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Sony Xperia Z1 UK Sim Free Smartphone - Black
Sony Xperia Z1 UK Sim Free Smartphone - Black
Price: £287.40

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Xperiance, 4 Feb 2014
I have been a fan of sony mobile phones for some time, and the Z1 is the best yet. For anyone who owned a Z this is the phone that should of been, a more premium build, far superior camera, better screen (although who looks at a phone screen anything other than straight on?) For the pedantic (like myself) the annoying 'flap' issue is eradicated in that the headphone jack is now flapless (but still waterproof) so the only one that'll need opening daily is the micro usb to charge the phone. Again this can be avoided buy purchasing a charging dock for about £20. (The Krussell clip on hard card case is compatible with the dock).
The camera is of course the stand out feature and is very good, not ground breaking in a nokia 808 or 1020 sense but the best available on android (which in return is light years ahead of the windows operating system). The default setting is superior auto which doesn't use the full 20mp but rather 8mp that apparently utilizes the 20mp's (again like nokia 1020) to make a better shot in all conditions. I would say for the most part superior auto will do the job.
The walkman app is one of the best on a smartphone and the though there is too much bloatware (most manfacturers are guilty of this) you can disable them if you wish. Spec wise the Z1 is just about the fastest out there at the moment, falling a tad short of the note 3 but it does have better camera and the build quality is second to none. Some may argue the HTC one or iphone 5 are the best built phones but it's down to opinion, the Z1 is on a par but glass instead if aluminum. The Z1 is of course waterproof which is a nice touch, I'm still too scared to put mine under water but it's nice to know your safe when talking in pouring rain.
Another huge selling point of the Z1 is it's compatibility with micro sd cards, giving you the option to increase your phone memory up to 80gb! Against the similarly priced HTC one with a non-expandable 32gb

Overall it's a fine phone that looks and feels premium, it is quite large in the hand and there are other 5' screen phones that are smaller but if you are happy with a sizeable but pocketable phone for everyday use this could be the (z) one for you.

NeoGeo X: Gold Limited Edition - Official UK/EU Version
NeoGeo X: Gold Limited Edition - Official UK/EU Version
Offered by SupaStock
Price: £129.99

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Neo Geo x rated price x rated product, 6 Jan 2014
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
So this is one for the fans, the over 30's that remember the awe of the Neo Geo a few decades ago?

I so hoped it would be but regretfully not, in fact I can honestly say I have never been so disappointed in a 'new toy' for some time. Blaze have brought us cheap master system and megadrive handhelds over the last few years but this was different, not only is it 4 times the price of the aforementioned machines but it it billed as a Neo Geo product - it isn't. Unbelievably SNK Playmore have allowed US company 'Tommo' (Blaze in EU) to distribute this awful set of emulators under the Neo Geo umbrella. Yes thats right I said emulators, the same there are available online for free, the ones I had 4 years ago on my GP2X and on my mobile phone today. Of the 20 games pre-installed they are all of course perfectly playable but there are occasional frame rate issues, screen tearing and the sound is just not quite right on many of the games (common with emulation). Apparently there is a memory card stuck inside with the roms on it! What - this is being sold as a premium Neo Geo product!
The handheld unit itself is ok, feels reasonably solid, but switch the damn thing on and you'll see the screen is in 16.9 ratio - no Neo Geo game back in the day was ever anything other than 4.3 so you have a choice of black bars down the side or horribly stretched graphics. The screen is washed out and the sound is not only off but very quite and tinny. Moving on to the 'mock' unit that houses the handheld for big screen entertainment well if a picture is questionable on a 3' screen you can't expect much on a 46' plasma. The joystick controller is ok annoying clicky (as is the handheld). The final insult is you need the thing docked to charge making the portability all but useless.

