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Amir® Portable Selfie Stick Extendable Foldable Bluetooth Self Portrait Monopod with Built-in Remote Shutter for iPhone 6 Plus 6 5s 5c 5 Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 Note 4 Note 3 Blackberry HTC Sony LG IOS Android(Black)
Amir® Portable Selfie Stick Extendable Foldable Bluetooth Self Portrait Monopod with Built-in Remote Shutter for iPhone 6 Plus 6 5s 5c 5 Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 Note 4 Note 3 Blackberry HTC Sony LG IOS Android(Black)
Offered by Amir UK
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent choice, 17 April 2015
Important note: I was provided with a sample of this product in order to provide an honest review.
This is a great item if you (or perhaps a young person you know) is into the "selfie" craze. The build quality is good and the grip section for your valuable smart phone is firm (you don't want it to fall out after all) but with appropriate padding so it won't get damaged. The telescopic design is clever because when closed, you really can fit this into a handbag, but it extends far enough that you can get a good view of the background into your selfie. You can adjust the angle of the phone by adjusting the screw at the side of the grip section to get the perfect shot. Charging is via the ubiquitous micro USB port and a cable is included and if you've got a smart phone you've no doubt got a usb socket to plug the cable into already. It didn't take long for the indicator light to tell me that the selfie stick was fully charged. Pairing via Bluetooth was straightforward with my iPhone and then it was simply a matter of pressing the big button on the stick to take a picture.
If you are looking for a selfie stick, this is an excellent choice. One of my two daughters has actually claimed it as her own, so I may now have to purchase another one to keep the other one happy!


iGadgitz Wireless Portable Bluetooth 2.1 Stereo Mini Portable Travel Speakers (Music streaming and Microphone for Hands free Calling) with FM Radio and Micro SD/TF Card Slot - Black
iGadgitz Wireless Portable Bluetooth 2.1 Stereo Mini Portable Travel Speakers (Music streaming and Microphone for Hands free Calling) with FM Radio and Micro SD/TF Card Slot - Black
Offered by iGadgitz
Price: £29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great little speaker with some useful extra features., 16 April 2015
This is a great little bluetooth speaker which sounds great and has lots of little extra features that I had not expected to see on a speaker of this price. It arrived nicely packaged in a sturdy cardboard box which looks good enough to give as a gift. Apart from the speaker, inside the box, you will find a micro USB cable for charging and an audio cable if you would rather connect your music source this way. There is no wall plug included, but most people must now have plenty of these around the house, or else you can charge via the USB port of a computer. Design wise, the speaker is a small, cylindrical object. It feels sturdy - the sides are metal - cool to the touch, and the base is rubberised to prevent the speaker from sliding about.
The speaker is very compact and portable, but for its size, produces a really good rich sound, and is certainly going to be a considerable step up from the sound quality from the inbuilt speaker you get on your smartphone or tablet. It's got 1.3 RMS of power, so it won't be room filling, but certainly loud enough for me. Because of its portability, it is a bit of a shame that the manufacturer didn't include a soft carrying pouch, but this is a minor grumble, which doesn't really detract from my good impression of this product.
Pairing with my iPhone was easy, and the instructions provided explain how to pair via Bluetooth if you are unfamiliar with the process. The print was a bit small for my old eyes but everything you need to know is there. Charging takes a couple of hours (will be slower via some low power USB port on computers though I suspect) and then battery life is reasonable at about 8 hours, depending on how you choose to use it.
So, what about those extra features I mentioned at the start? Well, there is a micro SD card slot, so you could fill a memory card with music rather than using another device to play your music. I haven't seen this feature on many speakers and I think it's a good idea. There is also a built in FM radio so you can listen to your favourite station without the need for an extra device. You can also use it to make and receive phone calls via your mobile, and if you do so, your music from your phone will be stopped.
Overall, there is a lot to like about this speaker. It feels like a quality product, sounds good for its size, and is more than just a one trick pony. If you are in the market for a mini bluetooth speaker, then this one is definitely worthy of your serious consideration.
Full disclosure - I received a sample of this product from the manufacturer in return for an honest review.


Hausfrau
Hausfrau
by Jill Alexander Essbaum
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Stylish and thought provoking, 15 April 2015
This review is from: Hausfrau (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Anna is American, and has moved to Switzerland with her husband and family. She is dissatisfied with her life and starts an affair with a fellow student at the language school she is attending to improve her German. The story of how things disintegrate plays out over several months and in beautifully written and sparse prose which adds to the overall atmosphere of the novel. The problem for me with this novel is that I never really warmed to any of the characters sufficiently to make me love it rather than just liking it. It is a stylish and thought-provoking read; explicit at times but not gratuitously so and well worth your time.


