Can you play soccer with football cleats?

Recently I was asked if I wanted to play soccer (or football for those using British English). My last pair of soccer cleats were the ones I had from 8th grade which I used through college (university) and graduate school. I threw them away several months ago when I moved because the plastic was shattering off.

However, I do have a pair of [American] football cleats. Can you play soccer with football cleats?

To find out, I took my Nike football cleats and my new Adidas soccer cleats to the test at the soccer field.

I decided to put on the football cleats first. Nobody could tell I was wearing football cleats because they were low tops. They felt tight and secure with the added gloves. I really felt my feet and ankles were well protected.

However, I found the upper to be very hard and lack flexibility. I could run on the field without slipping or losing any grip but they felt heavy and somewhat restrictive. When I tried to kick a simple ground pass, the pass was of the ground but in the right direction.

I also felt my feet were a little above the grass and I wasn’t very confident in moving side to side quickly, I felt that if I cut quickly to either side I might topple over.

Moreover, my left foot was starting to hurt from the hard carbon fiber sole and the tight fit against the hard recycled plastic the boot is made of. My left foot is bigger than my right.

During that a break, I switched into my new Adidas X soccer cleats and I was in a whole other world.

My ankles were liberated with freedom of movements. My feet felt much lighter. My feet were low to the ground. I felt like I transformed from an SUV into a sport car with AWD. The material of the upper is soft synthetic leather like a thin layer of skin on top of my feet. I ran and cut without any worries. I could feel the ball so much better than in the isolating and rock hard football cleats. My ball control and passes came back improve significantly as a result.

In conclusion, you want to play soccer in soccer cleats.


The Worst Thing about iPhone since iPhone 7. No headphone jack!

The worst thing about iPhone 7. No headphone jack. Period.

I have been an Apple user before Apple it became a status symbol and before iPhone. But I am very angry with Apple ditching the headphone jack for iPhone 7. It’s not a decision made for the benefit of its loyal followers, fans, customers and users. It’s is a greedy, profit-maximizing decision to squeeze even more profits from its very expensive smartphone that is no longer a leader in the smartphone world.

Truth be told, there is hardly any big upgrade since iPhone 6. It’s almost like a catch up to Android flagship phones since the iPhone 5. The camera is only as good as the best Android arguably. It’s good but not the best and we all pay a premium for an iPhone, like being stuck with 16GB while Android counterparts were offering double or triple the memory with expendable miniSD card storage.

I bought the iPhone 7 and after about 10 months I am sick of the lack of a headphone jack. At first I went along with it. And the lightning headphone was actually quite good until it started to break down. I knew about Apple’s idea of pushing for wireless and I actually bought a Jam Transit Mini Bluetooth headphone for sports. I went along with the idea but soon I found the annoyance and inconveniency of not having the headphone jack.

1.You can’t charge when listening to music.

This is something I struggle with every day. If you are a heavy smartphone user, the battery is not enough to last you a day. You will need to charge it on the go. Sorry you can’t do that while listening to music so you have to take out the lightning headphone and charge. Or buy an expensive splitter dongle. And isn’t the phone expensive enough, why do I have to buy something it should already come with.

2. Using wireless headphones just create more problems. 

Okay, so you say wireless headphone will solve this problem. But wireless headphone only gives you more problems and annoyances. You also have to charge the damn wireless headphone and many of them on the battery that are not super expensive only have 4 hours of playing time. Freak! Another thing that need to be charged! Another thing to worry about. I don’t want to be stressing about when my wireless headphone will run out of juice while already worrying about my iPhone running out of juice. And worst, turning on the Bluetooth further drains the iPhone’s battery. Now I have shorter music playing time and do I need another external battery or cable to charge both my iPhone and my wireless headphone.