Don't do it friends.
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HTC One X 32GB Sim Free Smartphone - Grey
HTC One X 32GB Sim Free Smartphone - Grey

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The 'one' you've been waiting for? Not quite., 21 Aug 2013
Amidst the plethora of 1080p smartphones entering the fray HTC's One x holds its own as one of the best android experiences available. The screen is glorious (albeit only 720 spit!)and the design of the phone itself is quite unique. If you are looking for a 'bells and whistles' phone under £300 you can't go wrong with this one. Note this phone has no expandable storage (32gb or 64gb internal only) and there is an quite ridiculous screen flex on this model (similar to when you touch a laptop screen and it ripples. It only affects the sides of the screen but for a 'touchscreen' it is completely unacceotable and should have been rectified in quality control long before it hit the shelves. If you can live with this it's a great phone if not don't buy it...

Sony PlayStation Vita (Wi-Fi only)
Sony PlayStation Vita (Wi-Fi only)

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great cross, mistimed header..., 25 Mar 2012
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Having owned nearly every handheld games machine since the original gameboy I have always looked forward and often pre-ordered the 'next best thing'. The Vita was no different, and if anything should have been the most fiercly anticipated of all but... It wasn't... I know it's been said before but we can't deny the face of mobile gaming has changed, I purchased a 3DS and then sold it because I can now get my on the go fix with angry birds or virtual pool etc... Unfortunately the Vita has gone the same way, yes it's an amazing bit of kit but not with just one competitor (Nintendo) anymore, smartphones have changed the world and it's as simple as that. Is FIFA as good on a phone as on the Vita? Of course not but for £4 it does the job. Hustle Kings is a decent pool game but the above mentioned Virtual Pool is better and it costs £1.50! As for the likes of Uncharted and Unit 13 they are without question amazing but the time you need to appreciate and 'get into' them will more than likely be sitting on your sofa which begs teh question 5" screen vs 42" plasma in the front room? Surely a no brainer?
In a nutshell I think sony have gone full circle, in trying to create the ultimate portable console they have taken away the most important element the 'portableness'. I doubt you'll see too many on the bus or train because they are too precious both in stature and in price, if you take this machine on properly you won't have much change out of £300 (propriortry sony memory cards range from £15 - £50). Why not have onboard memory or let us use psp/ or dare I say standard memory cards? In a word greed.
If you need 'on the go' gaming at its best and have a large wedge of notes burning a hole in your pocket this is probably the machine for you but remember to compete longterm they will have to reduce the price at some point and also you can currently get a 320gb ps3 with a game for under £200!
How much do you need it?

Gran Turismo 5 (PS3)
Gran Turismo 5 (PS3)
Offered by Trade-N-Go Gaming
Price: £8.49

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Time waits for no game..., 25 Nov 2010
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Gran Turismo 5 (PS3) (Video Game)
In recent years high end video games have overtaken Hollywood 'blockbusters' in both cost and revenue. More and more time is spent on creating an experience as close to realty as possible. (Take Halo, GTA and COD for example). These games build on the their foundations sell millions of copies and the developers come back with something even bigger and better. Gran Turismo to an extent has followed this pattern and ever since the GT3 there has been an air of expectation of whats next. GT4 got right building on solid foundations to the point that it's the one that defines the series (for ps2 anyway). Now with new hardware to play with (it was new when Polyphony started work on it!) we have GT5 finally released after numerous delays. The problem with these delays is the anticipation becomes unbearable and only perfection will do. GT5 isn't perfect. The questions that were raised after the 'show piece' prologue release have sadly not been been totally (if at all) rectified. Car damage is minimal and seems like an after thought and a good 40% of the car list is pointless. However much they wish to bill it as the 'ultimate driving simulator' it is still a game and games must be fun. When blu rays were first released extras were scarce and now though they are significantly better, they are nearly alwayd in standard definition with only the main event carrying all the bells and whistles. GT5 has 200 high end car models with the cockpit view and the rest almost seem like the money ran out. They are acceptable but I think it would recieved greater praise if the game was split into sections, with the high end 20% being called the 'premier driving suite' or something. That way you have an amazing game bolstered by endless extras without inviting people to nit-pick? They have gone ever further this time with 'off road' and 'nascar' both a good variation but neither ground breaking because other dedicated titles (CM dirt) do it better. Overall this is fine effort, when GT5 gets it right it is in a league of its own but far too often their is a feeling that the game is still unfinished and somewhere within the last 5 years the developers lost sight of the video game and it became an obsession that could have gone on for ever until someone made them down tools regardless of where they were. If you have a chance to play FORZA 3 on the 360 (GT's closet rival) you can see where the TLC has gone and GT5 is by far the prettier but with the modification, damages and overall experience (as a video game) Forza may edge it. It is probably far to early to comment on how good this game is but much like the 'Burger King' on the London circuit being replaced by Barclays bank nearly 3 years ago GT5 does leave you feeling like it's the outstanding game of 2006 that was shelved for 4 years. Will GT6 build on it? The foundations are their, Polyphony just need to set a meetable time frame and stick to it. Sometimes less is more and quality will always out do quantity...

