Honestly. £20. It’s all bonkers isn’t it? This, as I’ve said before, is an Android phone that would’ve cost you £100 only a very short time ago. Now you can purchase a smartphone for a mere £20.
Let’s get some things out the way. This is entry level. Let’s not beat around the bush. It’s going to get someone on the first rung of the smartphone ladder. It has the same specs that a £100 smartphone from a few years ago would’ve had. Android 5.1, tick. A 3.5″ HVGA 320×480 pixel screen. Tick. 4GB of on-board storage (which drops down to 1.31GB out of the box thanks to “stuff”) and there’s a microSD card slot for more.
It’s a dinky thing, measuring in a 114.4mm x 62.8mm. It’s 12mm thick and if you’re used to “normal” sized smartphones you’ll have to alter the way you hold this because it’s not as tall. It’s available in black, white and red. There’s GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 1400mAh battery with… 512MB of memory.
So yes. Set your expectations friends. Get any preconceptions out of your head about playing resource-heavy games or … look. If you’re a fan of tech and you visit this site to get your gadget kicks, go … go now. This won’t cut it. It’s £20. Twenty quid. Just 20. I can’t get too excited about it. The screen is a bit cramped, you can’t view it from any angle which isn’t directly in front and there’s a quad core 1.3GHz “Spreadtrum” CPU pushing things along as best it can.
The camera is a 2 megapixel unit and it’s fixed focus. Stuff is blurry and a bit hit-and-miss. Don’t even think about low-light photos. Not happening dude. Auto-brightness detection for the screen? No way.
Let’s start at the back of the phone. This entire panel pops off to give you access to the battery. The handset is designed by vodafone and there’s a hole for the camera along with a grippy rear panel to stop you dropping it. Inside, with the codename “VFD 200”, this has two slots – one for the microSD card and one for the SIM.
The front is a bit of a fingerprint magnet. I mean sure, I had a bag of crisps a few hours ago, but I’ve washed my hands since then. Honest. Perhaps it was those Monster Munch. They tend to “stick” with you don’t they? Especially the pickled onion ones. Blimey, they’re strong.
The front, despite the fairly small screen, isn’t too badly styled. You get three capacitive buttons. No back-light here though.
The right side is where you’ll find the power button and the volume controls. There’s a grey strip running arund the edge of the phone. This button arrangement is a design theme you’ll see carried across the other “Vodafone Smart” handsets in the range.
At the bottom is your microUSB port and a microphone, nothing on the left but a 3.5mm port up top.
Here’s a video overview for you. My son helped 🙂
The OS is filled with a lot of what you’d expect and the setup isn’t too painful either. A gallery system, clock, Chrome browser, Contacts management (which will sync with your Google account) and all the other Google apps (Maps, Photos, Movies and Hangouts etc) are here too.
Vodafone have also added a bit of help via a Tips system which guides you through the various aspects of the phone. This is useful if you’re a new Android user. Vodafone have also put their “Start” system to deliver / promote various Vodafone services (Spotify, Sky Sports Mobile etc), an Updates system, a My Vodafone account system and accessories which will show you … errr.. accessories that you can purchase for the phone. There’s also a Vodafone messaging system which, as we’ve seen before, delivers a “WhatsApp style” experience letting you send multimedia messages.
The phone also has an FM radio and, like other Android kit, will let you alter the ringtone, backdrop, lock screen etc. You can make it your own and drag icons, shortcuts and widgets onto the main screen(s).
It takes photos. That’s all I’ll say. Don’t expect too much. It’s fixed focus and the range of options within the camera app are basic to say the least. The gallery system gets the rotation all wrong, as you can see here..
Here’s some example shots. They look better on the screen here than the phone, if that helps any..
This was one of the better shots.
Yeah. I need to do the fence panels.
“Misty” is probably a good way to describe this.
No. No macro.
Don’t ask me what’s going on here. The “Richer Sounds” sign is in perfect focus, but the car is blurry – I think because it’s moving.
Sweet lord have mercy. Reflections, light balance all wrong. Gah!
I say again. £20 on Pay As You Go. That’s mad isn’t it really? Whether you’re buying this for an elderly relative, for someone who isn’t fussed on the “smart” bits of a phone or just as a backup / travel phone that you want to keep for the “just in case” scenarios, it’ll do that.
