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SiFREE Magnetic Phone Mount Kit Smartphone Holder Car Dash Mount (Rose Gold)
SiFREE Magnetic Phone Mount Kit Smartphone Holder Car Dash Mount (Rose Gold)
Offered by Sinotech
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars SiFree Magnetic Phone Mount Kit Smartphone Holder Car Dash Mount (Rose Gold), 19 July 2016
PROS
1. SiFree Phone Mount Kit arrives in a bronze-coloured box with the the list of contents and product schematics attached to the lid (Picture 1).
2. The mount’s base unit is made of solid steel (Picture 2).
3. You have a choice of two colours: gold and rose gold.
4. The mount allows for 360° rotation of your phone, when the latter has been attached to it (Picture 3).
5. Everything you need is already included in the package (Picture 4): a two-part mount kit, two metal plate elements (one of them must go on your phone’s back), an alcohol prep pad and a green plastic sticky tape removal tool.
6. SiFree Magnetic Phone Mount Kit is an innovative solution, engineered to improve your comfort and security while driving.

CONS
1. In order to use the Mount Kit you need to glue the unit’s base to your car’s dashboard and one of two thin metal plates—to the back of your phone. Why is that a problem?
A) The base of the mount has a circle of red 3M tape on its bottom (Picture 5). You need to glue this part to the car’s dashboard. I simply do not like idea of potentially destroying the aesthetics of the dashboard by applying 3M tape on it. Please, note that as the mount kit uses strong magnets (at the top) and sticky tape (at the bottom), the force applied when detaching your phone from the mount will eventually result in ungluing the base of the unit from the dashboard. Then, there will be residue you have to clean, potentially scratching the surfaces.
B) The same reasoning applies to the two metal plate elements, one of which you have to glue to the back of your phone. I am not sold on the idea to permanently attach metalised circular cutoffs to my Samsung Note 4, as the smartphone’s back is made of thin plastic and this can potenitally break it, as a result of the strong magnetic force that will be pulling on the plate element, every time I try to detach my phone from the SiFree stand.

2. Craftsmanship.
A) The quality of the “rose gold” finish of the mount is not perfect—I can see a number of small blemishes on the rim of the base (Picture 2)—already present on a brand new product.
B) The flat circular element (that makes the 360° movement possible, Picture 3) is supposed to be identically coated (“rose gold”), but the hue is slightly different from that of the unit’s base.
C) Finally, the steel ball at the centre of the mount’s base also arrives pre-scratched, which makes you wonder if proper quality control has been excercised at the production stage.

CONCLUSION
1. This is an innovative product with ambitions for a luxury look.
2. Everything you need is already in the box, down to the alcholol cleaning pad.
3. Unfortunately, craftsmanship is not perfect, and the fact that I need to use 3M tape to attach the mount to the car’s dashboard, and also one of the circular metal plates—to the back of my phone, is a deal-breaker for me personally.

However, if that is not a problem for you, then SiFree Magnetic Phone Mount Kit is definitely worth taking a closer look at.
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The Golden Sayings of Epictetus
The Golden Sayings of Epictetus
Price: £0.00

4.0 out of 5 stars The Golden Sayings of Epictetus, 4 July 2016
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About the Author
Epictetus was born around 50 A.D. at Hierapolis (Ancient Greek: Ἱεράπολις, lit. "Holy City"), Phrygia. It is not known when or why he moved to Rome, but he lived there as a slave to one of Nero’s distinguished freedmen who served as the Emperor’s secretary. Early in life, Epictetus acquired a passion for philosophy, and with the permission of his owner, he studied Stoic philosophy under Musonius Rufus, which allowed him to rise in respectability as he grew more educated. It is not known how he became crippled, but according to Origen his leg was deliberately broken by his master, and Simplicius stated that he had been lame from childhood (Picture 1 below, Wikipedia).
Epictetus became a free man and began teaching philosophy on street corners, in the market, but he was not successful. During the rule of Domitian, Epictetus with many other philosophers was exiled from Rome, probably between 89 and 92 A.D. Epictetus went to Nicopolis in Epirus, Greece, where he founded a school of philosophy.
His most famous pupil, Arrian, studied under him when a young man (c. 108 A.D.) and claimed to have written the famous Discourses from his lecture notes. Arrian describes Epictetus as being a powerful speaker who could "induce his listener to feel just what Epictetus wanted him to feel”.

The Origin of this Book
Enchiridion (Ancient Greek: Ἐγχειρίδιον) means “that which is held in the hand”. The Enchiridion of Epictetus is a short manual of Stoic ethical advice compiled by Arrian, a 2nd-century disciple of the Greek philosopher Epictetus. This is not unlike what Plato did for Socrates, when the former wrote down the latter’s famous speech of self-defence in the old philosopher’s trial for impiety and corruption (the Apology of Socrates (Greek: Ἀπολογία Σωκράτους)).

