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  1.  From a former Windows lover...


    Previously, I owned a high end laptop running 64 bit Windows 7. Now it's fair to say that Windows 7 is a very good operating system. It sorted a lot of the problems Vista had and it was a very pleasant experience.

    But there was something lacking and I couldn't help but notice my friend's 2010 Macbook Pro. So I went and researched into it more...

    In July 2011, I purchased a 15" Macbook Pro and it's nothing short of an incredible piece of hardware. I concur when people say that it is very expensive and some may say it is overpriced, but the experience I am having on this laptop trounces any past experience I've had with other laptops.

    Everything is quick, hardly any lock ups and the start-up time is brilliant. Visually it looks fantastic and the laptop itself looks very sleek and very smart. The backlit keyboard is a great addition and comes in very handy when you are in the dark.

    The battery life comes in at a very respectable 7 hours. For comparison, my last laptop could only last 4 hours and it usually turned out to be around 3 hours at the end of the day. I find that I get the full 7 hours when I am simply doing internet browsing, watching some youtube clips here and there and at half brightness.

    Coming from Windows, it was at first quite hard for me to grasp how to quit programs fully and to copy and paste, but you find out soon enough that you can do everything on a Mac, the only difference is, is that it does it slightly different.

    The biggest surprise for me though was the speakers. The quality is just incredible. I've never encountered laptop speakers that produced such a fantastic sound and on high volume! Usually, as you got the higher the sound would crackle, but on my Macbook Pro this is non-existent; it's truly magnificent.

    I currently am using the new Lion operating system and it borrows a lot of features and gestures from iOS which many may realise is the operating system used on the iPod, iPhone & iPad. It's a great experience and the multi-touch gestures are so enjoyable to use. This operating system is just so simple to use and to navigate that the transition for a Windows user of 10+ years to a Mac wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.

    I wouldn't recommend this laptop for gaming though. That's not to say that you shouldn't game on the laptop, because it is capable of doing so, but there isn't a massive offering and I haven't found it as smooth as I did back on Windows. Nevertheless, Steam offers its own Mac section .

    In closing, I'm so elated that I made the jump from PC to Mac. Windows 7 is a great operating system, but I am enjoying using my Macbook Pro so much more. It's simple to use, it's lightning fast and it's so great at the end of the day. The laptop has a sturdy, smooth build which you would expect from an aluminium body and I love how quick hibernation is.

    It's expensive, but it's a purchase that will no doubt last you a long time since Apple show a lot of support for their laptops.

  2.  Pretty, Perfect, Powerful


    When you first set eyes and hands on the Galaxy S2, there are two things that will probably go through your mind at first glance. First off, 'wow, that screen is big' and second, 'it's so incredibly light and thin'. You would definitely not be wrong as the screen is approximately 4.3" and it only weights in at 116g.

    I am going to address the screen first. The Galaxy S2 sports a Super AMOLED Plus screen (an improvement over the Super AMOLED screen in the Galaxy S) and it offers much more crisper text and much more vibrancy and brightness in the colours. It is an absolute joy to watch videos, play games or view pictures. It's definitely one of the biggest things about this phone that I like to make a song and a dance about, because it truly is a fantastic screen that you won't find with other phones.

    Moving on, the Galaxy S packs 1GB of RAM and a 1.2GHz dual core processor and the results are very noticeable. The power-up is quick, the fluidness of swiping screens is incredible and just the general responsiveness of the phone is magnificent. The power of this phone bursts out at you from everywhere; you simply cannot help but instantaneously notice it.

    The camera quality and video recording is just phenomenal on this phone. The 8MP camera produces some great, high quality shots and the recording at full HD is just the height of this phone's capabilities. It is important to note that at full HD (1080p), you cannot use the zoom function on the camera. The phone also has a 2mp front facing camera and although it isn't as impressive as the rear facing camera, it's one of the highest quality front facing cameras that I have used. It should make video conferencing that little bit more crisper.

    The design and aesthetics of the phone are probably the one thing that will be a hit and miss with people. The phone feels very nice in your hand and is lovely and thin; however, it does not sport the premium feel that you may find with other phones. It is definitely an upgrade from the Galaxy S, but I wouldn't consider it to be premium. Nevertheless, I find it still very nice to hold and to use.