Bestmall Ultra-Slim Removable Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard PU Folding Leather Folio Keyboard Case Cover For Apple ipad mini, ipad mini 2, ipad mini 3 Built in Stand Function-Red
Bestmall Ultra-Slim Removable Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard PU Folding Leather Folio Keyboard Case Cover For Apple ipad mini, ipad mini 2, ipad mini 3 Built in Stand Function-Red
Offered by Premium Out Lets Store
Price: £35.99

4.0 out of 5 stars The interior is lined with a soft grey fabric which provides good protection for your device, 12 April 2015
I've got the iPad mini version of this bluetooth keyboard case in blue which is a lovely deep sky turquoise shade. The material of the outer cover is quite a glossy synthetic leather rather than the far more expensive real thing. The interior is lined with a soft grey fabric which provides good protection for your device. The ipad clips well into a plastic shell which is open at the top and bottom to allow access to the power switch and speakers/charging point at the bottom. There are cut outs on the side for the volume buttons and mute switch too. On the back, the cut out for the camera is in the right place and doesn't obscure the lens which is good. When opened, the iPad stands at a variable angle for either viewing videos etc or typing.
The included Bluetooth keyboard sits nicely inside the case adding very little bulk. It can also be removed from the case if you don't want to take it with you and you want to lighten the load (although it should benoted that even with the keyboard, this package isn't very heavy.) It's light and the white colour you get with some of the colours of case looks good with my silver and white iPad mini. It's a good option to use a keyboard with the iPad mini as it frees up more screen space to see what you are doing when working on documents or spreadsheets. Pairing was the work of moments; a quick visit to settings on my iPad and the keyboard was located and offering me a pairing code which needed to be typed on the keyboard in order to connect it. Battery life is claimed to be up to 40 hours of continuous use. In practical terms, that is a lot of typing so you'll only need to charge the keyboard (using the included USB cable) every few weeks on normal usage. This product is a great combination of a protective cover and a useful keyboard that will definitely add to the functionality of your iPad. It's offered at the sort of price you might expect to pay for either the case or keyboard alone, so safe to say that it represents something of a bargain. Certainly if you pay more, you can probably find higher quality keyboard cases but this one certainly does the job and provides good value for money.
I was provided with a free sample of this product by the manufacturer in return for an honest review.


Philips HX6732/45 Healthy White Rechargeable Toothbrush
Philips HX6732/45 Healthy White Rechargeable Toothbrush
Price: £108.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Sparkly white teeth home and away from Sonicare, 8 April 2015
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Sonicare electric toothbrushes are great - I've had several over the years - and this one maintains the high standards that I've come to associate with the brand. Included in the box you get the toothbrush handle (with two toothbrush heads), and the charger (including the deluxe bit which is a plastic cover with pegs to put your brush heads on when you are not using them), and a rigid white plastic travel case which has storage space for the handle and both the toothbrush heads. The travel case is a nice inclusion if you are away from home frequently as it makes it a lot easier to take your electric toothbrush with you. You need to give the toothbrush a good charge before first use so remove it from the bx 24 hours before you plan to use it and plug it in to a shaving point (or buy a shaving adapter). Using the toothbrush is simplicity itself. It has a mode for first time users which provides a gentle introduction to using the Sonicare (if you aren't used to using an electric toothbrush, your gums may bleed a bit to start with but this soon gets better), normal mode where you brush each section of your mouth for 30 seconds, and whitening mode, where at the end of the programme, the brush makes a slightly different sound, telling you that you should be focussing on your visible front teeth. The brush is easy to use because the hard work of scrubbing your teeth is done for you. You just have to move it around your mouth to let the brush do the work. The results are good. My dentist is always pleased with the brushing of my teeth, and I certainly feel that using a brush like this gives you a feeling that you've just had your teet cleaned by the dentist. The whitening mode has I think made my front teeth look a bit more sparkly too. The only criticism I'd make of the design is that the battery isn't replaceable. You can remove it at the end of its life for safe disposal but you can't replace it with a new one which seems a bit of a shame.