The Wisdom of Epictetus
Epictetus adopts a practical and rational approach to life, giving concise and clear advice on how one can enjoy a happy life: “Seek not that the things which happen should happen as you wish; but wish the things which happen to be as they are, and you will have a tranquil flow of life.”
Therefore, the key to achieving tranquility is in the ability to differentiate between things we can and cannot control and in not trying to control that which is not within our power: “if you attempt to avoid disease or death, or poverty, you will be unhappy. Take away then aversion from all things which are not in our power, and transfer it to the things […] which are in our power.”
He further argues that unhappiness, anguish and despair is not inherent in what happens to us (and which we have no control over), but are instead the creations of our own mind: “Men are disturbed not by the things which happen, but by the opinions about the things: for example, death is nothing terrible, for if it were, it would have seemed so to Socrates; for the opinion about death, that it is terrible, is the terrible thing. When then we are impeded or disturbed or grieved, let us never blame others, but ourselves, that is, our opinions. It is the act of an ill-instructed man to blame others for his own bad condition; it is the act of one who has begun to be instructed, to lay the blame on himself; and of one whose instruction is completed, neither to blame another, nor himself.”
This is in fact a very positive and optimistic view of life, as it postulates that people have full control over how happy and content they feel as long as they are able to draw a clear line between the random character of events that happen to them and the internalised emotional reaction to those events.
Epictetus’ Stoicism has generally been found to be compatible with Christianity (Picture 2 below, Wikipedia): “Never say about anything, I have lost it, but say I have restored it. Is your child dead? It has been restored. Is your wife dead? She has been restored. Has your estate been taken from you? Has not then this also been restored? But he who has taken it from me is a bad man. But what is it to you, by whose hands the giver demanded it back? So long as he may allow you, take care of it as a thing which belongs to another, as travelers do with their inn.”
Christian undertones seem to be quite evident in the following paragraph: “As on a voyage when the vessel has reached a port, if you go out to get water, it is an amusement by the way to pick up a shell-fish or some bulb, but your thoughts ought to be directed to the ship, and you ought to be constantly watching if the captain should call, and then you must throw away all those things, that you may not be bound and pitched into the ship like sheep: so in life also, if there be given to you instead of a little bulb and a shell a wife and child, there will be nothing to prevent (you from taking them). But if the captain should call, run to the ship, and leave all those things without regard to them. But if you are old, do not even go far from the ship, lest when you are called you make default.”
Compare this to the New Testament verses, describing the Second Coming of Christ: “Whoever is on the housetop must not go down to get the things out that are in his house. Whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his cloak. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!” (Matthew 24:17-19)

About this edition
The Golden Sayings of Epictetus (Kindle version) was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. It seems, however, that the text has not been properly proofread, as there are multiple punctuation errors, such as missing capital letters. In addition, some parts of the text contain archaic words like “thy”, “thou”, “thee” etc., while other sections use contemporary language, so this text may actually be a compilation of different translations.
Please, note that there are at least three books by Epictetus currently sold on Amazon: this Golden Sayings of Epictetus (offered for free), “A Selection from the Discourses of Epictetus with the Encheiridion” (free again) and Enchiridion (Dover Thrift Editions), which costs £0.79. If we compare the first and last books listed, we must note that the Golden Sayings of Epictetus is longer and represents the Greek philosopher as a very pious man, whose entire doctrine is centered around God, which is a somewhat different perspective. Enchiridion (Dover Thrift Editions) is shorter and seems to present a focused selection of practical writing by Epictetus. On the other hand, the latter suffers from certain deficiencies in translation: synonyms are often listed in brackets, as if the translator could not make up his mind about what the best rendition would be.
Please, note that the original text is 1,900 years old. Many of the available translations were completed a long time ago (and have therefore lost any claim to copyright protection), so there are multiple versions of Epictetus’ writings in free Internet circulation.

Conclusion
If you are a lover of Greek philosophy and moral teachings, you will definitely enjoy this book. It is a great collection of theological reasoning and practical wisdom.
This edition has been compiled and transferred to electronic from by volunteers, so it has punctuation deficiencies and the language sounds archaic at times (which could be the result of combining several translation versions). Then again, it is offered here for free.
Most of the thoughts by the Greek philosopher are succinct and sound strikingly original. As such, they are worth writing down to be re-read and learned by heart at a later point.
Please, be advised, however, that Kindle has a limit on what you are allowed to actually retain in the Clippings.txt file on your device, so while you will not be stopped from highlighting as many paragraphs, as you might want, you will later find out that the actual text is missing from the file, if your clippings have exceeded a certain percentage.
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[2016 New GBB] Mini MX Amlogic S905 Quad Core Android 5.1 Smart TV Box with 1GB RAM 8G ROM KODI 16.0/XBMC YouTube NETFLIX DLNA Pre-installed Support 4K*2K Ultra HD Bluetooth 4.0 Dual WIFI Streaming Media Player
[2016 New GBB] Mini MX Amlogic S905 Quad Core Android 5.1 Smart TV Box with 1GB RAM 8G ROM KODI 16.0/XBMC YouTube NETFLIX DLNA Pre-installed Support 4K*2K Ultra HD Bluetooth 4.0 Dual WIFI Streaming Media Player
Offered by iRULU-UK
Price: £64.99

4.0 out of 5 stars GBB Mini MX Android 5.1 Lollipop TV Box, 26 Jun. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
GBB Mini MX is a TV Box (media player) that can turn older model TVs into “smart” ones, adding connectivity options and functionality, considered by many to be essential today.

PROS
1. GBB Mini MX arrives well packaged in a cardboard box (Picture 1) with sections for each of the included items: the TV Box, a power adapter, an HDMI cable, an IR remote control (RC) and a user leaflet (Picture 2).
2. GBB Mini MX is housed in a square black plastic box with sides of 110 mm (Picture 3) and depth of 17 mm. It is both small and light.
3. The device can be controlled with the RC (Picture 11) or with a mouse/keyboard (not included in the package) via one of the USB ports. Please, note that the remote needs two AAA batteries (Picture 4), which you will have to buy separately.
4. You get plenty of connectivity options:
– On the back of the device (Picture 5) from left to right: SPDIF (output audio to your TV/receiver over a fibre optic cable), LAN (cable Internet connection), HDMI (output video to your TV/monitor) and USB.
– On the right side of the device (Picture 6) from left to right: micro SD card slot (you will have to use your own micro USB card) and a USB port.
– In addition to the physical ports described above GBB Mini MX also has a built-in Wi-Fi antenna (wireless Internet connection) and Bluetooth (to connect Bluetooth headphones, speakers, etc.)
5. There is a nice two-colour LED on the front side (Picture 7) that lights up in red (when power is supplied, but the device is OFF), or in light blue (when the device is ON).
6. GBB comes with all the software you need to play music and video content, access the Internet, etc. pre-installed. You can stream music (Spotify) or movies (Hulu), but these two need to be downloaded from the App Store.
7. The device operates under Android (just like 82% of all smartphones used around the world today) and you can access Google’s App Store to download and install any additional apps that you might need. Anything that you have already paid for to use on your Android phone will be accessible to you free of charge. Personally, I have installed antivirus software, some junk cleaners, additional video and audio players that I know well and like.
8. You can use DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) connectivity to access content on your desktop or laptop directly from GBB Mini MX and play it without the need to first transfer it to a USB stick. Please, note that playing HD movies wirelessly is a tedious experience, as there is too much information to be transferred and the playback will pause to wait for the next portion to arrive over the air every 20 seconds or so. However, playing music in this way works like a charm.
9. The software skin is beautiful (Picture 8) and provides quick access to many connectivity and tweak options (Picture 9), including the excellent Kodi Player (Picture 10).
10. The fact that GBB Mini MX is Android-based means that software compatibility issues and support will not be an issue in the foreseeable future.

