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Fosmon Anti Glare (Matte) Screen Protector for Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 - 3 Packs
Fosmon Anti Glare (Matte) Screen Protector for Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 - 3 Packs
Offered by theWireless USA
Price: 4.51

5.0 out of 5 stars Top bananas., 2 May 2013
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It's difficult to get excited about screen protectors, but this one is probably the most exciting one I ever bought. That's not saying much though.
It was easy to apply. I think this is one of the few protectors I've installed that I didn't manage to trap any chaff under, though I can't say if that's just luck or something to do with the protector.
It cuts down glare and reduces grubby fingerprints. So it does everything I expect for a reasonable price. Top bananas indeed!


Plugable 7 Port High Speed USB 2.0 Hub (With 3A Power Adapter for UK Mains)
Plugable 7 Port High Speed USB 2.0 Hub (With 3A Power Adapter for UK Mains)
Offered by Plugable Technologies
Price: 19.95

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful hub, great value., 2 May 2013
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I bought this to power a Raspberry Pi along with several USB peripherals - wifi, soundcard and VFD display. It powers them all with no problems at all.
It's not aesthetically pleasing though, and the power LEDs are bright enough to illuminate a small continent at night. So buy it for the reliability rather than as a piece of art.


The Secret of Kells [Blu-ray]
The Secret of Kells [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Tomm Moore
Price: 16.28

5.0 out of 5 stars A treat., 2 May 2013
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This is a visually stunning animation, and with a great storyline too. I'm surprised there wasn't more of a fuss about this when it was released - I can't recommend it enough.


MyMemory 32GB Micro SD (SDHC) Card with USB Reader - Class 10
MyMemory 32GB Micro SD (SDHC) Card with USB Reader - Class 10
Offered by MyMemory
Price: 12.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cheap but slow, 2 May 2013
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The specs don't lie about the capacity, but I couldn't get it to perform at anywhere near class 10 speeds.


Gormenghast [DVD] [2000]
Gormenghast [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Price: 6.16

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best BBC dramas., 2 May 2013
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This review is from: Gormenghast [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
This is a classic. The effects are a little bit dated now, and every now and then it's a bit slow moving. Apart from that the casting is great, and it's a good adaptation of a great book (well, two books).


Kalahari Orapa K-21 Camera Bag for DSLR Cameras and Bridge Cameras - Khaki
Kalahari Orapa K-21 Camera Bag for DSLR Cameras and Bridge Cameras - Khaki
Price: 50.09

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good looking, compact yet capacious, 2 May 2013
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I was looking for a camera bag that didn't look too much like a camera bag and could fit my D90 and an extra lens in along with the other bits and pieces I might want to carry around - wallet, phone, travel books etc.
When researching this bag, I found it hard to gauge how much space it actually provided; whether it'd fit all that in it or nor. So I took a bit of a risk ordering it. I'm glad I did. Fitting the D90 and a lens in the bag fills the main compartment to capacity - I can still zip it up, but it's a snug fit. Even so, I still have the external pouches and side areas to fit other stuff in. For example, you can fit a small water bottle in the side pouches even when the main compartment is full.
The strap is comfortable enough, and there's enough padding to alllow your camera to survive a bit of bashing.
So in all, it's a great bag. It might not be stylish as such, but it's certainly more pleasant to look at than most of the big, square, bulky black camera bags that are the norm.
The only downside to this bag is that, as it's a reasonably snug fit for larger SLRs, it's obviously going to be a bit more fiddly putting the camera back in the bag after use - it'll take a few seconds to pack it in rather than just dropping it in and closing the bag.


HP Pre3 Sim Free Smartphone
HP Pre3 Sim Free Smartphone

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful phone OS, 25 July 2012
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This is the first WebOS device I bought, and I bought it after HP discontinued their WebOS hardware. It sounds like the actions of a madman, but I'm glad I did it.
Why would you buy a deprecated phone? Well I tried out Android phones and I had a go on an iPhone and I didn't really get on with either OS. iOS was certainly slick and relatively user-friendly (though their settings system needs more work), but it also felt overly patronising and I didn't like the limited multi-tasking. Android felt hacked together. Even the later versions just aren't as intuitive as I'd like, and the Android look-and-feel is quite ugly. I also can't abide that either systems don't let me easily control which applications are running.

