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Case Logic FSG1073K Anthracite Snapview Folio Case for 7.3-Inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Sm-T211
Case Logic FSG1073K Anthracite Snapview Folio Case for 7.3-Inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Sm-T211
Price: £27.03

3.0 out of 5 stars Good but over-priced, 12 Jan 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Whilst I do like this case, it's not perfect. It securly holds the Galaxy Tab in a hard plastic recess and all the buttons, inputs and camera are accessible apart from the Micro SD card slot. The fold over cover folds back nicely and makes it comfortable to hold. It has three landscape gradient slots to prop it up when watching video. Overall, it's solid, fairly light and adds a reassuring level of protection.

However, the advertised magnetic sleep function does not work, the material cover is a dirt magnet that, unlike leather or faux leather cases, cannot be easily wiped clean with an anti-bacterial wipe and it's a bit tricky when you want to remove your device from it.

The price this is selling for is staggering. You can get decent cases for less than a tenner and given that the cost of the 7" Galaxy Tab 3 is edging ever closer to the £100 mark, it seems an excessive amount to pay for a case. It's good, but it's not that good.

Huawei E5331 High Speed 3G 21.1Mbps Mi-Fi Unlocked Modem
Huawei E5331 High Speed 3G 21.1Mbps Mi-Fi Unlocked Modem
Offered by Allske
Price: £41.94

4.0 out of 5 stars Mobile Broadband, 30 Dec 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This Mi-Fi is so easy to use. Insert a data SIM card (not supplied) and the battery, charge it up for a couple of hours and you're good to go. Getting connected to the Internet is also very easy. Switch it on, open up the Wi-Fi settings on your tablet, select the Mobile Wi-Fi SSID that corresponds with the number on the inside cover of the Mi-Fi and when prompted for a password enter the Wi-Fi key (also on the inside of the back cover) and that's it. I had no problems whatsoever connecting both my iPad and Galaxy Tab. The speed is good - not lightening fast but acceptable and I suppose it depends on your location.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch - (Black, Wi-Fi)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch - (Black, Wi-Fi)
Offered by TTsims - select Express at checkout for delivery before Xmas
Price: £112.99

27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average... Performance can be unacceptably slow, 25 Dec 2013
Given the 8GB capacity, overall performance (see below) and the non-Gorilla Glass screen, the RRP of £229.99 is WAY too expensive (I paid £99.99 at PC World) for what is ultimately a very average 7" tablet. Compact, lightweight, upgradable up to 64GB with a micro-SD card (which I've done) and with plenty of useful pre-installed apps, if you're in the market for a budget hand held device this might fit the bill but only if you're prepared to compromise. Considering the RRP, it's no competition for the iPad Mini which beats it hands down.

Although I have 3GB of the internal capacity of 8GB to spare on my Tab, the overall performance is very sluggish for extended periods to the point of irritation and it uses two-thirds of the RAM even when there are no apps or background tasks running. On a 40Mbps Wi-Fi network the browser (both the pre-installed one from Samsung and Google's Chrome) just crawls along.

When it comes to apps, unlike the Kindle Fire there's no ring-fencing with this device - you have FULL access to the Google app store. It has a reasonable battery life of 6-7 hours whilst surfing the web and it connects seamlessly with my Bluetooth speaker.

In summary, this is an average tablet. The extended periods when it crawls along at a snail's pace and for no reason whatsoever maxes out the RAM is unacceptable. If you can spare the extra outlay opt for an iPad Mini instead - it's far more responsive, faster, smoother and with a better build quality and 16GB on board (although unlike the Tab, you can't upgrade its capacity) - you won't regret it.

Norton Internet Security 21.0 - 3 Computers, 1 Year Subscription (PC) [2014 Edition]
Norton Internet Security 21.0 - 3 Computers, 1 Year Subscription (PC) [2014 Edition]
Price: £26.01

121 of 122 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Effortlessly taking care of business, 9 Dec 2013
I've been using Norton for years and it more or less runs silently and unobtrusively in the background just taking care of business and has never once let me down. There are plenty of user options for when you want it to update virus definitions, run scans, etc and it all just happens effortlessly once you've set your options. If you want a more comprehensive package with backup facilitation and PC maintenance options then opt for Norton 360 but if you just want peace of mind against nasties lurking on the web, opt for this - that little Norton logo with a green tick displayed in the task bar is very reassuring.

