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AT&T GoPhone Nokia Microsoft Lumia 640 with Windows Phone 8.1
AT&T GoPhone Nokia Microsoft Lumia 640 with Windows Phone 8.1
3 used & new from $114.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The At&t Version of the Lumia 640 Is A Good Windows Phone - The T-Mobile & MetroPcs Versions Are Better, August 28, 2015
The At&t version of the Lumia 640 has a good five inch screen in a body about the size of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Apple iPhone 6. It has a CPU that can handle standard apps and non-demanding games. It has a tiny memory for apps and games, but you can purchase a 32gb microSD card to store your music, videos, and photos. Maps for GPS navigation must be stored in internal memory, which works okay for the state of Massachusetts, but becomes a problem for larger states such as Texas and California.

The At&t version is sold for a silly low price by Microsoft stores and At&t stores. However, it lacks some key features of the T-Mobile/MetroPcs version, including Band 12 for better coverage in urban buildings and rural areas, build-in Wi-Fi calling, VoLTE and HD voice for clearer phone calls. The At&t version is still a good choice for people who are already using At&t, expecially at the very low price offered at At&t stores.


AT&T Go Phone - Microsoft Lumia 640 (Black) - No Contract
AT&T Go Phone - Microsoft Lumia 640 (Black) - No Contract
Offered by S&Y ELECTRONICS
Price: $119.00
7 used & new from $98.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Best Windows Phone Available IF You Buy the Version With Band 12, August 28, 2015
The Microsoft Lumia 640 is the phone that may help Windows phones gain enough fans in the USA to become a viable alternative to Android phones and Apple phones. It has a very good five inch screen in a body that is about the size of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Apple iPhone 6. It a fast enough CPU to handle standard apps and most non-demanding games. It has a tiny memory for storing apps and games, but you can add a 32gb microSD card to store your music, videos, and photos. There is a "bug" with Windows 8.1 that limits downloading maps for the GPS navigation program to the tiny internal memory and which blocks moving maps to the SD card. If you live in Rhode Island, downloading the state map is not a problem, but downloading the maps for Texas or California will fill a large share of available memory.

Microsoft has chosen to sell the Lumia 640 in a variety of ways. You can purchase it directly from Microsoft or from At&t with a full warranty at a silly low price. Or, you can buy it from T-Mobile or Cricket at a higher price. MetroPcs customers can buy it for half price. Or, you can pay double or triple and buy it from third party vendors.

There are two versions sold in the USA. The At&t and Cricket version lacks support for Band 12, which has very good penetration of large urban buildings and good coverage in rural areas. The T-Mobile and MetroPcs version has Band 12, built-in support for Wi-Fi calling, VoLTE and HD voice, which ensures high quality phone calls, even in difficult settings, such as urban hospitals. The T-Mobile version is a "Five Star" phone, especially at the low MetroPcs store price.

Third party vendors often are reselling At&t versions which have been altered to remove At&t software and which may have NO warranty.


Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss
Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss
by Joel Fuhrman
Edition: Hardcover
96 used & new from $0.03

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Many People Will Follow The Fuhrman Diet For Very Long, August 25, 2015
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Dr. Fuhrman has designed his diet around eating massive quantifies of lettuce and raw vegetables (a pound each day) supplemented with a pound a day of steamed or cooked vegetables, a small amount of beans each day, plus fruit. Could you lose weight on this diet? Absolutely. Lettuce is 99% water. But, this is NOT a diet most people could stay on for life, as few people would find it satisfying.

Most people would be better off finding a diet that they can stay on for life, and that means it must contain some foods that are more satisfying than lettuce. Dean Ornish's books provide a diet that includes whole grain pasta, sweet potatoes, brown rice, beans and legumes and other satisfying foods. On the Ornish diet, combined with an hour a day of walking or other exercise, people will gradually reach a healthy weight while eating meals that are filling and satisfying. The Ornish diet is a diet for life.