3. You are excluded from a universe of great 3.5 mm headphones. 

So, you hate the wireless headphone, how about just using the lightning headphone that comes with the iPhone? Sure, I can’t charge but I will endure but then the lightning headphone breaks down! And then you found out how expensive it is. It’s good but not great. And then you look at the thousands of 3.5mm regular headphones that give you better audio costing less that are available everywhere BUT you can’t use it because you have a freaking iPhone. You just excluded yourself from a million other great choices and many of the best headphones in the industry. Nobody makes lightning headphones because Apple requires a licensing fee to cut into their profit. Of course the lightning earphone has a warranty but it’s only for a year and usually, headphone doesn’t last much longer than that.

4. Hard to find audio accessories for Lightning port. And you can’t share them with other devices. 

If you are into video recording and recording quality sound, you found out that 99% of the mics and recorders out there use 3.5 mm not lightning. There are few lightning recorders and mics but you could only use them for your iPhone, not on the cameras or other devices you already have.


These are only a few annoyances I find with Apple getting rid of the headphone jack on iPhone since iPhone 7. I am so annoyed and frustrated that I am seriously thinking about downgrading to an iPhone 6s.

I am sick of deciding whether to sacrifice enjoying music or charge the phone. I am sick of finding out my wireless headphone running out of juice and having trouble pairing with the iPhone.

Technology is supposed to make our lives better, easier, more convenient, more enjoyable but in the case of Apple getting rid of the headphone jack, it is the opposite. I hate this decision from Apple because it is punishing its loyal fans, followers, customers, users to gain more profit from its industry-leading profit margin for its smartphone.

Lenovo IdeaPad long-term review

I bought a Lenovo IdeaPad and I really regret it now. I was thinking about buying a light laptop which I could bring to work and school because my 2015 15in Macbook Pro is simply just too heavy to carry around.

I had the choice down to Thinkpad and the IdeaPad. I chose the IdeaPad because of the slightly better graphic card for media work (I planned to do a little photo and video editing) and it being slightly thinner, lighter and better looking than the ThinkPad. Now I regret it because of the following reasons:

  1. It’s a not a full-size keyboard and the shift and control keys are at awkward places and I kept on typing the wrong key for shift.
  2. The mouse pad is over sensitive and I found the cursor going somewhere else or something I typed being highlighted accidentally frequently. It’s the worst mouse pad I had ever used.
  3. Eventually, the mouse pad died after 6 months of usage. I now have to plug in an optical mouse. And it gets worst, occasionally the computer can’t connect with the optical mouse connected via USB…
  4. Quality, the paint job was coming off within two weeks. Just bad design and paint job.

So I regret getting the IdeaPad over the ThinkPad and now I wondering if I was better of sticking with Apple and getting a Macbook Air but…the Macbook Air had not been updated for like forever in computer years and looked like it will be scrapped soon and I just hated the ultra thin keyboard of the new small Macbook and Macbook Pro. I tried it for a few minutes at the Apple store and it hurt my hands.

Update 28th May, 2017

After about 7 months, I am disappointed in the IdeaPad and wish I chose the Thinkpad instead. Why? I never got used to the keyboard and how it places the right shift key. The touchpad is oversensitive, it often double click when I only intended to click once. Worst, the touchpad died about three weeks ago. I never had a problem with a laptop’s touchpad. Now I have to attach a USB optical mouse to it. It’s just annoying. 

Adidas Climacool Revolution M


I am a big fan of Adidas Climacool shoes because they are simply the most breathable sneakers in the market providing 360 degree ventilation.

I recently saw the Adidas Climacool Revolution M at the mall with two colours, black/yellow and  mineral blue. Personally, I really like the mineral blue but I am actually thinking of wearing it at work to replace my black dress shoes since the management decided that we can all wear sneakers to work as long as they are not too flashy and appropriate. I struggled for a long time because they both look so good, especially mineral blue but after listening to opinions of my friends and colleagues, I chose black/yellow.