All That Glitters (Geek Girl, Book 4)
All That Glitters (Geek Girl, Book 4)
by Holly Smale
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.00

4.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to a popular series, 2 April 2015
Review from my 11 year old who has read and enjoyed the other stories in this series
Harriet manners is NOT a geek.
In fact she's quite the opposite and have perfect skin to her "geek glasses" she proved time and time again she is not a geek. Yes she knows random facts, but for some reasons doesnt quite fill some of the requirements. Despite this minor problem, the book is well written, even though it's completely unrealistic, it's nice to think anyone could be swept up into the glamorous life of a model. Her relationship with "lion boy" is interesting but not wholly satisfying. And wilbur(with an ur not an aim), as ever, is funny and bright and fantabulous. Yuka is still stern and you welcome new characters into the book, like Nick's new girlfriend and a Japanese model who has an intersting plot twist. The book is set in Japan and Harriet is the new face of yukas new range. What could possibly go wrong!
Altogether a good well written read, even if it slips in certain areas.
Thank you to the publisher who made a free copy of this book available for review.


Bestmall Magnetic Leather Smart Case Cover + Back Case for Apple iPad Air 2 iPad 6 & Screen Protector & Cleaning Cloth & Stylus Touch Pen with Keyboard Stand Automatic Wake/Sleep Function -Light Blue XKZT54E
Bestmall Magnetic Leather Smart Case Cover + Back Case for Apple iPad Air 2 iPad 6 & Screen Protector & Cleaning Cloth & Stylus Touch Pen with Keyboard Stand Automatic Wake/Sleep Function -Light Blue XKZT54E
Offered by Premium Out Lets Store
Price: £18.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely blue protection for your iPad Air 2 at a reasonable price (other colours are available!), 1 April 2015
This is a nice looking cover for your iPad air 2 at a reasonable price. The blue colour is very cheerful against the iPad Air 2 in silver. Included in the package you get a screen protector, clip on plastic shell which is a translucent blue, a smart cover which attaches magnetically like the official smart covers (which cost a LOT more!) and a stylus, so good all round protection for your device. The inside of the smart cover is a soft fabric, and the exterior is, I think, a faux leather, but it looks quite stylish. The clip on shell for the back fits well. All in all, this seems like good all-round protection for your iPad Air 2 especially if you don't want to pay the high prices of the official Apple accessories. I haven't had it long enough to comment on its robustness, although I should note that an official smart cover I had for a previous iPad started to fall to pieces after a couple of years, and the quality of this item does not seem that different.
For full disclosure: the manufacturer provided me with a sample of this product in return for an honest review.


EC Technology® 7-color Backlit Bluetooth Keyboard Ultra-Slim Zinc Alloy Wireless Keyboard with Built-in 800mAh Li-polymer Rechargeable Battery for iOS (iPad Air 2 / Air, iPad mini 3 / mini 2 / mini, iPad 4 / 3 / 2), Windows and Android 3.0 and above OS
EC Technology® 7-color Backlit Bluetooth Keyboard Ultra-Slim Zinc Alloy Wireless Keyboard with Built-in 800mAh Li-polymer Rechargeable Battery for iOS (iPad Air 2 / Air, iPad mini 3 / mini 2 / mini, iPad 4 / 3 / 2), Windows and Android 3.0 and above OS
Offered by EC Technology UK Store
Price: £49.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Effective and reasonably priced bluetooth keyboard, 31 Mar. 2015
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This is a great bluetooth keyboard for the price. It is made from metal rather than plastic and build quality is very good. It attaches magnetically to the outer case of my Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 which is handy if you want to keep the two together in your bag. The keyboard itself is pretty good to type on. It's more cramped than a laptop keyboard but you've got more space to play with than you might imagine and you do soon adjust. Pairing was easy; I've made connections to Android devices, iOS devices, a Windows tablet and my Kindle Fire (which I'm using to post this review) and all work just fine. You can change the keyboard shortcuts according to which operating system you are using too. One feature I particuarly like is the backlight which enables you to see where your fingers are even in a darkened room. There are seven different colour options; some are brighter than others but you should find something that suits you.
This is a good keyboard; I've used it for quite extensive note-taking and it has really added an extra dimension to my Kindle making it possible to use it for productivity as well as consumption of media. If you are in the market for a reasonably priced bluetooth keyboard, then this would be a good item to have on your short list. My only slight criticism is that it doesn't come with a sleeve or cover to protect it when it is in your bag and for items like this, when portability is the key, that is a bit of a shame, as I think the keys would be susceptible to damage without some care being taken.Also, unlike some bluetooth keyboards, there is no track pad, so although you can use the up and down arrows to move up and down within a document, you will sometimes need to touch the screen.


