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5.0 out of 5 stars Lasted two years!, 23 Feb 2013
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I ordered one of these two years ago to the month and it just expired, will be placing another order now...


Brodit Passive Holder with Tilt Swivel for HTC Desire S
Brodit Passive Holder with Tilt Swivel for HTC Desire S
Price: 19.82

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!, 3 Oct 2011
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The Brodit system is a really good option for car owners who use their phone as a sat nav device or with speech recognition apps and want a properly adapted mount for it. No screw holes in the consoles, no wobbly attachment to the ventilation grills, no sucker to come loose and dump your phone at your feet whilst driving. The mounts come in two parts, one to fit the car, one to fit the phone. Changed your car? Change the base part. Changed your phone? Change the holder part.

This holder fits the HTC Desire S. I had a Hero before and this mount holds the handset slightly higher, this is good as my hand used to sometimes obscure the bottom right of the screen. The holder swivels and tilts so you can have the phone in portrait or landscape mode. Before I bought this I looked at the pictures and was concerned that the mini-USB port wouldn't be accessible but it is using the stock HTC cable that came with it. Another cable I bought doesn't fit as the plug casing is too fat but this could be shaved to fit. All good!


Official Genuine HTC Desire S Screen Protector SP P530 (Twin Pack)
Official Genuine HTC Desire S Screen Protector SP P530 (Twin Pack)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How can you complain?, 22 Sep 2011
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Let's get some facts straight. Some reviewers say you don't need this product because the Desire S has Gorilla Glass. Well type 'gorilla glass' into YouTube and, among the controlled demos using kitchen knives etc, you will see some real world demos of why you need a screen protector. If you still think you don't need it then don't buy it and don't review something you haven't bought! Also those complaining about the cutaways should take a closer look at the top of the screen, where there are clearly light/proximity sensors.

Application can be tricky but mine went OK. It took a couple of trys because I had inadvertently touched the screen first time. As another reviewer has advised you can use a bit of sticky tape to lift the plastic from one end. Once I had cleaned the bottom of the screen again the plastic adhesed easily. I smoothed some small bubbles out with the edge of a credit card and, thankfully, there were no dust particles trapped underneath. Job's a good 'un.


HTC Audio Adapter for HS U350 with Stereo Headset
HTC Audio Adapter for HS U350 with Stereo Headset
Offered by Fast Link
Price: 9.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too expensive!!!, 21 Sep 2011
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I can't abide the useless earphones that come with HTC phones as standard and it's a cheek that the cable with the buttons and microphone are hardwired to them, forcing you to purchase another cable. However, to offer an adapter that has less functionality (why no track-skip controls like the standard cable?) and then to gouge your customers for the privilege is a liberty that one usually thinks of as the preserve of a certain fruit-branded competitor! The product is overpriced by a factor of at least 4. To put a tin lid on things, HTC enclose yet another crappy pair of earphones - if I was happy with the stock-issue ones why would I be ordering this item? Fail, fail, fail!!!

The actual quality of the cable is good but it is too chunky if anything and is therefore not really flexible enough but the length is about right for me. The single button allows you to pause and restart music and to answer calls as well as (double click) dial the last outgoing number (useless and too easy to activate). And HTC still haven't sorted out the pause function, it takes an age for the music to actually start and stop (on a Desire S).

Thanks to Amazon the item arrived quickly, well packaged and in good order. Nul points for HTC!


TP-LINK TL-WN951N - 300Mbit-Advanced-Wireless PCI Card
TP-LINK TL-WN951N - 300Mbit-Advanced-Wireless PCI Card
Offered by UKStocked
Price: 21.78

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor range, limited Win 7 64-bit support, 15 Feb 2011
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When I moved our desktop PC to the back room the 11g PCI card struggled to maintain a connection to the (11n) router and would drop out intermittently. I purchased this card as a superior replacement as it is draft 11n standard and has three 2dBi antennae.

Installation was a cinch however it is worth noting that the software utility on the CD is not compatible with Windows 7 64-bit. I'm not a fan of these utilities generally but it was disappointing not to have the option. When the drivers were installed the card detected and then connected to the network and I thought everything was fine but within an hour it had started dropping the connection. I tried all manner of antenna positioning and changing the channel on the router but to no avail, sometimes the card would not even be able to see the network.

My wife's five year old Vaio gets a solid (if poor strength) signal in this room with its 11g card, the TPLink should blow it out of the water but it singularly fails to impress - I've now returned it to Amazon. Manufacturers overplay the power of wireless technology, I've decided life is too short to waste time on finding a wireless solution to this problem and purchased a pair of powerline ethernet adapters - fingers crossed!


Western Digital TV Live HD Media Player
Western Digital TV Live HD Media Player

2.0 out of 5 stars Networking issues, 3 Feb 2010
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The only reason you would get this box over the bog standard offering is for the networking capability. However, in my case, it just refused to work. I bought the unit to play files from my XP SP3 PC over the wireless network with the unit itself cabled to the router. Initially things were fine however after a couple of days, without any changes to my network, it would suddenly stop playing files mid-way through. It would take a reboot of the box and sometimes of my PC and then a 5 minute wait for the shares to become visible again. I couldn't watch a half hour video file without this happening.

