Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop All Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now DIYED Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Oasis Listen with Prime Learn more Shop Men's Shop Women's
Profile for Vitamino > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by Vitamino
Top Reviewer Ranking: 11,502
Helpful Votes: 878

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
Vitamino (London)

Show:  
Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11-12
pixel
Doctor Who - 18" Voice Interactive Dalek
Doctor Who - 18" Voice Interactive Dalek

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for morons, 2 Oct. 2015
Despite being discontinued many years ago, these fabulous machines continue to circulate. It's only because there's still such a thriving trade in 18" Voice Interactive Daleks that I thought I'd put some information about them here on Amazon where people still go to get information on things they want. There are some pretty garbled and inconsistent reviews on these Daleks and, having owned a few of them, here are some facts and some things you might want to bear in mind if you want one.

It seems that some people haven't quite grasped what this Dalek is and how it works. It's not for little children. It's not a big dumb Buzz Lightyear. Toddlers don't understand it and, reading the other reviews, neither do some of the adults. The bad spelling gives them away. This is by far the most ambitious and sophisticated toy that the BBC has ever authorised. It's fairly complex so you absolutely must read the manual. One reviewer clearly didn't read it or couldn't understand it. Once turned on to interactive mode, the Dalek boots up into a safety status. Any dim-witted adult who could read the instructions would have seen the bright green light on the front which indicates that it is locked. This means the unit will not move on it's own until you are ready. Enabling movement is actually very simple. The manual says you simply hold down one of the hemispheres, the unit beeps and it unlocks.

It does efficiently respond to commands but not if you have a room full of imbeciles yelping at it. Whilst booting up, if it cannot see or its gun is not working it tells you. Re-attaching the eye or the gun is all that is required. Can you imagine a horrific Christmas morning with Uncle Dave yelling at the Dalek, the three year old pulling bits off it, dad holding the manual upside down and mum telling everyone to shut up? That's not the audience this sophisticated machine was aimed at.

The design quality is extremely high despite one reviewer snootily saying it was only "good for a mass produced toy". The concept was undoubtedly ambitious and it really is an excellent quality product BUT the manufacturing process produced one annoying fault which was clearly something left unchecked before these units left the factory. A number were produced on which the head did not rotate and sometimes the eye stalk was immobile also. One reviewer seems to say that the 'plunger arm' went up and down. Really? It's not meant to do that on its own.

So the potential buyer really has to know one thing: This device is not for dimwits, imbeciles, plonkers or morons, young or old. If you can read without moving your lips and you didn't marry your sister you should probably be fine.

Incidentally, I see that there's one on Amazon today for about £350. That's way, WAY over the top. These Daleks regularly turn up for auction on eBay and have sold for prices that I have seen ranging from £48 to about £100. That's auction NOT 'Buy It Now'. There will always be a few with 'Buy It Now' prices that are much higher but unless you really have to have one right now simply get eBay to automatically email you every time one is listed. With a bit of patience you can still pick one up cheaper than the original price! Important! If you do find one ask about the head and eye. If the seller says it doesn't rotate don't buy it. Oh, and a manual. You'll need the manual.


The Endless River [VINYL]
The Endless River [VINYL]
Price: £25.77

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sod the legend. This album’s great., 9 Jan. 2015
This review is from: The Endless River [VINYL] (Vinyl)
What do you believe in?

Like it or not, admit it or not, people like their bands legendary. Grand sagas filled with drama and excess. Great tragedy and success. Within these sagas true music lovers form and store the stories of their beloved bands.

And why not? Most of the truly ‘legendary’ bands (i.e. bands that started in the 1960s) came out of a comparatively raw and primitive time. They were inspired by the very best but still broke new ground. They really were revolutionaries in a revolutionary age. It’s hard to imagine what it must have been like to hear Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd when there was no one else like them. The world really was at their feet; untold riches were earned, lost and earned again. Adventures in America revealed it to be a wild and unpredictable place where anything could happen.

So the stories of these almost mythical groups are encapsulated and repeated. Laid down as some kind of dubious truth. The tragedy of Syd Barrett. The mighty destructive power of the Dark Side of the Moon etc.

But of course it wasn’t quite like that. Being an entertainer is a job. Some of it is stressful, a lot of it’s just boring (ask Charlie Watts). They walk like us, eat like us, s*** like us and probably watch the same TV shows too.