***Beware of auto-renewing your subscription online with Norton - you could (but not necessarily) be charged well in excess of the cost of buying a copy from Amazon. Norton quite often employ the widespread tactic of exploiting the loyalty of their existing customers by charging them over the odds when it comes to renewing***
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Dettol Anti Bacterial Multi Action Power and Fresh Sparkling Lemon and Lime 72 Large Wipes (Pack of Eight)
Dettol Anti Bacterial Multi Action Power and Fresh Sparkling Lemon and Lime 72 Large Wipes (Pack of Eight)
Price: £24.10

5.0 out of 5 stars A household essential, 30 Nov 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These are almost as good as having an extra pair of hands in the kitchen. When it comes to cleaning surfaces and kitchen appliances, including the inside of the microwave and fridge, the draining board, sink and oven hob etc, they're indispensable. Keeping their moisture well and capable of effortlessly cleaning very greasy and grubby surfaces, they're handy around the rest of the house too.

Additionally, they're EXCELLENT for cleaning tablets and touch screen devices - I clean my iPad using one of these and buffer it with a lint cloth (the sort used for cleaning glasses) afterwards and the screen is gleaming like new and germ free.

Rockey's Style Movie Album
Rockey's Style Movie Album
Offered by positivenoise
Price: £8.71

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rockey's world, 28 Nov 2013
The story of Palmer Rockey is a curious one. With a PhD in Philosophy, Rockey decided that he wanted to be a movie star and in the early seventies he self-financed, produced, directed, wrote, edited and starred (as twins!) in 'It Happened One Weekend' and premiered it at a drive-in cinema in 1974. Over the years the film was re-cut and re-titled a few times and was again briefly played at a few drive-in cinemas. By all accounts the film was both a creative and financial disaster and Rockey passed away in 1996 with little to show apart from a lot of debt, a failed film and this album, the soundtrack to the film.

Privately pressed and released in very limited quantities by Rockey in 1980, original copies of this album are scarce and command three figure sums amongst vinyl collectors. Whilst I'm unable to vouch for Rockey's film making and acting skills, I can confidently state that this soundtrack isn't half bad at all. Alongside re-workings of 'Blue Christmas' and 'Are You Lonesome Tonight', Rockey produced, composed and wrote the lyrics for almost everything here and although the cover portrays him as some sort of rockabilly singer, he very confidently covers a range of styles (including a couple of rockabilly style numbers). Obviously a wannabe jack of all trades, he did stop short of playing the instruments but the session players he used provide some superb accompanying music - their musicianship is extraordinarily good. Whilst Rockey's voice is not particularly strong, he could certainly hold a tune and on mid-tempo album opener 'Longing For You' he highlights how emotive his vocals were.

Gloomy in places and sleazy elswhere, the music is, in the main, a mix of ballads and up-beat rock 'n' roll piano led numbers where Rockey sings about his rocky love life. 'Smile Pretty Baby' is a soulful funky number and the tense instrumental 'Scarlet Moves' sounds like it could have been lifted from an early 70s crime film. His cover of 'Lonesome Tonight' is full on Peter Skellern that takes in a spoken monologue as does 'Sunday Love'. Although a soundtrack, the overall impression is that Rockey's off screen love life, much like his film career, was prone to failure. On the acappella 'Sunday Love' he mournfully sings "Having dinner at one at a table for two; just won't be the same babe if you're not here with me" and you just can't help thinking that it's more autobiographical than fiction. Either that or he was a convincing actor.

Clocking in at 31:14 and accompanied by Jonny Trunk penned liner notes, this is another weird and wonderful release by Trunk Records. If you're a collector of Trunk records, file it next to Bob Chance. 3½ stars.

HMDX Jam Party Portable Bluetooth Speaker
HMDX Jam Party Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Offered by Trusted-Goods
Price: £35.31

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good sounding speaker let down by appalling Bluetooth, 27 Nov 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Weighing 700g and made from hard plastic, this speaker has some cool design features. It has a handy retractable carrying handle and on the underside there is a flap that folds out and raises the front of the speaker. On the top are two buttons that allow the listener to skip back and forth between tracks and Volume Up and Volume Down buttons. It has a line in for a 3.5mm jack lead (not included) and is charged using a 3-point plug cable. A couple of rubber pads on the base and the flaps keep it stable. Overall, it's a compact and smart looking speaker.

A full charge takes approximately 2 hours and I'm getting on average 7 hours of playback.

Whilst this paired seamlessly with both my iPad and Android device and connects seamlessly every time, the Bluetooth is its biggest failing. It's appalling. Even when the device is within 2 metres of it, the sound is forever dropping out and when sitting even closer, if you tilt your iPad slightly in the 'wrong' direction the connection starts cutting in and out. If you move 5m away the interruption starts to sound like you're trying to tune in an AM radio and move any further away (but within the 10m advertised distance) and the connection drops out totally. Judging by a couple of other reviews here, it's either an inherent design fault or cheap Bluetooth technology is to blame. Either way, it's a disaster.

