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Apple Earpods for iPhone/iPad - Non-Retail Packing - White
Apple Earpods for iPhone/iPad - Non-Retail Packing - White
Offered by CN Enterprise
Price: £6.97

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How Amazon is selling these FAKES as genuine is quite worrying., 14 Nov. 2015
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The are without doubt FAKE Apple Earpods. There are extraordinarily good fakes, very convincing - but fakes none the less.

Here's how I could tell: (this requires a genuine set to compare with. How do you know if they're genuine? Because they came with your iPhone or iPod or you bought them from an Apple Store. I bought these from Amazon, not a third part seller through Amazon; Amazon themselves - if a company like that can get hoodwinked into passing these as genuine, I'm worried other stores will too.

1. Sound quality. This was actually the biggest giveaway. They're OK, but I listen to a lot of audiobooks, podcasts and classical music. There's one piece of music I've been listening to a lot recently with 2 classical male vocals. A high tenor voice comes crashing in and on my 2 pairs of genuine Earpods - this is very clearly defined. On these fakes, it sounded dull and the voice was almost drowned away. I would hate for people to buy these thinking they're genuine and come away thinking that's how Apple Earpods sound. Genuine ones are surprisingly good for in-ear earphones.

2. The cabling. These fakes are microscopically narrower than the genuine article - again, only really detectable when comparing to a pair of genuine ones. The feel is also slightly more slippy. Genuine ones have a bit of friction.

3. The case. The case is also exceptionally well done, but very close examination of the moulding reveals very small differences in the chamfer around the edges. I thought this might be due to genuine manufacturing changes by Apple's suppliers, but both my genuine pairs - one from my recent iPhone 6s Plus, and the others from my iPhone 5 (the first iPhone to come with them) are identical to each other but not these fakes.

4. More of the case. The clear plastic lid of the case also has some slightly sharp edges and imperfections which my genuine ones do not.

5. Text. The printing of L and R on the earpieces are slightly too bold comapred to the genuine ones, the 'Designed by Apple in California' along the cable is much more faint.

Don't get taken in by these. They're very good fakes. If you've got nothing to compare them to, you'd be easily fooled.

Having said that - for £9, you're getting what you pay for - and in that context, they're ok, but don't listen to these and think they're what genuine Apple Earpods sound like. They are vastly inferior in that respect.

Worth 2 or 3 stars as generic £9 headphones, but 1 star for being passed off by Amazon as genuine.

Olight S10 Baton black (with magnetic tailcap) LED-Flashlight
Olight S10 Baton black (with magnetic tailcap) LED-Flashlight
Offered by Adventure Stars
Price: £45.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab, solid and powerful flashlight with some neat features, 15 July 2014
This mighty little (smaller than you think) flashlight (I'm not American, but flashlight is still a better description than 'torch') is a very powerful - pushing out 400 lumens. That's very bright and will easily illuminate an area the size of a typical front or back garden.

It's also waterproof to 2 metres (and dustproof) which is really really handy. One of the outstanding features which is not something you'd expect (unless you've read about it) is the magnetic tail cap meaning the flashlight can be attached to most metal surfaces - very handy on the underside of car bonnets or garage doors for example.

The different modes are also very useful, all of which are accessed from the single button on the side of the case. The only downside to this (versus an end cap or twist operation) is inadvertent activation in bags or pockets. It can give off a lot of heat of in a confined space, so you need to be careful with this.

The only downside is a lack of a focus mechanism - but this is a minor gripe.

It runs on a single CR123 cell (and overall, is not much bigger than one). Some might see this as a downside given their availability is nothing like that of AA or AAA, but it's not a problem for me (I have multiple flashlights on me with various power sources).

Tuff-Luv Faux leather tri-fold Commuter Wallet train ticket / bus pass wallet holder case - brown
Tuff-Luv Faux leather tri-fold Commuter Wallet train ticket / bus pass wallet holder case - brown
Offered by Tuff-Luv
Price: £13.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very thick even when empty, 15 July 2014
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Having moved to London I was looking out for something to hold my railcard, Oyster card and tickets having previously relied on the plastic sleeve that comes with your railcard.

This looked ideal with its 3 windows, easy access corners and a couple of slits on the outside for stashing emergency cash.

Unfortunately, when it arrived, I discovered it failed to meet the golden rule of wallets: be ridiculously thin when empty because it's only going to get thicker loaded up. Being a trifold design, this wallet is extremely thick when empty - contrary to what I believed it looked like from the photo. It also had a really strong pungent chemical odour from the fake leather.

The elastic retaining band (permanently attached) also adds to the bulk and thickness.

If size is not important or if it's going to be kept in a bag, this might fit your requirements, but if it's going in a pocket, it's way to bulky IMO.


0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting prospect - but Network release schedules suck, 12 July 2014
This review is from: Extant Season 1 (Amazon Video)
Intriguing start to what hopefully develops into a great show. A little slow to start out but character development always takes a little time. The concept seems to revolve around the experiences, as yet untold, of an astronaut sent out on a 13-month solo deep space mission and who returns pregnant. Her male predecessor allegedly committed suicide as a result of his experience although a twist right at the end of the first episode sets up an interesting plot development.

It's just a shame this show comes from a studio that still thinks it's cool to release one episode per week. This model of content consumption is dying rapidly. I want to be able to determine where, when and how I consume my content.

