consumer reviews

Consumer Reviews no BRUSIMM come from my interaction with a commodity or product and if it was a good or bad experience. Most of the time bad or cautionary experiences make their way onto this site, as well as insights for the consumer. I try to call ’em as I see them!

Google Maps vs Waze

Have you ever wondered whether you should use Google Maps or Waze? Between the two apps, both owned by Google, it is six of one, half dozen of the other. You can’t go wrong with either app. There are a few minor differences, and if you’re an Android user, you already have Maps on your smartphone. You have to go out to the App Store to get Waze. But there are a few subtle differences between the two, one that comes to mind is that Waze is more customization options than Maps.

Read on to see what I have to say after using both for a period of time.

For the last few years I’ve been a heavy user and supporter of using Google Maps (called “Maps” on my Android) whenever I go anywhere. And I mean anywhere, even if it’s to work or any other place I go to regularly. Why? Because even if you know where you’re going, the app will warn and redirect you if there are any major slow-downs in your usual path and show you better routes. Even after you’ve left your starting point and you are more than half way to where you’re going, if something develops, it changes your route for you.

My experience with the Google Maps app has been an excellent one. The first time it tried to get me around a traffic problem, I was coming home from Sonoma to the Peninsula. It kept telling to take the Bay bridge to the East Bay, then go south, and back across the Bay to my destination. But I was like, “don’t be stupid! Why would I add 20 some miles to my commute you stupid phone?!” At every off-ramp, it kept trying to turn me around to back to the optimal route to the Bay bridge. Peshaw! Then I passed the last off-ramp I could have taken, crested a hill and came to a grinding halt, staring at the Golden Gate Bridge for almost two hours before even crossing it. Sigh. Fine… lesson learned. When Maps speaks, you follow.

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Mr Pickles Morgan Hill review

This weekend I had hit up Morgan Hill‘s two latest food attractions that opened… MOD Pizza, and Mr. Pickles Sandwich Shop.

My first thought is that a sandwich shop is a sandwich shop is a sandwich shop. Right? Well, maybe and maybe not.

For one thing, Mr. Pickles is located at 1049 Cochrane Road, Suite 120. Or for you locals, that is in the Chili’s, PetCo, Target shopping center, located near the Jamba Juice I keep forgetting is there.

They have one heck of a menu offering from where you can build your own sandwich to their 20 specialty sandwiches, with their calorie account. You can choose from several different breads.  After construction, you can add your mustard, mayo, spicy add ons and what not.

The store is fully stocked with staff and both times that I was there, the place was packed.

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Review: MOD PIZZA in Morgan Hill

May 23, 2015

MOD Pizza just opened in Morgan Hill, CA, on Friday, 5-22-15, located on Cochrane just east of the 101, in the Chili’s/Target/PetCo shopping mall (1031 Cochrane Rd.). We had dropped by on opening night at dinner time, but the place was crazy crowded, in a good way. It was an amazingly festive atmosphere and despite […]

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November 20, 2014

The other day I needed a smaller laptop than my monster HP laptop that does not fit in my lap when I’m riding my near-daily commuter train. When I took a look around I saw a small footprint laptop that pretty did exactly what I would do on the train and when running my blog, […]

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Comcast Pushing New Release VoD Purchases

December 23, 2013

(Originally published 12-8-13.  Updated 12-2-13 with new consumer observation) I just noticed a new business practice being offered by Comcast to video consumers that leaves one very few options for certain new video releases.  But don’t worry, I found a work-around. – The Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman came out on DVD/BD last Tuesday (12-3-13).  And […]

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‘RSS Graffiti’ Facebook RSS Publisher

November 7, 2013

As a struggling website administrator, we have enough problems dealing with Google constantly changing their algorithms, hosting companies changing ownership, and other evils one must battle as a site admin. And while we look at ways to distribute our product, expertise, or wisdom, we look at ways to distribute that copy out to the multitude […]

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Pro Tec Disappoints: The Tale of the Lost Knee Cap & Iffy Customer Support

December 29, 2012

Some time back, I had purchased a pair of Pro Tec Gel Force knee support sleeves. This was in July of 2012 and this is my updated consumer experience with those knee braces. As far as I am was concerned, they’ve been one of the best knee supports I’ve ever used/worn.  I was impressed with […]

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ShopSavvy App Uncovered Sneaky Sticker Price Tricks and Huge Price Differences!

December 4, 2012

The following is a great example of how my ShopSavvy smartphone app seriously educated me on how sometimes, the price differences can be big enough to pay attention to. The first thing I’m going to point out is that some stores, you might expect higher prices.  How much higher, consumers may not really care about.  […]

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Pro-Tec “PT” Gel Force Knee Support – A Recommended Product [Consumer]

August 9, 2012

This is a consumer product review based on the Pro-Tec Gel Force Knee Sleeve/Brace. For the last eighteen months or so, I’ve been having a situation with my knees.  First was “Movie Goers Knee” or “Jumpers Knee” that turned into knee surgery.  When I recovered from the surgery, I got back to running.  But both […]

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McDonald’s Spicy Chicken McBites Are A Different Tale of Two Bites [Consumer]

July 18, 2012

Back in February, I had given McDonald’s new Chicken McBites a try and I was extremely disappointed in what the Golden Arches had put out.   I won’t go into the gritty of it, but I had no reason or compulsion to return to the product.  But then McDonald’s came out with their new Spicy Chicken […]

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Starbucks Via Coffee Packs, In Stores and Kiosks

February 22, 2012

Starbucks Via Instant Coffee: I like the easy, quick way one can create their own coffee drink from these little packs by just pouring it into a cup and…

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McDonald’s Chicken McBites Product Review – Not Impressive [Consumer]

February 10, 2012

Normally when a fast food chain puts out a new product, they put their best foot forward at first. Usually. In this case, if this is McDonald’s best foot….

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Silk Has a Hit with Their “Fruit & Protein” Drink! [Consumer]

February 7, 2012

The other day I tried a new product called SILK Fruit & Protein drink and wow, I think I found my new breakfast drink!

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TITLE NINE Gives The Customer an Awesome Consumer Experience

January 16, 2012

After visiting a TITLE NINE store in Palo Alto, CA, I had such a good experience that I felt compelled to write up this consumer experience review…

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Did You Know You Can or Have To Set Your Garmin 305 To Record Splits? [Consumer]

January 3, 2012

Setting Splits on Your Garmin Forerunner 305… it doesn’t come out of the box recording splits automatically, but did you know it can be set to record splits?

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Netflix Won’t Let Customers Clear Their Viewing History. Why Is That?

January 2, 2012

Netflix users have been asking since at least 2007, for the ability to clear or hide their “recent viewed” queue. And yet there are still no options for this?

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SONY Blu-ray Disc Player: Initial Consumer Product Review Observations

December 24, 2011

This is an initial set of observations and a consumer product review of my shopping experience for the SONY Blu-ray Disc Player, model BDP-S480. Is it working for me?

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Consumer Product Review: Sony Bravia LED TV

December 17, 2011

This Consumer Product Review about my Sony Bravia LED TV is not a technical, behind-the-scenes, what’s in the guts, kind of review I’m just an average-Joe, telling you like it is.

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