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    • TAG Heuer Carrera / Watch / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      27.01.2015 01:44

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      • "Great weight to it"
      • "Looks Great"

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      • Expensive

      Great watch. Looks fantastic. People pay a lot of compliments about it.

      I wanted this watch for so long! It looks fantastic. When holidaying in Dubai I saw it in a jewelry shop window for about 2/3 of the price. I simply had to have it. I think that I paid about £2000 for it. It was a hell of a lot of money to lay down for a watch if your not a footballer.

      It is a really stylish watch with a black face to it. It looks incredibly stylish and has a nice weight to it. It has 3 chronographs at the 6, 9 and 12 o'clock positions. The rest of the watch is steel coloured and the case is 43mm steel. I bought the watch with a steel wrist strap but it is also available with a black leather strap. They both look fantastic and it took me a while to decide between the two, but eventually I went for the steel strap.

      The face is a nice large size and fits nicely against an average mans wrist. The face is easy to read and in the dark you are helped by luminous hands which allow you to see the time at night. You can take this watch in the pool and it is water resistant to around 100m. If you buy it from a Registered Tag Heur dealership then the watch is guaranteed for 2 years and you can take it to any registered Tag Heur dealership to have it repaired. This watch is great and I fully recommend it too anyone looking for a nice smart watch.

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      27.01.2015 00:39

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      • "You don't have to change your tyres in the winter"
      • "Safer in icy and wet conditions"

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      • "Hard to assess value for money"
      • Pricey

      Cost a lot of money and I haven't really noticed a difference in grip!

      I would assess where you live before considering a set of all weather tyres. If you live in an urban environment such as a city and rarely venture out into the countryside then this product is more than likely not going to be of much value to you. I recently moved out into a village which sits around 8 miles from the city in which I work. The roads in are windy, steep and in winter there is a lot of fog, mist, ice and snow. This is what made me start to think about all weather tyres. The other thing was becoming a parent, when this happens you start to turn into your dad and start thinking about safety a lot more than you ised to.

      I bought theses tyres for around £100 a tyre. This is pretty reasonable. I always go for a good, reliable, reputable brand and Bridgestone is certainly that. I did not want the faff of having 2 sets of tyres, one set for spring, summer and another set for autumn, winter. This would have made life harder, having to switch them around. So I bought all weather tyres which are good for all weather conditions.

      I have certainly got a piece of mind from buying and using these tyres. Have I noticed a difference in grip/steering? Im not sure I can say I have noticed a difference, at times i have thought it grips better in the wet or the ice but its so subjective. When you spend £400 on something you tend to try and see the good in it.

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    • HTC One X / Smartphone / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      27.01.2015 00:21
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      • "Large Internal Memory"
      • Fast
      • Light

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      • "Non Removable SD Card"
      • "Limited Internal Memory"

      The HTC is a perfect counterpart to the Apple IPhone 5.

      I got the HTC One X as a gift from a friend. I've always preferred android over apple and this was a great excuse to get rid of my old HTC Desire.

      The HTC comes with a lot of pre-installed features such as Google chrome, twitter and Facebook. All pretty much essential for the modern human. It also comes with a lot of less desirable features such as 7 Digital app-store, which takes up memory space, and is un-removable.

      The physical aspects of the phone; it's light and really slim, making it easy to hold and store in my pocket. It also seems to be indestructible. I've dropped it many times from 6-7 feet on hard surfaces and have so far not even 1 tiny scratch.

      The Camera, while I'm not too aware of the specs, is great, that is the back Camera. It takes photos just as well as it's apple counterpart which just as much quality and sharpness. However, it's front camera is abysmal. I've had Nokia's 5 - 6 years ago with better quality on a front camera than on the HTC One X's.

      The storage is the biggest negative issue with the HTC One X. Although the model I received boasted an impressive 32GB SD card of internal storage, the card is not removable. Therefore you are forced to constantly delete unused apps, clear cache's on a regular basis and heavily count on virtual storage such as dropbox for your memory needs.

      Despite the negatives, the HTC One X still is my favorite phone for 2014.

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      26.01.2015 23:18
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      • "perfect for sensitive skin"

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      Finally found a product that works on sensitive skin, would recommend Simple products to anyone.

