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    • Corsodyl Daily Defence / Oral Care / 11 Readings / 11 Ratings
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      31.03.2012 11:54
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      Bar the horrible after taste, this is a great oral hygiene product

      I started using Corsodyl daily after my dentist recommended me to use it. I had a mild case of gum disease that I had managed to get rid of, although my dentist informed me of using Corsodyl Daily to maintain my oral hygiene. My dentist also told me my teeth would stop bleeding slowly overtime but that Corsodyl daily would speed up this process, by killing off bacteria in and around my teeth and gums. Luckily my stepfather works as an assistant at the dentist's so I managed to get a few bottles of this for free. I was scared to take it at first. A few friends I know had some in the past and told me it tasted terrible (Not as bad as Corsodyl, the non daily variant though) so I braced myself for the horrible taste. Consumption of the liquid is straight forward. Pour 10ml in the provided cup once, or twice daily after brushing and leave in the mouth for 30 seconds, remembering NOT to rinse your mouth out afterwards. Rinsing your mouth out is more than likely to remove some of the Corsodyl layer that will remain on your teeth. The initial taste whilst its in your mouth isn't too bad if I'm being honest. Quite minty and fresh and you can feel a slight burning sensation. After a few minutes though that taste wears off and your left with a pretty nasty metallic taste in the mouth, although one's breath will still smell fresh. For the first few days my gums would still bleed after brushing my teeth and I did feel like it wasn't working. After a week though I noticed my mouth feeling generally fresher than when I just brushed my teeth with toothpaste. It also felt better than using Listerine, which I used to take all the time. I also noticed that my gums stopped bleeding as much. This happened much quicker than the dentist estimated (2-3 weeks) which is a clear indication of how good this stuff really is. I have tried the Corsodyl toothpaste but it tasted horrible and I spat it out straight away. It would be nice to see the combined effects of both products at work so I shall try it again and will probably review it on here once I've used it for a few days. I have also tried Corsodyl Daily alcohol free and must say my experiences with it have been far from pleasant. Firstly I noticed that my breath would sometimes smell worse AFTER using the alcohol free version. I could taste an almost onion/garlic taste in my mouth, but I put this down to a possible bad batch so rather than receiving a free one from my step dad, I went out and purchased it online from Amazon UK for £3.50. Once again, to my disappointment it worked for about 10 minutes then the horrible breath/taste came back. Even my girlfriend noticed this, so I have decided to stay WELL CLEAR of any alcohol free Corsodyl products. I have continued to use the minty version and it still works as good as it did when I first started using it. I would (and have) recommended this product to a lot of my friends. I would (If you can) avoid the alcohol free version unless it is totally necessary.

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    • HTC HD2 / Smartphone / 6 Readings / 5 Ratings
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      30.03.2012 12:46
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      If you don't mind flashing Android to this device, you surely have a bargain on your hands.

