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I purchased this camera around 4 years ago and it is still going strong! I initially purchased the Sony Cybershot DSC-W210 because of great reviews I had heard from friends. I was pleasantly surprised to find the camera in a small amount of packaging that had very little waste. The box comes with the camera, a rechargeable battery pack, a charger for the battery and a USB cable used for plugging your camera into your computer. The USB cable also allows you to plug the camera into your television so you can see all of the pictures you have taken on a big screen. Now, in regards to specifications, the camera is 12.1MP and the picture quality is fantastic, definitely due to the well designed Carl Zeiss lens. The camera is capable of 4X zoom without impacting the quality of the images at all so it is definitely highly recommended. The device features 10 different modes which can be used during different situations such as in bad lighting situations or in the dark. One feature on it that's really cool is the smile recognition feature that the camera has. It ensures that all of the pictures that you take are in focus by focusing on the smiles of the people in the image (max. 8 people). The camera has a rear facing 2.7" LCD screen perfect for previewing images before taking them but I have noticed that it is very prone to getting scratched if the camera is not stored in a protective bag while not in use. The batteries don't need charging for a good while after a full charge so you can rest assured that you will not miss any precious moments. I haven't had a chance to take a video with the camera yet (never had a use for it!) but after taking a quick test video it seems like the video quality is excellent also. You can also record videos with audio using the built in microphone which isn't bad at all. I had a small problem not relating to the device itself though. The charging cable that comes with the camera stopped functioning for me and I contacted Sony regarding it but they offered very steep costs for getting a new one. I ended up using a third party battery charger and it is working perfectly though. (Just a heads up just in case it happens to anyone else!) Overall I would recommend this to someone who wants to take great quality photos on a small budget and will definitely recommend it to friends due to its sheer quality!
I purchased the Kodak ESP C110 all-in-one recently for a great price. Similar to other all-in-one's it contains a printer, scanner and copier and all of the features work excellently. I primarily use it for printing and it hasn't let me down so far. The main thing that attracted me to this printer was Kodak's cost effective ink. I haven't actually opened the spare set of ink I purchased with the product yet because the printer is utilising the test cartridges that came with the product well and never has any waste. The device has a small screen used for copying but I haven't had to use the screen at all as the device is basic enough to use with buttons. All of the printing is done through the PC so I actually haven't had to use any functions on the device itself apart from the copying which I tested once. The scanner function is really good and the pictures and documents that I have tested are very clear and without blemishes. The installation of the ink was a little weird though. With the ink you must plug the cartridges into a plastic "head" which then fits into the carrier in the printer which left me a little confused for a few minutes as to the use of the "head" until I read the instructions that came with the device. Overall I would recommend the printer even only for the low cost of the product and the inks which are excellent quality.
I actually won an Apple iPad 32GB wifi in a competition that I entered before Christmas. I have to admit something, I can't leave it down! I find so much use for the iPad during the day and it's also great for boosting productivity. In regards to the design itself the device features a 9.7" screen and a really attractive aluminium back featuring the ever so famous Apple logo. The device has a battery life of 10 hours giving you plenty of time to watch all of the movies and TV programmes you would like while also fitting in some time to listen to some music available through the iTunes platform on the device or on the PC. In regards to software the iPad comes with a built in messaging platform called iMessages allowing you to send free messages internationally to all iPod/iPhone/iPad users and also has a free video call platform called Facetime to chat to friends and family in all countries! The device has a front and back facing camera and both can be used for Facetime and for traditionally taking photos and videos also! The device itself is very fast at doing all features including web browsing and checking emails and playing games so it is definitely highly recommended for everyone! Keep in mind though that these premiums come at a cost and while the iPad is expensive, it is definitely worth it!
I purchased this laptop for myself (as a treat!) at Christmas 2010 and it is brilliant! There were two colours for sale in the store red & black and while I had initially picked the black model I changed my mind and decided to be adventurous and go for the red model. In regards to the design of the laptop, the cover features a nice mesh exterior and the design was the main thing that originally attracted me to the laptop. It has a nice 15.6" HD LCD screen perfect for watching movies. The model that I purchased has a 320GB HDD and also has 3GB DDR3 RAM. The operating system is Windows 7 Home Premium and it's great for lots of personal work such as essays (my laptop came preinstalled with Word 2007) and also has the stability for business use. The laptop has a nice full keyboard with a numeric pad on the right and features a power button with a very interesting design. It has a Intel Pentium Processor T4500 and has been fast enough for all the activities I perform daily such as word processing and even strenuous activities such as playing downloaded games or playing games from discs such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The speakers are quite good but wouldn't be the loudest ones around. I'd highly recommend external speakers if you are not going to be using headphones and using speakers primarily. The laptop features an internal webcam (1.3 MP) and internal microphone. Both are handy for personal conversations using Skype (which came on the laptop) but I wouldn't count on them for business conversations as I generally seem to get interference with the microphone but not every time. Externally it has three USB ports, a HDMI port, ethernet port and a DVD-Super Multi DL drive. There is also an SD card port on the front left of the laptop. This comes in very handy if your digital camera uses SD cards so you don't have to look around for the table. The HDMI port comes in the most handy when viewing movies or TV shows through your television. (If you have a television that supports HDMI input then I would highly recommend purchasing a HDMI cable to accompany this laptop). The system is well capable of storing battery power with several modes - Balanced, Power Saver, and High Performance. Each have their own specific functions and can be personally tailored for your own specific needs. Overall I would easily recommend this laptop to family and friends due to it's nice design and great price.
I purchased this phone in July 2008 and it was great at the time. It was my first smartphone and worked out reasonably when I purchased it on a contract with my provider. I primarily bought the iPhone 3G for personal use and I am still using it as of now (March 2012) so have had it for nearly 4 years. I really need to upgrade! The phone itself was brilliant. It has a 3.5" screen which is great for using when browsing the web, purchasing/playing music and also use it for checking my emails. The device has a 2 MP camera which is good for basic pictures but not good for long term camera use. The device also has an application store called the App Store which allows you to download lots of free and paid games and applications for use on your phone. The phone was very fast and responsive when it was purchased but now it is very slow and sluggish. It is slow at processing web pages and phone calls keep getting dropped. It was never this way at purchase so I think it may be just due to wear and tear. Overall I would not recommend this phone to friends but would recommend the latest iPhone 4S due to the added features and better design!
I was lucky enough to get the Amazon Kindle 4 as a gift last Christmas (December 2011) and I cannot part from it! It is an excellent device especially for avid readers such as myself. I always found myself to be carrying around heavy books and this definitely wasn't in my favour when I went on any holidays abroad due to baggage restrictions. Luckily my friend purchased the Kindle for me. The device itself is a nice graphite colour and boasts a nice 6" screen so it's very easy to carry around in your bag or even in your pocket. In terms of weight, it is much lighter than a stack of books weighing less than 170 grams. It's very easy to purchase books for the device for a couple of pounds per book (much cheaper than paper versions!) through the Amazon Store either on the device or on your computer. The device has built in wifi to allow you to do this. You can also use the device to browse the internet using an experimental browser that comes on the device. There are not many buttons which allows for easy access and use. The only problem I had with it was there is no backlight on the device so you must have a source of light to begin reading. This was only a small problem though because I purchased an official case with a light and it is protecting it perfectly. Overall, I would happily recommend the Kindle to my friends!