      I bought this product during a 'Simple three for two' sale in Boots. A friend had already recommended using Simple products so I bought the Simple Soothing Facial toner(200ml) along with the Hydrating Light Moisturiser(125ml) and the Purifying Cleansing Lotion(200ml). I've always had very sensitive skin and most lotions and potions make my skin react, but these products have made my skin glow! I use the facial toner and cleansing lotion every night after having a shower by applying a small amount to a cotton pad and applying it, since the first use my skin has only become softer and clearer.

      I first purchased this product around the 27th December, I have used it every night - and a few mornings - since then and am not even half way through the bottle, so I think it is definitely worth buying this product.

      I always wore lots of heavy makeup simply to hide the constant impurities in my skin, but after using the Facial Toner Product, my skin has become more radiant and I've found myself hardly wearing make up now - thus saving a lot of money! After washing my face, I apply the toner and I can feel the toner cleansing my skin! The ingredients in this product have such a positive effect on the skin and illuminate it so well that it not only brings you beautiful skin, but also gives you more confidence!

      I would happily recommend this product to anyone, along with any of the other Simple products.

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      26.01.2015 23:03
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      • Cheap

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      • "Sound distorts at high volumes"

      Great speakers! Worth every penny! Fantastic sound!

      I had these speakers about 3 years ago and they still work fine today. They cost me around £10. I have an expensive set of speakers that I use at home but these speakers are perfect for if I go away for the weekend to listen to music on my laptop. The speakers look great and have a really sleek and stylish design. They are small and can be packed away easily and taken on your travels. The sound quality is really impressive for a set of speakers of this price. Ok, the sound does distort at high volumes but if played at moderate volumes the sound is quite crisp and clear. I think you have to remember that the speakers are £10 and for that you should not expect to get fantastic sound quality at high volumes. If you play games on your computer then these speakers are fine, you can get a good gaming experience and I regularly played Max Payne of my PC using these speakers and the sound was ok. The speakers can be used with many other devices besides your PC and when away staying in hotels or camping I plugged them into my phone or mp3 player and it provided some beats whilst we were getting ready to go out or relaxing in the evening. If you want to play loud music with friends that you can dance around too then these speakers wont be up to the job. Ultimately you get what you pay for and for £10 you can't go wrong.

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      26.01.2015 23:02
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      A handy investment

      River Island always do these cross satchel bags and am the first one in their store if possible to see their latest design and thankfully they always have that lovely aged distressed look.It looks worn and used but in a nice way.

      Although it may not look shiny and new it is cool and retro[ish] which I love.
      I was never one for those huge bags that you can put everything in. This size is small to medium and can sling over your shoulder quite easy and you are only able to put in a certain amount so that helps you limit going crazy and adding things you seriously might not need.

      The quality of these bags are fantastic I still have one that I brought seven years ago and its in great condition and the best thing is its back in fashion! As these things always seem to do. The colours are well thought out in the sense you can attach this to any outfit really.
      The strap is easy to adjust to make longer or shorter. There is a seperate compartment of a phone and even a zip compartment to put your purse in and make it less handy for those who want to help themselves.
      These always seem to be waterproof and rushing around London when you don't know if it's going to rain one minute to the next, this is a good size to keep a small brolly in as well.

      I paid about £25-30 and think this is really good for a brand such as River Island.

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      26.01.2015 22:34

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      • "Light fragrance"
      • Effective
      • Affordable

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      • None

      An affordable and genuinely effective hand cream.

      This stuff is fantastic and does everything claimed on the tube!

      I get very dry hands and cracked knuckles, especially in the winter. I've tried lots of different types of hand cream, but this is the first that genuinely feels like it continues to moisturise even after a hand wash or two.

      It's a non-greasy, easily absorbed formula, enriched with shea butter and L-Bifidus, the latter of which is, according to the packaging, 'an anti-evaporation active' - I'm assuming this is the ingredient which helps maintain hydration even after you wash your hands.

      The cream is absorbed within seconds of application and doesn't leave a greasy feeling on the hands, just smooth, soft feeling skin. A little goes a long way. And, although it is described as improving skin within 7-days of use, I have to admit that I noticed a difference, at least a short-term one, after the first application.

      Another benefit of this product is that it is hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested. This suggests that is is suitable for most people with sensitive skin and allergy issues.

      I keep a tube of this SOS-Repair Hand Cream by the kitchen sink. Not only does it hydrate skin after washing, I find it works as an effective barrier when applied before doing the washing-up.