I have wide feet so for me Adidas shoes are always on the narrow side (I used to only wear NB because they have the E and EE width sizes. However, although not the best for your toes and feet, my experience with the Adidas shoes is that they would eventually sketch, and the ventilation benefits overweights the short-term crampness of the narrow shoes.

I live in Hong Kong and it’s a very humid and hot place with a humid subtropical climate. Simply said,  it’s hot, stuffy and wet. It means that you would sweat a lot in Hong Kong. On a hot summer day, you would sweat after a minute while waiting for the bus during daytime whether you are under cover or not. My shirt gets wet after a short 15 minutes ride on the bicycle. Now imagine the sweat inside your shoes if there’s no ventilation. That’s why I am a big fan of Climacool. My socks still get wet but it’s way better than in any other sneakers and especially leather dressed shoes I usually wear for work.

Let’s get back to Climacool Revolution M. I have a older pair of grey Climacool Ride which I bought back in the end of summer in 2015 and they have really soft cushioning especially for a 190 lb guy like me. Compare to Climacool Ride,  Climacool Revolution M (CCRM) feels like it has slightly harder cushioning. It has moderate arch support which I can feel. The ventilation seems to be even better than Ride.

I am keep you guys updated and please comment on the post if you have experience with Climacool Revolution M as well and tell me how it works for you.

Update 28/5/2017

After about half a year I must say I am happy with Climacool Revolution M. I wish I had chosen the blue one instead but they pair been good to me. I can really feel the difference  in ventilation with my normal sneakers. They really keep my feet drier. At first I found it kind of narrow but the toe box eventually stretched. It’s still a bit too narrow for me but it’s livable and doesn’t cause any blister or pain. What I appreciate most is Adidas arch support. I tried other light weight sneakers from Puma, Reebok and Nike and none of them offer much arch support. 

As a heavy person the Climacool Revolution M are holding up but I definitely made my footprint on the insole. 


LaPierre Sensium Wet Terrain Experience



Once Hong Kong hits spring, it’s unpredictable wet weather time. And it’s summer now so it’s humid and hot with occasional thunderstorm and heavy rain.

I had been wanting to ride the Sensium onto the Tolo Harbour bike trail before the sun goes down and finally I had a chance. I just happened to get a Wednesday off and to I thought to myself, “Yah, finally a day to ride in daylight next to the sea.” However, it started raining. I waited for the rain to stop and started riding.  I found out that riding a road bike with smooth 700×25 tires is a bit tricky on wet terrain if not dangerous especially where I live with bumpy and some broken paths.

I watched GBN’s How To Ride In Rain And Wet Weather and How To Corner In Wet Weather videos (which are very informative and recommended) while I was putting my gears on before I heading out.

I knew that drainage cover/ drain cover, basically all metal with water was going to be very slippery and I tried to avoid them yet I still hit them and I felt my rear tire losing grip them few times but luckily I was able to stay balanced but the real tire did sway side way. It was scary, I didn’t want to crash my brand new carbon frame  bike within three week. I actually ran into the side of the road into the fence when both my tires skidded.

The experience is very different from riding a mountain bike with fat 2 in. wide tires. With a mountain bike I could just roll on anything, small broken tree branches, whatever debris, sand, dirt, trash and of course drain covers. It will be slippery of course but I got my powerful disc brakes and much better grip. Also I am not afraid of hitting things with my aluminum frame. I crashed my aluminum bike a few times and there are only a few paint job scratches as a result.

The worst thing was that I popped a tube. I don’t know what I hit but the the front wheel just lost all the air and I had to walk 25 minutes to the nearest bike shop where they changed my tube for HK$70 (US$9), pretty cheap really but I can get a tube for US$3.

Then I was on my way again to Tolo Harbour. The trail path is so much nicer at Tolo Harbour bike trail. It is horrendous at Fanling with all the pot holes, dirt and mud. My bike was actually quite dirty already. But somehow at Tolo Harbour trail the sun had quickly dried most of the pathway so I could accelerate up to around 30 kmph.

