martes, 24 de septiembre de 2013

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

After the sad passing of my previous Kindle, I decided to upgrade a notch when replacing what's become an almost essential piece of gadgetry for me. I had my doubts about how necessary the major innovation of this model was - the backlit screen, that is - but then again, I had the same reservations about all aspects of the Kindle generally before I bought it, and have never looked back. So a little faith needed, I thought.

I plumped for the 3G version, which as with previous models, is fractionally more expensive - but I figured it was worth going the whole hog. It's really an advantage, if not an absolute necessity, to be able to access content wherever you are, and it bumps up the whole Kindle experience a bit for me (as well as making it even easier to drop your money on a whim ...)

How is this model different to those before, then? For me, the biggest difference was the introduction of the touchscreen. Again, it's not really a must - it doesn't do anything the previous versions' paddles and buttons didn't, but it's extremely intuitive and makes the navigation of menus in particular much quicker and easier. In terms of performance, this aspect of the Paperwhite is great - responsive and tactile (obviously ...), it's a great addition.

Then there's the backlighting. I was a bit wary of this - one of the best things about Kindle is how they're not-quite-book, not-quite-computer; there's none of the glare and eyestrain that comes with conventional screens, making reading so much more comfortable than I initially assumed it would be. I wondered if this feature would take away from this - but I needn't have worried. Actually, it's a neat upgrade - best of all, it's adjustable on a sliding scale, so it's never brighter than it needs to be and can be controlled and tweaked to your level of comfort. This makes it a bit more versatile than before - it's easy to read in darker light now - without losing anything or sacrificing the major advantages of the Kindle.

Everything that was true of the Kindle before is true of this version - it really does make reading better - you can take books everywhere, you can juggle multiple novels, read documents, instantly buy new material when you've run out ... for me it's a revolution, and this is the logical progression in that process.
 
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martes, 10 de septiembre de 2013

Samsung Galaxy S2

Brought this phone recently and having always been an iphone person I'm surprised how good samsungs actually are especially this phone.

Advantages..

- Graphics are excellent especially when looking at photos/videos or playing racing apps
- Menu is very easy to use and to navigate around, you can also customize home screen easily to allow for easy access to favorite apps.
- Touch screen is extremely good and very smooth, especially when sliding from one page to another.
- Camera is very good, and the pictures look excellent even when blown up on computers.
- Design is very sleek and light
- Battery is very good and if youre not playing games/music it lasts for days and days.

Disadvantages..

- Phone can get very hot, especially when talking to someone on it as youre holding the phone but becomes unbearable sometimes.
- Battery life is good, however downloading apps its awful, with the battery life decreasing hugely.
- I also found that over time battery life gets worse and worse so be careful how many times you charge it.
- Not the most durable phone there is, my friend dropped it off a chair and it smashed.
- The phone - computer software is tricky to set up on windows 8 laptops/computers for some reason.

jueves, 5 de septiembre de 2013

JVC HA-S160-R-E

The headphones came packaged in thick plastic, through which the headphones can clearly be seen. I needed a sharp pair of scissors (and a fair bit of patience) to open the packaging.

Initially I thought that the headphones felt a little flimsy, my daughter has took much better care of these ones but I am still a little surprise that they have lasted this long, so it seems they are of a better quality than I had first thought. They are incredibly lightweight, in fact holding them in my hand now it barely feels like I am holding anything at all.

The stainless steal headband is adjustable, they are really simple to adjust should you need them a little bigger or smaller. My daughter has them on the smallest possible setting, on the few occasions I have borrowed them I tend to have them set somewhere in the middle. They fit very well and do not move about or slip off. There is a "L" and a "R" on each side to ensure the headphones are on the correct way although I am not sure that my daughter pays much attention to this.

