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Frederique Constant Men's FC330RM6B6 RunAbout Analog Display Swiss Automatic Black Watch
Frederique Constant Men's FC330RM6B6 RunAbout Analog Display Swiss Automatic Black Watch
Offered by Watch Expo
Price: $1,661.77

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, well-made watch with top-tier presentation, March 19, 2015
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Fantastically beautiful watch—better in person than pictures can do justice. Surprisingly thin (just over 11mm), but heavy and sturdy. This is a limited edition, and only 1,888 copies were produced. Each one comes with the number engraved on the case back, and a signed certificate of authenticity that also lists the sequence number.

The presentation of this watch is absolutely gorgeous. The oversized watch box with runabout model is stunning, and beautifully made. It's polished wood with a leather interior. Really sets the stage for the watch.

PROS
- VERY well made, feels solid, polished very well, high quality strap. Looks great with a suit, but suitable in more casual situations too.
- Screw down crown and leather strap with waterproof treatment mean you don't have to worry about the watch getting wet.
- Watch is automatic but can also be manually wound.
- Extremely easy to set all functions. In first position, watch can be manually wound. In the second position, you can turn one direction to set the date, and the other direction to set the moon phase. In third position, you can set the time.
- Date pointer is very nice alternative to a date window, I prefer it.
- Stainless steel and sapphire combo make it very durable, hard to scratch.

CONS
- Only thing I could potentially complain about is that the hands are luminous, but nothing else is. I wish there was just a touch more lume, maybe little dots by the numbers. But it's a small gripe, not something I'd dock the watch for.

Considering this is a limited edition watch with a semi-custom movement from a respected Swiss manufacturer, the price here is incredible. Well worth it.
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Cypher Game
Cypher Game
Price: $8.15
24 used & new from $3.16

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Microgame, Cool Theme, Plays Well With 2 to 4 People, December 10, 2014
This review is from: Cypher Game (Toy)
I really like micro games like Love Letter as they are easy to carry around. The biggest problem with Love Letter is that it's so random, and decisions are so simple that there's just not much to it. Cypher still uses only a handful of cards (about 20), but the way it's mechanic works, you end up with more complex, meaningful decisions each turn. Each turn, you end up with 3 cards in your hand—you play one, then draw another, and pass one to your left and one to the right. So you're balancing what to play, what to give to your opponents, and what to keep.

This is interesting because you get some idea of the cards your opponents might have. Plus you're building up a tableau which adds some momentum to the game that Love Letter just doesn't have. It's really fun in this game when it enters the final round, and you think you have the cards necessary to play to win, but you might not.

A lot can change quickly, and while it's definitely got more meaningful decisions than Love Letter, it's still pretty light and fairly random. But the theme is great, the cards work well and seem well balanced, and, again, unlike Love Letter, it actually plays well with 2.


Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband, Black
Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband, Black
Price: $93.88
72 used & new from $86.05

2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Quality, Worse Warranty Service—Avoid For Now, October 22, 2013
I've had the original waist-mounted Fitbit for a long time, and also own the Aria smart scale. Love both of those products, they are great and work well.

This Flex—not so much. First, it feels a bit cheap, but that would be okay with me if it worked. Mine worked for about 3 weeks before conking out. It stopped syncing, the battery started holding a charge for only one day.

At this point, I contacted their support staff, which was an exercise in utter frustration. E-mail representatives from one e-mail to the next couldn't keep track of what I was saying. Went through the same things over and over.

When I had a similar problem (damaged device) with a competing band (the Jawbone Up), the company was very accommodating and sent out a replacement. They also provided a phone number to reach them at.

I would avoid this until they come out with an improved version.
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Amazon Kindle Zip Sleeve, Graphite (fits Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle, and Kindle Touch)
Amazon Kindle Zip Sleeve, Graphite (fits Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle, and Kindle Touch)

147 of 153 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for new Kindle!, September 30, 2011
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Excellent case, fits the Kindle very nicely. Snug, but not too snug to make it tough to fit the Kindle into. Case itself is VERY light and thin, picking it up with the Kindle in it, you almost feel like there can't be anything in there, since the Kindle is so light too.

Feels like there might be a touch of extra space on the side in order to accommodate the Kindle Touch, which is slightly larger than the new Kindle. Nevertheless it feels like the case was designed just for the new Kindle without touch, it fits very well.

The inside material is soft and a bit spongy, and feels like it will offer good protection for the Kindle. I feel comfortable tossing this in a bag or backpack without worrying about damaging the Kindle.

Zipper goes around 2 sides only, and works very smoothly. Great case!
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Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers  (Graphite)
Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers (Graphite)
39 used & new from $64.99

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Kindle yet! Feels to be of higher quality then K3, New Screensavers!, September 30, 2011
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After owning a Kindle 2 and Kindle 3, I'm happy to say the current Kindle is my favorite one yet.

Compared to previous kindles, it leaves out some features: no sound (and thus no text-to-speech), and obviously no keyboard. But otherwise it feels very similar to the K3 in terms of the software.