      I purchased my current tube at the beginning of last summer (it's now the last week of January) and, despite using it regularly, it's still going strong. As I mentioned above, you only need apply a teeny amount to get the full benefit, and so it's a very economical hand cream to purchase. I believe the 100ml tube cost under £3 from Wilkinsons - not the cheapest on the market, but hardly expensive, especially given how i) effective it is; and ii) how long the tube has lasted.

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    • P&O Cruises / More Travel / 3 Readings / 3 Ratings
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      26.01.2015 22:16
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      • "Interesting places to see"
      • "Masses to do"
      • "Amazing Food"
      • "Exceptional service"

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      • None

      A wonderful life on the ocean waves.

      This year Mr P and I took our first cruise. Although lots of family and friends had cruised and raved about it, we were quite unsure as to whether cruising was for us. Turns out it is!

      ~~Where to sail~~
      The world is pretty much your oyster. There are a huge number of routes varying in length and destinations. There are 7 ships in the P&O fleet and on the recommendation of friends we picked the Arcadia, an adult only ship. Classified as mid-sized, it’s by no means small, capable accommodating over 2000 passengers.

      ~~Accommodation~~
      Obviously, the cost rises (quite significantly) with the grade of cabin. At the very least, I’d advise anyone to go for an outside cabin if they possibly can. Dinner companions had opted for an inside cabin and found their cabin really claustrophobic. The webcam view from the bow of the boat broadcast on one of the tv channels became their window onto the world for their time on board.

      ~~Life on board~~
      I took numerous books to read; I hardly looked at one.

      Food and Drink: You could eat all day if you wanted to! The food and service was really quite exceptional in all of the restaurants with a wide choice from the self service restaurant to East, Atul Kochhar’s oriental restaurant where the food was sublime. Atul Kochhar was actually on board during our cruise and did a great cookery demonstration in the main theatre.

      There were lots of places to have a drink too including a couple of piano bars, a pub and our all-time favourite, the Crow’s Nest where we worked our way through the cocktail menu.

      So much to do: You could exercise in the well equipped gym, swim in one of the two pools or use the sports court. You could be pampered in the spa, spend your money in the casino, be entertained in the huge theatre, take in a film in the boutique cinema, learn how to dance, do a jigsaw in the library and of course do a little shopping. There was something going on all the time and all the day’s activities were listed in the daily Horizon paper which was delivered to the cabin every evening.

      ~~Going ashore~~
      Clearly this will depend on your route but there are lots of options for trips and excursions. For those used to independent travel, you may want to just do your own thing.

      The port guides give all the details of whether or not there is a shuttle bus available and the distances to the main towns and tourist attractions. Our experience with excursions was a bit hit and miss so my advice would be to choose carefully.

      ~~Overall score~~
      From the moment we arrived at Southampton at the start of our cruise to the moment we returned, I would give P&O a big fat 5 out of 5.

      ++A longer version of this review is published on Ciao – 500 words is just not enough!++

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      26.01.2015 21:29
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      • "Moisturises nicely"

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      • "Doesn't stay put"
      • "Strong camphor smell /feeling"

      Ok but not the best.

      Blistex Intensive Moisturizer is a lip balm that comes in a small plastic tube with a shaped end to apply to your lips.

      This balm is quite runny and is squeezed out of the plastic tube.

      It's a white cream that applies very easily but I find it tends to disappear quite quickly and it's one I find I reapply a lot. It is very moisturising in the short term but not one I'd put on and go out in the cold wind as it doesn't have the staying power.

      The smell of the product is strong and rather unpleasant at times as it has the same burning/cold effect of products like Vicks. It's actually camphor that is causing that effect and for many of my family members it's far too strong and they refuse to use it. I think it's there to try and draw blood to your lips but it's pretty unpleasant on chapped lips even though camphor is also a mild pain killer.

      The ingredients Aqua, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cera Alba, Petrolatum, Ethyhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Sorbitan Isostearate, C18-36 Acid Glycol Ester, Alcohol Denat., Glycerin, Polysorbate 60, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Aroma, Stearyl Behenate, Cetyl Alcohol, Allantoin, Camphor, Olea Europaea, Dimethicone, Phosphoric Acid, Hydrated Silica, Butyrospermum Parkii, Sorbitan Olivate, Lanolin Alcohol, Arachidyl Alcohol, Ammonium Hydroxide, Sodium Hydroxide, Behenyl Alcohol, Thymol, Myristic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Oleic Acid, Arachidyl Glucoside, Lauric Acid, Sodium Saccharin, Citric Acid, Limonene, Calcium Disodium EDTA, Linalool

      I have tried other products of this type that I prefer more like Carmex which is also strong but stays put better.