The McDougall Quick & Easy Cookbook: Over 300 Delicious Low - Fat Recipes You Can Prepare in Fifteen Minutes or Less
The McDougall Quick & Easy Cookbook: Over 300 Delicious Low - Fat Recipes You Can Prepare in Fifteen Minutes or Less
by John A. McDougall
Edition: Hardcover
49 used & new from $3.78

4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Cookbook For Vegans & Vegetarians, August 25, 2015
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The hardcover edition is an high quality cookbook with large type on heavy paper stock, ideal for the abuse a cookbook can get on a kitchen counter. However, it does not have photos of the food, and looking at photos of good food is almost as enjoyable as eating. Most of the recipes are fairly easy to make AFTER you stock your kitchen with the ingredients and tools needed. I live in a large city where finding the ingredients for healthy recipes is fairly easy, but folks in smaller towns may need to hunt to find some items.

"Quick & Easy" is fairly accurate for experienced cooks after the ingredients and tools are laid out on the kitchen counter. Most meals require less than 30 minutes of active preparation and less than a hour or so of time in the oven. Some items take longer so you might want to cook up an extra large portion, then divide it into smaller portions which you can freeze for a quick microwave meal on days you don't have the time or energy to cook.

Some Amazon vendors sell the hardcover edition at very low prices, so this is an affordable addition to your cookbook collection.


[Apple MFi Certified] Anker Lightning to USB Cable 3ft / 0.9m with Ultra-Compact Connector Head for iPhone 6 6Plus 5s 5c 5, iPad Air mini mini2, iPad 4th gen, iPod touch 5th gen, and iPod nano 7th gen (White)
[Apple MFi Certified] Anker Lightning to USB Cable 3ft / 0.9m with Ultra-Compact Connector Head for iPhone 6 6Plus 5s 5c 5, iPad Air mini mini2, iPad 4th gen, iPod touch 5th gen, and iPod nano 7th gen (White)
Offered by AnkerDirect
Price: $19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good Cables At A Great Price With Great Support From Anker, August 25, 2015
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Several Amazon vendors sell Anker cables and I ordered from "Anker Direct". The cables arrived in just three days securely packaged in cartons protected by a padded envelope. Also enclosed was a 1-800 number for customer support and a 18 month warranty.

The cables are well made, and appear equal in quality to the original Apple cable. All charging cables fail eventually, after a hard life being bunched up in purses and book bags, or on the floorboards of a truck. Odds are good the Anker cables will give many months of good service before they need to be replaced.


Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE Black 8GB 5" (RM-1072) Unlocked International GSM Version No Warranty
Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE Black 8GB 5" (RM-1072) Unlocked International GSM Version No Warranty
Offered by CrazyLowPricesForYou
Price: $107.99
22 used & new from $107.81

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The At&t Lumia 640 Is A Good Phone But the T-Mobile & MetroPcs Versions Are Even Better, August 24, 2015
The At&t GoPhone (which is the model shown in the photo in this listing) is a good phone for At&t in the USA, with a sharp five inch screen, good CPU that runs standard apps and non-demanding games, and a small internal memory that can be supplemented by buying a 32gb microSD card to store your music, videos, and photos. The At&t version shown in the photo lacks the LTE bands most common in Europe and South America as it is designed solely to be used on the At&t network in the USA. Its twin is sold by At&t's Cricket stores. Caution: some vendors tamper with the At&t phone and then resell it unlocked for double or triple its list price, thereby erasing the warranties from Microsoft and from At&t.

A much better version of the Lumia 640 is sold in the USA by T-Mobile and MetroPcs. That version adds Band 12 LTE for better coverage inside large buildings and in rural areas, built-in Wi-Fi calling, and VoLTE and HD voice for clearer phone calls. The version of the Lumia 640 sold at T-Mobile stores and MetroPcs stores is the best Lumia available for people in the USA.


