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LP Apple Certified 10ft (3m) Lightning Cable to USB Charge and Sync Charger Cable / MFI Certified Extra Long 8 Pin Lightning Cable Made for Iphone 6 6plus 5 5s 5c / Ipad 4 / Mini / Mini Retina / Ipad Air , Ipod 7 Etc (White)
LP Apple Certified 10ft (3m) Lightning Cable to USB Charge and Sync Charger Cable / MFI Certified Extra Long 8 Pin Lightning Cable Made for Iphone 6 6plus 5 5s 5c / Ipad 4 / Mini / Mini Retina / Ipad Air , Ipod 7 Etc (White)

1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, 4 Nov. 2014
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Knock off cables -- beware these are NOT Apple Certified and do NOT work most of the time to charge your iPhone.
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Anker 40W 5-Port High Speed Desktop USB Charger with PowerIQ Technology for iPhone, iPad Air 2, Samsung Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge, Nexus, HTC M9, Nokia and More (White)
Anker 40W 5-Port High Speed Desktop USB Charger with PowerIQ Technology for iPhone, iPad Air 2, Samsung Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge, Nexus, HTC M9, Nokia and More (White)

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No loud noise, 22 Jan. 2014
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Maybe I just have a newer version (ordered Jan 2014), but my unit works perfectly, charges multiple devices without any problems, and also makes no noise at all. Totally silent. Very happy customer. Thanks, Anker, will recommend to others.

Battlefield 4 - Standard Edition (PS3)
Battlefield 4 - Standard Edition (PS3)
Offered by PirStore
Price: £6.00

20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Game is great, buy the PS3 disc version to get PS4 digital version cheaply, 22 Jan. 2014
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Hey guys-- Battlefield 4 itself is amazing on both PS3 and PS4, but the cheapest way to get BF4 on PS4 is to buy this PS3 version, and then use the voucher code inside to upgrade to the PS4 digital version for just £10. As of writing, that means you can get BF4 on PS4 for £35 total when buying the PS3 blu-ray version instead of buying the PS4 blu-ray version here on Amazon for £47.

Now back to playing Battlefield 4...
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Xbox One 500GB Console with Kinect
Xbox One 500GB Console with Kinect
Offered by Bargain Games UK
Price: £289.99

42 of 89 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Clunky, large console with many weak points most notably high price, 21 Jan. 2014
Owning both a PS4 and Xbox One for the past several months has afforded me the opportunity to compare the two kits and the user experience of both. Below are my findings as unbiased as I can remain:

Xbox One is significantly heavier and larger than PS4. A full pound heavier than the PS4, and the width dimension is roughly 30% longer than PS4. Oh and it has worse quality video RAM which is not fully dedicated to gaming either as is the case on PS4.

The menu system of Xbox One uses the same tile layout as on Windows 8 and on Windows phones. As on laptops without touch screen functionality, this layout makes little sense while using an Xbox controller. The PS4 sports a carousel similar to the Kindle Fire OS where your most recently opened game/app is always on the far left. Also on the Xbox One menu, it is confusing how to actually close out of an app. Holding the Xbox button in does not provide this basic Close App option as PS4 does.

Game updates are also poorly designed on Xbox One. You do not get progress bars that go from 0% to 100%. Instead the system treats all game updates as though they start at 97% and then finish at 100%. This was even more confusing on updating Battlefield 4 because it said "Ready to go!" on the Xbox One main menu page, I launched the game, and then inside it said "CAMPAIGN 100%, FULL GAME 0%". Clearly the update was not "Ready to go", Microsoft.

Thirdly the Kinect. While I've heard Microsoft tout the amazing advances they have made with Kinect, I still find myself yelling "Xbox ON", "XBOX ON!" over and over while the thing doesn't understand me more than 2/3 times I yell at it. The PS4 camera is no better, but at least the purchase of that poor technology is optional on the Sony device and not mandatory. Lastly regarding Kinect, it must be said that the Kinect itself is at least 3x the weight and at least 2x (probably 3x) the size of the PS4 camera.