Midway to Shatin,  I started to get hungry and found a restaurant right by the harbour that serves lunch with a mini salad and soup bar. I parked my bike against a tree and because of the wind, it fell. My heart stopped a bit. Ouch. There was a mark with the bike’s pain and there was a very very slight concave mark on my upper tube of the frame. Carbon is fragile. You have to be really careful about where and how you park. I thought it was sturdy, obviously not.

I continued to Fotan and rode back to Fanling.


The bike was dirty and I found a public toilet to clean it. It actually got everything I needed: water, soap and even a sponge. I used my water bottle to carry the water and took about 15 minutes washing my bike. At the end of the 50 km ride I was totally wet from rain and sweat, a nasty combination.



I am still getting used to the drop bar and still don’t feel comfortable with it. I tried wearing gloves and it helped, but only a little but I rather not wear gloves because there was just too much moisture. The guy from the bike shop told me to put on a longer stem from 90mm to 110mm. I don’t see how it would and that’s a HK$320 (US$40) worth of part





LaPierre Sensium 300 CP


I was at my local bike shop just to take a look at bikes. I was also somewhat thinking about getting my first road bike. I was looking for a entry level road bike around US$500 or HK$3900. Of course, this is really the very low end for a quality road bike. However, I asked the shopkeeper any good deal on road bike and he points me to a heavily discounted  LaPierre Sensium 300 CP Carbon Road Bike with Shimano Ultegra / 105 component for HK$8000 (US$1025) . There were cheaper LaPierre road bike there, the Audacio 300, 200 and 100. 300 for HK$6500 and the 100 at $6000.

The carbon Sensium looks like the best deal. It is originally listed for about HK$14,900. So it’s about 40% off.

One problem though, there is only one size, XS. I looked up LaPierre’s website and at around 173cm, I should be in a S or M bike.

The shopkeeper told me it’s the best deal and the size difference isn’t such a big deal. He let me try it and then a S bike. The S bike felt better. However, the Sensium has a carbon frame and an upper grade of components with Ultegra and 105 sets.

I finally caved in and bought the Sensium 300 CP. And it’s actually the right bike I am looking for, a comfortable endurance bike for long ride and gear sets for climb. The carbon frame is a big bonus.


I took the Sensium for a ride the next night. I was trying to go for a ride before the sunset but I forgot to install a bottle holder when I bought it so I had to get it installed before going for the ride. I just don’t like putting a bottle behind my back pocket.

The sun was pretty much gone when I got the water bottle holder installed. I went for a relatively flat 25 km ride. It’s my first road bike so I was playing with the gear shifting and braking around. The shifting was smooth and precise on the big rig, less so on the small rig, but that was probably I wasn’t use to using the road bike shift lever. I was still trying to understand my bike.

Acceleration was way better than my LaPierre Raid but the funny thing was, my max speed was 34kmph, not much faster than I was on my LaPierre Raid mountain bike. Some people say it’s the body fitness, not the bike; and I think they are right. But it was after work so I was tired to begin with. I might need to do another ride on a weekend to see I could go faster under better condition. However the Sensium is quicker and accelerates faster. There was a stretch of straight road when I shifted to the biggest rig and I was like whoa, “That is fast.”

Climbing up the bridge took much less effort than the Raid mountain bike. On the Raid I had to pull myself hard on the handlebar but not much on the Sensium, I was just pedalling, had a few seconds out of the saddle but it didn’t require much upper body. The only thing was, there wasn’t a long stretch of straight road from Fanling to Tai Wo and I didn’t want to worn myself out going all the way to Tai Po and Shatin.

One thing though, my palms got a little sore and tired from resting on the handlebar. I am still very new to the road bike handlebar. I am checking it if it’s my positioning, bad posture, or bad fit. The bike shop guy, Maxis, said that because it is an XS frame and I am actually more of S/M size I should get a longer stem. I told him I will try it out first before shelling another HK$330 for a 110mm stem instead of the 90mm one installed now.

