Showing posts from May, 2017

Samsung Galaxy A3 - Pros and Cons

So, as you may be aware, I have got a new phone. This phone arrived on Wednesday last week and it is a Samsung Galaxy A3. In this post, I will be talking about the phone and giving a basic overview and review, mainly so that you can see if the phone is worth it. So, I must say, I do like this phone. Yeah, I prefer Windows, but the simple fact of the matter is that the choice is limited when it comes to Windows Phones - my provider doesn't even offer Windows Phones on contract anymore. So, that is why I got this phone. I will talk you through the pros and cons of this phone, from the point of view of a Windows Phone user of 3 years. So lets get started! The first thing I want to discuss is the main 'pro' of Android itself, not the phone. As this is something that should definitely be considered when you buy a new phone. So, what is this pro, you may ask. Well, it's the choice. With Android, you can get phones from a variety of manufacturers and each phone is unique a

The shambolic state of the NHS

You may already know that the NHS is in a shambolic state. I do. Especially after the way they NHS have treated me lately. To explain how I feel, I am going to quote one of my latest Facebook statuses. When I first went to the doctors, the doctor essentially turned me down and just prescribed me ibuprofen. She didn't even listen to all of my symptoms. She heard the word headache, gave me pain killer and then told me to get an eye test and then essentially told me to fuck off. So I did, I got an eye test, and that went fine - my eyes have got slightly, but not much worse.  After my eye test, I feel better for a week. Ok then, I’m getting better then. Clearly not. The next week I became ill again, same old headache shit. This was two weeks before half term, and so I was hoping that I would be better by half term. How wrong I was, I was ill over half term and also on the first week back to school. I then went to the doctors, this time getting a much better doctor. He checked my b

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Now that is what I call great customer service

Well, you may have seen my previous post where I am talking about phones. This is going to be another post about phones. In particular, my experience with Virgin Mobile and upgrading early. So, as I said in the previous post, my phone is diabolical. For a phone to require a restart three times within two hours is just shambolic. I mean, come on... do you want your customers to be loyal and buy another phone off you in the future? Well, the good news is that I won't have to deal with this shambolic phone for much longer. Why? Virgin's amazing customer service. So, we rang up Virgin because, as you may have read in the previous post, I cannot afford to buy a new sim free phone. The phone I wanted was (and still is, at the time of posting) on Virgin as part of a £19 contract. Now, the contract didn't suit me so I chose to upgrade to the £22 contract - which includes more data. Now, this had to be done on the phone as Virgin do not offer the facility to upgrade early on the

I need a new phone - and a rant about phone prices

So, well, I will admit it - my phone is shit. In the past I have denied it when people have told me that my phone is shit, but I will admit it now: It's shit! So, I need a new phone... hmm.... where do I start. Well, the first thing I need is a budget, and I have one - £150 approx. Ok then... so what do I do next? Well, that's simple, I take a look online. And what do I find? More shit. There are no phones within my budget that are decent, and there aren't even any cheap Samsung phones available within my budget. So, as far as I am concerned... THE PHONE MANUFACTURERS DO NOT CARE ABOUT PEOPLE WHO CAN'T AFFORD THEIR PHONES, ALL THEY WANT TO DO IS BRIBE YOU TO BUY THEIR MOST EXPENSIVE DEVICE. As far as I am concerned, this simply isn't fair - and it's certainly not the right thing to do either. The phone manufacturers should make cheap phones, and they shouldn't be as good as their expensive phones, but if a phone OEM makes a cheap phone and the custo

Exams, exams and more exams!

Well, the day I write this I have two weeks until my first two AS Level (Year 12) exams. That's 14 days. Not long at all. And well, I know people who are in Year 11 and doing their GCSEs - and they've got exams even before I do! Hell, some people have been doing exams this week! So, you may be asking yourselves, what on earth is this blog post about? Well, that is simple.... Good Luck! No matter what exams you're doing, no matter how many exams you have and no matter who you are, I wish you good luck with all of your exams. I know what it's like to go through the exam period, I've already been through it once with my GCSEs. For me, this exam period is my second - and it certainly isn't my last, and it probably isn't your last either. So, anyway, below is one of the things I have been saying to someone, who shall not be named, who has been constantly worrying about a particular exam. Walk into the exam and, in your head obviously - don't want t

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Evaluation Question 1 - In what ways do your media products use, develop or challenge the forms and conventions of real media products?


Evaluation Question 2 - How does your media product represent social groups?

Evaluation Question 3 - What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?


Evaluation Question 4 - Who would be the audience for your media product?

Evaluation Question 4 by James Deakin on Scribd

Evaluation Question 5 - What did you do to attract/ address your audience?

1. Front Cover Contents Page Double Page Spread 2. A younger audience member (aged 17) The magazine really does appeal to me, the layout and design doesn't look too old fashioned and it is simple. There are a variety of artists featured in the magazine, some of which are like more than others. However, the use of these artists shows that there are a variety of genres featured in the magazine. In addition, the choice of clothing for Nate really does appeal to me. It is modern and is the kind of clothing worn by a lot of people in my age range. In addition, the use of a Spotify voucher also attracted me. This is because I do not have a CD player and prefer to stream the music that I listen to, as it's easier and cheaper. Therefore, this voucher will attract people to the magazine. An older audience member I'm not a fan of the genre of the main artist featured in this magazine, however, the other artists do appeal to me. In addition, even though I don't like the genre of a

Evaluation Question 6 - What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?

Evaluation Question 7 - Looking back at my preliminary task what do I feel I have learnt in the progression from it?