CONS
1. The device arrived with a faulty HDMI cable and it took me several days to figure out what was wrong. No video or audio seemed to reach my TV and my initial thought was that GBB Mini MX was dead on arrival. When a gadget is crammed full of electronic components and has an OS, something is bound to go wrong, right? I was about to give up on it, when a lucky thought crossed my mind and I looked for a spare HDMI cable. I did find one (not supplied with GBB) and was finally able to run and test the media player.
2. Setting it up takes quite some time—at least 90 minutes. You could use it “as is” out of the box, but updating the software first is always a good idea. Before you can do that, you need to connect it to your Wi-Fi (unless your router is really close in which case you could use a cable). If you do not have a keyboard to use for typing passwords quickly, you are in for the long haul. The RC unit has four arrows and an OK centre button (Picture 11-A) to help you navigate the virtual on-screen keyboard, but this is a very slow method. Also, the “Enter” button of the virtual keyboard is just an inconspicuous right arrow, and as a result I had to input my password 4 or 5 times. As I use secure combinations of letters, numbers and special characters, it took me forever to complete the process. Please, note that you will need to input several sets of login details: for your Wi-Fi, for your Google profile, for all additional software titles that you might download. You also need to set the time zone, etc. You can easily spend 4-5 hours, going back and forth.
3. Once connected to the Internet, GBB Mini MX will receive 2 software updates (why not just 1, the latest update, you might ask?) and will restart 2 times. Each reboot takes 36+ seconds, but if there is also an update to apply, your patience will be put to the test.
4. You will need to adjust the image size if it does not properly fit your screen (overscanning). Unfortunately, this needs to be done individually for some of the video players as well (Kodi), so it is a tedious task.
5. While you can use the four arrows (together with the OK button) from the RC, in some apps that will not help you navigate. Then you have a special button on the RC (Picture 11-B)—when you press it, an on-screen pointer appears, which you will then need to move around by means of the same four arrow buttons, position over the area that you need to click on and then press OK. As the pointer only moves horizontally and vertically (no diagonal movement), it takes a long time for it to crawl across the screen. To make matters worse, it is almost impossible to switch the pointer off, once activated. You can press the same button again (Picture 11-B), or the home button, but more often than not the pointer will not go away. This must be a software bug, and it can drive you crazy.
6. If you already have a smart TV (and everyone seems to own one these days), GBB Mini MX will add little functionality to what you already have. Bluetooth connectivity is an interesting addition, but that is about it. I am not even sure that GBB Mini MX offers a viable alternative to my LG’s LCD 55-inch TV, as the LG has a smart, gesture-controlled remote that is much easier to operate.
7. Another thing to consider is that the original audio stream that comes out of GBB Mini MX (Dolby, DTS, etc.), when you are watching a movie, is not recognised by the accepting device (a DENON receiver in my case). This can probably be fixed if the audio signal is output from GBB Mini MX via an optical cable (SPDIF), but that would mean using another cable not included in the box. While this drawback may be insignificant for you, if you do not have a 5.1 audio system installed, it is significant for me, as I cannot play the original sound mix (Dolby, DTS) and the receiver just upscales what is being recognised as stereo to artificial 5.1, while the original soundtrack just goes to waste. This must be a hardware problem of GBB Mini MX.
8. For one reason or another, if the HDMI cable coming out of GBB Mini MX is connected to my TV before the latter is switched on, all sound is lost, that is the TV plays no sound from any source (incl. TV broadcast). Whether this has anything to do with certain faults of GBB Mini MX or not, I cannot say, it might as well be an LG hardware problem.
10. You have just 8 GB on-board storage (probably half of that already taken up by the operating system), and only 1 GB of RAM. Hardware-wise GBB Mini MX equals a low-level smartphone.
11. None of the included video players will show Unicode subtitles. This might not be a problem in the UK, but it is for the rest of the world.
12. Skype refuses to install on GBB Mini MX.

CONSLUSION
1. GBB Mini MX is a well-made and capable TV Box (media player).
2. Not all cables and batteries you need are included in the box, so you will have to buy your own.
3. The initial set-up takes quite some time.
4. Everything you have bought for your Android smartphone or tablet (with the exception of games requiring touch-screen functionality and Skype) can be downloaded and installed free of charge on the GBB Mini MX. This is actually a lot of fun!
5. You can watch movies, listen to music, stream video and audio content (via Spotify, Hulu, etc.). However, if you already own a smart TV, you can already do that with or without an additional TV Box, so GBB Mini MX will add little extra functionality (unless your smart TV is really bad at playing video content—like some older Philips models).
6. On-screen navigation with the RC is often painstakingly slow and inputting login details takes forever.
7. The device does not send out the pure original audio stream to your receiver (if you have one), which will result in not taking a full advantage of the capabilities of your 5.1 or 7.1 system.
8. All in all, depending on your current set-up, GBB Mini MX can be a valuable addition to your TV. If you are looking for a present for someone, who is still using an older TV, this device will help him/her add “smart” functionality, without breaking the bank.