      The HTC HD2 is a phone I bought back in 2010 and at that time it was a pretty good phone, whilst the Windows Mobile 6.5 OS was something different to Apple's iOS. It did everything pretty well. Nice clear phone calls, bright flashlight, decent music quality, very clear pictures for its time, amazing 4.3 inch screen. It's marketplace however was absolutely horrible. Hardly any games, which was the main drawback in my eyes. However, after joining modding site XDA, things changed for the better. I found out that Google's Android OS (Which was just starting to make noise at the time) was flashable to the device. If anything went wrong I could just flash Windows Mobile 6.5 back on to the device (Which I never ended up doing). Before I go into how amazing the phone is running Android, let me share some experiences with you using Windows Mobile 6.5. First things first, the phone is big and it is also thick, which I actually liked. It felt nice to pull out my phone and rather than someone pointing out "ooo you have an iPhone", they would ask in excitement what phone is THAT!. A lot of people weren't used to seeing a phone with an extremely bright flashlight either (This helped a lot when working in the cinema). The layout of the phone is pretty straight forward, with call and reject buttons on the bottom, along with a home button, a back button and a windows button. The screen is a joy to look at and whilst there are clearer screens available in todays market, you cannot frown upon a 4.3 inch screen. The camera is pretty good. There is a bit of noise in photo's and in video clips but it trounces some of the horrible pictures I see people taking with their 2 and 3 megapixel blackberry camera's. Touch screen response is pretty good, although picking apps using the Windows Mobile app drawer can be a bit iffy. Not much to say about the Windows marketplace. It has been shut down and was never good in the first place. The music player is good, with nice sound quality and a very nifty CoverFlow listing of albums which is nice to show off. All in all a very decent phone, and much better than some £90-£150 phones out today. I would advise though, if you don't plan on flashing Android, you'd be better off buying something like the Galaxy S or S Advanced. If you do plan on flashing Android, you'll be inviting yourself into another world. First off, battery life is improved by quite a few hours running Android and I am easily able to run the phone for a whole day although I do charge the phone nightly regardless. Phone batteries actually last longer if charged midway, rather than always charging them when they are almost depleted or empty. The biggest benefit of all though, is access to the Google Play Store (Formerly Android Market). Being able to download the plethora of games available, and social networking apps (Like good ol Facebook & Twitter) is a joy to behold, and they do load quickly, thanks to the old but robust Snapdragon CPU inside. For those who don't talk a lot but still have an internet connection can make the most of the 3G/HSDPA speeds and use apps like Whatsapp and Pingchat. The camera gets a bump up in quality, thanks to the XDA devs being able to take away some of the image compression and touchscreen response and smoothness is improved too, Typing messages is much easier than using Windows Mobile 6.5 whilst auto spell works like a breeze 95% of the time. Phone call quality is largely unchanged, it was fine before so this was never an issue. The music player is slightly improved in terms of standard audio quality. Music can be refined to your specific taste's though, largely due to the amount of different music player apps available in the Google Play Store. Let me add that Google Maps works wonderfully and the GPS can normally find my location within 10 seconds. Flashing the phone with Android is a pretty straight forward process, although I would recommend reading the FAQs on XDA should you decide to go down this route. All in all though the benefits outweigh any cons you can think of, and I can't imagine myself ever going back to WM 6.5 now. A plethora of apps, from instant messaging, to games (Such as the immensely popular "Angry Birds"), to music players, custom keyboards and skins, flashing Android (Which is as of writing, the most popular mobile phone OS in the world) can never be a bad idea. For those too scared to do this though, look elsewhere for your next phone.

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      30.03.2012 09:20
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      Overall, a STEAL at £14. Get it while you can!

      Note: The link from dooyoo seems to go to a Komputerbay SD card, which is way overpriced. This link goes to the corresponding memory card. Also Sandisk have stopped doing class 2 versions of this, so the one from Amazon UK will in actual fact be a Class 4 card :) http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B003HIWHN0 I bought this card for my Galaxy S2 due to the fact that it's read and write speeds for small files is faster than most. Transfer speeds of big files like videos and MP3's are really quick, but its normally hard to find a memory card that can transfer tiny files (400kb and below), such as game and app installation data fast. This card can read and write these small files extremely quick though. This is beneficial if the memory card is being used on for example Android devices, that have games and apps that install data files which vary in size. It also means that apps on the external sd card load up really quickly, whereas on cards that can't transfer small files quickly, apps will load much slower. ** The following is an extract from XDA Developers. They are one of, if not THE biggest modding forum for Android phones and I've learnt a lot about Android phones just by reading information from their site ** "My recommendation after playing with all sorts of microsd cards and speeds is to get a sandisk 32gb card class 4. Why this recommendation? Randrom read write is the most important for speed during normal phone performance and i have seen sandisk cards have it the highest. HERE IS A POST FROM SOMEONE IN XDA. Forgot the source: Class 2 and 4 cards have better random access speed and random read/write than class 6 or 10 cards in general. To get higher sequential write speeds, manufacturers sacrifice the random access speeds. That's just how it is. The best all around card I've ever found is Sandisk class 4. My 32gb Sandisk class 4 outperforms any other class 10 or 2 32gb card I've tested in the random access and random read/write speeds. That's what's most important when using with WP7 or Android when using it for apps or OS files that need to be accessed quickly. Class 6 and 10 cards are setup to initialize the area of the card that is about to be used to make the sequential write/read quicker, but it takes extra time in the beginning to do the initialization. If your using the card where you need to access small bits of info from various parts of card quickly, you will do best with class 2 or 4. Most people seem to assume that the higher the class, the better the card is for everything, but that's not how it is. Different purposes need different kinds of speed... cards with higher sequential speeds have lower random speeds." If your merely purchasing the memory card for an MP3 player then I doubt you would complain with the performance of this memory card, but there are faster cards (Like class 6 or class 10 cards) which could be bought. However for all round performance, and for its price, I can hardly recommend something else. It loads apps quickly. Recording HD video is quick and I've never had an issue recording straight to the SD card. And it transfers files pretty darn quickly as well. UPDATE: Here is a list of normal read write speeds and random read write speeds. Once again, random speed is better for loading apps and OS files. Normal write speeds will be more beneficial for large MP3's for example. Normal R/W: http://img847.imageshack.us/img847/5071/screenshot20110611at120.png Randow R/W: http://img30.imageshack.us/img30/5071/screenshot20110611at120.png

