Food and travel blogging is a tough job indeed. What you need is a mobile phone that truly understands your needs and acts as an extension of your arm. The newly launched Coolpad Cool 1 is a perfect ally for our blog. It boasts a 13 megapixel Dual camera with a 4000mAh battery and a 4GB RAM. Priced at INR 13,990 it is my favourite weapon for the blogging world. We tell you why you should be getting your hands on the phone.
About the Launch
The Coolpad Cool 1 was launched in a glittering ceremony at The Lalit, Barakhamba Road. With a ton of activities centered around the features of the phone, the launch party had everyone decked out in colours of blue. The major reason why the phone is going to shoot up to the top of the popularity charts is due to the fact that the Dual Camera is going to available for the first time at such a low price. The event ended with a plethora of selfies and pictures with the mascots of Coolpad.
Cool 1 Specifications
The touchscreen smartphone has single sim capacity. It is 2G/3G/4G enabled with GPRS and EDGE capability. The device has Bluetooth 4.1. It has a 5.5 inch display screen with AMOLED display. The phone has an internal memory of 32GB which is not expandable. The 4GB RAM makes the processing fast and user friendly. Above the 5.5-inch screen, there are only the earpiece, ambient light and proximity sensors and on the left, the 8MP front camera.
Let’s talk about the primary camera of the Coolpad Cool 1. With a dual camera, it clicks images in both RGB and Monochrome fusing them later to create the image. The camera app is also very simple to use. Across the top it has options for HDR, flash and toggle cameras. It also has options to add filters and watermarks on the go making it a perfect phone for travel bloggers like us. The bottom allows for different pre-determined settings to toggle between video, beauty and Pro options. The Pro option really let’s us explore the whole range of photography with manual changes that can be made to focus, ISO, exposure and shutter speed. The beauty app with the 8MP camera is perfect to selfie lovers. You can use options like smoothen, whiten and even slim down for that perfect wanderlust selfie.
CoolPad Cool 1 v/s I Phone 6s
First Look- The CoolPad Cool 1 and I Phone 6s both have their main power buttons on the right and volume buttons on the left. Both also have the charging dock, audio jack, speaker grille and mike on the bottom while on the top rear, they have the camera and LED flash. Just the placements differ slightly in both.
Camera- The 13 mega pixel primary dual camera in CoolPad Cool 1 is more is more effective than the 12 mega pixel primary camera of IPhone. The Secondary 8 mega pixel came also takes quality pictures. While the camera menu in the iPhone include the options to take Slo-Mo, Video, Photo, Square and Panorama, the camera menu in the Cool 1 has Time Lapse, Video, Pictures, HDR and Panorama. They have an inbuilt Beauty option which helps to bolster your selfies. The Pro option is one of the highlights of the phone offering DSLR quality pictures with manual White Balance, Exposure Time and Focus.
Priced at INR 13999, the Cool 1 has features to rival the best of high-end phones. Besides being lightweight and sleek, it is also a powerhouse in terms of performance. But best of all, I love the dual camera on the backside! If you want a smartphone that looks like an iPhone, performs like an iPhone (I’m talking about the user interface) yet is powered by Android, takes amazing photographs and costs half as much as the leading high-end phones, then I highly recommend the Coolpad Cool 1. You can find the phone on Amazon here.
Dining out had become very popular in today’s life. And we, at Salt and Sandals have been leading the charge by eating out and recommending you the best places to do so. But in this eating out, what suffers the most is our health. I recently discovered an app which although allows me to eat out at my regular joints, but still balances my meal in such a way that my calories aren’t going overboard. bon happetee is an app that let’s you eat what you want without putting on weight.
A healthy lifestyle has become imperative in today’s world. With the sedentary lifestyle of today leading to a plethora of diseases, lifestyle modifications are very important. This is due to the sedentary lifestyle leading to diseases like Obesity, Sleep Apnea and Diabetes. The technological revolution of today has given us a lot of apps, but an app which helps with the lifestyle changes comes as a godsend. The new health app bon happetee is perfect for choosing your meals correctly. The correct meals help in decreasing the side effects of this burgeoning unhealthy lifestyle.
Why bon happetee?
They say that all bodies are made in the kitchen. Eating a right meal leads to 80%of the weight loss. bon happetee integrates your lifestyle along with your metabolic profile to arrive at a final meal plan. Now many of you will have had the same experience with a dietician. But where this app stands out is that it incorporates your personal choices and tastes into it. This creates a personal nutrition guide, only more tasteful.
The app combines mathematics with biology to achieve the best weight loss plan. Various permutations and combinations are used which match up with the biology of your body. A very endearing thing that this app asks is your food habits. I select Bengali and the next step asks me to select my favourite dishes. The app does take into account your location too. Even with me selecting Bengali as my primary cuisine, it still gives a lot of North Indian options.
How to use bon happetee?
bon happetee makes a conscious effort to incorporate your weight loss goals by asking the speed at which you want to lose your weight. Do you want to zoom your way to a hot bod or take it slow and steady. The next phase of the app takes you through your lifestyle and exercise habits. With most of us having a sedentary lifestyle and moderate amounts of exercise, these options work to adjust your calorific needs. Although this sounds like a very complicated way to set up an app but most of these can be changed later on to suit your needs.