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Enchiridion (Dover Thrift Editions)
Enchiridion (Dover Thrift Editions)
Price: £0.79

4.0 out of 5 stars Enchiridion (Dover Thrift Editions), 23 Jun. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
About the Author
Epictetus was born around 50 A.D. at Hierapolis (Ancient Greek: Ἱεράπολις, lit. "Holy City"), Phrygia. It is not known when or why he moved to Rome, but he lived there as a slave to one of Nero’s distinguished freedmen who served as the Emperor’s secretary. Early in life, Epictetus acquired a passion for philosophy, and with the permission of his owner, he studied Stoic philosophy under Musonius Rufus, which allowed him to rise in respectability as he grew more educated. It is not known how he became crippled, but according to Origen his leg was deliberately broken by his master, and Simplicius stated that he had been lame from childhood (Picture 1 below, Wikipedia).
Epictetus became a free man and began teaching philosophy on street corners, in the market, but he was not successful. During the rule of Domitian, Epictetus with many other philosophers was exiled from Rome, probably between 89 and 92 A.D. Epictetus went to Nicopolis in Epirus, Greece, where he founded a school of philosophy.
His most famous pupil, Arrian, studied under him when a young man (c. 108 A.D.) and claimed to have written the famous Discourses from his lecture notes. Arrian describes Epictetus as being a powerful speaker who could "induce his listener to feel just what Epictetus wanted him to feel”.

The Origin of this Book
Enchiridion (Ancient Greek: Ἐγχειρίδιον) means “that which is held in the hand”. The Enchiridion of Epictetus is a short manual of Stoic ethical advice compiled by Arrian, a 2nd-century disciple of the Greek philosopher Epictetus. This is not unlike what Plato did for Socrates, when the former wrote down the latter’s famous speech of self-defence in the old philosopher’s trial for impiety and corruption (the Apology of Socrates (Greek: Ἀπολογία Σωκράτους))—a great piece of rhetoric and a true example of moral fortitude.

The Wisdom of Epictetus
Epictetus adopts a practical and rational approach to life, giving concise and clear advice on how one can enjoy a happy life: “Seek not that the things which happen should happen as you wish; but wish the things which happen to be as they are, and you will have a tranquil flow of life.”
Therefore, the key to achieving tranquillity is in the ability to differentiate between things we can and cannot control and in not trying to control that which is not within our power: “if you attempt to avoid disease or death, or poverty, you will be unhappy. Take away then aversion from all things which are not in our power, and transfer it to the things […] which are in our power.”
He further argues that unhappiness, anguish and despair is not inherent in what happens to us (and which we have no control over), but are instead the creations of our own mind: “Men are disturbed not by the things which happen, but by the opinions about the things: for example, death is nothing terrible, for if it were, it would have seemed so to Socrates; for the opinion about death, that it is terrible, is the terrible thing. When then we are impeded or disturbed or grieved, let us never blame others, but ourselves, that is, our opinions. It is the act of an ill-instructed man to blame others for his own bad condition; it is the act of one who has begun to be instructed, to lay the blame on himself; and of one whose instruction is completed, neither to blame another, nor himself.”
This is in fact a very positive and optimistic view of life, as it postulates that people have full control over how happy and content they feel as long as they are able to draw a clear line between the random character of events that happen to them and the internalised emotional reaction to those events.
Epictetus’ Stoicism has generally been found to be compatible with Christianity (Picture 2 below, Wikipedia): “Never say about anything, I have lost it, but say I have restored it. Is your child dead? It has been restored. Is your wife dead? She has been restored. Has your estate been taken from you? Has not then this also been restored? But he who has taken it from me is a bad man. But what is it to you, by whose hands the giver demanded it back? So long as he may allow you, take care of it as a thing which belongs to another, as travelers do with their inn.”
Christian undertones seem to be quite evident in the following paragraph: “As on a voyage when the vessel has reached a port, if you go out to get water, it is an amusement by the way to pick up a shell-fish or some bulb, but your thoughts ought to be directed to the ship, and you ought to be constantly watching if the captain should call, and then you must throw away all those things, that you may not be bound and pitched into the ship like sheep: so in life also, if there be given to you instead of a little bulb and a shell a wife and child, there will be nothing to prevent (you from taking them). But if the captain should call, run to the ship, and leave all those things without regard to them. But if you are old, do not even go far from the ship, lest when you are called you make default.”
Compare this to the New Testament verses, describing the Second Coming of Christ: “Whoever is on the housetop must not go down to get the things out that are in his house. Whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his cloak. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!” (Matthew 24:17-19)

About this edition of the Enchiridion
The translation of the Enchiridion (Dover Thrift Editions) was done by George Long, an English classical scholar (1800 – 1879). Most probably, this specific translation is offered here as it is not copyright protected.
Although I do not know Ancient Greek, I generally enjoyed the translation on the merits of English alone. It must be noted, however, that some passages sound obscure, this being the fault of either the original compiler Arrian, or (most probably) the translator. At places several synonyms are listed in brackets, as if Mr. Long was struggling to find the most appropriate rendition.
As the original text is so old, and many of the translations were completed decades ago (and have subsequently lost any claims to copyright) there are multiple versions of the Enchiridion in free Internet circulation, and some seem to be superior in terms of translation quality to the one being sold here.

Conclusion
Enchiridion by Epictetus is a great book of practical wisdom that uses everyday examples to transcend the mundane and venture into the higher spheres. Some of the advice given is reminiscent of the doctrines of Christianity and Buddhism, as we know them today: “Let death and exile and every other thing which appears dreadful be daily before your eyes; but most of all death: and you will never think of anything mean nor will you desire anything extravagantly.”
Most of the thoughts by the Greek philosopher (as presented in this edition) are readily comprehendible, and yet sound strikingly original. As such, they are worth writing down, quoting and re-reading. (However, be advised that Kindle has a limit on quoting and will not let you retain everything you might want to quote.)
The text of Enchiridion by Epictetus is available on the Internet free of charge (and in better translations in my opinion). There are also two Amazon editions that are offered for free: “A Selection from the Discourses of Epictetus with the Encheiridion” and “The Golden Sayings of Epictetus”.