As mentioned earlier we have the red headphones looking at them now I cannot believe how good these look, there is no scratches or marks on them, in fact they still look really bright and shiny. The brand name is clearly displayed on each of the earphones in silver capital letters. The ear phones are padded inside and both my daughter and I find them comfortable on the ears. JVC claim that they have a "noise cancelling design", whilst wearing them they do cancel out most of the sounds from outside, but not completely. Personally I quite like this as my daughter can get quite absorbed in her music and games, so I like that she is at least a little aware of whats going on around her. Most importantly, others around cannot hear any noise coming from the headphones, which is a plus when Justin Bieber is my daughters choice of "music". The volume however is determind by the setting on the device not the headphones, I would have liked a separate volume control on the actual headphones but its not something that has ever bothered my daughter. I do encourage her to make sure the volume is not too loud on her device as I am aware that this can be dangerous.

Now, these are called "flats", not because they make the music sounds particularly flat but because they fold flat. The ear phones can twist about a little and therefore lie flat. Combined with their light weight this has proved to be incredibly helpful and useful. My daughter often stays at her grandparents house and packs a rather large suitcase to take with her and of course all her devices go with her including these headphones. The headphones can be neatly placed in the suitcase without the ear parts sticking out, meaning they are a little less likely to get broken.

The cable is black in colour and measure 1.2m, its a nice length - being neither overly long or too short - which suits my daughters needs well. As the cable is quite thin it has got tangled on a few occasions but this seems to be a problem with most headphones and I can easily untangle it.

As mentioned earlier I have borrowed these headphones on a few occasions although I haven't used them to listen to music but catch up on some TV through BBC iplayer. As I don't want to disturb my boyfriends sleep whilst I catch up on the latest goings on in " The White Queen" on my laptop, I stick these on. I have found the sound quality to be pretty good, they are certainly not amazing but they are much better than I was expecting. I've just had a little listen to my daughters MP3 with these headphones and the sound is pretty good, my daughter has never complained that they have a poor sound quality.

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JVC HA-F150-B-E GUMY

I have lost so many pairs of earphones that I am starting to think that my house has little borrower people living in it. I put them down in one place and never see them again. I have lost at least 10 pairs of Apple earphones in the last couple of years and it is starting to get expensive. I have bought a couple of pairs of so-called, genuine Apple earphones on Ebay but they have been useless. So I have been on a mission to buy a decent pair of earphones at a reasonable price. When it comes to earphones I really don't like the ones which go right inside my ear, so I normal opt for the ones that sit just on the inside of the ear. Please see below for my thoughts on these earphones...

~*~*~ Packaging, Price and Availability ~*~*~

These Gummy earphones come in a transparent, hard, plastic container. On the front of the packaging is the JVC logo and the name of the product 'Gummy'. Because the packaging is transparent the earphones are easily viewable. The earphones are made front a soft, durable silicone. The cable is 1m long and the earphones can be plugged into any device with a 3.5mm stereo socket. The earphones comes in a variety of different colours such as pink, blue, green, white, black and the list goes on.

I purchased my earphones from Tesco's for around £5.00, but they are currently on offer at £4.00 (as of 03/09/2013). These earphones can also be purchased from Asda, Sainsbury's, Ebay and Amazon, for around the same price.

~*~*~ My Thoughts ~*~*~

I decided to try these earphones as the packaging was very eye catching and funky looking. The fact that these come in all different colours was also a plus as I choose the pink ones as I knew my brothers or partner probably wouldn't pinch them. I also purchased these because they were the kind of earphone that just rest on the inner part of your ear and don't go all the way in, this was clear to see as the packaging was transparent.

Once I placed the earphones in my ear I found them very comfortable to wear, they also didn't keep dropping out every minute. Once they are placed in the ear they are a snug fit and they feel very secure. I also go running with these earphones in and they always stay put. The cable is of the earphones is a perfect length, not too long and not too short.

Now the most important question... Sound quality!

The sound quality of these earphones is fantastic. The sound is very clear and there is no 'tingy' sound which I have found with other cheap earphones in the past. They also block background noises very well. I think these are just as good, if not better, than Apple earphones.
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