Now sit back and let the app suggest you the meals you should have. Along with ones prescribed to you, you can also make a plethora of changes to suit your taste buds. The app’s GPS tracker locks onto your position and searches through the restaurants. The menu of these restaurants is then matched to your calorific needs. This allows you to order your choice from the restaurant nearby.
Although the bon happetee app takes you through to a healthy lifestyle, it also does it through some new tastes. Using new grains for filling the consumption of carbohydrates, this will be changing your palate for days to come. There are grains like ragi and millets which act as perfect substitutes for wheat, albeit healthier.
The app also tracks your development throughout the time. Your weight loss along with your changing dietary habits are recorded giving you the best solutions and patterns of weight loss.
Why we suggest bon happetee?
- It combines biology with mathematics in a way never seen before.
- It takes your local eating preferences into account.
- The GPS tracker helps you get the food you want from restaurants around you.
- It takes your lifestyle into account. Very important while taking into account that most of us lead a sedentary lifestyle.
- A team of dietitians ensures that you don’t lose track of your goals. This is done by incorporating newer flavours instead of traditional ones while consuming the carbohydrates.
- It allows you to share your meals and scores with your friends online.
bon happetee with its detailed features and an engine that continuously adjusts to your daily needs is perfect for your weight loss journey. For more information on how to use the app, you can visit here. You can download the app on iOS and Android.
LG recently introduced it’s flagship smartphone LG V20 and we are gushing over it. Its a premium smartphone which backs it’s quality with a sturdy body. The LG V20 has just launched and we tell you why you should be getting your hands on the phone. This smartphone is perfect for rough use of food and travel bloggers like us. Armed with a large screen, incredible audio from B&O Play along with an wide angle lens it is a perfect smart phone for creators. The aircraft quality aluminum which has undergone Millitary Standard USA Certified Durability Test makes it one of the most durable phones around.
LG V20 Specifications
The touchscreen smartphone has dual sim capacity. It is 2G/3G/4G enabled with GPRS and EDGE capability. The device has Bluetooth 4.0 and microUSB v2.0. It has a 5.7 inch display screen with AMOLED display. The Corning Gorilla Glass 4 provides it an amazing durability. With internal memory of 64GB and additional 2TB expandable memory makes it a storage giant. The 4GB RAM makes the processing fast and user friendly.
With it’s latest flagship phone, LG introduces a 32 bit HiFi Quad DAC along with 3 Acoustic Overpoint microphones to record studio quality audio. It is one of the rare phones to have wide angle lens on both the cameras. The 16MP with 8MP dual camera has a wide angle view of 135 degrees in the back. The front camera is a 5 megapixel camera with a 120 degree wide angle view. This superb quality video and audio recording makes it one of the best phones around.
LG V20 v/s I Phone 6s
First Look: The LG V20 and I Phone 6s both have their main power buttons on the right and volume buttons on the left. Both also have the charging dock, audio jack, speaker grille and mike on the bottom while on the top rear, they have the camera and LED flash. Just the placements differ slightly in both.
Camera: The 16 mega pixel primary camera in LG V20 is more is more effective than the 12 mega pixel primary camera of IPhone. While the camera menu in the iPhone include the options to take Slo-Mo, Video, Photo, Square and Panorama, the camera menu in the V20 has Time Lapse, High Fi Video recording, Steady Record 2.0, HDR and Panorama. It also has Hybrid Autofocus which gives optimal picture sharpness and Auto Shot which takes selfies seamlessly.
Priced at INR 54990, the LG V20 has features to rival the best of high-end phones. Although made of weapons grade aluminum, it is also a powerhouse in terms of performance. I also love the fact that unlike the iPhone, you have the option of expandable memory. But best of all, I love the camera and it’s terrific audio recording. If you want a smartphone that looks like an iPhone, performs like an iPhone yet is powered by Android, takes amazing photographs and videos, then I highly recommend the LG V20. The exchange program offers an INR 20000 discount on exchanging you old smartphone.
Well it’s the age of selfies and if you’ve got a smartphone that boasts of a 20 megapixel front camera, all your selfie problems are going to go out of the window. The Vivo V5 has just launched and we tell you why you should be getting your hands on the phone.
About Vivo V5
Let’s tackle the elephant in the room first. The Vivo V5 boasts a 20-megapixel front-facing camera which certainly one of the major highlight of the smartphone. It is perfect for even taking moonlit selfies. Other selfie-focused features on the smartphone include its phase detection autofocus to generate sharp images. It also has LED Flash, geo-tagging, face detection, Panorama and HDR to complete your selfie experience.