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    • Logitech Z 506 / PC Speaker / 8 Readings / 7 Ratings
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      29.03.2012 15:23
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      For £60 you cannot complain.....It performs exceptionally good.

      I bought the Logitech Z506's after years of using horrible desktop speakers and quite frankly these rock for £60. They are straight forward to setup and have colour coded wires so you know where to plug them in on your PC. Take note of the fact that your PC does need a 5.1 audio card. It does work on stereo sound cards and sounds pretty good, but it is nothing when compared to a proper 5.1 audio card. You'd be better off buying a Asus Xonar DS for £40 to go with these. See the audio card as future proof when you buy £200+ speakers. The bass on the sub-woofer is nice and clear and has a dial on the back so you can decide how much umph you want the sub to put out. I haven't turned the dial up above 50% since it is more than enough, and I must admit I'm scared of blowing the sub (I don't go past 50% on my 500w speakers in my front room either lol). It can mix stereo sources to surround sound and actually does the job quite well. The speakers really come to life when a properly mixed surround sound film or Tv Show is watched though. It was a joy to watch The Walking Dead, being able to hear the Zombies sneak up on people, just by hearing the footsteps on the rear speakers. These can also be used on a XBOX 360 or PS3 (I use them with my XBOX 360). Although it requires either machine to be connected via RCA cables (Red/White audio cables). My XBOX 360 was an elite version, which did not come with the native RCA adapter that some XBOX's are bundled with, so I had to break the casing around the VGA cable so I could plug it in to my XBOX and be able to plug in my HDMI cable at the same time (My XBOX is hooked up to my Dell U2312HM Monitor). An easier solution is to buy the RCA xbox adapter off ebay. Here's a video showing how to do it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__Atx0gMJQM Another thing to take note of is that games are upmixed from stereo to surround sound, mimicking the audio to the other speakers. For true surround sound on your games consoles you'll need to buy speakers that work via optical audio. However, games still sound amazing and I must say my KD ratio on MW3 has gone up a lot because of these. I can often hear people running behind me or close by to me a lot easier than before and using the Dead Silence perk has been put to good use thanks to these. Now for the bad parts. First off, some motherboards fail to recognize the rear speakers. I had to tell my PC that the rear speakers were side speakers before it actually picked them up. They do in actual fact work as rear speakers in films and PC games even though the side speaker option is ticked (Side speakers are actually used in a 7.1 setup). Also, the rear and centre speakers do have a low buzzing noise which is only noticeable when the speakers are put close to your ears. You wouldn't hear the buzzing otherwise (It doesn't get louder if the volume is turned up high for example) but its still a problem nonetheless. This problem can actually be resolved by plugging these speakers into a separate mains socket (I had mine plugged into a 5 socket adapter beforehand). Despite these minor quirks, and possibly a little fiddle with PC settings for 10-15 minutes, these speakers rock and are perfect for a small frontroom and more than enough for anyone's bedroom. It's loud enough for my neighbours to complain about hearing gunfire at 3am lol and that is with the actual volume dialler at roughly 55%. If you've got £60 spare and are watching films on tiny desktop speakers, do yourself a favour. Buy these :)