I am also wondering if the handlebar is too narrow for me.

I will keep this updated.



Polar M400 Activity Tracker Watch

I had a Chinese Mi activity tracker bracelet but I am also a watch wearer and I didn’t want to wear both a activity tracker bracelet and a watch (a G-shock) so I started looking for a activity tracker that could do both, to function as a watch and an activity tracker.

When I was shopping for an activity tracker watch, or a fitness watch, I was looking at something that would track steps as well as distance with a heart rate monitor. I bike and swim so I wanted to have GPS as well. My previous fitness watch is a Polar F7 so I also looked at Polar other than the Fitbits. The problem is that I do swim and Fitbit can’t go underwater and Jawbone doesn’t make any watches. I think the ideal watch for me would be the Polar V800 but I didn’t want to shell $350 plus for a fitness watch. The A300 is a nice sport watch but as a cyclist, the GPS is important to track my speed and distance. I just wish the M400 can actually sync to a HR monitor that could work in water while swimming. I decided to buy the M400.

I bought my M400 back in October of 2015 so I have been using it for about 8 months. So far I am satisfy with it. It does what it is suppose to do. I bought it for around $180 and it’s $199 included with tax. Now it’s actually only $157 so these things do drop their prices as time passes by.

So how do I like it so far? It does what it is suppose to do. It never broke down and the GPS worked well except maybe 2 days when it had a hard time finding GPS signal. One of them might has to do with it running out of memory.

I found out there is the trick to getting GPS started faster, it is to set it to your sport and the M400 will start to pick up the GPS signal, it takes about 10 seconds to 30 seconds usually, sometimes a minute or two. Then only then do you press record. Using this method you will not lose time when it is still looking for GPS signal while you are already on the move and it still looking for GPS signal because then it will suggest for you to standstill and wait which can take…forever sometimes. I used to just record it and let it find the GPS signal on the way while I am on the move and a few times it couldn’t or it only record part of the exercise.


I like the big screen of the M400. It’s very clear. It is simple to use. It’s totally waterproof so you don’t have to worry about going into the swimming pool or getting it wet. I haven’t try it at the sea yet but I would think it would be okay but you would have to rinse it with tap water afterwards. I really like how it would take me the time, heart beat, distance and average speed while I am riding on the bike clearly all on one speed. It’s big but I don’t find it bulky. I do take it off when I am doing some serious typing work on the computer, but it doesn’t get in the way of anything too much. I did scratch the screen though, so it would be good idea to buy a screen protector. The screen is plastic so it’s not hard or scratch resistant. The bluetooth HR monitor that came with it works well and never missed a beat. Overall, it’s what you expected with Polar, a very well established brand in the fitness equipment business. The M400 is reliable and I really like how I only have to charge it once every two weeks or so depends on how much I use the GPS. It would probably last 3 to 4 weeks if you are not using the GPS at all.

However, with the GPS on, the battery life is only about 8 hours maximum, mine drained out at around 5-6 hours but it wasn’t fully and newly charged that day. I was already wearing it for a few days before I went hiking with the GPS on the whole time to track my progress.

It did drain out on me when I went for a whole day cycling but the great thing about the M400 is that it uses the very common mini USB port which is basically the one all Android phones use so you can easily give it a quick charge with your external battery pack. You can charge it up to about 70% in about 45 minutes so you could basically charge it up during lunch or during rest easily.

Now I am going talk about some of the things the M400 doesn’t do quite well on.


Weak Sleep Data

The Polar M400 doesn’t really track sleep. There’s no data for sleep and it’s quite disappointing such a high-tech product.


Heart rate monitor doesn’t work in water

One major disappointment for me is that the HR monitor chest band doesn’t work in water so it won’t track heart rate while swimming. This is something that kind of baffles me because I also own the Polar F7 and the HR monitor works in water and I use it in the pool with me, so why can’t a newer and more high-tech model doesn’t work in water.