A couple notes compared to K3:

HARDWARE

I love the new hardware. The page turn buttons seem perfect. It is easier for me to hold in my (large) hands. It's a quick flick of the thumb to press the page turn buttons, which I find incredibly easy to press. While the K3 felt somewhat cheap, this Kindle feels sturdier to me. We'll see how well that holds up over time, but for now, it feels like it a higher-quality product then the Kindle with keyboard. The size/weight combo makes it perfect for me.

SOFTWARE

On-screen keyboard: It is obviously clunky compared to to the actual keyboard, but it is surprisingly fast to select letters. Compared to the onscreen symbol keyboard on the Kindle 3, for example, selecting letters is much faster on this new kindle.

Highlighting: If you like to make highlights, it takes a couple extra clicks now. You move the cursor into position, then click, then click AGAIN to start a highlight. Then you make your highlight, click to end it, and click again to confirm you are ending the highlight. The reason for this is before and after clicking, it gives you an option to type a note to share the passage. So if you highlight a lot, the process is a bit longer now, but not too big of a deal.

Changing Fonts, etc: Changing font sizes and such takes a couple extra clicks as well, since there is no Aa button anymore. Instead, you press Menu and then select the option to change font size. A minor inconvenience, but could be a major one if you change fonts often.

NEW SCREEN SAVERS

If you get the non-special offers one, you'll notice all-new screensavers. No more authors. Instead, it is closeup pictures of blocks with letters, pens and pencils, ink, etc. More writing/printing related things. They more darker and very different, and more generic. I like them!
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Rightline Gear 110830 CampRight Full Size Standard Bed Truck Tent 6.5'
Rightline Gear 110830 CampRight Full Size Standard Bed Truck Tent 6.5'
Offered by Portlight

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Fit on Dodge Ram 6.5 Foot Bed, April 2, 2011
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Tent fit very well, and as advertised, did not leave any scratches on the paint.

Instructions were simple and clear, and took 2 of us about 40 minutes to set up the first time, and probably about half that the second time. Quality of tent seemed high, and did not rip or tear when being stretched over the rough bed liner on the corners.

The only thing that didn't work as expected: the interior clips did not clip on to the tie-down hooks on our truck, probably because the hooks had been covered with a spray-on bed liner. Otherwise, I think the clips would have fit. We were able to improvise around that.

Also kept us dry in the rain. Made camping easier, and would certainly use this again!


Why Does E=mc2?: (And Why Should We Care?)
Why Does E=mc2?: (And Why Should We Care?)
Price: $9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Focused and interesting, over my head in parts, April 1, 2011
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This review comes from the perspective of someone who finds physics fascinating, likes to read popar physics books (eg Brian Greene, etc), but has no background in physics or math save high school classes. If that sounds kind of like you, read on!

In many ways, this was the clearest explanation of relativity and why e=mc2 that I have ever read. The books examples are generally clear, and after the first few chapters I felt like I could explain the basics of special relativity to others.

I also appreciated the level of detail the book goes in to. Without being overwhelming, the authors are specific in explaning why things are so. Better than most books of this nature I have read.

I tried hard to follow the math, but at times it was just over my head, and I couldn't get it. It doesn't detract much, and when they get into it, the authors invite you to glaze over it if need be.

The only other thing that suprised and slightly dissapointed me was that there was no discussion--indeed, not even a mention--of the atomic bomb and how it works in a general sense. Since so many other forms of natural mass to energy uses are discussed in the book, I thought the omission of this was odd. Not a big deal, but something I would have expected to learn a touch about.

Other than that, a great book, good length (not too long) that sticks to its purpose well and admirably makes clear a challenging subject.

Kindle formatting note: overall good, but has spaces between paragraphs and paragraph indents, which is not necessary. Some equations are awkward images in text, and look fuzzy. All diagrams are included and readable, though.


Dusk World
Dusk World
Price: $2.99

68 of 69 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interactive Fiction + Comic Book + Kindle = Fun!, December 14, 2010
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This review is from: Dusk World (Kindle Edition)
This is perhaps the best-suited game for Kindle I have seen yet.

I expected this to be more of a straight up choose your own adventure type book, but it is more complex than that. It is like a mashup between a comic book, those old text interactive fiction games, and a choose your own adventure book. Not only can you choose what to do, you can make a lot of choices about who you talk to and what you say. There are even combat sequences (sort of)!

Dusk World begins with a small amount of back story, all presented with great-looking hand-drawn comic-style graphics. The story is set in a world where superheroes and supervillans are all over the place, and your character has a history with both. Quickly, you are dropped in a position of talking to other villains and heroes to work your way out of a prison, while trying to unravel a mystery about your past.

