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Philips Walkman Style Stereo Headphones
Philips Walkman Style Stereo Headphones
Price: £21.10

3.0 out of 5 stars Too quiet for outdoors., 8 Feb. 2016
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Good quality headphones but simply not loud enough for outdoors or mildly noisy environments. Using these I turned my music up full blast on an empty bus and could barely hear it over the noise of the engine. My cheaper in ear headphones don't have this problem at all. I will be keeping these for indoor use in quiet rooms only. Probably for casual istening to music at home. Anything else, forget it. Can't hear the music over even mild external background noise.


Samsung Galaxy Note 4 N9100 Screen Protector, Poweradd Premium 0.33mm Tempered Glass Explosion Proof Screen Protector with Bubble Free, 9H Hardness, Anti-scratches, 2.5D Rounded Edges[Lifetime Warranty]
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 N9100 Screen Protector, Poweradd Premium 0.33mm Tempered Glass Explosion Proof Screen Protector with Bubble Free, 9H Hardness, Anti-scratches, 2.5D Rounded Edges[Lifetime Warranty]
Offered by Poweradd
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect, 8 Feb. 2016
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Very impressed with this screen protector. It is the first one I've tried that doesn't suffer with 'bubbles' and isn't fiddly to apply. It comes with high a quality wipe which ensures there isn't even the tiniest particle of dust on the screen before you install the protector. I do think the illustration is a tad irresponsible, I would not recommend trying to drill into a phone with a power drill to test out the screen cover!

I have noticed no difference in touch responsiveness whatsoever, it is well protected.

Overall - almost 5 stars, but loses 1 star because while it (just about) covers the Note 4's screen, it doesn't cover the border between screen and edge of the phone. So there is a rather odd 2mm unprotected gap around the edge of the protector. But the perfect smooth bubble-free surface more than makes up for it.


Spigen Slim Armor Cover Case for Galaxy Note 4 - Champagne Gold
Spigen Slim Armor Cover Case for Galaxy Note 4 - Champagne Gold
Price: £18.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Buy your screen protector separately, 8 Feb. 2016
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This is a good solid case, my phone feels well protected now. It has added some weight but not too much, and unlike other cases it hasn't added too much thickness to the phone. I have not tried the kickstand but I doubt I will ever use that feature. Camera and heart rate monitor all fine. Volume buttons are nicely flush with the side of the case, and very responsive. Headphone jack and power input perfectly accessible.

Worth noting that with this sort of case you really need to purchase a separate screen protector to go with it. For me these sort of things ought to come as a complete package for added convenience.


Interstellar [DVD] [2014]
Interstellar [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Matthew McConaughey
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect, 3 Feb. 2016
This review is from: Interstellar [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
This film is almost perfect. For anyone who enjoys epic, thought provoking science fiction about human exploration, Interstellar will satisfy a long starved appetite. It is comparable in scope and feel to something like 2001 A Space Odyssey, right down to the sentient robot and the inter galactic videophone. What Interstellar holds over and above that classic, is the dramatic planetary landings and the amazing glimpses of near habitable worlds. With mankind facing extinction we are given a 'best of a bad bunch' of worlds to chose from, none of them exotic or exciting, but all superbly alien, frightening and fascinating in their own right. And then we have the time-travel aspect of Interstellar, which I have to say is remarkably well handled. It does stretch credibility a bit at times, but the movie is clearly founded in good science. The use of a Dylan Thomas poem is also fantastic and it got me online looking for more of his work. So why 'almost' perfect? Well, it's the issue many have complained about: The sound mix is terrible, with dialog near inaudible during key sequences. Being aware of this problem I had to watch with subtitles throughout. This tiny gripe is all that separates Interstellar from five stars and legendary status in the genre. The ending is downright weird but like all good science fiction it leaves you thinking.


Mattel Games X5341 Cut The Rope
Mattel Games X5341 Cut The Rope

2.0 out of 5 stars No rope, no cutting, no point, 13 Jan. 2016
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My son was very excited at the prospect of playing Cut The Rope "in real life". Sadly this cheap plastic cash-in didn't live up to expectations, basically consisting of some plastic pieces (candy, stars, bubble, spider and Nom Nom), a small ramp down which to slide the candy, a pack of cards with suggested places to position the pieces. After positioning you slide the candy down the ramp, trying to get it to land in Nom Nom's mouth. It doesn't really make a lot of sense, though with a bit of determination and an hour of practice it could make some vague entertainment for older children. Young kids will lose interest quickly. There is no rope and no cutting involved, which is kind of the point of the game. It's a fun gimmick for hardcore fans of the game, nothing more.