While content may not be identical, you will be wise to consider all your options, before buying this specific version of the text.
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iSpecle Waterproof Case, 2 Pack Floatable Cell phone Waterproof Case, Waterproof Pouch, Dry bag for iPhone 6S 6 6 Plus 6S Plus, Samsung Galaxy S6 S7 Edge, Nexus 6P 5X, LG G5, Note 3 4 - Blue Orange
iSpecle Waterproof Case, 2 Pack Floatable Cell phone Waterproof Case, Waterproof Pouch, Dry bag for iPhone 6S 6 6 Plus 6S Plus, Samsung Galaxy S6 S7 Edge, Nexus 6P 5X, LG G5, Note 3 4 - Blue Orange
Offered by iSpecle EU
Price: £32.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars iSpecle Waterproof Cases in Orange and Blue, 16 Jun. 2016
PROS
1. The product arrives in a dark blue box that immediately conveys the image of quality (Picture 1).
2. The cases are packaged individually and are supplied with lanyards of matching colour (Picture 2). Each lanyard comes equipped with a press knob mechanism for length adjustment.
3. There is an XL size sturdy locking mechanism that provides the excellent watertight qualities of the cases (Pictures 3 and 4). By definition, IPX-8 certification means that when your phone is inside an iSpecle case, it can be continually submerged (no time limit) at a depth of more than 1 m. It is a good idea, however, to first try if your cases are indeed waterproof by putting a napkin inside and submerging the case for 30 minutes, then checking the napkin.
4. There are clear instructions included in the package (Picture 5).
5. The inside of the case measures 11 cm horizontally and 18 cm vertically (Pictures 6 and 7) and can fit any modern smartphone or phablet.
6. Both cases feature appealing designs with bright colours and happy messages (Pictures 3 and 4).

CONS
1. Although the locking mechanism looks sturdy and is quite big, its connection to the transparent body of the case is a somewhat weak spot and I can imagine it giving way after a number of open/close cycles (Pictures 3 and 4). If that happens, waterproof qualities will be lost, when you least expect it.
2. While the IPX-8 rating is the highest available, I wonder what the certifying authority is in China? Is Chinese testing implementation as rigorous as the one in Europe? Or have the cases been tested in the EU? The manual contains no answers.
3. The case is designed in such a way that your phone faces backwards and its back faces forward (partially covered by the colourful front of the case – Pictures 8 and 9). Therefore, you have to let the lanyard hang really long (almost at waist level) in order to be able to look at anything on your screen without taking the phone out.
4. You will not be able to use the phone’s fingerprint sensor, while your phone is inside the case. If you do normally use it for unlocking the phone, then you will need to reconfigure the phone’s security function and switch to any of the less secure options: pattern, code, etc. This is both time consuming and inconvenient.
5. The case is hermetically sealed, so you will not be able to engage in a phone conversation with your phone inside iSpecle, as the other party will not be able to hear you.
6. The inside of the transparent case sticks to your phone’s screen like glue (Picture 10). This is guaranteed to get on your nerves, when you try to quickly get your phone out.

CONCLUSION
1. The cases are beautiful, extra-large and come with the highest IP rating available on the market.
2. You get two cases with your purchase.
3. You will not be able to use your phone’s fingerprint sensor or answer calls while the phone is inside the case.
4. The attachment of the mechanism to the transparent body is somewhat suspect and the inside of the case sticks unpleasantly to your phone’s screen.

All in all, iSpecle Waterproof Cases are well-designed quality products that work as advertised and are worth the asking price. A recommended buy.

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AOWOTO Running Sports Sweatproof Armband Case for iPhone 6/6s Plus and Other Smartphone(5.5"), with Adjustable Size, Suitable for Exercise Gym Jogging Workout Biking Hiking Canoeing Walking Horseback Riding Gardening Golfing Shopping Rollerblading Downhill & Nordic Skiing Housework High-Quality Neoprene with Key Holder Safey Design (Black)
AOWOTO Running Sports Sweatproof Armband Case for iPhone 6/6s Plus and Other Smartphone(5.5"), with Adjustable Size, Suitable for Exercise Gym Jogging Workout Biking Hiking Canoeing Walking Horseback Riding Gardening Golfing Shopping Rollerblading Downhill & Nordic Skiing Housework High-Quality Neoprene with Key Holder Safey Design (Black)
Offered by AOWOTODirect
Price: £19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars AOWOTO Sports Armband Case, 21 May 2016
PROS
The case is well designed and has several useful features that will appeal to customers:
1. The size of the inner compartment will accommodate a smartphone with a screen of up to 5.7 inch (my Samsung Galaxy Note 4 makes for a snug fit). Please, note that this does not necessarily mean that you will be able to fit both your phone and its old case inside AOWOTO.
2. The Velcro strip consists of 2 parts (surrounded by green rectangles on the left side of picture 1 below). It goes around your upper arm and then through slots A and/or B. The presence of the slots makes it possible to securely attach the case to arms of different diameter.
3. If your key is small enough and is not attached to a key chain you could put it into the key compartment between slots A and B (picture 1 below).
4. The case’s window consists of sturdy transparent plastic. It is thin enough to let the touch function of your phone’s screen work well. (Additionally, some Android phones also have the built-in “Touch Sensitivity” option to boost the sensitivity of the screen.)
5. The window is surrounded by a strip of silver reflective material to make you visible to drivers at night, which is a nice safety feature. (Please, note that this will only work if your direction of movement is perpendicular to that of the vehicle, as this is the only scenario, when the reflective strip will be visible to oncoming traffic.)
6. There are a total of 4 oval openings on the back side of the case (marked with green ovals on picture 2 below). One of them will correspond to your phone’s headphone jack, which will let you listen to music while exercising.
7. Quality materials have been used and the overall presentation is excellent.

CONS
1. The case came out of the envelop a bit bent and crumpled and in one of those pressure points the reflective strip had started to come off (picture 3 below).
2. Sweat may not reach your phone inside the case, but your arm will get hot and sweaty under the neoprene material.
3. If your phone has a fingerprint sensor on the back (LG and others) or under the front home button (Samsung, iPhone), then be advised that you will not be able to use this function while the phone is inside this case. This a major inconvenience.
4. If your phone’s power button is located on the left or right side, it may be difficult to reach, while your phone is inside AOWOTO.
5. Having the case strapped around your biceps (especially if the phone is bigger and heavier) may feel strange and uncomfortable. You will have to find the correct balance between a secure attachment and an uncomfortable squeeze, especially if you go jogging, which involves and up-and-down motion.
6. The key compartment is just 4.5 x 2 cm and can only hold a single key. However, not every key will fit in as most modern keys have too big a bow (picture 4 below). A bank bill is also out of the question, so the key compartment is more of a gimmick than a useful feature.
7. It is almost impossible to strap the case on your arm without outside help.

