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Extinction Point (Extinction Point Series Book 1)
Extinction Point (Extinction Point Series Book 1)
Price: £3.49

2.0 out of 5 stars Protagonist unlikeable, writer poor, 6 Dec. 2016
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The protagonist is boring and really not likeable or relateable, the other characters are one-dimensional and it's evident the author hasn't spent any significant time in America, if he's been there at all. Interesting premise but let down by poor writing and characters.

A journalist forgets to get her camera out when witnessing a major event? Said journalist also decides to mooch about in a coffee shop instead of going to work (and is apparently still employed)? Girl who grew up on a farm in Iowa can't drive? An entire newsroom decides to shut down rather than report on a huge story affecting the whole planet? And that's just from the first 10% or so of the book.

There's suspension of disbelief for the sake of the plot and there's "I just wanted to get my protagonist in my apocalypse scenario". Fine, I might be able to get behind that if the protagonist was relateable, but she's so snotty and unlikeable that I couldn't go on. The fate of humanity in the hands of this selfish cow? Wow. The writing is pretty poor too, the author manages to contradict himself several times (usually on the same page). From another review: “It was like watching some strange migration.” No, it was not like watching some strange migration. It was watching a strange migration.

Gave up after the first few chapters.


[2 Pack] TECHGEAR® Amazon Fire 7" & Fire Kids Edition 7" (5th Generation/2015 Release) Premium MATTE / ANTI GLARE Screen Protector Covers With Cleaning Cloth + Application Card (NOT FOR OLDER GENERATION AMAZON TABLETS!)
[2 Pack] TECHGEAR® Amazon Fire 7" & Fire Kids Edition 7" (5th Generation/2015 Release) Premium MATTE / ANTI GLARE Screen Protector Covers With Cleaning Cloth + Application Card (NOT FOR OLDER GENERATION AMAZON TABLETS!)
Offered by TECHGEAR Solutions
Price: £3.95

3.0 out of 5 stars Great mattifying effect, loses a bit of clarity, hard to apply, 2 Dec. 2016
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The Fire is famously reflective, to the point where you can barely see it in bright light outside (particularly for 'darker' pallette media like modern shows where everything is shades of grey and brown, 'The Man in the High Castle' was my test case). I at first used a tempered glass screen protector for mine, which are indeed wonderful for protection and clarity, but are terrible for reflectiveness. I ended up with one of these 'mattifying' efforts instead.

It definitely works! The screen is much easier to see in bright light and I no longer see my own gormless face when trying to watch shows and movies. It's softer on the eyes when reading, like the e-ink Kindle readers are. The screen loses a bit of clarity in the resolution due to the 'blurred' soft effect. However, applying it is a real crapshoot, these protectors are traditional 'bendy' ones not the stiff tempered glass style, so you WILL end up with a few bubbles. If you can smooth these out then fine, and you can't see the bubbles on the screen when it's on, but it's still ugly when the screen is off.

Good for the money I suppose.


Amazon Fire Case (7" Tablet, 5th Generation - 2015 release), Magenta
Amazon Fire Case (7" Tablet, 5th Generation - 2015 release), Magenta

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard protective case, 29 Nov. 2016
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Bought a Fire in the sales? Use code FIRECOVER until Jan 2016 for 20% off the case. (Definitely do this as it's not really worth full price, considering how cheap the tablet is...)

Bit different to what I expected, I kind of expected it to be a "soft touch" and flexible case like a certain fruity tablet has, instead it's hard rigid plastic (with a crease in the flap so you can stand it up). It's quite heavy, adding significant weight to the already chunky tablet, however it does protect it somewhat so whether this is worth the trade-off is up to you. The protection isn't as good as the rubber bumper-style kids cases of course but better than nothing.

Big 'Amazon' branding/logo on the cover is a bit tacky but oh well, the tablet itself is heavily subsidised by advertising so can't blame them really. The magenta is more purple than pink, if that bothers you. The magnetic closure is nice and works well, even with a screen protector on. The folding cover to use as a stand is a bit fiddly, needs a few tries to get the hang of it.

My main problem is the weight, it's only 120g or so but that still really adds up, it's a third the weight of the tablet itself, increasing the total weight by around 30% and you do notice this holding it up in your hands or in your bag. Definitely not a slimline or lightweight case. However, it looks great, the stand feature means you hopefully won't have to hold it up too much, it does actually protect the tablet and screen, and unlike some cheap cases is actually properly moulded to fit the Fire (not "generic 7" tablet" which many of them are). Good but not great. Definitely get it in a sale or with a code though, not sure I'd pay full price for it.


Fire Tablet, 7" Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB (Black) - Includes Special Offers
Fire Tablet, 7" Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB (Black) - Includes Special Offers
Price: £49.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for £50, amazing for £30, 25 Nov. 2016
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Technologically limited but if bought with this in mind (particularly when on sale for £30!), absolutely fine. I particularly like the soft-feel back and nicely rounded corners. Light and easy to hold. Screen is bright and despite the low resolution, clear - you can see pixels up close but not during normal use. Robust, haven't tested this extensively but so far has survived in my bag "naked". Takes microSD cards which is a must as the memory is veeeery small, only 8GB, leaving about 5GB usable, which will deplete quickly as you download apps and games. Performance is fine, as a media consumption device you're only really using one app at a time anyway. Gets warm to the touch but not hot under heavy load (fine for little hands and laps). Charges using regular micro USB, no weird proprietary connectors. Comes with a mains plug in the box.