Comparing controllers, again the Xbox One controller is much heavier (despite having no built-in battery at all which smacks of cheapness on behalf of Microsoft). The grip on the Xbox One controller are better than on the Dualshock 4 however that is where the advantages end. The very good triggers on the Xbox One controller do not compensate for the large distance between themselves and the shoulder buttons RB and LB. It is awkward how far you have to move your index fingers from the triggers to the should buttons, so something like spotting in Battlefield 4 suddenly takes twice as long as it should. On the Dualshock 4, your index fingers naturally rest between triggers and shoulder buttons making movement between the two button sets very fast. Also the L3 and R3 buttons are far easier to click on the Dualshock 4 than on the Xbox One controller. They feel very stiff on Xbox.

The exclusive game selection. While this comes down to player preference, and I admit I do love the racing mechanics of Forza 5, the experience is ruined by very long load times (why should next gen have long load times?) and an upgrade system which constantly nags you to purchase better cars with real money. This isn't a free to play game, and it's an insult to gamers to treat it as such after charging retail. If Sony do the same with Driveclub (and I have not heard that they plan to do so), I will be equally disappointed.

The external power supply. Despite all that extra weight and space in the console itself, Microsoft engineers still did not manage to fit the power supply inside the Xbox itself. Not only, the power supply supplied to customers is so cheap that it can't handle multiple countries' voltages. I haven't bought an electronic device in over a decade that didn't support all voltages from 100V to 240V. I was amazed when I brought my US Xbox One to the UK and listened as the power supply blew out and smelled burning from the power. Microsoft customer service were even worse when I called, charging £25 for a replacement power supply and telling me I wouldn't receive it in the post for 28 days. By the way you can't buy Xbox One power supplies in shops I learned.

Lastly and most importantly to everyone -- the price. Xbox One charges £429 compared with PS4's £349. With all these hardware, operating system, controller and software inferiorities, to me it is a complete no brainer which console to own. I am happy to say I did not purchase this Xbox One myself-- it was given to me as an unwanted gift, and I will be selling mine soon to anyone willing to put this giant VCR in their living room.
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Mister Lonely [DVD]
Mister Lonely [DVD]
Dvd ~ Diego Luna
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £10.25

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Difficult viewing, 7 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: Mister Lonely [DVD] (DVD)
Generally I like Harmony Korine movies but he sometimes sacrifices story for visuals/stylistic editing, and it's often just simply not interesting enough to compensate. I had high hopes for this movie but was incredibly bored by the story after 40 minutes and couldn't be bothered to finish it.

Battlefield 4 (PS3)- Limited Edition
Battlefield 4 (PS3)- Limited Edition
Offered by Firerize
Price: £10.86

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Bad Company 2, Hated BF3? Get BF4, 7 Nov. 2013
Visually the game is a big improvement on BF4 both in colours and fidelity. The maps are more thoughtfully designed for the most part, with Operation Locker on Rush having particularly excellent design.

Most importantly, the controls, customisation, hit detection and gun mechanics have all been vastly improved from BF3. Finally there are guns worth using which are customisable enough for everyone's preferred shooting style. I've already put 20 hours in just the first few days, and I'll be putting in many more hundred.

The technical problems (server drops, frame drops, etc.) are very minor considering the game has only just launched, and the haters are exaggerating those problems quite heavily. The game plays and looks great even on the PS3. Comms, squads, vehicles (quads are back and plentiful), server browser, etc. all work great.

Get it.

MotoGP 13 (PS3)
MotoGP 13 (PS3)
Price: £19.95

0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Played the demo, and that was more than enough, 25 July 2013
This review is from: MotoGP 13 (PS3) (Video Game)
Poor controls, terrible graphics, unrealistic & ugly crash animations -- all the things that make a racing game awful. You'd be far better off sticking with the original Jet Moto on PS one or a dirt bike racer like MX vs. ATV.