CONCLUSION
1. AOWOTO Sports Sweatproof Armband Case is well designed and produced with quality materials. There are several useful features not usually included in armband cases of this type.
2. The case does not respond well to bending and may not be a perfect fit for your phone if you use a fingerprint sensor to unlock it or the power button is located on the left or right side. This is always the risk with the one-size-fits-all type of cases.
3. It is difficult to operate with one hand.

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RioRand Knife Rainbow Multicolored Knife Trainer Practice Trainer Training Colorful Knife Tool Non-sharpened Blade Allows Safe Practice of Personal-defense Skills CAN NOT BE SHARPEN (OVER 18 KNIFE)
RioRand Knife Rainbow Multicolored Knife Trainer Practice Trainer Training Colorful Knife Tool Non-sharpened Blade Allows Safe Practice of Personal-defense Skills CAN NOT BE SHARPEN (OVER 18 KNIFE)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars RioRand Rainbow Butterfly Knife, 20 May 2016
PROS
1. If you would like to learn some showy tricks, without necessarily cutting off a finger in the process, buying a blunt “trainer” is the way to go. There are no sharp edges, so cutting yourself while juggling with the knife is virtually impossible (picture 1 below).
2. In many parts of the world (Australia, Canada, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, and UK, to name a few) real butterfly knives are forbidden to import, sell, or even give as presents, so buying a “trainer” is the only option available to enthusiasts.
3. You can watch dozens of youtube videos on how to work the trainer like a pro.
4. The blunt cutting blade (the one with the jagged edge in picture 1 below) and correct holding handle (the one without the latch) are clearly marked for easy recognition.
5. The rainbow colouring (pictures 1 and 8 below) serves the purpose of making it clear that this is not a real combat knife, so onlookers would not get alarmed.
6. The holes and cut-offs in the blade and handles (pictures 1 and 2 below) make the knife lighter. You will appreciate the fact when you start flipping the trainer and hitting the back side of your hand with the flying handle.
7. Comes with a handy nylon pouch that you can attach to your belt (pictures 6, 7 and 8 below).
8. My 12-year-old son fell in love with the idea of the knife (based mostly on the videos in Counter Strike) and could not wait for it to arrive. Trainers of this kind seem to ignite the imagination of teenagers.

CONS
1. Construction is not very solid. The spring latch for locking the two handles together (pictures 3 and 4 below) stopped working after a few days of usage. One of the handles started rattling in place (the screw must have loosened).
2. The two handles are attached to the blade with screws (picture 5 below) that were not uniformly tight on arrival. Further, I was not able to find the correct size of tool for the specific type of Torx heads (although I do have many different sizes in my possession).
3. Because one of the handles moved with difficulty, I had to buy and apply lubricant to facilitate the flipping motion.
4. While the rainbow colouring does serve the purpose of deescalating the anxiety of onlookers, it also defeats the resemblance with a combat knife, so young users may be somewhat disappointed.
5. You cannot cut yourself with the blade, but you can still injure the back side of your hand, while going through the moves, as the knife is made of metal, which is a hard and heavy material. Caution is advised: do not try to flip the knife aggressively, before a sufficient period of careful practice.
6. The provided pouch feels cheap.

CONCLUSION
1. RioRand Rainbow Butterfly Knife is a blunt blade replica (“trainer”) that would let you learn the trick moves without risking personal injury.
2. There is an abundance of youtube video content to help you master flipping the knife like a pro.
3. Unfortunately, the quality of construction is not as good as I had hoped, and although the price is mostly OK, you will still be disappointed when the knife starts to malfunction after just a few days of usage.
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Sennheiser Urbanite XL Over-Ear Headphones - Galaxy - Black
Sennheiser Urbanite XL Over-Ear Headphones - Galaxy - Black
Price: £119.84

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sennheiser Urbanite XL, Android Edition (Black), 8 May 2016
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PROS
1. Urbanite XL arrive in a stylish black box (Pictures 1, 2, and 3 below). Aesthetics are pleasing, with a touch of unassuming luxury.
2. The headphones themselves boast an elegant and sturdy design. The white and black accents look great and the materials used are pleasant to the touch—especially the white inner lining of the headband (Picture 4 below).
3. Urbanite XL feel very light and are comparatively comfortable to wear over medium long periods of time. The clumping force is neither too strong, nor too weak. The cups slide up and down the headband (Pictures 8, 9, 10 and 11 below), so they should be a good fit for heads of all sizes.
4. You can remove the ear pads (which are made of memory foam and are very soft) to clean or exchange them for new ones.
5. Urbanite XL fold nicely (Picture 7 below) for easy storage.
6. A flat, rubber-coated (and therefore tangle-free) multifunctional cable is included with your purchase (Picture 6 below). (1) There is an inline mic for making phone calls, as well as a volume control. Being able to increase and decrease the volume, pause and restart music, as well as accept and end phone calls without taking the phone out of your pocket is very convenient. (2) The jack that attaches to the left cup has a locking feature to keep the cable securely in place. (3) The end that goes into your player is angled to make for a trouble-free connection.
7. The impedance of 18 Ω means that you do not need a dedicated amp to drive these headphones and they will sound as intended even when connected to your phone.
8. There is a pouch included in the package (Picture 5 below).