The sound from this speaker goes extremely LOUD, way in excess of any other Bluetooth speaker I've used and, on the whole, the quality is good. The bass is more than adequate but overall playback does suffer (but not too much) from a lack of depth and finesse. At the RRP, there are better sounding portable Bluetooth speakers around but at the reduced price (at the time of writing) it's a very good deal. Beware though, it plays a brief jingle when its switched On or Off and for some reason, it plays it at the loudest volume!

This could have been a really good speaker but it's let down badly by its Bluetooth deficiencies. The design, features and battery life are very good and the sound is good. If you're prepared to sacrifice the Bluetooth technology and use it more as a dock by connecting a device directly to it using a 3.5mm jack lead then it's a worthwhile purchase at the current asking price (£43 at time of writing). However if you want a Bluetooth speaker that functions properly as a Bluetooth speaker, look elsewhere. Because this is advertised as a Bluetooth speaker, my overall rating has to be 2½ stars.

Philips SHL5605FB/10 CitiScape Downtown Headphones with Music Seal/Memory Foam Cushions - Black Denim
Philips SHL5605FB/10 CitiScape Downtown Headphones with Music Seal/Memory Foam Cushions - Black Denim
Offered by West Audio UK
Price: £29.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very comfotable mid-range headphones, 21 Nov 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Build wise, these on the ear headphones look the part and they're very comfortable to wear. The pads swivel slightly and are filled with plenty of memory foam and, with the adjustable head band, they're definitely NOT skull crushers - I can wear them for a couple of hours without irritation. They have a single anti-tangle lead and an incall / mute switch on the lead. The only downside is the denim sleeve that covers the head band. It looks a bit naff and if you wear hair gel, forget about these headphones - it's stitched in and will get manky pretty quickly.

Sound wise, they're no great shakes but given the price, I wouldn't expect any different. The bass is not especially deep (but it's acceptable) and they just don't seem to go as loud as other headphones I've owned. Overall though, you get what you pay for and these are a decent set of mid-range headphones.

EC Technology 13000mAh External Charger for Apple and Android smartphones and tablets - Black
EC Technology 13000mAh External Charger for Apple and Android smartphones and tablets - Black
Offered by EC Technology UK Store

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent bit of kit, 17 Nov 2013
Note: EC Technology provided me with this item free of charge. In exchange I agreed to give an honest review of it.

Weighing about 300g, with a hybrid plastic / rubber finish, this power bank has a massive 13000mAh capacity. There are four small LEDs on the front that indicate its charge status and a on/off button. It has two USB ports for connecting devices:

- USB Output 1 - 5V / 1A for phones
- USB Output 2 - 5V / 2A tablets

It also had a small LED torch light.

To charge it you'll need a USB wall plug (not included) and from empty it takes approximately 7 hours to fully charge. With a full charge it delivers a 150% charge to my iPad 2 and over 400% to my Samsung Galaxy S 8GB Wi-Fi MP3 Player. Charging my iPad from empty took about 3 hours as opposed to 2 hours when plugged into the mains and my Samsung Galaxy S charged at more or less the same rate. It's also able to charge my Samsung ST66 camera. You can charge two devices simultaneously and I also managed to charge two iPad 2 at the same time, albeit slowly.

It comes with a cable with interchangeable heads - Micro-USB, Mini-USB, replica Apple 30 pin and PSP. Personally, I have no use for them - it's easier to use the cables supplied with my devices.

This is an impessive power bank and an essential bit of kit if you go camping (when I'll be using it) or during the summer festival season. Alternatively, it's quite useful at home - there's no power socket near enough to where I sit, so if my charge is running low and I need to continue using my iPad, I just plug it into this.

Rowenta DW6010 Eco Focus Steam Iron
Rowenta DW6010 Eco Focus Steam Iron
Price: £69.00

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars High-end iron with continuous steam but very short lead, 15 Nov 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a quality iron from Rowenta that has some decent features. The best feature is the continuous steam - activate the steam trigger and as long as the iron keeps moving, it keeps on delivering steam without any interruptions whatsoever. When the iron is motionless or stood upright, the steam stops. It automatically regulates the amount of steam delivered depending on the setting on the adjustable heat dial, but it has a steam boost button that really does give out a huge blast of steam if you need one.

Ergonomically, it's sound. It is on the heavier side but this is no bad thing for an iron. The soleplate is a decent size and the tip is pointed making it easier to get into the corners of garments. The anti-drip soleplate is not wholly successful - you do get occasional drips - and the lead is surprisingly short and could do with being at least 18-24" longer. The tank is relatively small, but it does not need topping-up as regularly as other irons I've used due to the auto-steam technology.

All things considered, this iron is a worthwhile investment. It's worth the extra lay-out compared to less expensive irons and it is, in my opinion, the next best thing to an altogether more expensive and bulky steam generator iron. Finally, make sure you have an extension lead close to hand - you might need it!

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