    The new TouchWiz 4.0 is a big improvement over the previous instalment and there is a nice overlay. The wallpapers look even more impressive, mainly due to the Super AMOLED Plus screen.

    I have managed to use the game hub and although the selection of games is not largely diverse, there are still a nice selection of social and premium games and some are free.

    I really do not know what else to say about this phone. The browsing experience is great, the responsiveness and fluidity is perfect, the quality is out of this world. This phone is really so enjoyable to use and I would go out of my way to recommend this phone to anyone looking at a new smartphone or an Android powered phone; it's a real treat and I think Samsung have manufactured a winner here.

  3.  Perfect for Any Scenario


    There's really not much I can say about this device, it's just really cool and really neat. It's perfect for portability in comparison to other iPods because this comes with a little, handy clip that means I don't have to go out splashing more cash on bands that hold the iPod.

    I do a lot of jogging and running and I have to say this is just the most handy thing. Originally, I used my iPod Touch but I am sure you can imagine the improvement when I picked up a shuffle was big. It's not a hindrance and it can be easily pocketed allowing for safe keeping and for it to be secure.

    The music quality is good depending on the headphones you use. The standard Apple headphones are good enough, but music lovers can always look elsewhere for more advanced headphones for that better music experience.

    The aesthetics are great, it's simple but nice. It's just a nice little iPod that comes in very handy. Those looking for more than just music, then I would say this is not the iPod you want; however, those looking for a robust iPod that be used when walking, running, in the gym, around the house, cleaning etc. then this is the one you want.

  4.  A Powerhouse of a Phone


    With the current influx of smartphones packing a dual core processor, the Samsung Galaxy S still manages to remain relevant with its fantastic array of hardware packed into the phone.

    The Galaxy S models a 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor, PowerVR SGX540 GPU, Hummingbird chipset and what that translates into is very good performance in both using the phone for general use and for gaming/multimedia purposes

    The Galaxy S features an impressive Super AMOLED screen. Those of you who are not familiar with AMOLED, OLED screens contain an organic molecule such as a polymer which is electroluminescent when a voltage is applied to it. What this provides is more vibrant colour and better brightness and this is something you can instantaneously see when you get your hands on the phone. The screen is 4" in size and sports gorilla glass. The screen is just something to screen and shout about with this phone, it really is fantastic.

    The camera is capable of taking 5mp and can also record 720p video at 30 frames per second and the videos are brilliant. The camera, in good lighting conditions, produces some great photographs; however, the lack of flash is really disappointing. Quality is lacking unfortunately when taking photographs at night unless there is some kind of additional lighting in the environment; it also includes a camera on the front of the phone, but it is only VGA quality

    The phone casing is just a black plastic and I can understand why some may think it feels 'cheap'; however, for me, the phone is super light, thin and has a rather stylish look to it. Just as a note, this phone weights approximately 119g! It's ridiculously light

    Samsung has also included swype with this phone and it's quite a intuitive way of typing after you get used to it. I would recommend you search the web for a video demonstration of this, but what you basically do is this; let's say you want to type the word 'the', then all you would do is put your finger on t, and then whilst keeping it on the glass, move it to h and then to e. A trail should appear where you just dragged your finger and out pops the word 'the'. It took me a short while to get used to, but when you get the hang of it, it's pretty good.

    The phone's firmware is updated by a program called Kies and this comes directly from Samsung. I have to say that Kies is a bit of a hit and miss with me. I personally hate it and I find it more of a hindrance than anything else, but Samsung have rolled out some updates for the program and it is improving so it's not exactly the terrible excuse of a program as it was previously.

    I have to mention this unfortunately and this might just be my own personal experience and may not apply to everyone, but I also have another device that packs a 1GHz processor and I found in some cases that was quicker. For me, this phone can sometimes get hit with a performance snag and it slows down. But not before long, it'll sort itself out and be back to its normal self, but it's just something that annoyed me and that's simply down to the software that Samsung have developed and used in the phone. The processor is absolutely fine and can still pack that mighty punch, but if you are getting annoyed with it, there are solutions available out on the net.