Taken 3 [DVD]
Taken 3 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Liam Neeson
Price: £5.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Taken to sleeply land and back again, 13 Jan. 2016
This review is from: Taken 3 [DVD] (DVD)
The third and hopefully final instalment in this series about a man with a particular set of skills, sees an abandonment of the original premise with an attempt at something new. But it's not really original; what has been 'Taken' this time appears to be the plot of 'The Fugitive' - after Neeson's character goes on the run and tries to clear his name after being framed for murder. This has two problems in terms of the movie. First, you don't care about the victim of said murder, as that person was just an annoyance. Second, the identity of the killer is utterly obvious throughout. I actually drifted off to sleep in the third act, but perhaps it's just because I found Taken 3 to be a very relaxing, standard, boring, unorigional action movie.


Avengers: Age of Ultron [Blu-ray]
Avengers: Age of Ultron [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Robert Downey Jr.
Price: £15.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Style over substance, 11 Jan. 2016
OK, so it's not as good as the first. It feels very chaotic this time around, almost non stop action and set pieces, a villain that feels rushed and underdeveloped, a couple of new mutant characters that are thrown in for good measure but contribute little. The high points for me were Hulkbuster vs Hulk and the development of Hawkeye as a character. The characters are fine, it's just the story that lacks strength. Ultron is the biggest problem, he lacks a good enough buildup and his motivations are totally unclear. Sadly it appears Marvel has succumbed to the Hollywood curse of style over substance, throwing all their budget at the FX and not enough on the writing or scripting.

But hey, it's the Avengers and it's fun to watch. As a comic geek it's fun to spot new additions too. But as a movie, could have been much better. It is crammed with far too many characters all fighting for screen space, the result is a sprawling diluted mess with no focus anywhere.


Positive Songs For Negative People
Positive Songs For Negative People
Price: £7.99

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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for The Next Storm, 6 Jan. 2016
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"The Next Storm" is a wonderful song, I love it to bits. The rest of the album is mixed although interesting to listen to it doesn't hit the spot musically for me. Lyrically Frank Turner impresses with his range of subjects and wordplay but in places it's all a little too depressing. The title of the album is at times the wrong way around, these are more like Negative songs for Positive people, including one live track seemingly about a friend who killed himself and another about having to end a long term relationship. Cheery stuff? Nope. But if your mood is gloomy, these songs will hit the spot.

"The Next Storm" is a glimmer of positive delight on an otherwise gloomy albeit smart album.


Talking Is Hard
Talking Is Hard
Price: £9.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Talent in the making, 6 Jan. 2016
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This review is from: Talking Is Hard (Audio CD)
Alright, Walk The Moon. You got me. "Shut Up And Dance" is a lovely upbeat song and you had me and my family dancing around the living room with MTV turned up loud with that one. So, I bought this album.

"Shut Up And Dance" is the stand out track, but I also really like "Aquaman" which is a brilliant slow burner that harks back to 80's synth pop ballads. The rest of the tunes on this album, meh, I can take or leave. But these two songs are right up there. It is promising stuff and I will no doubt get more Walk The Moon tunes later.

There is a varied mix of styles on this album, which is both its strength and its weakness. Strength because it shows creativity and weakness because I didn't hear enough of the best types of song. I'd also say that some of the lyrics are a bit boringly fixated on romance and having a crush on a girl. Pick another topic, guys!


Last Light
Last Light
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Terrifyingly realistic disaster fiction, 28 Oct. 2015
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This review is from: Last Light (Kindle Edition)
The 4 stars I give this are largely down to the ambitious and thought provoking plot and the ideas behind it. In terms of writing it jumps around a bit and the opening half is a little slow but as the catastrophe takes hold Scarrow shows what he is made of, ramping up the drama and reducing human beings to our base level of selfish hungry animals in the absence of our modern lifestyle. I felt the best characters did not get enough pages especially the villain, who is a delightfully cruel asassin. The very end is a bit odd however I won't spoil it here. I am definitely going to read the sequel. Alex Scarrow has a style that I had to get used to - but I am there now and I want more.


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