Tis The Season
Tis The Season

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haven't read the books. Loved it just the same., 16 Mar. 2014
This review is from: Bosch - Season 1 (Amazon Video)
I've read quite a few detective/crime series in my time, but never Connelly's Bosch series, so I approached this without any knowledge of the character or plot.

I very much enjoyed this pilot. The characters were established well, Titus Welliver's performance as Bosch was excellent; moody, conflicted and complex (despite being a doppelgänger for our own James Nesbitt) and I'm delighted this one has been picked up for a series.

I'm a huge fan of Netflix and was delighted when Amazon UK extended the Prime membership over here to include the Instant Video. The name and interface needs a little (lot) work but I'm a huge advocate of both Netflix's and Amazon's ventures into commissioning their own original series.

Light My Fire Spork Titanium
Light My Fire Spork Titanium
Offered by General Stores Online
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely tough and lightweight., 27 Feb. 2014
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This is one of those objects that at first seems a tad overpriced and unnecessary, but there will be a sizeable cadre of people out there who know the true value of having a Spork.

Whether you go camping a lot, taken your own lunch in to work, often eat on the go, always like to be prepared or simply appreciate unusual design, there is something extraordinary useful about having your own cutlery with you.

I've had a Spork before made out of acrylic/nylon. It was great, tasted completely neutral and was exactly the same in design as this one, but it broke.

This titanium version is INCREDIBLY light and very very tough. The price here on Amazon fluctuates up and down, so wait for a decent price and go for it - it's a great little item. I'm on a bit of a titanium crusade right now, looking for opportunities to get titanium versions of anything I use a lot or keep on me at all times. This has been the perfect addition.

Oxford Combination Cable Lock - Bronze
Oxford Combination Cable Lock - Bronze
Offered by Roaduserdirect
Price: £2.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too small and lightweight to be useful. CODE CANNOT BE CHANGED., 27 Feb. 2014
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I bought this to secure my new bike at work, which although it is a secure site, I still wanted something more substantial if I stop somewhere on the way home.

Although the written product description does mention the width of the cable (6mm) and the fact the code CANNOT BE CHANGED, this isn't immediately apparent. When it arrived I was surprised by both and so have ended up returning it.

I'm fairly confident a determined thief could quite easily snip through the cable and the permanent lock code is an annoying oversight.

Not really a product that inspires confidence or security, but at the price I'm not sure what else I should have expected.

Gorilla Tape 11m
Gorilla Tape 11m
Price: £4.31

91 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Would probably survive a nuclear explosion!, 16 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: Gorilla Tape 11m (DIY & Tools)
I'm a firm believer in unofficial motto used by lot of men that there are only 2 tools you really need. Duct tape and WD40: if it moves and it shouldn't, use duct tape, if it doesn't move and it should, use WD40.

Here in the UK people often use the terms 'duct tape' and 'gaffer tape' interchangeably. THEY ARE NOT THE SAME. Duct tape originates from air conditioning and ventilation (hence 'duct'). It is designed to permanently stick one thing to another, fix something in place or cover up a break. If removed, it is likely to damage the material underneath or leave a residue from the glue. Gaffer tape comes from the lighting world, where 'gaffers' (the guys and girls who arrange lighting in movies, stage productions etc) need to temporarily hold down cables and lighting rigs and remove them afterwards without damage or residue. Both have a similar cloth easy-tear construction - but the strength and type of the adhesive is different.

Gorilla tape sits firmly within the duct tape category, but the special thing about this stuff is that its double thick adhesive allows it to stick pretty much anything together - permanently. And it's strong. This tape doesn't get affected by moisture or cold temperatures.

Being incredibly sticky, it takes a bit of determination to unwind it off the reel, but this stuff rocks.

I keep a couple of metres wrapped around an old credit card inside a little Maxpedition EDC pouch which comes with me almost everywhere. You never know when 2 things will need to be stuck together!
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Price: £10.58

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy on style, light on substance., 1 Feb. 2014
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Moleskine notebooks have a reputation that they don't really deserve. They are certainly one of the most popular and widespread manufacturers of notebook and their heritage (being used by van Gogh, Picasso, Hemingway etc) is marketed really heavily.

Unfortunately the quality doesn't match the hype. The range is comprehensive both in style, size and format. I like the cover (soft and hard) and the pocket at the back is useful (although not as unique as Moleskine will have you believe).

HOWEVER, the paper quality is average at best. Moleskine push the fact the paper is acid-free and stitch bound, but the real substance, the density and quality of the paper, is much more dubious. Moleskine paper is NOT SUITABLE FOR FOUNTAIN PENS. Ghosting, feathering and bleed-through using a fountain pen are all awful, there's no way you could use both sides of the paper.

I use mine solely for pencils although ballpoint pens would be ok too (although I don't use these).

There are far superior alternatives out there at a similar price point, for example Rhodia and Leuchtturm 1917, both of which are relatively available here on Amazon although I'd probably go to a specialist site which has a much bigger selection. My two favourite are Cult Pens and The Writing Desk.
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Hama Table-Top Tripod with Removable Telescopic Tube
Hama Table-Top Tripod with Removable Telescopic Tube

1.0 out of 5 stars Flimsy., 1 Feb. 2014
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This is a very cheap, poorly constructed and flimsy little table-top tripod.

It's not very easy to get level and doesn't want to stay level when you do. The one thing you want from a tripod though is stability and this thing is awful. There is give in the legs and the extension mechanism on each leg is fragile and fiddly to operate.

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