CONS
1. Urbanite XL are made of plastic with the only metal elements being the hinges and their covering plates, bearing the Sennheiser logo (Picture 10 below). Plastic is always prone to scratches, and will crack and/or break if the headphones are not handled with care.
2. Misleading marketing. Sennheiser has opted to include the abbreviation “XL” in this model’s name (implying that they are extra-large), and has further reinforced the notion by marketing them as “Over-Ear Headphones” (which means that your ears should fit completely into the pads’ openings). But the truth of the matter is that the outer diameter of the pads is 8.2 cm (Picture 14 below) and the diameter of the opening, where your ears should fit, is just 4,5 cm (Picture 15 below). Unfortunately, no adult human being on planet Earth has ears so small. Average-sized male ears are about 7 cm long, so Sennheiser is completely wrong here. True over-ear headphones, like Philips Fidelio X2 (see the visual comparison in Pictures 16 and 17 below), are much bigger, with the openings being both wider and longer. This is important, because true over-ear headphones have pads big enough to completely fit your ears inside and comfort is superior, as there is no pressure on your ears. Despite what Sennheiser will have you believe, Urbanite XL sit on your ears and press on them, which means that after a while they are bound to feel uncomfortable. If you look at Picture 18 below, you will see that they are only slightly larger than Skullcandy’s Hesh 2.0 headphones which have rather smallish on-ear cups and are a good fit for my 11-year-old son. They also cost… just £20.
3. Problematic ear pad mechanics. (1) Detaching the ear pads is easy (you just have to pull gently to take them off), but putting them back on is an exercise in patience. A rubber cuff needs to be inserted into a narrow 360° crack along the rim of the cup. (There are, in principle, more elegant solutions to attach removable ear pads, which other headphone makers have implemented. Philips X2 use a system of three protruding elements to be inserted in three holes on the backside of the ear pads, which works much better.) (2) The memory foam of the pads is a dust and dirt magnet. This is not the best option for “tough companion” headphones (as Sennheiser calls them).
4. A short cable with a tricky locking mechanism and stereo jacks of different sizes. (1) The cable is just 1.2 m long (Picture 13 below), which is good enough if you are only going to use the Urbanite XL with your smartphone. If, however, you plug the headphones in your desktop computer, you may find out that you need a replacement cable. (2) The inclusion of a locking mechanism (to secure the cable to the cup) is generally a good idea (and other makers, like Audio-Technica, have implemented it successfully), but Sennheiser’s design makes it very tricky to fit the jack into the recessed port in the left cup (Picture 12 below). You have to carefully insert and rotate the jack, until it fits. Sometimes it will on your first try. When the fit is not good, however, sound is lost in either the left or the right cup. This is not an isolated issue, as others have reported it as well. When you try to detach the cable, rotating it back and pulling it out is actually quite difficult and on more than one occasion I was afraid I would lose my patience and break the headphones. (3) Although the cable is described as “replaceable”, it will be difficult to find a replacement, as the jack that goes into the left cup is 2.5 mm wide, while the one to attach to your player is 3.5 mm wide. Further, the recessed jack port in the left cup by virtue of its limited accessibility would rule out most cables produced by other makers. Why would Sennheiser do that? They are probably making sure that if you need a longer/spare cable, they will be the only seller on the market to cater to your needs.
5. Good but not great audio quality. My biggest gripe about the Urbanite XL is their adequate, but somewhat underwhelming sound quality. If you have high expectations, because of Sennheiser’s name, you will be left wanting. They have good bass, which could be tighter. Mids and highs represent an adequate audio picture and the overall presentation is good or acceptable, depending on your basis of comparison. The problem is that they sound like £70-80 headphones and lack the justification for a £119.99 price tag. There are better made and superior sounding headphones at that price level.
6. The supplied pouch is made of thin grey fabric that offers very basic protection. It is flimsy and creases easily. In fact, it comes out all wrinkled right out of the box (Picture 5 below). For the price, Sennheiser should have provided a case of hard plastic, or, at the very least, a better looking and sturdier pouch.
7. At the time of writing of this review, Urbanite XL were sold at £119.99, which is too much for what they offer in terms of sound quality, materials used, and overall presentation. At £70 or £80 they should be worth it.
8. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser, the company’s founder, originally started his “Laboratorium Wennebostel” in Germany. However, since then production must have been relocated to China (Picture 2 below), so if you were hoping to buy German-made headphones, think again.

CONCLUSION
The production of Urbanite XL means that Sennheiser wants part of the success that Beats have achieved in recent years (mostly on the strength of their looks and genius marketing campaign than on the quality of their sound). Aesthetically, the design of Urbanite XL is pleasing, however the good (but not great) audio quality, the oddly designed locking mechanism and stereo jacks of different sizes, as well as the inflated price undermine the overall presentation.
Urbanite XL are not true over-ear headphones (Pictures 16 and 17 below represent a comparison with the excellent Philips Fidelio X2). Urbanite XL sit on your ears instead of around them (as Sennheiser claims) and the “XL” abbreviation in their name is misleading, as they are in essence medium sized on-ear headphones.
If you need better quality headphones (sturdier and, most importantly, better sounding) at a comparable price I would recommend the Audio-Technica ATH-M50X. They are currently sold at £125.00 on amazon, but not long ago the price was much lower (£87.66 on November 24, 2015) and chances are, their price will go down again at some point in the future. You can use the services of one of the numerous sites tracking amazon prices to be automatically notified when that happens.
If you are willing to pay a bit more, I strongly recommend the Philips Fidelio X2, which until recently cost just £169 and may soon be offered at that price level again. They beat both the Urbanite XL and Audio-Technica ATH-M50X, when it comes to comfort, and edge out the Audio-Technica on sound quality.
Concerning Urbanite XL, I am afraid that at £119.99, their most prominent premium feature is their price.
Still, if you have only used cheaper headphones in the past, you may be pleasantly surprised by what Urbanite XL has to offer. That said, I would only recommend buying them, if at the time of purchase their price has fallen considerably under the £119.99 mark.