Formula 1 2010 (PS3)
Formula 1 2010 (PS3)
Offered by Super-bargains
Price: £4.39

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More Ralph than Michael, 27 Sep 2010
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Formula 1 2010 (PS3) (Video Game)
For many years there has been an exclusivity on the F1 franchise that has meant anyone with a non Sony console has been unable to enjoy the thrills of Monte Carlo at 200mph from the comfort of their living room.

... Until now that is - the premier (non street) racing game has returned for the masses, this time with a very polished if not quite on the money offering from codemasters. Ever since Colin Mcrae dirt hit the shelves there has been a 'revolution' in style both in game and menu selection. Race driver grid furthered this new direction and offered possibly the best 'arcade racer' to date. Codemasters have used the foundations to create an atmospheric detailed experience that should work but somehow it doesn't. Like all new inovations they very quickly become the norm, and sadly on F1 the menu's have now over complicated themselves to the point frustration and the graphics althiugh detailed and polished have stuck with the hazy beige tint familiar with those mentioned before. A granyness that I think removes the realness from a serious simulator. I have played many previous F1 games including the most recent F1 championship edition on the ps3 and I actually think it represents the sport far better. The colours are true, the in car sound is better and the running commentary is what you expect from the genre. If you have or can get hold of a copy try it first and you will see that 2010 dosen't seem like 4 years on, in fact I believe the handling is better in the previous (less spongy) - just my opinion! I understand codemasters have tried something different but formula 1 it is what it is, the games will never be that diverse, of course playability is king but the only major difference going forward will be presentation, how much more can be added to a track based racer? Cut scenes, safety cars, award ceremonies all add to the gloss but its the racing that is important and F1 2010 falls short.
if you love F1 and have an xbox I would recommend it but for ps3 owners, although the scenery isn't as polished F1 Championship Edition is a more enjoyable and honest attempt at the sport (If you can accept racing with Coulthard instead of Hamilton).
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Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 (PS3)
Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 (PS3)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £1.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Next gen evolution at last., 30 Oct 2009
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
While we can all appriciate the beautifal game under the wing of Fifa or Pro evo, most of us don't enjoy both to the same extent.

From about 2000 onward I always looked forward to the release of the next Fifa instalment, and it wasn't until a friend told me to try pro evo 4 that I realised what I'd been missing...
... Keepers getting a hand to the ball but not keeping it out or getting fingertips to a shot only for a striker to be following up. It had drama and when you eventually scored with either 20 yard volley or 2 yard tap in the sense of achiement was immense.

I never looked back and it was only the when I got my PS3 pro evo was nowhere to be seen that I started buying Fifa games again. Speaking of next gen Fifa games they can't be faulted for effort and trying to build an all round experience, but the problem is there's no 'spark', yes there are all the ingredients that should make it the ultimate simulation but somethings missing, even the 'ownership of the licences' doesn't seem to matter anymore....

... If you are cutting in from the left to shoot, chances are it'll be more or less an identical goal since the last time you 'cut in' and shot! Pro evo on the other hand just seems to be far more in touch with 'real world' events, deflections mistakes and I'm sure you can even scuff the ball in the latest edition!