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        28.03.2012 16:46
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        Superb MP3 player at a ridiculously low price

        Before I bought my Sansa Clip, I mainly listened to music on my Galaxy S2, or on my pc using any old headphones I could find. As a Producer of music however, I found the sound quality on most phone's to be sub-par or muffled and distorted at loud volumes. I'm also very keen on uncoloured music (music players that have a almost flat frequency response and let you hear the music as the artist intended). So after finding out this little MP3 player had one of the best DAC's (digital audio converter) on the market, I decided to splash out the lowly £20 it cost to buy and my god was it worth it. I will admit the stock headphones are OK but nothing special, when I plugged in the headphones I received with my Galaxy S2 however I was blown away. Nice, clear and loud are the best words to sum up this little MP3 player. And when coupled with some decent in ear monitors (I'm now rocking some Brainwavz M2's) this thing really comes to life. Battery life isn't as long as say a Cowon J3. The Sansa last's me roughly 14 hours, the Cowon J3 can run around 45 hours, but its as big as a phone and costs upwards of £170 for the 32GB version. The clip, with internal memory at 4GB plus a £22 32GB MicroSD Card from Sandisk is a big saving (£42) when compared to £170. The screen is little but its just the right size for me. It's simple to pick tracks using the navigation buttons and the blue font shows up nice and clearly. Transferring of music is simple too. I just simply drag and drop my organized music folders into the external memory card I bought and rescan the Sansa for new files. Recently I modded my Sansa Clip (THIS VOIDS WARRANTY - But the process is easy and the benefits are high) with Rockbox. The Rockbox EQ is head and shoulders above the stock EQ and many people with the extremely expensive Cowon J3 also prefer Rockbox on their product. Rockbox add's so many more features to the Clip should you take the risk, but that is a discussion for another day. I will be honest and say to this day I have not even bothered with the radio function. All the music I want I already have and the sound quality of radio regardless of device leaves a lot to be desired for me. Overall the Sansa Clip is a superb MP3 player. You don't often hear the words "Cheap" and "Amazing Quality" in the same sentence but it can be said for the Sansa Clip. More than enough options for the average music listener, whilst it also boasts the sound quality for the beginner music enthusiast. Coupled with some proper in ear monitors and it's sound quality really shines. To put it bluntly, crap headphones will sound crap on the Sansa Clip, good headphones will sound amazing on it.

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        • Samsung i9100 Galaxy S II / Smartphone / 7 Readings / 5 Ratings
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          28.03.2012 16:07
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          Hands down the best smartphone available right now