Microsoft Lumia 640 Case - Fosmon [DURA FROST] Smooth Durable & Flexible SLIM-Fit Cover for Microsoft Lumia 640 (Clear)
Microsoft Lumia 640 Case - Fosmon [DURA FROST] Smooth Durable & Flexible SLIM-Fit Cover for Microsoft Lumia 640 (Clear)
Offered by SF Planet
Price: $5.97
2 used & new from $1.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A "Grippy" Case That Does Not Add Weight Or Bulk To The Lumia 640, August 24, 2015
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I chose the clear/frosted version of the Fosmon Lumia 640 case. It is perfect for folks who want a soft flexible gel case for their phone. The clear/frost version is clear on the side panels and the back panel is coated with a "frost" that provides a better grip on your phone, but still allows the phone's color to show through.

The Lumia 640 is available with a variety of back covers, including a black matte cover that provides a good grip, but most of the 640 covers are made with a smooth plastic that becomes slippery if your hand is moist, making the 640 as hard to grip as a wet bar of soap. The frosted Fosmon cover solves that problem, providing a more secure grip without adding much weight or bulk.

The soft flexible gel makes it easy to slip the phone into the case and it wraps around to form a small ledge around the phone's screen. That small ledge ensures that the screen will not touch the surface when you place your phone face down. It will also protect the screen if your phone falls onto a smooth wood or tile surface. The ledge is not deep enough to protect against damage from a fall onto a rough surface, such as concrete or gravel.

The power buttons and volume buttons are covered, which protects them, but means you may have to press a bit more firmly. The ports for "straight" headphones plugs and standard size charging plugs are the correct size for a good fit, but "L" shaped headphone plugs may not seat fully due to the thickness of the case.

If you want a "grippy" case for your Lumia 640 that adds very little bulk or weight, the Fosmon is a great choice.


ATC 11.1V 5200mAh Battery for LENOVO G460 G560 G460A LO9S6Y02 LO9L6Y02
ATC 11.1V 5200mAh Battery for LENOVO G460 G560 G460A LO9S6Y02 LO9L6Y02
Offered by TK HOLDING
Price: $14.49
28 used & new from $10.07

3.0 out of 5 stars ATC Battery - Hit Or Miss Whether Computer Charges Battery, August 5, 2015
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ATC is the American distributor for this Lenovo "clone" battery, so I chose ATC from the list of available Amazon vendors. The battery arrived from ATC with helpful instructions on how to condition the battery for best performance.

The ATC battery slipped smoothly into my Lenovo B570 laptop and locked securely in place. Its color matches my black laptop. The ATC battery arrived with a partial charge, which is essential for battery health. If a battery arrives with zero charge, it may not charge or may have a shortened lifespan.

ATC instructed that the new battery should be charged overnight with the computer OFF and then the laptop used until the low battery warning appears. Then allow the battery to cool for 30 minutes with the laptop OFF and charge a second time overnight. Repeat this cycle a third time. ATC suggests resetting the battery charging gauge with a 0% to 100% use to 0%, charge to 100% cycle every few weeks, but once per month should be enough.

Charging has been hit or miss. Day One, my Lenovo charged it fine. On the third charge, the Lenovo refused to begin charging. I removed the battery for 12 hours with the laptop unplugged. I held the power button down one minute, then reinstalled the battery. When I plugged in the charger the orange charge light came on and the battery charged. If you read the one star and two star ratings, this seems to be a common problem as the Lenovo charging software sometimes fails to recognize the ATC battery.

The original Lenovo OEM battery was rated at 4400 mAh. ATC rates its battery at 5200 mAh. My battery software measured the ATC battery at only 4100 mAh, a bit less than the OEM battery and 20% less than ATC advertises.

So far, the ATC battery is providing about 20% less time per charge than the OEM battery, about three hours using Microsoft Word with WiFi turned OFF and the screen at a medium to low setting, and about 90 minutes when streaming Netflix movies over WiFi at a medium to high brightness setting.


