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I have 2 Samsung TV's ... this one for the spare room (22 inch, which I am told is the current version of the 21 inch) & my main livingroom TV.
I actually bought this at the same time as I bought my pc. I fancied having a monitor that allowed me to either use it for the PC or to use as a TV. The reason behind this is simple ... my spare room is tiny, so if I could avoid the need for multiple pieces of kit taking up space then all the better.
So I upgraded the monitor to get this TV which also double as a computer monitor.
SET UP: It was so easy to set up the TV ... literally just had to connect the cables, turn it on & follow the on screen commands. It even had a feature which lets you chose between 'air' (ariel) or 'cable' or 'both'. Seeing as I usually end up picking the wrong one, the 'both' feature sounded like a plan. In a few minutes it had detected all the chanels & I was good to go.
QUALITY: The picture quality is excellent on this tv. The salesman recommended it as he was telling me all the jargon about how all the lines in the tv interract to provide HD quality pictures ad that basically you get various different lvels of quality based on which tv you pick. I was baffled, but he seemed to be telling the truth as it's got a sharp clean picture with lots of settings to let you personalise the look or sound.
EASE OF USE: No problems here either. The remote lets you either enter in the chanel through the number pad or you can use chanel up or down. Should you want to go for surround sound (which I did), the TV uses a built in programme to let you dispose of one of the remote controls and you can operat the tv and dvd player with the one remote (pretty sure this is only applicable if you go for the samsung dvd though!)
FEATURES: I decided to cancel my virgin media package & just get a freeview box to save some pennies. Imagine my surprise when the salesman at the shop told me that because my tv was quite new that it would no doubt have built in freeview. Off I trotted home, did a bit of jiggery pokery and low & behold ... it DID have built in freeview chanels. Other features include a side hdmi connection so that you can watch movies from either your laptop or android phone on the TV screen. I love this tv :)
VALUE FOR MONEY: A quality reliable product, not too steep a price and with freeview built in ... and can also double as a PC monitor ... BARGAIN!!!
What are you waiting for? Go get one ... x
I have owned a Sony Ericsson android for the past few years and would now & again show my mum things on my phone. She had an ol flip-phone which she loved, but come birthday time I decided to get her the iphone. The iphone4 was just coming on the market at the time but it seemed there was quite wait to get one so I plumped for this older model.
SET UP: (dreadful) Put yourself in my mum's shoes - she has no PC, she isn't terribly clued up about technology & she has no idea on how to set up a phone from scratch. I thought it only fair that I set up the phone for her & hand it to her 'ready to rock an roll' so to speak.
I came in a cute little box package but had no big instruction manual. I am usually a whizz at setting up new equipment so got stuck right in. Try & try again, I could not even get the phone to turn on. It kept telling me something about an inactive sim. After 5 hours of pulling my hair out I finally came across instructions on-line. You have to connect the phone to a PC to install i-tunes before the phone will even switch on. (errr...what if you don't have a pc?). Luckily I had my laptop to hand so managed to get it all set up ... eventually.
EASE OF USE: (simplistic) With mum being such a technophobe I did worry that being in her golden years it might be too confusing for her. So I gave her a wee bit of training on different features every few days to let her find her way about the phone. Guess what ...? She absolutely loves it. The cherished flip phone is completely out of her radar now and she actually takes her phone out on nights out to show her pals all the features. The functions are quite limited I feel (at least compared to my s.e. xperia arc s) but this is ideal for my mum. The biggest plus with this phone is the quality of calls as some smart phones don't have great sound quality on calls.
I won't blether on about all the features this phone has as I am sure you are well aware of them already. I just felt it was important to mention about the need for a pc and to give this phone the thumbs up.
Thanks for stopping by x
I have been the proud owner of this camera for well over a year. Having previously been warned off any camera's with more than 8 mega pixels (was told that the pictures are too noisy?) I decided to ignore the advice and dive in with my purchase. I bought this camera for around £100 from Boots and felt I was getting a real bargain. Seeing how the prices have come down for this model now really surprises me as I can honestly say it's the best camera I have owned. It's a sturdy but light little camera, with a large LCD screen for viewing pics on or for using as the viewfinder should you wish. It's rechargeable which is a god-send ... the battery lasts for ages ... unlike the good old days when you had to carry pockets full of AAA batteries on a night / day out.