          My first review for an item I love, hope it's helpful! I've been a phone geek for many years and I always strive to have the best phone out in the market so I do like to test a variety of handsets before I go out and purchase them. Out of the lot I tested, the Galaxy S2 was the winner hands down. I will reference the iPhone 4S every now and then, just because iPhone's are so popular, so it's a good place to start a comparison of features. Here is a quick list of the phone's specifications before I go in depth. 1.2 GHz Exynos processor 1GB Ram 4.3in Super AMOLED + Screen 8MP Camera with LED Flash & Full 1080p Video Recording 2MP Front facing Camera 16GB Internal Memory (Expandable with up to 64GB MicroSD Cards) Operating System: Android 4.0.3 With Touchwiz 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) When I first held the phone, one thing I noticed straight away was how light the phone was. How Samsung managed to make a phone as powerful as this, whilst only weighing 130 grams is beyond me. It's just heavy enough to feel comfortable in the hand. The second thing I noticed was the build quality. Now many people have actually complained about the plastic casing the phone uses, however it has also been proven that the casing is extremely strong, scratch proof and lightweight. You can watch many videos on Youtube showing drop tests between the Galaxy S2 & the iPhone 4S that show the phone working fine, with hardly a scratch, after being dropped from around 5 feet 4 or 5 times. The iPhone 4S was however normally shattered on the first or second drop. Now the most important part in my eyes...SPEED. The phone is as fast as they come thanks to that Exynos chip running at 1.2GHz. Apps load instantly and close just as fast whilst touch-screen response remains smooth throughout the different parts of the phone's user interface. The browser loads pages instantly and is only ever halted by a slow internet connection. I got the phone for free via a contract with Three and I must say I get 4mb/s on average all day, peaking at 8mb/s in the mornings and late at night. The phone is nearly a year old and yet not many phones available today can even come close to it's performance. And yes, it plays games smoothly lol (And for those who don't mind a bit of modding, you can even load a PS2 emulator on it and play some good ol Tekken) The camera is extremely clear, taking nice pictures in the day or night (thanks to the extremely bright LED Flash, which can also be used as a flash light). Just for comparison sakes, it is only JUST beaten by the iPhone 4S camera which is slightly sharper (Quite frankly it should be clearer, it was released five months after the Galaxy S2). The camera is also capable of recording at full 1080p for those who want to record in high definition, and unlike a few phone's that boast this same feature, the Galaxy S2 does this without any hiccups or stutters. For the Navigation enthusiasts, the GPS was able to find my location in 4 seconds flat using Google Maps and driving around using Google Navigation is simply a breeze. Not once did my phone lose my location, and just in case you only have internet at home, you can even download your journey before you leave the house. COPilot Live can also be purchased from the Google Play Store if you would rather download the entire map of England and get directions whilst offline. Now the most common problem with smart phones.....Battery Life. The user-replaceable battery on the Galaxy S II gives up to ten hours of heavy usage, or two days of lighter usage. According to Samsung, the Galaxy S II is capable of providing 9 hours of talk time on 3G and 18.3 hours on 2G. I found these statements from Samsung to be true, with my phone lasting a good few days when only texting (150-200 texts a day) and doing light browsing and playing the odd game here and there. So whilst the battery life isn't amazing, it is more than the average smartphone although general rule of thumb with this phone is to leave it charging overnight. I will add also that many people who report bad battery life generally have the screen brightness set way too high (THE number 1 battery drainer for smart-phones), have installed apps that are constantly using the GPS in the background (Hence why I turn mine off when not using it, this way no app can use it) and generally have too much stuff syncing constantly. In terms of memory theres not much to say here. 1GB of ram is more than enough, which is double the amount of the iPhone 4S. Internal memory is 16GB, of which 12.7GB is for music and video files etc whilst the rest is used by the system for storing apps internally. And if thats not enough for you (It wasn't for me, I have a large music collection) you can go ahead and buy a 32GB MicroSD card for under £25 from Amazon UK, or you can splash out for a 64GB card! Lastly, we have the music player. Straight out the box the music player will be more than enough for the average user and I do actually like the stock ear buds from Samsung. Definitely the best STOCK headphones I've ever had for a phone, and from a health standpoint, safer than the stock white earphones you receive with the iPhone 4S. Ear buds go deeper in the ear, therefore the volume level can be lowered whilst achieving the same loudness of earphones. However, for the music enthusiast, the sound quality of the music player leaves a lot to be desired. I now listen to my music using custom in ear monitors and a rock-boxed Sansa Clip Zip so for someone like me, the audio player was always going to be a problem. Many of my friends however think the music player is fine. Phone calls, whether it be through the speaker, or the provided ear buds/hands-free kit are loud and clear however. Overall, this phone is just a beast. It set the bar for smartphone's in 2011. Held on to the title into 2012 and is only seeing a serious challenge from phone's that we can't expect to see until mid April of 2012. For anyone who doesn't need THE latest phone out, but wants a phone they can be proud to show off to their friends due to raw all round performance, then the Galaxy S2 is it. And for those who want THE latest phone out........Wait until the Galaxy S3 is announced :).

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