If you use a Samsung Galaxy handset, or an iPhone, you’re going to look at this and say that yes, the camera is bobbins, the processor is slow and the screen is small. But your phone probably cost £500-£600. This costs about the same as the taxi home from the pub. Chuck it in a suitcase, take it on holiday. Use it as a work phone if you’re a builder or you’re continually dropping your precious top-end smartphone.
When we get down to the nitty-gritty, it’s a cheap smartphone. It’ll get your email. It’ll let you send and receive your messages (whether that be through WhatsApp, Facebook or whatever), it’ll let you browse the web and keep in touch. Sure, it’s a bit slow and the gallery didn’t seem to show my photos in the right orientation but… £20 dude. £20.
What is the healthiest cookware and why do people crave these sets so much? With the cookware market saturated with new gimmicky cookware, healthy cookware takes a back seat.
To make things worse, manufacturers and distributors are not even honest about labeling their cookware as toxic.
Thankfully there is a lot of information that is available on healthy cooking online. We have compiled the healthiest cookware listed in order of preference based on our research.
Hopefully this list will help serve you well when you purchase your healthy pots and pans.
What Is Traditional Kitchen Ware!?
Before we list to you of the our Top 10 healthiest cookware, we wanted you to know the main problems with traditional cookware such as some Teflon coating non-stick pots and pans, pure aluminum cookware and copper cookware.
All of the above mentioned have harmful chemicals that release hormone altering chemicals into your food. We stress the need for using the safest cookware. Did you know that:
Pure aluminum cookware is made from toxic materials that leach their toxic substances and causes diseases. Even with the new anodized aluminum which boasts an oxide layer that thickens the surface of the pan, there is still potential for aluminum toxicity itself.
Some non-stick cookware has chemicals that are toxic with the release of the Teflon coating back in 1946. Such chemicals include PFOA and PTFE
Copper cookware is made from 99% copper which creates exposure to copper toxicity. According to studies, adults should intake only 900 micro-grams of copper per day. With copper leaching risk as a result of using these copper pans, this could potentially exceed the overall daily dose of copper and lead to poisoning.
A lot of the cookware from the previous generations contain one of the above materials and are harmful to cook with. Luckily, some of the newest healthy cookware on the market are tremendously improved and create healthy alternatives.
Welcome New-age Nonstick Cookware Sets
The new age kitchen ware available on the market right now has been improved drastically and healthy cookware is now a norm. Since the Teflon non-stick era, steel and aluminum cookware are now coated with complex premium materials such as stone, diamond, marble, ceramic, titanium, and porcelain. The rational behind these is that they coat the aluminum and steel to prevent the harmful effects from getting into your food. In addition, these materials were used primarily to minimize the effects of food sticking onto the cookware.
Without a doubt with these new kitchen ware coatings comes advantages and disadvantages and so it’s up to the consumer to distinguish between the toxic and healthy pots and pans to purchase. However, the new non stick cookware coatings offer more benefits than the prior generation traditional cookware.
Not only have the new kitchen ware been safe guarded against toxic coatings such as Teflon, but they also provide new ergonomics that will make your healthy cooking even more enjoyable. Such improvements are in the heat resistant handles, heat conduction through induction surfaces, and sturdier material construction to prevent vibrations and increased durability.
One thing to keep in mind is while a pan may look nice and harmless on the outside, it could be toxic after you start cooking with it. If you’re unsure about your cookware, it’s best to make your selection from the trusted list of healthy cookware below.
Without further ado, here are the top 10 healthiest cookware options in order of preference:
Healthy Cookware Brand #1: Ozeri Stone Earth Frying Pans
Check out this healthy and cool frying pan! It’s one of our favorites here at Stonefryingpans.com because it’s one of the best healthiest cookware around. The stone pan is 100% PFOA free (no Teflon coating) so no harmful chemicals enter your food and ultimately into your body.
Better yet, the super non-stick Stonehendge coating allows you to use no oil at all for your cooking. Great for pan sticky foods like eggs and fish.
Healthy Cookware Brand #2: GreenPan Paris 10-piece Cookware Set
The original Green Pan green cookware carries a nonstick coating that is coated with their famous Thermolon which can resist high temperatures up to 500 degrees Celsius. This healthy cookware has a high end nonstick coating and is made with premium materials that are PFOA free.