The software is where the limitations are, Amazon's FireOS is (obviously) great for Amazon content, and pretty much only that. You have to sideload Google Play services on to the Fire if you want to download other apps as Amazon's app store is very limited. You will not be able to get YouTube or SnapChat unless you sideload Play Store, for example. This isn't very difficult but does require a small degree of tech savviness. It is possible to root the Fire and install a whole different OS if you want but to be honest, once Google Play store is loaded on the device, it's fine - Amazon keeps the FireOS up to date (latest build early November) with security patches and it's built to match the hardware.

Pros:
Easy to hold, light in the hands - just the right size to hold one-handed
Bright screen, you don't notice the low resolution
FireOS is better than I thought it would be
Expandable memory via MicroSD
Works best if you have a lot of Amazon content (books, audiobooks, videos) and are a Prime customer
Seems robust enough to survive life
Good battery life, fewer bells and whistles means better battery life!
Very good value simple tablet

Considerations:
Will need to sideload Google Play services, unless you want to be stuck with Amazon's app store
Can't uninstall default apps such as Amazon Kids, Goodreads or 'Offers' without rooting
Only connects to low-speed, older WiFi 2GHz networks - I had to change the settings on my router before it connected to my home WiFi
You really need to have Prime to get the most out of the ecosystem - if you don't have Prime some of the media functions seem a bit in-your-face, the "GET PRIME NOW" message is everywhere
Screen is very shiny and reflective, when watching 'dark' pallette programmes (e.g. Amazon's own Man in the High Castle) you will see nothing but your own face reflected in the screen if you're outside or in a brightly lit place - needs a mattifying screen protector, at extra expense


Precious Cat Ultra Litter Attractant
Precious Cat Ultra Litter Attractant
Offered by Pet Supply Company USA
Price: £17.54

4.0 out of 5 stars lol nice way to get you to buy more) are way ..., 17 Nov. 2016
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Needs to be used sparingly lest the cat get accustomed to the smell, but when it is used, they do go to the box more often. We found that the directions on the bottle (1/4 bottle per use, lol nice way to get you to buy more) are way too much and just a little mixed in, with another sprinkle on top, is enough.


Babyliss 8770BU True Smooth Rechargeable Ladies Shaver
Babyliss 8770BU True Smooth Rechargeable Ladies Shaver
Offered by IUEG
Price: £19.25

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Useless, 17 Nov. 2016
I evidently have the wrong kind of hair for this (even though my hair is quite fine... hmm), as it's almost completely useless. When the comb/trimmer attachment is on, it requires several passes to get even fine hair shaved and is useless on underarm hair or *ahem* similarly textured hair elsewhere. Even without the trimmer on it barely cuts hair at all, just rips hair out at the root (If I wanted an epilator I'd get one!). Ended up using a hand razor with a small "comb" attachment, which worked much better, is cheaper and doesn't need to be recharged.


Beaumont Polka Dot Flute Case - Pink
Beaumont Polka Dot Flute Case - Pink
Price: £32.02

5.0 out of 5 stars Very cute design!, 26 Jun. 2016
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Cute design for the young or young at heart..! Fits my 1970s Regent flute (C foot) with a little wiggle room. So far seems good quality, zips are sturdy. Good replacement for an old-school hard case. Pocket fits a rod and slim rolled cloth but not much else.


Anker AK-A7507011 USB 3.0 4-Port Compact Aluminum Hub with 2-Foot USB 3.0 Cable
Anker AK-A7507011 USB 3.0 4-Port Compact Aluminum Hub with 2-Foot USB 3.0 Cable
Offered by AnkerDirect
Price: £14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Metric users - 2 feet isn't as long as you think it is, 20 Jun. 2016
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Hub is fine, I like the minimalist design. Good weight too and comes with a velcro pad if you need to stick it down (or up) to something. Haven't had any problems with connecting multiple devices - it charges my phone no problem and reads my My Passport external drive.

Unfortunately I found the cable to be way too short, my PC is under my desk and as I was brought up with metric, I didn't realise that 2 feet wouldn't even reach my tower. This is not Anker's fault of course, just a warning as you may need to shell out a bit more and buy an extension cable if your tower/machine isn't right next to where the hub will be.


Anker 6ft / 1.8m Nylon Braided Tangle-Free Micro USB Cable with Gold-Plated Connectors for Android, Samsung, HTC, Nokia, Sony and More
Anker 6ft / 1.8m Nylon Braided Tangle-Free Micro USB Cable with Gold-Plated Connectors for Android, Samsung, HTC, Nokia, Sony and More
Offered by AnkerDirect
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 20 Jun. 2016
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No problems here, usual Anker quality.


Newstar Under Desk PC Mount (Suitable PC Dimensions -  Height: 3-60 cm / Width: 8-70 cm) - Black
Newstar Under Desk PC Mount (Suitable PC Dimensions - Height: 3-60 cm / Width: 8-70 cm) - Black
Price: £21.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A little fiddly but does take a lot of weight, 20 Jun. 2016
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A little fiddly to fit, especially getting the exact width right, but OK once it's in. Takes a large heavy gaming tower. If you haven't got the width juuuust right it will be loose, so measure the gap carefully. The fit should be firm (not too tight squeeze, of course) enough for the tower to not swing from side to side.


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