WebOS is so slick and user-friendly in comparison. The gesture-based back/forward system and the true multi-tasking using a stack of cards metaphor to close apps is extremely intuitive, and trying to use Android, for example, after using WebOS makes working with Android exhausting.

The hardware itself has highs and lows - the screen is decent an very responsive. The resolution's not bad. The keyboard is usable; not as usable as, say, the Sony Ericsson Mini Pro but certainly more usable than any on-screen keyboard I've encountered.
The lack of external storage is a little bit annoying, and the sound through the earphones is good, but the music players seem to suffer with crackles/pops (this seems to be a software issue - background tasks running with a higher priority than the music decoder, therefore interrupting playback). So it's not great as a portable media player (a big shame, that).
The feel of the phone in your hand, however, is very nice. The slighty rubberised case has a lovely texture, and the front of the phone is glass.
Call quality is good, and the phone seems OK at getting a signal (I'm not enough of an phone user to know how good reception is).

There are a few other niggles with the phone - the selection of apps is much smaller than Android and iOS (but then again, there aren't so many fart apps). A lot of apps are designed for older WebOS phones which had lower resolutions, so a lot of games and apps have a scaled-up look.
GPS can be a bit quirky and there's a OS bug that affects some apps when you're within a few miles of the GMT time-zone line (a couple dozen east and west of Greenwich, I believe) that inverts the co-ordinates. It doesn't affect the built-in maps, but does affect some GPS apps you can download.
Skype is built in and integrated into your contacts and so on, but seems to suffer from a bug wherein when you switch between 3G and wireless, it might not log back in. Other cloud services are also seamlessly integrated into the phone, such as Google mail, and generally work very well.

The touchstone wireless charging is great - this phone came with one included (which broke but got replaced) and you can pick up spare ones for 5 at the moment. This makes charging a doddle.

So despite a fair few flaws that the phone suffers from, I'm going to give it as many stars as I can. Why? Even though it has all of those issues I mentioned, the OS is generally such a pleasure to use that there's nothing else out there that's any better. Switching to an Android phone would be a downgrade, no matter how many apps it has, or how fancy the hardware was.

There's some hope: WebOS' source code will be release towards the end of the year, so it's possible that some hackers will port a version that can be run on some other phone hardware. Then you'd get the best of all worlds.
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2 x SWIDO Anti-Reflective Screen Protector for HP Pre3 8GB / Pre-3 / Pre III - PREMIUM QUALITY (non-reflecting, hard-coated, bubble free application)
2 x SWIDO Anti-Reflective Screen Protector for HP Pre3 8GB / Pre-3 / Pre III - PREMIUM QUALITY (non-reflecting, hard-coated, bubble free application)
Offered by Screen Protector Specialist
Price: 6.90

4.0 out of 5 stars Spiffing., 25 July 2012
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This fits perfectly and was the easiest to apply of any protector I've ever bought.
It feels lovely to touch and is extremely resistant to fingerprints. The only thing that could possibly be an issue is the pixelisation effect that all matte screens produce. It doesn't bother me, but some people might not like sacrificing the crystal clarity of their screen.


Hyundai A7HD - 7 Inch IPS Screen 8.9mm Thinnest mental shell Android 4.0.3 tablet pc 1GB DDR3 8GB HDMI 2160P video Flash player 11.1 iplayer and youtube supported
Hyundai A7HD - 7 Inch IPS Screen 8.9mm Thinnest mental shell Android 4.0.3 tablet pc 1GB DDR3 8GB HDMI 2160P video Flash player 11.1 iplayer and youtube supported

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good. In theory., 25 July 2012
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With the Google Nexus costing only a few quid more, the main question is why you would buy this tablet when the specs are lower.
I bought it for the HDMI out and ability to take storage cards, neither of which the Nexus offer.