*The Good*
-Perfect fit for kindle. Mix of reading and game-playing feels like a modern choose your own adventure book.
-Dark, comic-style graphics look great!
-More complex choices than a choose your own adventure book. You can choose what to say to people, and fairly freely roam around an area and do things in not necessarily a prescribed linear order.
-"Combat" sequences that entail typing a series of characters (these can be skipped if necessary).
-Mysterious, comic-booky story. If you like comic-book stuff, you will like it. If not, you might still like it.
-Well designed, easy to use interface. Opening story helps you with how to play, no need to read instructions.

*The Bad*
-Kind of linear--choices often don't matter in dialog, and despite the fact that you can roam around freely a lot, much of what you do doesn't matter except triggering the couple actions necessary to progress the story.
-Can be a bit boring/repetitive at times. Since many actions don't have much consequence, you can often just run through each menu option, trying everything until something works or you get what you want.
-Page turn times a bit slower than in books due to graphics.

As the story progresses, your actions do take on more significance, and the storyline does diverge different ways depending on what you do. You unlock different comic book pages depending on your actions, and can view the finished comics when you complete the game. It's neat to see this kind of interactive story on the Kindle. It feels like a natural extension of the Kindle reading experience in a way that most of the other games don't. The story itself is not something I would typically be reading, but I still found it generally fun (note though that the language and some content make it clear that this isn't really designed for children), and the wealth of content and illustrations make it worth the price to me.
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Kindle Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display
Kindle Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best reading device I've used! (compared to K2, iPad), August 30, 2010
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As the owner of Kindle 2, an iPad, I can safely say after several days of reading on my new Kindle, that it is the best device for reading that I have ever had! The improvements over the 2nd generation Kindle are significant, and put the current Kindle head and shoulders over any other e-reader.

The New Kindle's Advantages vs. Kindle 2, iPad:

--Size, Weight and Design
The new Kindle's size is great! So light, easy to carry around. The way the buttons have been re-organized, it's easier to hold the Kindle on the side without accidentally clicking the next or previous buttons. On the Kindle 2, I often clicked next page with my thumb when shifting positions. Eliminating the number keys was also a good choice. The bezel leaves just enough room on all sides so that it is comfortable to hold the Kindle anywhere without pressing buttons. iPad has a nice bezel to grab onto as well--but is way to heavy for extended reading.

--Screen Contrast
As promised, the new screen is excellent. The background is a bit lighter than the Kindle 2's background, for sure, but the blacks are much darker. I am noticing details in the screensaver images that I could never see on the Kindle 2. I can also read in lower-light conditions than I ever could with the Kindle 2. I also notice "ghosting" a lot less on the K3. In bright sunlight, the new Kindle looks absolutely brilliant. The more light you give the screen, the better it looks, really.

--Page Turn Speed
Page turns are now ridiculously fast, noticeably faster than on the Kindle 2, which never bothered me before. It definitely turns faster than I could ever turn an actual book page.

--MUCH Improved Web Browser
The browser still isn't something you would want to use if you had an alternative around (iPhone, laptop, etc), but the new browser on the K3 actually loads pages properly, even complex ones. It is fast enough, even on 3G, to be usable, and all around isn't THAT bad. The main limitation, of course, is simply the slow refresh of the e-Ink screen.

--Improved Reading Experience
The Kindle excels at getting out of the way and letting you read. The latest Kindle removes the status bar at the top, allowing more text to fit on the screen, at the expense of not showing the book title on every page. Some may not like this (I thought I wouldn't), but I have actually come to prefer it this way already. The status bar still pops up when the menu button is pressed, and I like seeing more text on the screen at once.

Should you get a Kindle?
If you read a lot of books, the kind you read straight through (not textbooks, etc)--then I think you'll love the Kindle, especially this newest one.

If you are looking for an e-Ink device, you can't beat the latest Kindle.

The only area where Kindle doesn't excel, in my opinion, is in reading books that are not read straight through--like textbooks or reference works. Those types of books are easier read in print form, or on the iPad. But for reading novels, history, biography, anything else where you just sit down and READ, there's nothing better than the Kindle, and this latest version adds several refinements and enough significant improvements to make it totally worth the purchase.


Einstein: His Life and Universe
Einstein: His Life and Universe
Offered by Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
Price: $12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great Biography, Pretty Good Science, February 12, 2010
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This was an enjoyable and very easy read. I loved the author's writing style: it was crisp, fast paced and moved the story along well.

Einstein's life is explained fairly, certainly in a sympathetic light, but the author doesn't gloss over his flaws or ignore his mistakes either. Felt like a very complete look at Einstein's life.

The descriptions of relativity and Einstein's other scientific theories are good, but not great. Someone without any scientific background will not feel overwhelmed. Having read Brian Green's Fabric of the Cosmos recently, I found his explanaitions to be clearer and easier to understand than those in this book, however. Someone with a more scientific background may have a different view, though.

From this book, I felt like I got an excellent understanding of Einstein's life, and a pretty good look at his universe. To really get a good handle on Einstein's theories, I think something more is necessary.

Overall, enjoyable and definately recommended. I read the Kindle version of the book and it is well formatted.


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