Skin irritation

I am someone, one of those freaks, who wears the watch the whole day and night even in shower and sleep. I wear my watch 24/7 until I found that the soft comfortable band was making my skin look dry and red. It wasn’t itchy but the skin on my wrist was certainly has an issue with it. After that, I put it on my right wrist and it would happen to skin of my right wrist after a week or so. Afterwards I decided to take it off at night to give my skin a breather. It was better.



Overall, the Polar M400 is a very good product and function well as a GPS fitness watch. I don’t regret buying it and it has served me faithfully in the past 8 months. I just wish it tracks more sleep data, has a HR monitor that works in water for swimming and the issue with skin irritation. I hope Polar can come up with software update or new product that would solve those issue because the M400 is good but it just miss some marks to prevent it from being a great all-around product that can truly do multi-sport like its much more expensive sibling, the V800 which cost more than twice as much. I find it frustrating how M400 is fully waterproof yet it cannot receive analog signal from the H7 HR monitor in water. It’s just weird because the V800 uses the same H7 HR monitor strap. I really hope a software update could change that, but it is probably a hardware thing where the M400 just doesn’t have the sensor to receive the analog signal from H7.

So maybe I will get the V800 or another one later when the M400 has served its time.

Nike Kobe Venomenon 5

The Nike Kobe Venomenon 5 was on sale (yes again) and was 40% off so I couldn’t resist myself from getting it. All that was left was the Bright Crimson/Black/Tide Pool Blue US size 11 which just fit me. The size of the width is D which is medium but surprisingly it really fits me so I am wondering if Kobe Bryant has wide feet as well. I have about half an inch space length wise. I usually wear US size 10-11 and it fits quite well. The toe box has enough space and my feet don’t feel cramped. The width was almost perfect and I could feel how secure my heel and ankle are supported in the Venomenon 5. 
I previously has a pair of Nike Kobe V which is US size 10.5 and I really like it. At first I thought it was a bit hard and narrow but eventually it stretched very quickly. The Nike Kobe line is probably my second or third favourite basketball player line after Air Jordan and tie or after Allen Iverson’s. My favourite pair of basketball shoes usage-wise is my Reebok Iverson Answer 3. I wore them until I wore out all the grip on the soles. I wish I bought another pair when I saw them at the outlet for about $30.
So anyway, back to Kobe, I really like the Kobes. I played ball a lot less now but I really like how with the low-top Kobes I can wear them casually with jeans and play ball in them. Despite being low-top, the Kobes do protect your ankles with the supports that keep your heel in place. I play tennis, badminton, basketball and even hard surface 5,7 player football in my Kobe V. They work.
Nike Kobe Venomenon 5 has really good grip as I found out playing badminton which requires a lot of sudden movements of the feet covering the court. The Venomenon 5 also feel very secure in the air as I jumped up to hit some high ball and for smashes. One annoyance I found was that the shoelaces came off three times during 2 hours of badminton. It was probably because I didn’t tie a double knot, but I thought that is a detail Nike can work on. I had great shoelace designs from New Balance and Reebok shoes that make the shoelaces more secure. I thought the somewhat puffy shoelaces of Venomenon 5 have that feature as well but no.
Another thing I don’t like is how easy the Kobe logo on the sole wore off after just two hours of badminton. It’s gone. When I took off my Kobe Venomenon 5, it was completely rubbed out on both my shoes. Very disappointing. That’s just minor detail, actually that is very minor yet not done right as expected in a  pair of US$119 shoes (I got them for US$83 on sale).
Otherwise, I find the Nike Kobe Venomenon 5 a great pair of shoes so far. It’s secure, I feel protected all around, it fits great, it’s well balanced and has great grip on the hardwood. It also looks great and very eye catching if that’s what you want.
To rate the Nike Kobe Venomenon 5 out of five star, I give it 4 and a half stars out of five.
I will update on this as I wear this shoes for longer for a long-term and wear-and-tear review of Nike Kobe Venomenon 5.
I finally played some basketball in my Kobe Venomenon 5. It was alright, I felt secure in them. However, my feet did feel sore at the end of the two hours session which we rotated to play. I think I played about an hour in total. I really like how they breath quite well with the fishnet mash material, much better than my leather Kobe V. As a comparison, my socks get all wet with sweat in my Kobe V but not in the Kobe Venomenon 5. My socks did get wet but they dried much faster due to the much better ventilation.
As for grip on the court, it was good, probably as good as my Kobe V. This I knew from playing badminton in them. There was no slip at all.
However, I wish there is more sole support. It’s not as bouncy as I like it. It’s nothing like the DMX from Reebok, it’s a little hard and I think that’s why the bottom of my feet got sore and tired at the end.
Afterward, I think I am going to rate it 4 stars out of five.