Good luck and thank you for reading my review! It has taken me a long time to research the product and write this review, so if you find it helpful, please, vote for it.
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Ledlenser T7.2 Tactical LED Torch (Black) - Gift Box, 9807
Ledlenser T7.2 Tactical LED Torch (Black) - Gift Box, 9807
Price: £36.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small, but Powerful, 13 April 2016
PROS
1. At 13 cm of length and 175 g of weight P7.2 is small and light. It is not keychain small, but is just the right size and will fit comfortably in your palm and pocket (Please, see Picture 1 below).
2. The patented advanced focus system combines lens and reflector to deliver a powerful and homogenous flood beam. It is considerably brighter than my older non-LED 3D Streamlight (which is a much bigger and heavier piece of equipment). It is also brighter than Streamlight TwinTask 3C, which uses 6 LEDs and bigger batteries. Even in broad daylight the beam looks bright and consistent (Please, see Pictures 2, 8 and 9 below).
3. The head of the flashlight can be pushed/pulled back and forth, sliding along the body’s axis (“speed focus”), which allows focusing from flood to spot. This is a unique and handy feature that LED Lenser claims can be operated with one hand. The compact size of the torch with the head pushed all the way in is 13 cm and the size with it retracted – longer by 1 cm. (Please, see Pictures 4 and 5 below).
4. The improved dynamic switch on the end cap offers three levels of brightness (power, low power, and boost). You can press on it lightly to get an instant bright beam or switch it on in two different power positions. Its larger size makes it easier to operate with gloves on. (Please, see Picture 3 below). Unlike Streamlight flashlights LED Lenser has chosen to put the brightest mode first, which may not be the most energy efficient choice.
5. The flashlight uses 4 AAA batteries, which is one more than what you would expect from a flashlight of this size (batteries are actually housed side by side in a circle, rather than one after the other in a line along the axis). This helps boost the brightness and improves longevity, so having to buy an extra battery is a small price to pay for a more effective beam. (Please, see Pictures 6 and 7 below).
6. The body crafted from aircraft grade aluminium feels nice to the touch and is sturdy.
7. Matt black “frost” finish (powder coating) which is fingerprint resistant, and provides a stronger grip.
8. Beautiful design with red accents (Please, see Pictures 3 and 8 below).
9. Comes with a bracelet-type carry loop and a handy pouch with a belt clip (Please, see Picture 10, 11, 12 and 13 below).

CONS
1. Although the mat finish is beautiful and is not prone to smudges, it seems easy to scratch – much more so than Maglite’s or Streamlight’s no-nonsense old-school finish. This is problematic and if anything could knock out half a star from an otherwise perfect score.
2. The pouch is smallish and very tight and you have to apply considerable force to push the flashlight in. Since the “speed focus” element (head of the flashlight) is retractable, it will move uncomfortably while pushing the torch into the pouch. Additionally, the pouch has several cut-offs, so there are numerous scenarios where the flashlight will be in the pouch and will still get damaged. (Please, see Picture 10, 11, 12 and 13 below).
3. P7.2 is expensive.

CONCLUSION
LED Lenser seems to have found the sweet spot with P7.2. The flashlight is small and light enough, but its powerful beam rivals much bigger and heavier flashlights. P7.2 packs several state-of-the-art features that make operation easier and more efficient. Design and craftsmanship are both superb (with the exception of the matt coating). The pouch is a bit on the small side, but will come in handy.

As long as you do not mind paying a premium price, LED Lenser P7.2 will not disappoint.
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OtterBox Defender Case Cover
OtterBox Defender Case Cover
Price: £41.77

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Safe, but Sorry, 19 Mar. 2016
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PROS
1. Great protection, consisting of a 2-part "rigid skeleton" hard plastic box (please, see picture 2 below)., and a "pull-over" rubber cover for improved traction and a comfortable grip (please, see picture 1 below).
2. Thick built-in clear-plastic screen protector, part of the "rigid skeleton" (please, see picture 1 below).
3. Rubber flaps to cover the headphones jack and Micro USB Port (part of the "pull-over" rubber cover) to keep the dust out (please, see picture 3 below).
4. It is virtually impossible to scratch or break your phone while inside the case.

CONS
1. Adds to the size and weight of your phone. Get ready for friends and relatives ridiculing you because of the way your phone looks.
2. The thick clear-plastic screen protector will make your screen less responsive to touch. There is actually a thin layer of air between the screen protector and your phone's screen, so when you try to touch your screen, your finger must press through the thick plastic, the air space and then the screen. You may find this experience unusual and unpleasant.
3. In addition to the above, dust, skin particles and occasionally hair will find their way between the screen protector and the phone's screen. It is inevitable, as the screen protector has a hole to allow your finger to swipe the home button/fingerprint sensor beneath, so, generally with every swipe you will also be pushing dust and skin particles under the screen protector. It is impossible to get those out without fully dismantling the case. Once every two weeks at the latest you have to take the protection apart and thoroughly wash/clean it. When doing so try not to get wet the inside of the hardback, as it has some sponge glued to it and when this sponge gets wet it takes hours to completely dry.
4. By far the biggest drawback are the rubber flaps, and especially the one, covering the Micro USB Port. The flap is an integral part of the rubber case and when you open it to insert the USB cable or headphone jack, the flap tries to close on its own and exerts pressure on the accessories. While headphone jacks are comparatively sturdy, Micro USB cables are not, so after several months of charging my phone on an almost daily basis, the flap twisted the cable's end to the point of both rendering it unusable and breaking my phone, which is now left for repairs. This will not happen overnight, but it will happen slowly and surely, one charge at a time, until the solid fit between cable and USB Port is lost, the USB Port itself is vertically widened and the phone stops charging. I had to finally cut off the offending rubber flap to continue using the case (please, see picture 4 below).
5. All things considered, the price is too high.

CONCLUSION
1. This is a solid case, offering the best protection available for Samsung Note 4.
2. Unfortunately, the case has a fatal flaw which will eventually break both your Micro USB cable and the Micro USB Port of your phone. Consider this carefully, as neither repairs, nor Samsung accessories come cheap. You have to add the cost of repair and buying an extra cable to the price of case.
3. If you like the case, you can still buy it. It offers hands down the best protection for your phone, available on Amazon. But keep in mind that you will either have to cut off the offending USB cover flap (like I had to do) or somehow prevent it from pressing on the cable, while charging your phone (difficult to do). Otherwise, you risk feeling more sorry than safe having purchased the Otterbox Defender Series Protection Case.
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