So regardless of what side of the 'football sim' fence you sit, this is without doubt the best next gen pro evo and quite possibley the best ever. Is it the best football game available?


If you are lucky enough to get your hands on both games at the same time, play them back to back and you will see how generic Fifa has become.....

Tyson: The Movie [2008] [DVD]
Tyson: The Movie [2008] [DVD]
Dvd ~ James Toback
Offered by b68solutions
Price: £6.99

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not a 'movie'., 20 April 2009
In my opinion Mike Tyson is the best heavyweight boxer ever, at his peak unbeatable, but like most genius' a floored individual. This is a fine insight into the mind of a troubled soul who in his own words unravels the mystery and circus that has become 'Tyson'. Boxing fan or not this is essential viewing. I've only given it 3 stars because it's not a movie, it's a documentry, and if the subject matter wasn't so 'smoke and mirrors' and he didn't command such a high fee for the interview it probably would have gone straight to television.

WSC Real 09: World Snooker Championship (PS3)
WSC Real 09: World Snooker Championship (PS3)
Price: £29.99

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 'REAL' Disappointment., 5 April 2009
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
Having been delayed for some time (originally called REAL 08) I'm sure we could be forgiven for expecting something a bit special. Remembering how 'revolutionary' in both graphics and design WCS was on the PS1 and then on PS2, each year the games have built on that solid foundation quite often with very little changes. But now after a reasonable first effort in 2007 developers now have no excuse to provide anything less than a perfect simulator. The physics were perfected some years ago and the only stumbling block was always graphics but with the power of PS3 we're on a winner right? Wrong. Of course the character models are better but nowhere near say FIFA 09 and there are 22 variants on screen not 1! The screen jumps through the menu page and the backgrounds and crowds look rushed. But the graphics are not the worst aspect of the game, the sound is in a word awful. The ball noises are cheap tinny and whether you hit 1 ball or smash the pack the noise is the same? The commentary is so loud it sounds like it was dubbed over the top and the one dimensional crowd noise is enough to make you turn the sound off completely... I have WSC 2007 on the PSP and it is smoother and sounds much better. I understand a game is only as good as the money that is behind it but I don't believe a game of this nature can cost that much and therefore the design team have alot to answer for (especially when you look at how good WCS 2004 was). Also they have stuck with the horrible red lights above the balls in 'pool' mode.... Don't believe the hype,'REAL' WSC 09 is not the closest thing to playing snooker, even John Virgo spends half his time talking about how good the 'console video game' is while you're playing! Desperate.
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Need For Speed: Undercover (PS3)
Need For Speed: Undercover (PS3)
Offered by Digitalville UK
Price: £15.35

1.0 out of 5 stars Going backwards, 22 Dec 2008
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
Having bee a racing game fan for some time, there are a few games on offer that you always look out for. Burnout of course, which in recent years redefined racing games. The Colin Mcrae series which has dipped and come back strong with Dirt,leading on to the current (and in my opinion) 1st proper next gen racer GRID which looks sounds and feels like something your ps2 could only dream of. Getting back on track the 'Need for speed' games started out well enough, a stright forward story based game with questionable cut scenes that ultimately did the job. I've never been a huge fan and I think EA have always played it safe realizing the formula works and never veering to far off the rails. after the 'not bad' carbon they did finally (maybe looking at next gen capabilities) try something different with 'pro street' - it didn't work, so with 'undercover' its back to what they do best right? Wrong. After reading the 'spin'- better engine, Hollywood cut scenes and dynamic everything you could be forgiven for thinking this has 'game of the year' potential. It is quite possibley the worst most overated game I have ever played, poor graphics awfal frame rate and some of the worst acting you'll ever see. Not PS3, barely PS2. If you shop around you'll see everywhere is reducing it whereas the far superior GRID remain at £45. If you want a street based racer go for something like Midnight Club LA. It's a solid next gen racer at looks like it was made 'two' generations after undercover.

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