2015 Toyota Camry vs 2015 Nissan Altima

In the summer of 2015 in August I got to drive two brand new and very popular mid-size sedan models in Texas.

I was on vocation with my family driving around Dallas, San Antonio and Houston. We rented our car at the Dallas Airport’s Budget. We drove it around Dallas and then drove it to San Antonio until the engine light turned on and to be on the safe side, we drove to San Antonio airport’s Budget and got a brand new Nissan Altima. We drove it from San Antonio to Houston that night and had it for the next three days of our trip in Houston.

The Toyota Camry 

First Impression

The new Camry is a very futuristic car, it’s styling and exterior is nothing like the “boring” Camry of old. It’s not handsome but it’s not ugly as well. I love the interior better. I really like the big LCD which also serves as a screen for the rear camera which was very helpful when backing up and parking. I really like the interior interface and the overall design. It feels very high-tech and futuristic. The infoentertainment is great (more on that later).

We had two large suitcases and a few bags. We had a choice of a VW Jetta and the Toyota Camry. We checked both car and I had an urge to get the VW Jetta because I never driven one before, but we gathered that the Camry is a much roomier car. The Jetta has a surprisingly deep trunk for its size but the Camry’s was obviously larger. Its trunk easily took in the two large suitcases with ample spaces for our bags.




The interior is very roomy and all of us were comfortable. The best of all is the new infoentertainment system. I really like the large LCD screen and it was easy to use. I like how I could connect my phone and other devices with Bluetooth. I played songs from my phone and could even call and receive call wirelessly via Bluetooth using the infoentertainment system.

I find the seat to be comfortable, I shifted around a bit as my body got tire during the long drive. Overall it was a comfortable experience. It is actually a great car for long ride with the family because it does a good job of filtering out the bumps and unpleasantness of the road. The suspensive provides a smooth ride and it feels like the old American sedan with the floating suspension.

Throughout the trip, nobody complained.


Driving experience 

The steering wheel was very light, I could control it with my finger tips. I found it hard to get used to because you really have to hold on to the steering wheel.

Like all Camry, it was very smooth. I tried to accelerate once and it hardly scream. It was very hard to get excited. There’s acceleration but the engine just hum. A fantastic job on road isolation but sometimes I feel like I am too detached from what’s going on that it is a little scary for me. It was hard to push the car. It is frighteningly smooth.

Before driving the Camry I had been driving a Honda Accord which is smooth already but the Camry is on a whole other level. It is just so calm and doesn’t make a fuss even when you push it by stepping on the gas pedal.


First Impression 

Although the Altima has very slightly larger dimension, it is a smaller car inside. The Carmy’s and Altima’s trunk volume is the same at 15.4 cubic feet but thanks to smarter design, the Camry’s truck fit our luggages much easier and look bigger. If I didn’t look at the actual number, I would say Camry’s trunk is bigger maybe by one cubic foot.