But within the legend it seemed somehow fitting that Floyd should end their particular story at Live 8. All four original members back again for the last time. To put that last romantic, dramatic full stop to the history of the mighty Pink Floyd.

Now we’ve got this. The Endless River. How does it fit in? Well it doesn’t really but does it matter? It has a rather cheesy image of man in a boat amongst the clouds and when you turn the album over the boat’s still there but he’s gone overboard. Hardly endless.

And the music? On first play it’s all quite slight. A series of jams augmented by some new performances. It seems somehow irrelevant to the ‘Pink Floyd Saga’. But the ‘saga’ is a myth. It never was real no matter how much we wanted it to be. In this light this album makes perfect sense.

Play it twice and you’re there. It’s great stuff that nicely and emotionally touches moments through their career.

In a way we’re fortunate that David and Nick got this together. An unexpected release filled with some really good things, not least a nice construction leading to as good a goodnight song as we’re ever going to get.

For me the best thing is undoubtedly the recognition afforded Rick Wright. I watched their Live 8 performance again recently and Rick is hardly ever in shot. Have a look. It’s like he was a session musician or something.

This is a great album and as a double vinyl LP package it’s really special. The whole thing weighs ¾ of a kilo. The great cover printing quality, big booklet, glossy inserts and thick vinyl discs make it a lovely thing to own and use.

My friend has the CD version and it’s paltry in comparison. Really paltry.

Sod the legend. This album’s great.


Nitromors 1985781 2 Litre All-Purpose Paint and Varnish Remover
Nitromors 1985781 2 Litre All-Purpose Paint and Varnish Remover
Offered by deals-direct
Price: £25.15

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DOES NOT DO WHAT IT SAYS ON THE TIN!, 13 Aug. 2014
I wish I'd read the reviews on Amazon and elsewhere before I wasted my hard earned on this crap. I needed to remove one layer of emulsion paint from a radiator. The emulsion paint had already extensively cracked. So I followed the instructions to the letter. This Nitromors product did nothing. It just sat there and I had to use a paint scraper and a lot of effort instead. I might as well have used marmalade, this stuff is shockingly useless.

More importantly the 'safety cap' is NOT SAFE. You have to squeeze the sides of the cap to free it from a circular latch but this does not work. I ended up pulling the whole assembly off! This stuff his toxic and they couldn't even be bothered to make to cap properly!

Avoid this useless product at all costs.


Nitromors 1772732 Craftsmans Paint and Varnish Remover
Nitromors 1772732 Craftsmans Paint and Varnish Remover
Offered by LightingandMobileAccessoriesUK
Price: £8.18

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DOES NOT DO WHAT IT SAYS ON THE TIN!, 13 Aug. 2014
I wish I'd read the reviews on Amazon and elsewhere before I wasted my hard earned on this crap. I needed to remove one layer of emulsion paint from a radiator. The emulsion paint had already extensively cracked. So I followed the instructions to the letter. This Nitromors product did nothing. It just sat there and I had to use a paint scraper and a lot of effort instead. I might as well have used marmalade, this stuff is shockingly useless.

More importantly the 'safety cap' is NOT SAFE. You have to squeeze the sides of the cap to free it from a circular latch but this does not work. I ended up pulling the whole assembly off! This stuff his toxic and they couldn't even be bothered to make to cap properly!

Avoid this useless product at all costs.


All Purpose Nitromors Paint & Varnish Remover - 375ML
All Purpose Nitromors Paint & Varnish Remover - 375ML
Offered by san direct
Price: £4.97

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DOES NOT DO WHAT IT SAYS ON THE TIN!, 13 Aug. 2014
I wish I'd read the reviews on Amazon and elsewhere before I wasted my hard earned on this crap. I needed to remove one layer of emulsion paint from a radiator. The emulsion paint had already extensively cracked. So I followed the instructions to the letter. This Nitromors product did nothing. It just sat there and I had to use a paint scraper and a lot of effort instead. I might as well have used marmalade, this stuff is shockingly useless.

More importantly the 'safety cap' is NOT SAFE. You have to squeeze the sides of the cap to free it from a circular latch but this does not work. I ended up pulling the whole assembly off! This stuff his toxic and they couldn't even be bothered to make to cap properly!

Avoid this useless product at all costs.