So how reliable are the sellers? Well the tablet I was sent had some signs of use on it - very slight scratches on the screen (not noticeable enough to warrant sending back) and the box was in poor condition. I contacted the seller who said this was from their quality assurance procedure where they check the tablet works and Anglicise the ROM. They offered a case and a memory card as compensation, which I accepted rather than returning it.
Incidentally, this is a Chinese tablet, so take the Hyundai brand as a pinch of salt as it's not the same Hyundai as make the cars.

The tablet did come with a UK adapter for the charger and had a screen protector on (obviously fitted after the scratches) which didn't quite cover the screen. It also came with a USB-on-the-go adaptor cable and a normal mini USB cable (you can charge the tablet over USB).

How good is the tablet?

Physically, it's an attractive tablet. It's thin and has a metal back and it's light and comfortable enough to hold. There's no stand on it, and I haven't yet tried watching a whole film on it so I can't say if that would be a physical ordeal or not. Looks wise, it looks a bit like something Sony would have designed. The glass on the screen is quite reflective and does smudge easily. I'm buying a matte protector to address that issue.

The tablet came with the manufacturer's firmware installed and several Chinese apps. The performance is pretty zippy for a single-core 1.2GHz tablet (it can, in theory, be overclocked). The screen quality is pretty good and video playback is smooth - it played the 1080p Big Buck Bunny MP4 video with no problems at all. I connected it to the TV with a mini HDMI cable (you'll have to buy one) and the tablet instantly switched to TV out and played the video at the full 1080p, as well as passing the digital audio to the amp. The first time I did that the audio/video sync was off, but a pause/start fixed that issue.
The tablet is also able to play a pretty decent selection of codecs. I've had some issues with xvid stuff over DNLA, but that could be a server issue.
The external storage (up to 32GB microSD) again works without problems.

The default firmware has very limited access to Google Play. There are a couple of solutions out there, but I solved the problem by replacing the firmware with Onyx for the A7HD - a modified version of the official firmware that Westernises the tablet and masquerades it as a more popular tablet with similar specs, which opens up Google Play for the tablet.

Performance is OK. I tried a few free games and they mostly ran just fine. In one game the accelerometer didn't work properly, but I've seen options in the settings menu that might address that. Applications run zippily enough and web browsing is just fine.

Now here's the downside to the tablet. The manufacturing quality for the insides of the tablet is a bit shoddy. A lot of people have a problem with the touchscreen - the right-hand side of the screen will stop responding or the screen will go crazy as if it's being touched in several places. Also the wifi reception isn't great. Not everybody seems to have the touchscreen issue, but the wifi issue is due to poor placement of the antenna inside the tablet (it seems like a mistake in the factory build process).
You can fix the touchscreen and improve the wifi if you're willing to void the warranty and open the tablet. The tablet doesn't use screws to secure it closed, so you can unclip the back with a plastic tool. Then you can (carefully) extract the antenna, straighten it and put it in facing the other way, which improves wifi reception (it's still not fantastic, but it's about 30% improved after that - enough to use it around the house).
The touchscreen issue can be solved by placing some plastic backing behind where the ribbon connects to the motherboard and taping it down more securely.

So all in all, I'm happy with the tablet after manually improving it. If you want something decent out-of-the box, buy a reputable brand. If you're happy to muck about with firmware and possibly modify the tablet's hardware, then it makes an excellent media player for the price, with the added bonus of all the Android apps that you can use. If you don't really care about TV-out and external storage, then a few pounds more can get you a better tablet from a genuine brand name.


GlobalSat BT-359 Bluetooth GPS Receiver
GlobalSat BT-359 Bluetooth GPS Receiver

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and quick, 18 July 2012
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Even though the item description stated 'new', it came unboxed and somewhat scuffed. However it arrived reasonably quickly, works and was cheap, so you can't really complain.


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