7+ with Optiage Rich in Chicken Dry Food - 3 kg
Purina PRO PLAN Dog Medium and Large Adult 7+ with Optiage Rich in Chicken Dry Food - 3 kg
Price: £13.90

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A DECENT DRY FOOD FOR DOGS BUT DOES IT REALLY ENHANCE BRAIN FUNCTION?, 23 Aug. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Arrived and fed to our dog today.

There were no complaints as he ate the lot. I should point out that he is not a fussy eater and pretty much eats anything put in front of him. The biscuit is nicely sized and not too pungent but appeals to the dogs sense of smell.

This 3kg sack equates to around 6 feeds, 7 at a push for our 35kg dog especially as he is very active between his walks and sofa surfing. So from a cost point of view at £3.00 a feed it is a more expensive food than some bulk buys.

It has the usual 'specially formulated for dental hygiene', 'high quality chicken' and 'key nutrients' printed on the side which most brands also promise. It also states that it is supports ageing dogs and has been adapted for senior dogs. I'm not sure how you quantify 'an ageing dog' as the last three rescues we have had had all lived to 14-15 years with excellent health pretty much right up to the end. I suppose 7+ may be middle age for ours.

It did make me smile when I read that this product helps to enhance brain function, our dog is no Einstein so it is doubtful it will give him an increased IQ which his breed are not particularly famous for. Still maybe I should give it a try, it could have health benefits for me!

All in all it appears to be decent dry food, the dog ate it without any fuss. Is it better than other brands and worth spending the extra? I can't answer that but we all want what we think is best for our dogs don't we?


Paper Mate Inkjoy 100 Cap Fine Ball Pen Fine Tip - Assorted Fun Colours (Pack of 10)
Paper Mate Inkjoy 100 Cap Fine Ball Pen Fine Tip - Assorted Fun Colours (Pack of 10)
Price: £2.54

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD VALUE, FUN COLOURS AND SMOOTH TO WRITE WITH., 21 Aug. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Excellent selection of colours and though the nib is very fine they write extremely smoothly. Don't expect them to be any good as colouring pens though, they are designed for writing or lining in. There are some very crisp and vibrant colours and they all stand out on paper.. It's not surprising that my children have begun to commandeer them, they have generously left me with the black one.

Good value and fun colours.


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