STAR N9599 - 5.7 Inch HD (1280*720 pixels) huge Screen Tablet Phone Android 4.2 MTK6589 Quad Core 1.2GHz with hand-write stylus (Grey, White)
STAR N9599 - 5.7 Inch HD (1280*720 pixels) huge Screen Tablet Phone Android 4.2 MTK6589 Quad Core 1.2GHz with hand-write stylus (Grey, White)

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE SPYWARE!, 21 Jun. 2014
According to the BBC, eBay have removed this phone (the Star 9500) because it " is pre-installed with spyware in its Chinese factory". This is the British Broadcasting Corporation, not some random rumour generator.

The BBC article continues: "A German security firm reported on Tuesday that the Android-powered Star N9500 sent personal data to a computer server in China, adding that the Trojan could not be removed.

It said the malware was disguised as the legitimate Google Play Store app.

The handset remains on sale on Amazon, which could not be reached for comment.

But eBay said it was rolling out the ban globally.

"Due to reports that some Star 9500 smartphones are loaded with spyware, eBay is not allowing the sale of these devices as a precautionary measure," a spokesman told the BBC".

You can read the article here:

[...]
Comment Comments (5) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jul 14, 2015 3:29 PM BST


Live! In The Air Age
Live! In The Air Age
Price: £6.37

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent live performance, 11 May 2014
This review is from: Live! In The Air Age (Audio CD)
I hadn't heard this for 35 years. It was one of the favourite albums a bunch of friends and myself used to play in a shed we'd rebuilt and fitted out with all sorts of cool stuff. And yet, despite all this time when I played this album yesterday it came back with crystal clarity. Compared to some of the other nonsense we listened to at the time (Tarkus? What a load of garbage..) this still stands up. The songs are great, the performances are just fantastic and Bill Nelson's guitar is very, very good indeed.

On CD the listening experience has been robbed of a little of the ritual. When this album was on vinyl you got a 12 inch disc and a 7 inch disc, both 33rpm. You played side one of the 12 inch first. Side two was the first side of the 7 inch, side three was the second side of the 7 inch. Then for the last 3 songs of the set you played the second side of the 12 inch (labelled 'side four').

The track 'Sister Seagull' was a big favourite but actually this album is all good. It does sound like a product of its time but in this case that's just fine. It makes me yearn for that fabulous period between 1977 and 1979 when so much excellent music was being produced. There are touches of the Blockheads sound on 'Shine' and the whole set reels happily between rock, funk and even a little ska. And it's tight as hell. This band can spin on a sixpence and are clearly very well rehearsed. This is a classy recording and not without some proper thrills. I'm still astonished by the quality of 'Adventures In A Yorkshire Landscape'.

Lyrically it's also excellent not least for the concept of the 'Phantom of the bingo hall'.

I quickly checked YouTube and was surprised to see Be Bop Deluxe looking so glam. Big lapels and some decidedly disco haircuts. You'd never guess from the stark, black and white Metropolis cover with its graffiti style lettering. We all just assumed these were ground breaking guys and of course they were.

In an age where pop has well and truly eaten itself and now mostly craps out pale imitations of the past it's stuff like this that shows that it's absolutely possible to create great sounds that raise the bar.

But in the end the most important thing about this album is that it's so rewarding. Repeated plays bring out more and more from it's lush melodic songs and nuanced performances. It's only rock 'n' roll, it's only entertainment but god, what good times can be had if you get it right.

Highly recommended.


Nikon D3200 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens Kit - Black (24.2MP) 3 inch LCD
Nikon D3200 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens Kit - Black (24.2MP) 3 inch LCD
Offered by ZNE global
Price: £334.33

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but beware back focus error!, 2 May 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Most people will gravitate to this camera because of the excellent reviews that appear for it all over the respected photography websites. That and the currently lavish 24 megapixel sensor. And it's a good camera for sure but not the massive leap in quality you'd expect if you're migrating from compact camera to SLR.

My previous camera was a Panasonic Lumix TZ8 which was a great camera for its class. A really nice compact that worked extremely well and turned out some great photos. I expected the D3200 to shoot me into another league and it didn't really. It was better but it didn't really knock my socks off. But why?

Partly this was to do with the 18-55mm kit lens you get with the camera. It's good but not great. But I also bought a superior Nikon 55-300mm lens and the photos were still distinctly lacking. So what's going on?

After a bit of research I found that part of the problem was quality control. It turns out that the manufacturer of the actual product in China is known for shoddy final setup. That's to say the camera is fine but the final adjustments aren't performed correctly.