I went to the WD forums where I found several other people suffering from the same issue. I tried most of the config fixes but ended up sending it back to Amazon, frustrated. WD don't post on their own community forums and one of their recent firmware updates caused a lot of units to brick so I wasn't confident they would get round to fixing the issue. I eventually got an Asus O!Play more than 10 cheaper and haven't looked back.

Other than the network issues the WD doesn't support .iso or VIDEO_TS folder menus (the O!Play does). Also the YouTube/Flickr access is OK but a bit of a gimmick, it would have been a decent feature as a fully featured browser. This box seems to work for some people but for me it was just a PITA!


Asus O!Play HD 1080p HDP-R1 Live Internet Media Streamer
Asus O!Play HD 1080p HDP-R1 Live Internet Media Streamer

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Box, 27 Jan 2010
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This is a versatile little media player with support for most popular codecs. I had originally bought a (Western Digital) WD HD 1080p Live but had issues with the network connection dropping randomly so I returned it. I've had no such issues with this product. The network connection, even when streaming from wirelessly connected PCs, is very solid.

I should say that I don't have an HD TV but I have found the video quality satisfactory. The sound quality is a little thin but fine as long as you're not running it through a home cinema setup. The menu and navigation systems look a little dated but are adequate - you have to browse your network or attached storage (i.e. there is no library feature).

I have found the odd video file or subtitle file that didn't play but that will play on my PC however, generally, the support for formats is excellent. Firmware updates have, so far, been regular and Asus actually respond on their own forums (unlike WD!). This box also supports menus for .iso images and VIDEO_TS folders (again unlike the WD). I have found rewinding and fast-forwarding in video files to be a bit glitchy and it would be good to be able to jump to a particular point in files, hopefully further updates will enable this.

Considering the price point this product represents great value. It does everything that I wanted it for and has no major failings, just a few niggles which prevent it getting 5 stars.
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HTC Screen Protector for Hero SP P260 - 2 Pieces
HTC Screen Protector for Hero SP P260 - 2 Pieces
Offered by B2B TRADING
Price: 2.25

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin, 30 Oct 2009
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Thought I should let others know of my experience of these as there were no other reviews.

Firstly, and most importantly for me, the screen protector does not interfere with the tactile experience of the Hero. As the protectors are plastic they are not as pleasant to the touch but fingers slide over the surface just as easily as the screen and the responsiveness of the screen is unaffected. The plastic stays firmly in place and there are no air bubbles or discolouration of the screen. I haven't had the product long enough to rate its resistance to scratches but it hasn't marked up at all so far through normal use.

Only a couple of minor complaints stopped me from giving five stars:

* Installation was a little tricky. The protector doesn't quite match up with the shape of the screen - the corners are a little too sharp and overlapped slightly, which is a bit disappointing given this is the official product.
* The main downside is that the plastic is a bit more reflective than the screen thus it doesn't deal well with glare.


One-Offs Remixes And B Sides
One-Offs Remixes And B Sides
Price: 8.88

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Holland's vintage!, 7 Jun 2006
Fantastic compilation, well structured to navigate around all aspects of the Quantic panoply without lurching between styles. There are some really funky tracks, some verging upon latin music, some techno-tinged and, of course, a good helping of Afrobeat influences but, being Quantic, these genres are frequently traversed and seamlessly merged. Is there anything that this guy can't put his hand to? Many of the 27 tracks on this bumper value album stand up to anything from his other output, it's not just a money-spinning collection of outtakes.

If you don't own any Quantic then I'd recommend that you check out "The 5th Exotic" first. If you like that then this offering will probably hit the target for you! If you like funk and soul too (as Matt Holland obviously does) then check out the work he's done as Quantic Soul Orchestra.


James Brown's Original Funky Divas
James Brown's Original Funky Divas
Price: 7.23

35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bumper Size Hunk'o'Funk, 1 Mar 2004
Forget the many 'Greatest Hits' compilations that James Brown has released, with all the popular tracks such as 'Sex Machine' and 'It's a Man's, Man's World', etc. There are two essential purchases to make if you want to get the 'best of'. One is the JBs Anthology (cf.) and the other is this two CD offering. The former is superior IMHO - 2 CDs of sheer quality sweat-inducing funk from beginning to end - though this is well worth the asking price too. It contains ballads and funk tracks by all the main female vocalists to be produced and promoted by the man himself - many were also his girlfriends incidentally, surprise huh?
The first CD deals with the 60s and has only a few highlights, perhaps the best of which are the Marva Whitney offerings nearing the end. There are several tracks here from her seminal and much-sampled 'It's My Thing' album which nowadays goes for c. 200 for an original copy. It inlcudes the track 'Unwind Yourself' which was famously sampled by the 45-king for the '900 number' track.
The second CD covers the 70s and is a gem from start to finish with all the best tracks ever recorded by Vicki Anderson and Lynn Collins, including 'Message From the Soul Sisters', 'Think' and 'You Can't Love Me if You Don't Respect Me'. The gospel inspired 'Lord Will Make a Way' by T.V. Momma is also a pearl and, I think, quite rare (anyone?). Sampled by virtually everyone, the funk on this CD is electric and would make mincemeat of any dancefloor, trust me I've witnessed it!
The only problem with buying this compilation is that it takes the fun and rationale out of buying it's constituent parts on their original albums as all the best tracks are on here. Leave that to the collectors though, if you want 'the best' of JB in a cheap and accessible format this is half of it (don't forget the JBs Anthology though).


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