    All in all, I think this phone is mighty darn fine. It packs a great array of hardware and is definitely a flagship for Android alongside some of the HTC phones. But just as a little heads up to anyone, the Samsung Galaxy S2 is releasing in May so you might want to check up on that. Just think Galaxy S, but more epic. Nevertheless, this is a cracking phone and I would recommend it to anyone thinking about wanting a smartphone or going over to Android.

  5.  A fantastically cheap mouse


    The GM-M6900 is a great bargain for anyone who is looking to for a mouse that provides high precision and a sleek design.

    The aesthetics and design of the mouse are two of its many great appeals. The use of black material with the red lights produces a stylish design. However, more importantly, the design is very comfortable.

    It sports grips on the left hand side of the mouse allowing for quick, precise movements without the drawback of your hand slipping on the material; the rubber provides good friction ensuring that your hand doesn't slip. Furthermore, the grip is also sweat-proof which is advantageous if you're been playing a game for instance, a long time in a warm room.

    Overall, the streamline design of the mouse ensures maximum comfortability and I believe it sets a high standard for mice that retail at this price. In some cases, I would say that it excels more expensive gaming mice.

    The wheel can be gripped easily and slides smoothly. The wheel also includes tilt capability so overall providing five customisable buttons: scroll forward, scroll backward, tilt left, tilt right and clicking the wheel. This level of customisability will no doubt come in very handy for many different types of games and reduces the strain of your hand on the keyboard.

    Below the wheel, there are two DPI buttons, one to increase the DPI and the other to decrease. The level of DPI is indicated by the red lights. When on the lowest setting, only one red light will be active and on the highest setting (3200DPI) three red lights will be active.

    In addition to all of this, the mouse also includes two customisable buttons on the left hand side of the mouse.

    In conclusion, I believe that this mouse provides top quality design and functionality in regards to its price. I would very much recommend this mouse to gamers and also to people looking for a mouse which boasts high functionality.

  6.  An enthralling read


    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, because it always had me returning for more. I wanted to press on through the book due to the captivating storyline and characters; I wanted to see how it all developed and what the grand finale would be. It was just refreshing to find such a well written, engrossing book which you could settle down to every night.

    The characters are this book's forte. Lisbeth Salander is portrayed in a peculiar way; she is shown in a sociopath light, who is just strange and is not interested in any kind of conversation unless it is to do with her work, but as the book develops and as Lisbeth develops, you begin to be enlightened to more of Lisbeth's past. Her past makes the character such an interesting fictional character and makes you always question what's next? Mikael Blomkvist is probably the complete polar opposite of Lisbeth and what is so captivating about this book is reading about how his relationship with Lisbeth progresses and evolves as certain things occur around them.

    This book does not shy away from the element of love and sex; they're crucial in the development of the characters and to further iterations of the Millenium series. However, it also would quench the thirst of anyone looking for a magnificent crime thriller.

    It is successful on many levels. I would certainly recommend that you read this book and continue on in the Millenium trilogy. The characters develop a huge amount in the second book so there is a lot more to still be had after this book.

  7.  A fantastic printer


    The printer is fantastic. Prints quickly and is exceptionally easy to set up.

    HOWEVER, and this is the reason why I gave it 4 stars, there is NO USB CABLE included. It caught me out and I would prefer nobody else get caught out in the process. Make sure you have an A-Male to B-Male USB cable.

    Besides that, I would definitely recommend this printer to anyone.

  8.  LittleBigAwesome


    This is just a massive improvement over LittleBigPlanet, but still retains everything that you loved about the original LittleBigPlanet.

    To begin with, the single player is so much more compelling. The storyline actually is very decent and the core gameplay is fantastic. For instance, the addition of gadgets such as the grabinator and the cakeinator really energise the gameplay and offer variety in the way you play the game.

    The one issue I had with LittleBigPlanet 1 was the connectivity when playing online. You'll be pleased to know that the connections are very stable; although, I won't lie, I have been victim of a few hiccups here and there, but the improvement is gargantuan. You can play a level with 4 people quite easily.