US AC Adapter Power Supply+Cord For Acer Aspire One 532h 532h-2242 532h-2268 532h-2527 532h-2588 532h-2789 532h-2825 AO522 AO532h D255 D255-2301 D255-2509 D255E D255E-13111 D257 D257-13450 D260 D260-2380 D260-2919 Happy NAV50 NAV70 PAV70
US AC Adapter Power Supply+Cord For Acer Aspire One 532h 532h-2242 532h-2268 532h-2527 532h-2588 532h-2789 532h-2825 AO522 AO532h D255 D255-2301 D255-2509 D255E D255E-13111 D257 D257-13450 D260 D260-2380 D260-2919 Happy NAV50 NAV70 PAV70
Offered by EasyBuy Tech
Price: $8.08
18 used & new from $2.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Bargain Price Charger That Works, August 1, 2015
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This is a 65 watt charger. The original Acer charger was only a 40 watt charger. The computer regulates the current flowing to the battery so the extra wattage is harmless to the battery.

The new charger gets moderately warm while charging while original sometimes got rather hot. So far, the new charger seems like a bargain at its low price.


Toshiba Satellite C55-B5101 15.6-Inch Laptop PC -Intel Celeron Processor N2840 / 4GB Memory / 500GB HD / DVD±RW/CD-RW / Webcam / Windows 8.1 64-bit
Toshiba Satellite C55-B5101 15.6-Inch Laptop PC -Intel Celeron Processor N2840 / 4GB Memory / 500GB HD / DVD±RW/CD-RW / Webcam / Windows 8.1 64-bit
Offered by TreeSS
Price: $283.90
36 used & new from $229.95

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Basic Laptop For Windows 10, July 30, 2015
The Toshiba Satellite C55 is a great basic laptop for Windows 10 at a bargain price. After I installed Windows 10, the Satellite runs Microsoft Office and streams Netflix movies just as well as my more expensive computer that was triple the price of the Toshiba.

For folks who just want to type documents, send email, or watch Netflix, the Satellite is a great laptop computer. Heavy duty gamers should look elsewhere, as the Satellite does not have the power needed for extremely demanding games. I suspect it may be a bit underpowered for Photoshop, but I have not done any photo editing as yet.

The large screen is bright, with good color and contrast, and documents look sharp and are easy to read. The battery lasts six or seven hours with wifi OFF and the screen at a medium or low setting. Under peak demand, such as streaming a Netflix movie over wifi with the screen on a moderately bright setting, the battery will last three or four hours. The battery performance is impressive powering a 15.6 inch laptop screen.

There is NO cooling fan, so the Satellite runs silently. The computer stays reasonably cool, with the bottom surface getting only moderately warm when you steam movies at a high screen brightness level.

The speakers do not get loud enough for an average size room, and music sounds thin and lacks bass. I adjusted the Windows sound settings to add bass and turned on sound compression to boost quiet passages in movies. Even with those adjustments, the volume for Netflix is too low. Good headphones or using powered speakers or bluetooth speakers solves the problem.

The keyboard has larger than average keys, with a nice numbers keypad. But, the keys have flat tops that make it difficult to keep your fingers centered on the keys. Still, a good keyboard for this price range.

Before I upgraded to Windows 10, I spent several days with the Satellite plugged into the wall charger, connected to wifi, downloading and installing an ENDLESS series of Windows 8.1 updates. Finally, Windows Update provided the message "No Updates Are Available". At that point, I restarted the computer and the Windows 10 icon appeared on the taskbar. After clicking on the icon I was able to reserve a copy of Windows 10. The next day, it downloaded to my computer and the two hour installation was easy and smooth.

I really like Window 7, but Windows 10 is better looking, smoother, and has many terrific features, making it the best ever version of Windows. The Toshiba Satellite was an good basic computer with Windows 8.1. It is a GREAT basic computer with Windows 10.


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