12.2 mega pixels is great. What it allows you to do is to take shots and then crop them without losing any image quality of the original shot. I know on my previous 8 mega pixel cybershot I found the loss of quality / blurring of the image when cropping a real pain. The PL80 also comes with a 5 x optical zoom which I found great for zooming in on birds feeding in the tree outside my window.
The settings for capturing the perfect shot are great too. It comes with all the usual features such as 4 different timer settings, flash on or off, beauty shot, night, portrait, children, landscape, close up, text, sunset, dawn, backlight, fireworks, beach & snow & frame guide. You also get smart auto which recognises the scene automatically ... most times I used this and it worked very well. I actually took a shot of grafitti on a all one day - put it on flickr - and my shot (taken with my humble camera) was used as the front cover of a magazine! Boy was I proud!
My main reason for buying this camera was that it could record HD videos with sound. I have taken it to many a gig and have treasured the footage of Morten Harket lamenting about being 'hunting high and low'.
The one downside I found with the video was that if you zoomed in or out whilst recording it cuts the sounds for a second or two. I guess this is so that you don't record the whirring of the camera features kicking in. It's not a big issue & there more than likely is a way to change this in one of the settings but it was never enough of an issue for me to look into it.
Overall, if you want a quality camera at a cheap price, you could do worse than to pick this camera.
I could talk for hours about what makes a good smart phone and what sets this apart from the competition! My last 3 phones have been Sony Ericssons ... a flip phone then the Xperia and now the xperia Arc S. This model is by far the best of the bunch. It's slimmer in design, making it much easier to use and carry. The camera position has (thankfully) been repositioned from the old Xperia as the lense used to be right where your hand held the phone. On the Arc S they have one of the best cameras in the market. I am a bit of a geek when it comes to wandering the countryside snapping wildlife pics. Some of my best shots have been taken on this camera-phone instead of my all singing all dancing digital camera.
The functions on this smartphone are amazing. I made the mistake of buying my mum an iphone recently ... only then did I appreciate how easy the Arc S was to set up and personalise. With the iphon you can't even use the phone until you connect it to a pc & install itunes. With the Arc S you charge it then pick your settings and you are ready to go. You have the choice of thousands of free apps from the android marketplace as well as being able to pick any song from your music library and set it as your ringtone. You can link your phone contacts to facebook so that you get status updates alongside their pics. But above all else, what makes this phone stand out from it's predecessor is the super fast gingerbread operating platform. I know ... it's gobledgook to me too ... but it sure makes your phone respond ultra fast to any feature you try to access. Overall this is the best purchase I have ever made. Go get yours now!!!!
I have owned this Washer Dryer for some time now and have found both pro's and con's with it.
Ease of use: great ... there are plenty of settings dependant on the job...i.e. white washings, light load, different temperature settings, etc. However, that's where the positivity ends. This is the second washer dryer that I have owned (last one was a Zanussi) and just like the last one it comes with problems. For the first while it behaved, then I started getting a problem with it when I set it to dry. It comes with a variety of dry settings ... iron dry ... wardrobe dry ... dry after the wash cycle or just use as a dryer ... the list goes on. Unfortunately, what I discovered was that this washer/dryer doesn't actually like to dry anything. After 5 minutes into the drying cycle it lights up like a christmas tree with every light flashing an error. You turn it off, reset it and start all over again. 5 minutes later you are back to square one. I have tried every variation of settings with every variation of load weight ... but still no joy. My conclusion: buy a washer or a dyer but not a combined unit.
I have owned this Dyson model for some time now and can honestly say that it is one of the best vacuum cleaners on the market. For me it's about ease of use and reliability. When the unit is upright it is light to use - no back strain hauling it about - picks up even the tricky things like a bit of thread stuck to the carpet - and is easy to maneuvre in around the skirting boards (which are dust and dog hair collectors). I have a black labrador and it this vac clears the carpets and laminate in a flash. I especially love the function where you can use the hose as a pull out item & attach any of the various accessories (brush, wand, etc). The hose has a good length to it & you can add to that again by attaching the rigid stand from the back of the unit. The suction is excellent hen using either the hose or the unit in it's upright (normal) position. The bagless emptying system is second to none. I bought a cheap vac that looked like a Dyson for about £180 a year or so back ... you had to clean 5 filters everytime you used it. I got fed up with that & it blew up after a couple of months. This taught me that buying what looks like a dyson for a bargain isn't really a bargain! I would recommend this Dyson to anyone ... and the fact that it's never let me down despite me using it for a house with a dog in it surely proves my point.