Is This The Best Action Camera?

We have seen many action cameras out there, but I think I have just found one that has excellent quality, and it is well priced. I have delayed this week's post to make sure that I have got my facts right.

What I am referring to is the Polaroid Cube+. Due to its low price tag, many have overlooked it. However, we need to rethink our thoughts. These days small sensor cameras have improved quite a lot and for what they have managed to pack into the Polaroid Cube+ is mind blowing. Let's have a look at what this camera can do below and how it handles flares.

Sunflower plant Photo Demonstrating How The Polaroid Cube  deals With flares

The Polaroid Cube+ does quite well in the still imaging and video departments. Like most wide-angle lens cameras, there would be barrel distortion. With this said, the Polaroid Cube+ is a strong contender, in particular against the GoPro HERO Session. I do not want to overload this article with too many pictures. So I will list links to some of the photos I have taken using the Polaroid Cube+ below - for those who are interested in checking them out. I have also created a video that covers the other features the Polaroid Cube+ has to offer. I would recommend you to check it out if you are looking for an Action Camera.

Flowers Bed Tree Man Sidewalk Tree Bark Flowers and Trees Water Hose Baker Square Brick Wall to Show Barrel distortion

To make it clear, I do not have any affiliation with Polaroid, neither am I paid by Polaroid, I do not endorse them, and I am not sponsored in any way. I just use my own hard earned money on the camera, taxes, and shipping. So let me know your thoughts in the comments and if there are areas in this article that I can improve.

My Review of Harry's Shaving Product

Harry's Truman Razor handle

I recently bought the Harry's Truman set to try out a different shaving setup in my attempt to save money. Read on to see my review and verdict of the product.

What I have bought was the Harry's Truman set to test out a cheaper setup for shaving, that advertised to provide quality shave. Before I begin, I want to make it clear that I am doing this review based on my own experience, and I am not paid to do this review. So this is my honest opinion. I have always used Gillette for my manual shave all my life. Gillette's product was good, but the cost was getting way to expensive, so I found out about Harry's product through an advert and I decided to try out alternative quality shave.

The Harry's Truman razor have a certain weight to it that makes it feels a quality product and gives you that extra confidence when shaving. The blades that came along in the Truman set were as sharp as Gillette, and because there was lesser mechanism at the razor's head, it feels like a slight tighter and cleaner shave. The only complaint I have is due to the way the blades are manufactured, it does not give me the access to shaving areas that are narrow. For example, the area between the nostrils.

My verdict for the Harry's Truman razor is, for value it scores a 9.5/10; while for the quality it scores a 9.0/10; for a clean shave, the Harry's Truman razor scores an 8.0/10; and finally for aesthetic it scores a 9.5/10. Thus, overall, I would give the Harry's Truman razor a 9.0/10. Definitely, a must try!

Runtastic Pro Tested

Most of you must have read the incident about my SD card in my previous post. So I have decided to review another running application on my iPhone. Similarly to my other reviews, I will review the Runtastic Pro application over a 3Km run. The Runtastic application comes in 2 versions: a Runtastic Pro version and a Runtastic version. Basically the Runtastic Pro version cost GBP£2.99 in the UK, while the Runtastic version is free from the App Store. Worth noting that these apps are available in iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry, but this review is done for the iOS version using an iPhone 4. Below is the screenshot of the map of my run from the Runtastic website.

Running map from the Runtastic Website.

The app will take a few try to learn how to operate it. But once, you get a hang of it; it is actually quite easy to operate. I will rate the App 3.5 / 5 stars. This is because I felt the App is very commercialised. With the fee of GBP£2.99 I still need to pay for viewing my route online, otherwise it is a 30 days trail: Which is what I got. This was free in Map My Run app, which I previously reviewed. The elevation tracker is again incorrect like most apps. I guess this is because the apps uses the data provided by Google, which do not take into account of bridges (at least in and around Salford Quays).

The thing I like about this App is, your pace is actually shown on the map using colours. If you look close enough on the map, you will notice that the start and end points of the route I’ve taken are mapped in green and red dots respectively, while the route is mainly in yellow. Green symbolised excellent pace, then follow by yellow, orange and red. You will also notice that the phase before I reach Lowry Outlet Shopping Mall is in darker shade of yellow. This shows that I am running at a slower pace, basically because I have to climb up the bridge to cross the Quays. Not shown here is the elevation map. On all the Apps I have reviewed, this portion will normal be a trough. This is true if there wasn’t a water body there, but for my case it should rises because I was running on the bridge.

As I said, I think this is because these Apps uses data provided by Google and I guess the “experts” at Google have not came out with solutions to overcome this issue. An interesting issue for Google to investigate: Areas with bridges: should the elevation data be at the level of the bridge, water level or bed of the water body? Or even different levels of bridges that intersect? Maybe a separate data structure to encapsulate the different dimensions will be required? Or some form of measurement to overcome the ever changing landscape of cities and towns?

Running with Map My Run App

Regularly I do 3km run routes, and depending on my mood, I will change the route or play around with tech stuff to make my run more interesting. However, I do not document my route, and often, if I want to revisit a route, I cannot really remember it. So in this post, I am intending to document a 3.3km route and test the Map My Run App on my iPhone running iOS6.

3.3km route with Map My Run app - Click to see map larger

Review of the route: This circular route is great for evening runners/joggers that want lovely views. Besides the start and end of the route, most parts of it are away from traffic and next to the waterside. The route is well paved and is fairly flat with gentle incline and decline. Great from beginners and elderly people!

Review of Map My Run App ( 3.5 / 5 stars ): An excellent iOS free App (You can pay to upgrade it to MVP). It documents the route fairly accurately, and you can revisit or fly through your route online using the account you registered before you can use the App. It looses half a star because it is energy hungry. It drained 11% of my battery while running only this App on my iPhone for the 3.3km route. Furthermore, it looses 1 star for its poor documentation of the route’s elevation. Disappointingly, most part of it is incorrect! This said, I would still recommend my readers to give the App a go and let me know your experience below.

If you have any thoughts about this article please also post them as comments below. I would love to hear them.

Food Review: Harvester Lowry 2012

It’s been awhile since I last blog, so I thought a venue I can start blogging again is to review restaurants. To begin I will start with a restaurant I’ve been on 2 occasions: Harvester Lowry in Salford Quays, UK.

During my first visit in May 2012, we had a main course and a dessert. The main course was fairly average quality, but the dessert was terrible. Our sundae came melted and liquidity. When we confronted the manager to change it, the manager challenged and insulted our knowledge about how a sundae should be. In the end, we decided not to eat it and just pay the bill. At this point, the manager decided not to charge us for the sundae, which turned out to be a fair settlement.

Today, 23 Dec 2012, was our second visit; we thought we should give it a second chance. This round we only had main courses, and the service was as slow as ever, and the food was fairly average again, but the salad does not seem fresh. Furthermore, my partner complained her lamb was raw, which the waitress took it back to the kitchen for further cooking.

My verdict for Harvester Lowry in Salford Quays, UK in 2012 is as follows:

1st Visit
2nd Visit