This means that the D3200 ships with a back focus error. It's a small error but it really means that the photos you get are a bit soft and the overall effect is that what should be a 24 megapixel camera produces shots that look like a 12 megapixel one.

It's important to note that I've had two of these cameras. The first I returned to Amazon who quickly sent me a replacement. The replacement had exactly the same problem.

So, what to do? Well I rang Nikon and told their extremely helpful support people about the issue. The chap I spoke to didn't sound surprised and organised a return for repair. They paid for postage and the turnaround was quick.

Now my D3200 works very well. The shots are sharp and my faith has been restored.

There are some sites on the net that have identified this error and recommend a 'home fix'. This involves removing the lens, flipping up the mirror and adjusting one of the mirror stops so that the mirror shifts the focal plane a little. Apparently this will bodge it satisfactorily but you do sacrifice autofocus point placement accuracy. The actual error lies in the position setting of the sensor itself which is raised and lowered by a few screws - an adjustment which the casual punter most certainly cannot do.

So, a good entry level SLR that might need to go back to the lovely people at Nikon for adjustment. But if it's still under guarantee then that's an inconvenience rather than a disaster. It's worth noting that this might also occur in the newer D3300 since it's a manufacturer final setup error and not a model fault. Incidentally, at the moment of this review, the D3300 is significantly more expensive than the D3200. There are some very minor differences between the two but read between the lines before you shell out for a camera that may not be a whole lot better than the D3200.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Oct 22, 2014 11:37 AM BST


Thief (PS3)
Thief (PS3)
Offered by Yellow Bulldog Ltd
Price: £7.84

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's a crime, 9 Mar. 2014
This review is from: Thief (PS3) (Video Game)
It's seemed to a lot of us that this long-awaited game project was stuck forever in 'development hell'. That it's made a release at all is remarkable. It bears all the hallmarks of a project that has been jerked around all over the place. Perhaps the stunning success of 'Dishonored' provided the electric shock necessary to bring this corpse of a game back to life.

Like a lot of big name games that have suffered in this way it's not totally awful. Just very, very disappointing. The initial feel of this offering seems encouraging. Some really nice visuals along with a bucket full of high hopes raise expectations which are quickly dashed by the rather crappy execution. There are bad decisions everywhere. The developers have upped the specs of this game almost unrealistically whilst still delivering a game that looks like it should really be on Playstation 2. It actually feels a bit insulting. Ever get the feeling you've been ripped off?

There's clearly some considerable talent on show here but what good is it when so many other parts of the game are so shoddy? I'm sure there are a few very frustrated people at Eidos Montreal right now. Imagine working your heart out on this thing and finding that on completion the game should be let down by such bad audio, bad mechanics and a limp dead dog clunker of a story.

It looks like a project that was mothballed and then given a vigorous pimping in order to get it out there.

Thief represents a massive missed opportunity. A loyal and faithful fan base (including myself) for a terrific franchise with some excellent previous titles would have ensured a respectable longevity for this title.

But the worst thing of all is that this game will bury Thief once and for all. That's it. Dead and gone.

And that really is tragic. Since the old games are not playable on modern systems the Thief franchise is destined to be just a fond memory. No matter how much Garrett has stolen in his previous incarnations, his crimes are nothing to this.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Mar 12, 2014 10:17 PM GMT


iBoutique Retractable IB64GUSB2 64GB USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Elite Flash Drive - Jet Black
iBoutique Retractable IB64GUSB2 64GB USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Elite Flash Drive - Jet Black

4.0 out of 5 stars May need re-formatting for Kenwood Car Head Units!, 15 Feb. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I bought my 64gb iBoutique memory stick to use in my Kenwood car stereo ( model KDC BT73DAB ). I put a shedload of mp3s on it and the Kenwood couldn't recognise it! It simply said 'N/A Device'.

The 64gb version is formatted for exFAT which the Kenwwod doesn't recognise. It needed to be re-formatted to FAT32. Normally this would reduce the capacity to 32gb but I easily tracked down a tiny re-formatting program ( just Google 'HP USB disk storage format tool' ) which formatted it to FAT32 with a capacity of around 60gb in no time.

I've just loaded 12gb of music on it and now the Kenwood's happy. Stunning really. I can fit just about all the music I have on this little stick. No more CD wallets/changers & mucking about in general.


Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11-12