Where as the Camry can be described as soft. We can use “hard” to describe the Altima. There are a lot more “hard” plastic in the interior than the Camry.

Another thing that I noticed right away as we move our stuff from the Camry to the Altima is that the Camry has a lot more interior storage features than the Altima. Camry has bigger glove box, more cup holders, more pockets here and there. It also feel much roomier in the Camry. Overall the Camry has a much better interior design than the Altima. More thoughts were put into the design whereas the Altima is more rough on the edges and feel cheaper with all the hard plastic which reminds me of VW but not as classy.


As said before, the Altima is covered with black hard plastic. Everything is harder or stiffer from the plastic on the dashboard, the steering wheel and even the seat. The stiffer driver seat is alright. It feels like I had more back support.

As for the adults at the back, there was complain that there was less headspace with the arch coming down more drastically. Bad design.

Overall, the Altima design showed its age in comparison with the Camry. It does have a LCD screen and rear camera with indicators showing how close you are to hitting something. However, the LCD screen is noticeably smaller and the infoentertainment system is not was easy to use. It is not challenging but not was intuitive and user-friendly as Camry’s. There was also no wireless Bluetooth connection.

It seems to me that the Altima’s designers were not as detailed-oriented and thoughtful as Camry’s. There are less cupholders and the cupholders are not as good as the Camry. Whereas in the Camry’s front seats cup holders were designed to hold a range of sizes of cup and bottles, Altima’s don’t. I find it rather hard to understand that the people at Nissan would miss much details. Camry just has more and better cup holders, something very important for a family and while on road trip, or just a commute. Sometimes I want the cup holder to hold a big 7 Eleven Big Gulp, other times I might just have a water bottle.

The interior just doesn’t feel as nice and it feels smaller and less spacious than the Camry. The ride is harsher as well. It is less isolated from the road in comparison with the Camry.


The ride is harder. It might have to do with that we were driving the 2.5 S model. The steering wheel was much harder which I like better than the Camry. You can hear the engine in this car. You can feel the road in this car and with your hand on the steering wheel. I can hear the road. I feel more connected to the road in the Altima which makes me feel more secure in a way. The suspension is harder. It was very soft on the Camry. The Altima just feel stiffer. Overall, the Altima is an easier car to get feedback from. I feel more connected with it. I could hear the engine when I step down on the gas pedal. It feels more mechanical, where as the Camry was like a technological isolated spaceship.


In the End 

I drove both car on a Texas trip with four adults and luggages.  I must say Camry is a car I would buy for long term because of the comfort, more roomy interior, better and larger touch screen LCD and back camera and it is generally a better design. It’s a better car to live with. I also feel the interior material is of higher quality and it has more cup holders and places to put things.

As for the Altima, it’s actually a funner car to drive with stiffer steering. The Camry steering wheel was unnaturally light and I felt like I had to put a firm grip on it especially on the open freeway from Dallas to San Antonio.
I asked the two adults at the back and they said the Camry is much more roomier at the back and with more head space. I don’t know the trunk dimension of the two cars but it took less effort to put two large and two small carry-on luggages into the Camry than the Altima.
From my experience, I would take the Camry but the Altima isn’t a bad car. Camry is just more refined, better designed, more comfortable and the interior design really won me over. I can imagine how it is better suited for carrying people, luggages and a family. It has all the cupholders a family of five would require. It has the user friendly Bluetooth capable infoentertainment system. It’s a better car to live with.
Although as a driver for pure driving pleasure, I would take the Altima over the Camry.

User Review Site’s Mission Purpose

I would like to state my purpose for starting this review blog. It’s not very creative but I want this to be a very honest collection of reviews by an ordinary person like me who is not affiliated with or endorsed by any brands.

I am just an average guy who wants to share my experience with different products out there that I use, not test. I hope my reviews would be helpful for other consumer just like me who are testing things out and seeing if the products are good fit for them.