Profile for A. Miles > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by A. Miles
Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,345
Helpful Votes: 1322

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
A. Miles (Al Khor, Qatar)
(VINE VOICE)    (REAL NAME)   

Show:  
Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11-20
pixel
Igenix 2-Speed Hand Blender, 200 Watt, White
Igenix 2-Speed Hand Blender, 200 Watt, White
Price: £14.98

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bargain basement product at a high street price., 22 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A stick blender is a genuinely handy tool that every kitchen should have. Just not this particular one, which according to the leaflet can only be used for 60 seconds at a time before needing a ten minute cooldown, and can't cope with solid foods, and doesn't have a beaker attachment. I could understand if it was very cheap, but in fact it's at the same price point as other makes which don't have the aforesaid issues.


AmiGami Monkey Figure
AmiGami Monkey Figure
Price: £6.02

4.0 out of 5 stars Arty update of an old favourite., 22 Feb. 2015
This review is from: AmiGami Monkey Figure (Toy)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
An arty update of the old Mr. Potato Head toy: A 3" plastic monkey figurine which one personalises with the included funky press-out paper accessories and stickers. It's absorbing and a lot of fun, and clearly aimed at 6-10 year old girls. There's an issue, I think, that the decorative odds and ends are 'reusable' in a pretty limited sense - essentially this is something you'd do once and then display on a shelf. So perhaps an hour or so's sustained enjoyment for the money.


Mighty Small
Mighty Small
by Timothy Knapman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully illustrated., 22 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Mighty Small (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Beautifully illustrated, an effective, chaotic mix-up of comic book stylings, more traditional gouache illustration and adventurous layout and typography. To an adult, the elements of the story might seem a little unoriginal - Viz's The Brown Bottle has been wearing his underpants outside his superhero duds since 1981, and you know, superhero mice..but the little lad doesn't know that, and he really enjoyed reading this, and the art is of such good quality I want to keep it. Recommended.


Bob and Flo and the Missing Bucket (Bob & Flo)
Bob and Flo and the Missing Bucket (Bob & Flo)
by Rebecca Ashdown
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.30

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it. The lad was a bit 'meh', 22 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
It's taken a while to sort out my little lads' aesthetic in terms of books and telly, but generally speaking, he likes characters with big heads and enormous eyes, blocks of bright primary and secondary colours, and very simple drawings. Dick Bruna's his main man. So whilst this charming little story about a couple of penguins at kindergarten bonding over a bucket appealed to me visually with it's 1960s influenced watercolour and ink illustrations, his nibs wasn't really feeling it and it was back to Miffy and Spot for the bedtime story.


Airfix 1:48 Scale Folland Gnat Model Kit
Airfix 1:48 Scale Folland Gnat Model Kit
Price: £16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic fun, 25 Jan. 2015
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
World War Two left a long shadow over pre-teen culture in the second half of the twentieth century. Right up until the early 1980s, British boys played board games based on escaping from POW camps, collected action figures dressed in detailed replicas of obscure Yugoslavian paraskiing regiments, and read of the adventures of decidedly austerity-era comic book heroes like Alf Tupper, Tough Of The Track. And we all made Airfix kits. We all made them very badly, too, as the average 10 year old had neither the patience to wait for paint and glue to dry, or the financial wherewithal to buy the many shades of enamel and the extensive range of fine brushes, magnifying glasses and titchy little g-clamps needed.

Revisiting the pastime after many decades, one had forgotten just how well manufactured these kits are. This 93 part kit is beautifully detailed and engineered and can be completed in the liveries (If that's the correct term) of two RAF training schools. It has several moving parts and a footprint, when completed, of about 7 by 5 inches.

Making the model was a lot of fun, especially as these days I have the funding for the aforesaid modelling apparatus and the patience not to leave permanent fingerprints on drying enamel. As absorbing and interesting as I remembered it being, right down to the fiddling about with a saucer of warm water for the decals at the end. All in all very enjoyable, even without the 1970s ritual of soaking it in lighter fluid and throwing it out of the bedroom window in flames upon completion.


Childs Farm hair & body wash in organic sweet orange 250ml
Childs Farm hair & body wash in organic sweet orange 250ml
Price: £2.66

4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle cleaning, lovely scent., 25 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Aside from the perhaps misleading claim to be '98% natural ingredients' - Shampoos typically being about 85% water - I really liked this product. It's very gentle but cleans well, and the lovely orange oil scent stays in my little boys hair for most of the next day. You only have to use a little so this is a very good price for such a quality product. Recommended.


McAfee Internet Security 2015 - 3 PC (PC) [Frustration-Free Packaging]
McAfee Internet Security 2015 - 3 PC (PC) [Frustration-Free Packaging]
Price: £31.92

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as always, 31 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A short review, as there's almost nothing a reasonable person could find to complain about Macafees' products. Does everything you need it to do unobtrusively and at a good price.


This Book Just Ate My Dog
This Book Just Ate My Dog
by Richard Byrne
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and original interactive book., 31 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A clever and original idea for an interactive children's book - the titular dog and other objects literally disappear from the page (into the spine of the book) then, when the book is shake, reappear on other pages and must be found. As much a game as a book then, and utterly engaging to my little boy. Highly recommended.


Doozers - Meet The Pod Squad [DVD]
Doozers - Meet The Pod Squad [DVD]
Price: £5.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Unexceptional CGI for toddlers., 31 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A spinoff from "Fraggle Rock" in which The Doozers, the race of handymen who lived in a radish patch, are given their own show.

For myself, I thought it looked like an extended toy advert (it is an extended toy advert) with some Eurovision-reject level pop songs, However, given that my own little lad likes some right rubbish, as well as some very good shows, I'm aware that it's a mistake to try and judge the toddler aesthetic. So, on a scale from 1 (wanders off to traumatise cat) to 5 (Rapt attention, gets stern if you get in the way of the telly) , he gives this a 3. I concur. Its a cookie-cutter cheap CGI children's animation with nothing to distinguish it from dozens of others.


Guilty Gadgets ® - In Car Bluetooth Hands Free Kit For Samsung Galaxy S I9000, Plus I9001, i9100 S2, i9300 S3, LTE, S3 Mini, i9500 S4, S5, S4 Mini, Ace, Tab, 10.1, 2 10.1, 2 7.0, 7 Plus, 7.7, 8 9, Galaxy Note, 10.1, 2, 8.0, 8000, 4, 5 LG Phone, Apple iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5s, 5s, 5c, LG Nexus 4, 5, 6, Sony Xperia, S, Z, Z1, HTC, one, S, V, X, M7, M8, Nokia Lumia, 520, 925, 950, 1020, 800
Guilty Gadgets ® - In Car Bluetooth Hands Free Kit For Samsung Galaxy S I9000, Plus I9001, i9100 S2, i9300 S3, LTE, S3 Mini, i9500 S4, S5, S4 Mini, Ace, Tab, 10.1, 2 10.1, 2 7.0, 7 Plus, 7.7, 8 9, Galaxy Note, 10.1, 2, 8.0, 8000, 4, 5 LG Phone, Apple iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5s, 5s, 5c, LG Nexus 4, 5, 6, Sony Xperia, S, Z, Z1, HTC, one, S, V, X, M7, M8, Nokia Lumia, 520, 925, 950, 1020, 800

4.0 out of 5 stars Great value., 20 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This hasn't got the greatest finish in the world. And the styling is very 80s music centre. And the voice transmission is a bit tinny. But, it works, and its a tenner, complete with all the mounting gear and charger. Can one complain about a few rough edges at that price? One cannot.


Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11-20