Okay, so to start of this review I will point out that even though this is in the 'Toys' section of Play.com, it is not actually toy like and is made out of real wood which is unlike some others which are made out of cheap plastic. On the official herald box, which is shown in the picture, it says "My first Ukulele...." but I think this is more than just a kids toy.
I've been looking at Ukulele's for weeks and all I've come across is Ukulele's that cost around 20 GBP and then jumping straight up to 50-300 GBP. As I am a complete beginner, I wasn't going to buy an expensive one! This Ukulele is cheap, very very cheap which is a good thing and to say the very least, it does it's job well.
This Ukulele (as of 30/05/2012) cost me just 15 GBP. The reason I did buy it was because it had mostly good reviews on Argos, whereas another Ukulele I'd been looking at - the Stagg US10 had fairly mixed reviews and didn't look too great. It costs 5 GBP more to buy this exact same Ukulele from Argos but obviously if you're patient then buy it off here for the lower price.
The first thing people usually do when they buy a cheap Ukulele is change the strings to Aquila Nylgut strings. I didn't, and after the strings had been allowed to stretch; they sound brilliant enough without needing to change them. After waiting two days (so the 3rd day) the strings stay in tune quite nicely.
The wood itself looks a bit plasticy but I can assure you it is genuine wood.
Okay, so this Ukulele doesn't come with a nylon gig bag, but lets be realistic and think if a thin piece of plastic would even protect it from any form of bump or scratch.
I can't really knock this down because it's such a good little instrument for anybody who wants to learn and for the price especially, you can't expect an AMAZING product. When I did open the box containing the Ukulele it had white (presuming it was glue, if not.. ew.) residue on the top of the headstock - not to worry, it's all gone now.
This is a Soprano Ukulele, I can't remember Play.com stating that anywhere. It's very cute, it's perfect for any age and I really recommend this instrument. I'm well on the way to playing a song because the chords are so easy to remember/learn.
I think you should buy one :D
I hope this review was helpful, there wasn't one when I purchased this :(