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Krusell Walk On Water Drop Off Case for Sony Xperia Z3 Compact - Black
Krusell Walk On Water Drop Off Case for Sony Xperia Z3 Compact - Black
Price: £25.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Good - and compatible with magnetic charging dock, 28 Mar. 2015
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Good build quality, the cradle which holds the phone seems better designed than on cheaper cases (which I have found prone to breaking under merely light use.), the phone is held securely. There is full access along the side with the magnetic charging point, meaning if you flip open the case you can successfully connect it to the Sony DK48 charging dock whilst the phone remains in the case. Only slight downside (if looking for something to fault) - the perimeter of the cradle around the screen edge obviously has a thickness to it, makes it slightly tougher (though hardly impossible) to press the keyboard characters at the extreme edge of the keyboard, but I don't see how they could improve on this given the materials and style of case.

Update: After 10+ months of continuous use, the case has finally died, worn through the black at most corners to expose sharp plastic inside.


StilGut® Book Type, Leather Case for Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, Cognac Brown with Clip
StilGut® Book Type, Leather Case for Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, Cognac Brown with Clip
Offered by StilGut
Price: £29.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Plastic inner cradle not up to scratch., 24 Feb. 2015
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Lovely case, good quality leather. However, in under a month of everyday use (sitting in pockets / satchel mostly), one of the plastic corners of the inner cradle (which grips the phone) has failed, meaning the handset is no longer held securely. Returned for a refund. Shame, because it's otherwise a nice case.
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BELK Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Case - High Quality Protective Synthetic Leather flip cases - Black
BELK Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Case - High Quality Protective Synthetic Leather flip cases - Black
Offered by Valentinus
Price: £14.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Plastic cradle not durable, 13 Jan. 2015
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Had a couple of months now, looks smart but the plastic piece into which the phone clips has been slowly falling apart for most of that time, the bits which secure the phone in place simply aren't up to the job.


Sony DK48 Magnetic Charging Dock for Z3/Z3 Compact
Sony DK48 Magnetic Charging Dock for Z3/Z3 Compact
Offered by total digital stores
Price: £9.80

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't forget the cable..., 13 Oct. 2014
Pros: Looks good, works effectively.

Cons: build quality feels cheap and plasticy, poor value for money. Cable not included, and therefore plug also not included. It does match the bespoke Sony charger supplied with the z3 Compact, which helps unless you had *other plans* for that. Says unsuitable for charging via PC (presumably ditto USB hub, unsure why).


Kinsman KS17 Black Heavy Duty Keyboard Stand
Kinsman KS17 Black Heavy Duty Keyboard Stand
Price: £22.62

42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job., 16 Nov. 2007
Its a simple product, so 5 stars would be going overboard, but it certainly does the job. Four alan-key type screws hold the 4 bars to the X frame (alan key supplied), and then a sprung mechanism lets you choose the height - there's a half-moon piece with holes drilled in it, located on the pivot point of the X frame, and a peg which you pull out and which springs back into whichever hole you line it up with, securing the frame at your chosen height. Simple. Assembled in under 5 minutes.
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Wild and Undaunted
Wild and Undaunted
Offered by musicMagpie
Price: £9.55

5 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 25 Mar. 2007
This review is from: Wild and Undaunted (Audio CD)
If you've heard her on Radio 3 you'll know her distinctive style. The album won't disappoint, its very pleasant listening. Varied enough to keep you interested without deviating far. Doubtless someone more musically knowledgeable than I can better explain exactly how and why this is such a fine little album, but I like it simply because it's so, well, undaunted.


The Architecture of Happiness
The Architecture of Happiness
by Alain De Botton
Edition: Hardcover

59 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All architecture students should read, 15 Jun. 2006
This book can be considered a well balanced guide to the major philosophical and theoretical debates which affect every architect-in-training in forming their own opinions and which have been debated over the past centuries. Everything from "what is archtitecture" downwards.

Contains just enough of each point of view to enable ideas to be formed, or to guide further research, without telling you what to think. Its a composition rather than a manifesto. Every ten pages or so there is a gem of a quote. And just as you start thinking, "but what does that mean for..." you turn the page and there it is, with quotes and references and everything you need to start making up your own mind.

If as an undergrad you're only likely to read one book on theory this year, and want to avoid becoming a specialist on [insert obscure german author your tutor wants an essay on], read this for the whole picture. Its really accessibly written too. And has pictures (good heavens!). And big margins.


Logitech Marble Mouse
Logitech Marble Mouse
Offered by amy's Schätze
Price: £22.99

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nowhere near as good as the Trackman Wheel, 10 Mar. 2006
This review is from: Logitech Marble Mouse (Accessory)
I own both this "Marble Mouse" and the "Trackman Wheel", and definately wish i hadn't bought this one. Undoubtedly good build quality etc; logitech have trackballs to a fine art. But the central ball, operated by fingers, has a far less accuracy than does the other product's (which amazon also sell) thumb-operated side-mounted trackball.
I do photoshop and CAD, and the ability to use one's fingers to steady the hand when tracking is vital, which the trackman wheel has and the marble mouse does not allow because of the buttons being where you rest your fingers. Also, the whole "press both buttons to get the trackball to work as a wheel" idea with the marble mouse is hopeless cos you end up pressing the whole hand down from the wrist - asking for RSI i reckon!
I have alsom successfully used my trackman wheel for FPS gaming and RTS gaming with no loss of performance (once i adapted). The marble mouse wouldn't allow that precision because use is just one big balancing act for your hand.
Just wish the trackman wheel had buttons 4 &5 like marble mouse, for mapping to back/forwards for internet!
I case you wondered, my marble mouse hasn't left it's box in the last month whilst i desperately try to find someone foolish enough to buy it!


What Is Architecture?: An Essay on Landscapes, Buildings and Machines
What Is Architecture?: An Essay on Landscapes, Buildings and Machines
by Paul Shepheard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.46

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional piece of exploratory philosophy, 29 Jan. 2006
This book is interesting. Its not a manifesto, nor a theory. It reads like an enlightened journey, approaching the boundaries of architecture from different angles and inspecting the very interesting results. To anyone interested in exploring their definitions of architecture, and by extension the philosophies behind it, i recommend it as good value and a worthwhile read, written in plain english (which always helps).
I also own Shepheard's other volume "what is landscape", which adopts a similar approach; also worth the time.


Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture
Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture
by Sir Banister Fletcher
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £125.59

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good but architecture students shouldn't necessarily buy this one..., 13 July 2005
Whilst Bannister Fletcher's scholarship was undisputed when this book was first published, and thus the book's style and its illustrations of many topics are excellent (notably the plates of the classical world ruins) as the book has expanded over the years it has become a whistle-stop of world architecture. Whilst thus an excellent book to read or browse, there is generally not enough detail on any one topic to suffice for "research" as a student might want, often only one small image per building. There are now many (cheaper) more specific books out there which will suffice for any theoretical history course (e.g. Modern Architecture by Colquhoun). Then spend the saving on some good books filled with photos specifi to the area of your research/interest, be that period or modern - Taschen do a great line which amazon stock, for instance.


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