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  • Review: Dead Space 2

    February 3, 2011 @ 10:25 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    When it comes to horror films, I’m a bit of a wuss. I try to avoid watching them late at night, or when I’m going to be alone for any length of time, mainly because it inevitably ends in nightmares at 3am. But I do it anyway.

    Games are no different. And Dead Space 2 is possibly one of the eeriest games I’ve played in a long time.


  • Review: Sony NWZ W202

    July 9, 2009 @ 1:56 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    When a tech company touts anything as “wearable” technology, I usually find myself flinching. Perhaps it’s because I can remember the days when a certain firm who shall remain nameless tried to convince me that some fairly terrible looking portable digital picture frames would make a good necklace for a night out.

    Hint: It didn’t.


  • Review: Samsung Tocco Ultra

    July 1, 2009 @ 11:19 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    I can still remember the excitement of getting my first touch screen mobile phone. I thought it was the best thing I’d ever owned. I spent a couple of hours just dragging things around the screen, showing it off to friends, generally being a bit of a nerd.

    But then touch-screen fatigue set in. Every phone going has one now; it’s no longer a novelty. I blame the iPhone. These days, if it’s not touch screen, people don’t want to know.

    Right about the time I discovered how easy it is to mess up text messages on it, funnily enough. And then I got my hands on a Blackberry Curve and I remembered how much I like a proper keyboard, no matter how teeny. The touch screen had lost its appeal for me.

    Enter the Samsung Tocco Ultra. Unlike its predecessor, the Ultra not only has the touch screen interface, but also a slide out keypad. Like a regular, normal phone. One I don’t want to throw across the room.


  • Review: Blackberry Curve 8900

    March 22, 2009 @ 12:25 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    The Blackberry Curve 8900

    I was never a big fan of Blackberry devices in the past. They seemed a little too serious, a little too business-like for my taste. And to be fair, they were originally designed to keep busy people tethered to their email no matter where they were.

    However, RIM’s latest offerings have certainly shaken off the “dull” tag that used to dog the Blackberry. From the Pearl to the Storm, and now the Curve, Blackberry is finding its niche in the consumer market.

    It’s taken some time, but it’s safe to say I’m hooked.

  • Review: The INQ phone

    February 23, 2009 @ 1:38 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    The INQ phone - with integrated Facebook, Skype and MSN Messenger

    The INQ phone is designed to appeal to those who can’t bear to be disconnected from Facebook or Bebo or longer than is necessary. Who need to be hooked into Skype or MSN Messengerfor large parts of the day because .. well, just because. In other words, it was designed to appeal to someone just like me.