In addition, Green Pans leave a very small carbon footprint when they are produced so you will be saving the environment.
Included in this set are a 2 quart saucepan, 3 quart saucepan, 8 quart stockpot, 8″ non stick frying pan, and a 11″ sautepan.
Healthy Cookware Brand #3: GreenLife 14-Piece Non-stick Cookware Set
This piece of kitchen cookware brings out the chef in you. It’s design is for healthy cooking starting with the premium materials to the Thermolon non-stick coating that won’t distort the taste of food nor the look after cooking. This coating is cadmium, lead and 100% PFOA free which rates highly on our list of healthiest cookware.
Oven safe and made with stainless steel, the handles are ergonomic and insulate the heat to keep your hand from burning on the handle.
Healthy Cookware Brand #4: Tramontina 15-Piece Hard Anodized Cookware Set
Tramontina cookware is made with hard anodized aluminum vessels which will not allow your non stick frying pan to leach into your precious food and distort the taste and color. This healthy cookware set is one of the best non-stick PFOA free cookware sets out there that is long lasting and designed for ease of use.
The style of this cookware is professional to give you the healthiest cookware at your fingertips!
Healthy Cookware Brand #5: WearEver Pure Living Cookware Set
Want the best of healthy cookware and environmentally friendly? Meet the WearEver Ceramic Kitchen Cookware set that is PFOA free, and PTFE free and cadmium free. Best of all, the nonstick ceramic coating promotes healthy cooking by using less oil.
Another benefit to using this healthy cookware is the heat distribution of the pans. Since the heat distribution is so awesome, you do not need to cook on high heat, just medium will do. Furthermore, the clean-up is real easy as the pans are sturdy and the ceramic coating is very scratch resistant.
As one of the healthiest cookware sets around, we highly recommended for people who have allergies and sensitivities. Our hypo allergic kitchen ware testers have given us the two thumbs up.
Healthy Cookware Brand #6: StoneLine PFOA Free Non-stick Stone Cookware Set
This one-of-a-kind kitchen ware is made in Germany and is the ultimate in fat-free healthy cooking. The surface of the cookware is formed by small tiny stone particles that together form a hard surface. Like cooking on stone and best for steaks and other meats!
The cookware comes with beautifully designed lids so that the nutrients and moisture can not escape. Great for vegetables to lock in flavor and maintain the vital nutrients.
StoneLine is 100% non stick and non scratching. In fact, you can even use metal utensils on the cookware without damaging it. Better yet, it comes with a 12 year warranty for headache-less cooking!
Healthy Cookware Brand #7: Rachael Ray Hard Anodized II 10-Piece Cookware Set
These pans don’t need to be promoted by Food Network television personality Rachael Ray to make it to this healthiest cookware list. This set combines healthy pots and pans that’s perfect for everyone in your family.
Made with hard anodized aluminum, the healthy pots and pans are especially durable and heat up quickly to cook your nutritious food. Normal traditional pots and pans have “hot spots” that can typically burn food and melt away the precious vitamins that the food offers.
The ergonomic design makes this healthy cookware set stand out in your kitchen to remind you that healthy cooking starts with the healthiest cookware.
Healthy Cookware Brand #8: Calphalon Commercial Hard-Anodized 13-pc. Cookware Set
Research has shown that when acidic foods are in contact with aluminum, there are potential toxic risks such as leaching of salts into cooked food. With anodized aluminum, these healthy pots and pans protect from such toxic health risks and further unwanted non stick chemical byproducts. The searing and deglazing on these pans are amazing and the handles will never get hot when you’re cooking.
The healthy cookware set comes with a 3 quart saucepan, cooking pots, stock pot and non stick frying pans and comes with a lifetime warranty. Furthermore, they are fabulous looking kitchen ware that looks great on any shelf or frying pan rack. Your guests will definitely notice this high end cookware set!
Healthy Cookware Brand #9: Le Creuset Signature 5-Piece Cast Iron Cookware Set
The coating on this PFOA free cookware set is what makes this one of the healthiest cookware around. Not your standard cast iron pots and pans, this healthy cookware set boasts a porcelain enamel that makes cleanup a breeze. The longer you use these pots and pans the more likely they will create a “natural patina” which will help with searing and glazing.