Sound Intone Ip950 Adjustable Stereo Noise-cancelling Headphones with Microphone Over-ear Earphones Stylish Earbuds for Cellphone Smartphone Iphone/ipad/laptop/tablet/computer/etc. Headsets (white)
Sound Intone Ip950 Adjustable Stereo Noise-cancelling Headphones with Microphone Over-ear Earphones Stylish Earbuds for Cellphone Smartphone Iphone/ipad/laptop/tablet/computer/etc. Headsets (white)
Offered by YOUISEE
Price: £21.98

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great earphones for the price with some nice features, 30 Mar. 2015
These are great headphones for the price. They come nicely presented in a sturdy box so would make a great gift. A key feature is that they fold up quite small so they would fit well into a bag, and another thing which I like is the fact that the connecting cable is corded which means that it will be far less prone to getting tangled. (One of the mysteries of the modern world is how headphone cables get tangled while they are unattended!) The cable is also quite long which means you don't need to be too close to the thing you are plugged in to. There is nice padding across the band of the headphones and around the ears; I found the earpads just a little bit smaller than would be ideal although with some adjustment (these headphones are very adjustable) I could get them to sit comfortably. The fact that they are a bit on the small side means they would probably be suitable for an older child/teen as well as an adult. Sound quality is pretty good for the price. There is reasonable bass and mid tones are quite clear too. If you pay considerably more for your earphones, then they will sound better but for every day use, I found the sound these produced very listenable.
My daughter liked the fact that the white earphones looked good with her iPod touch too. All in all, for the money you are paying, these are a good deal.
Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this product from the manufacturer in return for an honest review.


Panasonic ALL1 Network Audio Connector
Panasonic ALL1 Network Audio Connector
Price: £199.00

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes good use of your existing sound system - but ask yourself if you need the features of wifi connectivity, 30 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This product is part of Panasonic's multi-room wifi music system. The idea is that you can stream music from your smartphone or tablet (or from certain drives on your network) to multiple devices at once. The other products in the range are the ALL 3 Panasonic ALL3 Wireless Speaker System (Black) and the ALL8 Panasonic ALL8 Wireless Speaker System (Black) . The ALL3 and the ALL8 include built in speakers, whereas this product (the ALL1) is designed to be connected to your existing hifi set up to enable you to play music over wifi. This product consists of a small, innocuous looking both which was a bit smaller than I expected and will sit discretely with my audio equipment. You've got the option to connect to your music system either using the red/white stereo audio cables which are included or an optical cable. I should note that I did try to use the optical connection and couldn't get it to work.
Set up was fairly straightforward. I would recommend reading the instructions first and following them to the letter; you should also upgrade the firmware before you begin to use the device. Instructions are included and it takes about 5 minutes. The quality of the sound will be determined to a large extent by the quality of the speakers you choose to attach this to. I've got an ageing but excellent SONY set up and it sounds great. I've also used a bluetooth connection with this system and I would say that the wifi set up has marginally better sound, which I understand is the main advantage of using wifi rather than bluetooth. I think it's a bit of a shame that Panasonic didn't include Bluetooth functionality in this product as well as the wifi. Although the sound quality may be marginally less good, it is considerably easier to set up and would perhaps be good if you had visitors who wanted to play you a tune but didn't want to bother with the Panasonic app. I've also used the Pure Jongo Pure Jongo A2 Wireless Hi-Fi Adapter with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth - Black and this did have bluetooth, although I found its wifi set up more of a fiddle than this. You can also stream internet radio and Spotify (although you'll need a premium subscription) and I wonder if support for other streaming music services will be added in due course.
I've also got an ALL3 speaker in another room, so I can now play either the same (or different) music in different rooms which is quite cool, but perhaps provides a solution for a problem that I never realised I had.
This isn't a cheap piece of kit given that you need the hifi system to go with it. I think you'd need quite a snazzy set up to justify the expense of this, particularly when the ALL3 isn't all that much more money and sounds really excellent. Also ask yourself whether you actually need the multi-room solution that wifi music connection offers. Bluetooth may not offer quite the sound quality but it is still pretty good and much easier to set up. High quality bluetooth speakers tend to more cheaper than the wifi option too.


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