      Contains a SPF10 sunscreen which I've not personally tested as I tend to use a lipbalm from a sun care company instead.

      Blistex intensive moisturiser is £2.69 for 5g which is fairly expensive for such a small tube and nearly twice the price of carmex.

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      26.01.2015 20:58
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      • "Good lip care"

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      • "Horrible colour"

      Nice balm but don't love the colour.

      This is a tinted lip balm from natural healthcare brand Burt's Bees.

      It comes in a standard size brown twist up lipbalm stick with the Burts Bees name printed up the side.

      The Ingredients are cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, olus (vegetable oil, huile vegetale), cera alba (beeswax, cire d'abeille), olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, candelilla cera (euphorbia cerifera wax, cire de candelilla), helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, aroma (flavor)*, lanolin, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, cananga odorata flower wax, jasminum officinale (jasmine) flower wax, ammonium glycyrrhizinate, tocopherol, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, glycine soja (soybean) oil, canola oil (huile de colza). May contain: alumina, CI 77891 (titanium dioxide), CI 75470 (carmine), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (iron oxides). *natural flavor

      The over all texture of the lip balm is good, not that different from the other balms they do. The texture of Burt's bees lip bams tends to be a little more solid than many sticks however they have really good staying power due to the beeswax and really do soothe so I recommend them on that front.

      The colour of this product is not that great in my opinion. It has a very strange way of going on that makes it a bit more obvious around the edge of the lips and it's just not that even looking and too sheer on the actual lip. I've found it tends to stain a little just at the edge of lips and that makes me not love it as it actually tends to make my lips look sore even though I'm a compulsive lip balm user and they're in good condition. I personally prefer the un-coloured version.

      A tube costs £5.99 so it's expensive for lip balm. The normal un-tinted version is around £3 and I'm not sure the difference is worth it. If you can get on with the colour then they're good but not my first choice.

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      26.01.2015 20:11
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      • "great lather"
      • "amazing fragrance"

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      • price

      Luxurious Lather, Fabulous Scent!

      As you may deduce I'm a bit of a Jo Malone aficionado. Blackberry and Bay is one of my favourite fragrances so I was very happy to receive a bottle of Blackberry & Bay Body & Hand Wash as a present. (someone obviously knows me well!)

      As well as complementing my perfume perfectly it is a fabulous shower gel and hand wash. It comes in a 250ml size in a clear plastic bottle with black pump dispenser in the distinctive Jo Malone branding.

      The pump dispenses just the right amount of gel so it lasts for ages and produces a luxurious lather and scent that has real staying power. The top note of the fragrance is Blackberry with the heart notes Bay Leaves and Cedarwood. The 250ml size is priced at £28, cheaper if you manage to purchase it in one of Jo Malone's duty free outlets.

      I tend to use the body & hand wash as a shower gel and layer it with my perfume for a stronger longer lasting fragrance, my mum on the other hand loves it as a hand wash and it lasts for several months.

      You can also purchase in the Blackberry & Bay range the Body Crème, Home Candle, Fragrance in two sizes as well as the Body & Hand Wash. Jo Malone also recommends that the combines well with Orange Blossom for a warmer fragrance or Lime Basil & Mandarin for a fresher fragrance meaning you can use the hand & body wash in combination with those fragrances.

      This is a lovely treat and lasts for ages combining well with the Blackberry and Bay signature scent as well as some of Jo Malone's other scents.

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      26.01.2015 19:40
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      • "Non greasy"
      • De-frizzs
      • "Good at smoothing hair"

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      • "Not great at conditioning"
      • "Scent doesn't appeal to me "

      A dual benefit hair treatment that half delivers

      My hair was in serious need of smoothing when I saw the Dove Nourishing Oil Care leave-in spray in Boots for 3.59. Later, I realised the spray contained 3 oils - coconut, argan, and almond. I have combination hair with a greasy scalp and drier ends, and I was a bit nervous about how it would respond to those ingredients. Well Dove didn't specify what hair type this was for, so I took a chance and used it hoping it wouldn't make my hair look oily.

      Dove say that this spray offers dual benefits - conditioning and smoothing. You can use it on wet hair after shampooing or on dry hair between washes for an "instant boost of nourishment".

      It has a strong sweet scent which I am sure will really appeal to many but not me. It reminds me of watermelons, with an added sugariness. The scent lingers on the hair too, but I can tolerate the occasional waft throughout the day.