This set is the combination of the most commonly used kitchen ware and includes a 3 quart saucepan, cooking pot, stock pot, steamer pot and skillet. Best of all, the Le Creuset skillet doesn’t require any seasoning.
Built to withstand heat up to 500 degrees, you’ll be able to cook almost almost any type of gamy meats such as lamb. We recommend that you buy a handle mitt so that your hands don’t burn. Comes in a punchy red color which will stand out to your guests!
Healthy Cookware Brand #10: Anolon Advanced Bronze Hard Anodized Nonstick Cookware Set
This dishwasher safe cookware is designed to be cooked with minimal oil and butter for a healthier lifestyle. This theme is embedded across all the healthy pots and pans and provides for easy cleanup. As a result, this has one of the best cookware sets reviews on the market.
Included in this set is a 3 quart saucepan, stock pot, French skillets, grill pan, and saute. These pans are extra durable and and are twice as tough as stainless steel. Created for even the most reckless chefs around!
I’ve gotten multiple emails this week from readers who are engaged and wondering what the safest (and healthiest) cookware and bakeware options are to put on their gift registries. This is a topic I’ve researched quite a bit, so I’ve compiled my top five choices in order of preference. Thankfully, there are some great options out there that aren’t much more expensive than the harmful teflon and non-stick varieties.
Hopefully, this list will be helpful to some of you, as there are many changes I’d make if I could do my registry over again! In fact, I’ve thrown out quite a bit of what was on my original registry when we got married and am slowly buying replacements as I can afford them.
The main issues with traditional bakeware like non-stick and aluminum is that they can leach hormone disrupting chemicals and toxins into food… probably not the best choice! Some of the new-old-fashioned options are a lot better, and are much more fun to cook with once you get the hang of them!
Here are my favorite bakeware/cookware options in order of preference:
1. Ceramic Cookware and Bakeware
I am a huge fan of X-trema Cookware since I got several of their pans for Christmas a few years ago. They are the most inert cookware I’ve found and they don’t leach anything into food. The one downside is that they can break if you (or kids *ahem* drop them while being taken care of by extended family *ahem*). They are the absolute easiest option to clean, as you can use steel wool or scrubbing pads without scraping the surface. They have a non-scratch cooking surface, heat evenly and hold in flavors in foods.
They are technically dishwasher, oven, microwave and stove safe and can be scrubbed with anything. I love these pans so much that despite my kids breaking my skillet TWICE, I’ve replaced it. They cook better than cast iron or stainless and are easier to clean!
My favorites are the 10 inch skillet (which I use multiple times a day), and the 3.5 Quart Saucepan, which I use to cook soups, heat foods, and even bake in.
Xtrema-Ceramcor also has some collapsible silicone food storage sets that are very compact in the cabinet but can safely store food in the fridge or freezer (and can technically be heated, though I prefer not to heat in silicone).
Funny though it sounds, I am glad I listened to my great-grandmother-in-laws and my dad’s (who was a boy scout) advice and started cooking with cast iron. At first, I was worried because it sounded complicated to season cast iron and clean without using abrasive soaps, etc. Now that I’m used to it, I love cast iron and the added benefit of the extra iron in our diets. I mainly use it for cooking meats and for deep frying in coconut oil (I have a large skillet that perpetually holds about an inch of coconut oil or tallow for frying… talk about good seasoning!).
As long as you don’t scrub it with soap and a brillo pad, a good cast iron skillet can be an excellent non-stick surface to cook on and cooks evenly and with good flavor. The one downside is that you can’t cook tomato products in it as the acid interacts with the pH of the pan and gets an off-flavor. Cast iron is great because it can be used in the oven or on the stovetop (or on a campfire!) or all of the above.
My favorite cast iron piece is my large skillet, which is great for frying, cooking meats and even oven-cooking. A smaller skillet is great for eggs and oven omelets and I love my dutch oven with skillet top as it does double duty and cooks a mean roast in the oven or cobbler on the campfire. A grill pan is also great for meats, especially in the winter when it’s too cold to grill… though perhaps with all the talk of cold therapy lately, I should just suck it up and grill in the cold 🙂
The reason this isn’t one of my first two options is because of the cost. Le Creuset is the gold standard of coated bakeware and cookware and they have the prices to go with it. The one Le Creuset piece I own cooks wonderfully and I hope to add to my collection one day. If you have the budget, or are looking for a great option for a wedding registry, I’d include some Le Creuset pieces.