Grid 2 - Race Day Edition (PS3)
Grid 2 - Race Day Edition (PS3)

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily the best racer on PS3, 25 July 2013
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Not sure what all these low ratings are about -- the Grid series is meant to be neither Need for Speed nor a simulator such as Gran Turismo. Comparing it to those games reflects a misunderstanding of Grid's scope as a racing game.

As a video game player, I always appreciate it when developers put action, fun and most importantly uninterrupted gaming as the highest priority in a game. Grid 2 has all of these in spades. Grid's rewind feature has been improved upon and means that you can get right back into the action in no time at all, and is yet fair and balanced because it applies evenly to all online multiplayers and is also finite so you cannot use it indefinitely. As host, you can also choose to disable this feature, which has been implemented equally well in both single player and multiplayer.

Secondly, drifting is far improved in Grid 2 over other racers such as Need for Speed where drift feels far less natural. There's a slight "snap-to" feature in Grid 2 with regards to drifting that allows you to enter and exit drifts more easily, the balancing of which is something that developers rarely get right. Dirt 3's Gymkhana drifting events are an example of great controls but with drifts that are just slightly too loose. In Grid 2, Codemasters have nailed it, and I commend them.

Lastly, the number of distinct tracks given in the single player alone is worth the investment. With near perfect controls, beautiful visuals, and a frame rate that is the best I've seen in a Codemasters racer yet, Grid 2 is the best racing game I've played on PS3, and I simply cannot recommend it enough.

Slim Leather Wallet Case for iPhone 5 in Dark Brown - Holds up to 8 cards
Slim Leather Wallet Case for iPhone 5 in Dark Brown - Holds up to 8 cards

5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I was looking for, 25 July 2013
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Great quality case construction, thoughtful design putting function first, great price, and allows me to leave my wallet at home. I even like the fact that the face is very exposed as I already have face protection with a screen protector and it means my thumb can access the screen more easily. For the first time I have easy access to both my phone and my credit cards in one place without the need for a case with a front door on it.

It also feels like real leather to me, I'm not sure what another review was talking about saying it feels like plastic. It definitely does not feel like plastic.

Highly recommended.

The Killing: The Complete Season 2 [DVD] [2009]
The Killing: The Complete Season 2 [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Sofie Gråbøl
Price: £12.69

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Killing 1 is amazing, The Killing 2 is below average, 23 April 2013
Having been astounded by the high quality of The Killing - Series 1, I didn't hesitate for a moment to buy the whole trilogy. I found watching Series 2 painful.

I will try to keep the following review spoiler free but be warned there may be a few minor spoilers in order to explain the inferiority of series 2 to series 1.

Many of the plotlines and character motivations in series 2 don't add up and don't make sense, and the writer(s) don't seem bothered about the fact either. Whereas the motive of the killer in series 1 was actually explained, series 2 doesn't even make an attempt at a motive. Secondly the political side story is weighed down by a main character called Buch who may take the cake as one of the most obnoxious characters I've ever had the misfortune of watching. We spend an enormous amount of time in this show following this character who never amounts to anything other than diving into food in nearly every scene he has. Without spoiling the ending, I will say his character makes a decision toward the end of the show that makes absolutely no sense given his character's actions up to that point. Buch is no Troels Hartmann -- and it's no wonder this character is omitted from the DVD cover of The Killing 2.

The third storyline following a small military family centres itself around the father Jens Peter Raben who becomes entangled in the investigation as the series progresses. This character is also frustrating as his "memory" is all over the place, and so his motivations and credibility are therefore also constantly suspect. While the writers may have thought building up an unreliable character was clever, instead the audience just feels repeatedly subjected to a character who doesn't have a clue about anything and yet strongly claiming that he does. This can be forgiven to an extent blaming it on post-traumatic stress and what not, but that explanation is far fetched considering how adamant this character is at times while at other times completely ambivalent to situations. There is no consistency in his behaviour or plausible rationale for his outbursts (or lack of outbursts).

The main (and in my opinion only) reason for watching The Killing 2 is to see the character development of Sarah Lund who as always remains wonderful to watch. Sadly the rest of the show was not!

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