      You have to be more careful to apply this evenly on wet hair because you can't see where you have sprayed already. Otherwise, it is easy to use as it is a leave in product so no need to rinse it out. On dry hair is my favourite way to use the spray though, as it makes the most of the smoothing qualities. I was relieved that it doesn't make my hair slippery and harder to manage, as this would have cancelled out the smoothing benefits for me.

      As a leave in conditioner, I regard this as quite average. My hair feels conditioned to some degree - it feels softer and it is definitely easier to brush. But if I use this as my only conditioner, I miss the added shine I normally get. Between washes, I don't think using this delivers the promised "instant boost of nourishment" - or at least not in any way I can tell from the outside! It doesn't make my hair greasier but the first few times I used this, I found my hair actually looked duller after using the spray. BUT I toned down the amount I was applying and this gave my hair back it's shine, without really adding anything.

      The hair smoothing bit works, especially if this is sprayed on dry hair. The results last most of the day, which impressed me. I get the most annoying flyaway little hairs on the top of my head, and I was anxious about using a oil spray there close to my greasy scalp. But it works brilliantly. My hair doesn't look plastered down and feels reassuringly "normal" and not "tacky" to touch. My ends also look smoother and sleeker too.

      For me this dual benefit Dove leave in spray is recommendable for smoothing/de-frizzing, but not particularly as a conditioning treatment.

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    • Panasonic TXL47ET60B / Plasma TV / 3 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      26.01.2015 19:19
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      Great TV with a lot of useful features

      I was initially skeptical about buying into the whole smart/3d TV fad that seems to have garnered lukewarm reception. However, now that I actually own one I would really find it difficult to go back to a normal one.

      Design: This is a brilliantly designed TV, and one of the best looking I have ever seen. It is definitely going to go well in any room you decide to place it. The screen really sticks out due to the small bezels. It is also thin, and by that I mean the thinnest TV I have ever seen. This makes it very possible to wall mount it as it is so light for the size. The build quality is also fantastic, especially considering the price. When you are setting this up it feels really solid.
      Another part of the design I really like is the fact that it eschews the sort of black gloss you find of most. The brushed metal design here also helps the screen to stand out, not blend into the bezels.

      Screen quality: This is one of the best looking screens I have seen on TV in recent memory. The high resolution, coupled with the nice looking saturated colours produced on the panel make images on this system really stun those watching. It also works great for playing games due to the high resolution.

      This is definitely one of the best TV's in the smart/3d TV class. If you are worried about upgrading to one of these systems then this is a great place to start.

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    • Samsung Galaxy Y / Smartphone / 5 Readings / 5 Ratings
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      26.01.2015 19:02
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      • "Looks nice"
      • "Compact Design"

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      • "Doesn't often let you complete a call"
      • "Slow internet browsing"

      Other budget smartphones are available......

      After hearing good things about various Samsung Galaxy phones I thought this, as a cheaper relation, would be a good buy without costing nearly as much as its upmarket relatives. I discovered the Y stood for "Young" and figured that if it was designed for young people, it would be quick and efficient and ideal even for a non-young person like me.
      Wrong.
      Although it looked good and was compact and easy to handle, the trouble started when it was switched on and used.
      Call quality was poor, with frequent use of the expression "Could you repeat that please" ramping up my PAYG bills. Also it seemed to get bored of my conversations and usually dropped a call part of the way through.
      Likewise internet browsing was glacially slow and complemented the call "quality" in this respect. The upside was that, being Android, there are plenty of apps on which to experience the slow browsing facility.
      Another design feature which rapidly came to light was that tapping the screen often produced no result, and a further tap or two was needed just to reassure the handset that you actually do want to use a particular icon. That is apart from when being carried in the pocket it would make random calls or perform random and unwanted internet searches, again not helpful under a PAYG arrangement!
      So, after a fraught few months I came to the conclusion that the Samsung Galaxy Y is not really a smartphone, but rather a smartphone-shaped object. Either that or it just didn't want to be a phone, and would have rather been a paperweight. But was too light.

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    • Uk Ipod Repairs / Other Service / 4 Readings / 4 Ratings
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      26.01.2015 18:48
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      Dont despair use ipodrepair - Amazing service.

      My Nano had an encounter with the washing machine. I thought it was gone forever but these guys not only repaired it in 24 hours, but left a little repair song on it for me.
      Fantastic service - would throughly recommend them.

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