My personal favorite (i.e. the only one I’ve tried) is their coated stone ware baking casserole dish, which cooks amazingly evenly and makes delicious food and which is also easy to clean. (It’s also gorgeous and comes in colors that match your kitchen… I love the red ones!). They also have matching color pieces including their french oven which is on my if-I’m-rich-one-day list.
4. Regular Stoneware
More for baking than cooking on the stove, stoneware is a great alternative to aluminum baking sheets or roasting pans. There are also muffin tins, bread (not grain!) pans, and many other stoneware pieces.
These can be tricky to clean but give amazing flavor to food and cook very evenly. You won’t want to use soap, as the stone absorbs the flavor, but a properly cared for stoneware piece can last a lifetime!
My favorites: The basic stoneware baking sheet (large) which I use to grill veggies, bake healthy cookies, and re-heat food. It is so versatile, plus I get an arm workout lifting it! 🙂 I also really like their baking dishes which can make casseroles, meats, etc. They also have bread pans, but who uses those… 🙂
5. Glass and Corningware
Corningware especially has a lot of nostalgic value to me, since I remember seeing it in both my parent’s houses and using it in my parent’s house growing up. It’s not as versatile and is mainly used for baking, but it is inexpensive (comparatively) and is low on the leach-poisons-into-my-food scale.
My favorites: This set of Corningware which I’ve used (and broken) extensively and my beloved Pyrex Storage set which I use a lot since I don’t use plastic and everything in my fridge is stored in this or mason jars.. so classy! 🙂 I also use my Pyrex Bowls with Lids and my Bake and Store Pyrex Set a lot! If you’re registering for your kitchen, I’d put a lot of Pyrex and Corningware on it! (and Corell dishes.. those things don’t break easily… my kids have tried!)
6. Stainless Steel
Stainless steel is also a good option, though I personally prefer the other types above. We have several good stainless pieces that have lasted us for over a decade and still look new. Our most used stainless item are these large roasting sheets that we use daily for roasting meats, veggies and almost everything else…
In Android, once you launch an application, it will continue to run in the background, even after you’ve left it and moved on to other tasks. After enough applications are opened in a session, you may notice your device lagging a bit due to the number of open applications using up your device’s RAM. This isn’t so much of a problem on newer, highly-specced devices like the Galaxy S4, but several less powerful devices still stutter a bit when too many applications are open and running. Also, if someone else picks up your phone, they will also be able to see what apps you’ve been using which is a privacy issue.
Here’s how to kill applications running in the background.
1. Launch the recent applications menu. How you get to this menu will vary a bit from device to device. On the HTC One, for example, you tap the home button twice to get to Recent Apps, whereas it takes a long press on the Samsung Galaxy S4’s physical button, and an on-screen button takes you to this location on the Nexus 5.
2. Find the application(s) you want to close on the list by scrolling up from the bottom.
3. Tap and hold on the application and swipe it to the right. This should kill the process from running and free up some RAM.
4. Navigate to the Apps tab in settings if your phone’s still running slow. On Samsung phones, this menu is called “Application Manager.”
5. Select the Running tab to see what’s still running.
6. Return to the “All apps” tab, scroll to the application(s) that’s running, and click on it.
德国经济研究所（Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft）的金融问题专家德玛里（Markus Demary）指出，导致德意志银行”信贷违约掉期”价额高速攀升确实意味着市场认为德意志银行违约的风险变大。但更重要的原因是市场对银行监管机构新推 出的有关”应急可转债（CoCos）”的政策规定了解不够。有关政策规定当银行的某种债券无法被支付时，这种债券就会强制性的被转化为银行的自有资本。以 前这种债券对于银行来说是借贷，如今必须被视为银行的亏损。推出这种政策的初衷是在上一次金融危机的背景下，政府不愿意让纳税人为拯救银行买单，而是让银 行自己为此承担代价。德玛里指出，由于这是一个新的调控工具，市场对其缺乏了解，所以在大环境令人不安的背景下，许多投资者认为德意志银行的许多债券很有 可能会直接变成债务。但投资者们的这种担心不免有些过激。