    But I would not recommend LittleBigPlanet 2 if you are only going to be playing the single player. The world of LittleBigPlanet lies beyond single player and in the realms of the community. The community of LittleBigPlanet 2 are a fantastic and very talented bunch. I would recommend you take a quick look at Youtube and you'll find some awe-inspiring gameplay footage of different levels that ordinary people have made.

    The best part of all this is that you can play these levels very easily using the search buttons if you are looking for something specific or using the other options such as MM (Media Molecule) picks; it is a complete doddle. But if that's not enough for you and you have some ideas floating around in your head, head straight to the creation area and starting making your ideas a reality.

    LittleBigPlanet 2 has unlimited replay value. Why? Well each day more and more levels are created with new and different twists to them. They're bigger and better than LittleBigPlanet 1 so expect some great things.

    Basically, if you're 7, 18, 25 or 40+, this game is extremely enjoyable and will cater for all ages. Don't be fooled by the cute, cuddly sackboy. I very much hope to see all of you on LittleBigPlanet 2 in the near future, because it is a brilliant game for your PlayStation 3.

  9.  The Epitome of a Mobile Case


    I love the Galaxy S, but there are some times when I don't even feel it in my pocket due to Samsung's design choice of making the phone so light. I am amazed at how light they made the phone, but I really think this is beside the point.

    This case really does two things. First of all, it adds a bit of bulk and weight to the phone. For me, it's nice to feel the phone in my pocket than to feel nothing, because I know if my phone is in my pocket basically. In addition to this, when operating on the phone, it is nice to get a good grip on the phone when carrying out my actions.

    Secondly and by far more importantly, my phone feels incredibly protected. I genuinely feel my phone is protected. To put this into perspective, I dropped my phone within 3 days of having it (a very silly mistake) and I got a nice dent into my phone so I could not wait for my phone case to come through and since then, the phone has took some bumps and it is looking fantastic. It truly is the ultimate protection for the Galaxy S.

    For this price, I had to give it 5*. If you are looking for major protection and/or a bit of weight and bulk to your phone, then buy this case for Galaxy S. I am very impressed by my purchase.

  10.  A magnificent improvement


    I absolutely love this device so I can comprehend why some may be questioning why I only gave it 4 stars, but I will elaborate on why I gave it for 4 stars later in the review.

    First off, I would just like to state I upgraded from a second generation iPod Touch to a fourth generation and the difference was massive. The first thing that should strike you about this device is just its responsiveness. The upgrade in RAM and processor clearly show through, because the movements and load up times of applications and the iPod Touch itself are just so fluent and sleek . It's just so refreshing, because evidentially I had a 2nd gen iPod Touch which was lagging in speed so this upgrade has really impressed me.

    Moving on from this, this iPod touch comes packed with a camera and what Apple claim to be 'HD recording'. The camera is very much welcomed and so is the HD recording. It just makes it more of a complete package and with the addition of a microphone, it finally enables me to be able to skype with people.

    However, my first gripe with this device is in fact the quality of pictures. The device is just short of a 1MP camera. However, as long as you are not planning on printing off the pictures, that should suffice for your everyday needs. It's not a massive set back, but don't be expecting the best camera and recording experience ever, because it isn't.

    Moving on from that though, the retina screen really boasts some fantastic clarity. I can zoom straight in and the letters still look fantastic. I can't fault the retina screen, it makes everything so crisp.

    The browser is also noticeably faster. I can do most of my searching very quick and efficiently, which is also a delightful addition.

    And finally, my final gripe with this device is its back. I hate the back mainly because of its susceptibility to scratching.It looks very sleek and sexy (if you can understand where I am coming from here), but it just scratches so much. I even have a backing on it and put it all safely away, but still has some scratches; albeit, they are minor scratches.

    It also feels much lighter than before and slightly thinner.

    In conclusion, this device still offers the greatness that the iPod Touch range has to offer. It packs much more than its predecessor and I would certainly recommend this to anyone. I would of loved to have given it a five star, but a true review would certainly not ignore its faults as well.