Vivo V5 Specifications
The touchscreen smartphone has dual sim capacity. It is 2G/3G/4G enabled with GPRS and EDGE capability. The device has Bluetooth 4.0 and microUSB v2.0. It has a 5.5 inch display screen with AMOLED display. The Corning Gorilla Glass 4 provides it an amazing durability. With internal memory of 32GB and additional 256GB expandable memory makes it a storage giant. The 4GB RAM makes the processing fast and user friendly. Above the 5.5-inch screen, there are only the earpiece, ambient light and proximity sensors and, on the left, the high-res 20MP front camera.
Vivo V5 v/s I Phone 6s
First Look- The Vivo V5 and I Phone 6s both have their main power buttons on the right and volume buttons on the left. Both also have the charging dock, audio jack, speaker grille and mike on the bottom while on the top rear, they have the camera and LED flash. Just the placements differ slightly in both.
Camera- The 13 mega pixel primary camera in Vivo V5 is more is more effective than the 12 mega pixel primary camera of IPhone. The Secondary 20 mega pixel camera is way ahead in producing quality pictures. While the camera menu in the iPhone include the options to take Slo-Mo, Video, Photo, Square and Panorama, the camera menu in the F1s has Time Lapse, Video, Pictures, HDR and Panorama.
Priced at INR 17890, the Vivo V5 has features to rival the best of high-end phones. Besides being lightweight and sleek, it is also a powerhouse in terms of performance. I also love the fact that unlike the iPhone, you have the option of expandable memory (or a dual SIM as your requirements may be). But best of all, I love the camera! If you want a smartphone that looks like an iPhone, performs like an iPhone (I’m talking about the user interface) yet is powered by Android, takes amazing selfies and costs half as much as the leading high-end phones, then I highly recommend the Vivo V5.
As our country, the land of cultural diversities and festivals, just celebrated the festival of Durga Puja, which is known affectionately as ‘pujo’ or ‘Durgotsav’ to Bengalis, is celebrated with dance, food, music, grandeur and community gatherings. Now, we all know Bengal is home for some of the finest delectable delicacies. For our next food quest we decided to explore the tastes of Bengal, and what better option was there to explore in Delhi than the Bengali Hub, CR Park. My companion for this food quest was LeEco Le 2. It is the successor to Le 1 and comes with a similar design, but improved specs.
The phone boosts 8MP shooter front camera and 16MP primary camera with dual flash. The Camera Interface is Pretty Loaded in the Le 2. It has a big shutter button, above the shutter button it has the options for video recording, slow-mo recording and panorama mode. Then it has different modes to choose from like HDR, Night, Square and Beauty mode. It has a flashlight On/Off Button at the top center and a settings button on the top left. The device also features a lot of color effects to edit your photographs. Some of the color options are Mono, Nature, Tonal, Warm, Normal, Chrome, Lomo etc.
To test the camera quality of the phone we took it to various Durga Puja Pandals in C.R Park and famous Bengali eateries for this special festive story. We also bring to you a list of five Bengali dishes that you must try during this festive season. All pictures in the post are clicked by my LeEco Le 2.
The markets in Chittaranjan Park offers exactly everything that a Bengali from Kolkata would need. On one such journey to discover the popular bengali snacks we encountered “Ghughnee”. An extremely popular snack in Bengal and in parts of Bihar and Orissa, ghughnee is a curry made of chickpeas that are soaked in water overnight. There’s a veg version as well as one with minced mutton.
Location- A roadside vendor at Market No.1 CR Park near Canara Bank ATM
2. Mughlai Parantha
Mughlai Paratha or also popularly known as Mughlai Porota in Kolkata. Is a famous CR Park and Durga Puja Delicacy. This place (Kolkata Kathi Roll) deserves some special kind of food award for rolling out the world’s yummiest Mughlai parathas, stuffed with shreds of chicken and layered with maida and egg, the dish spells out indulgence
Location- Kolkata Kathi Roll, CR Park Market no.1
Prepared with milk, sugar and paneer, and decorated with pistachios, almonds and saffron strands, this Bengali sweet dish will melt in your mouth. The nuts give the soft mithai a crunchiness and saffron strands give it a unique flavour. If you haven’t had sandesh yet, you should definitely try it out this festive season.
Location- Rasoraj Sweets, D-767, CR Park, opposite market no.2 , Bipin Chandrapal Marg.
4. Kolkata Biryani
If you haven’t eaten biryani for lunch or dinner at least a couple of times, you’re really not feeling it. A good Mutton Biryani (Kolkata-style mind you) complete with a chunky potato is a must. And if you don’t eat mutton, even a Chicken Biryani is acceptable. The grains have to be long and separate, and have that yellow tinge without fail. Where in Delhi do you get this biryani? At the puja pandals of course or else you can head to Kolkata Biryani House.
Location- Kolkata Biryani House, Shop no 49, Market no.1 CR Park
Churmur is the broken down version of phuchka, or rather its a transition between alu kabli and phuchka. It is a crunchy, crispy, tangy, sweet & savory snack/appetizer that is one of the most popular roadside street food in Kolkata.
Location- K block pandal, C.R Park
This is the list of dishes that we suggest you to try during this festive season. A special mention to LeEco Le 2 which was my partner in this food trail. The phone which turned out to be the star of our trip is a a slim 7.5mm and weighs 153 grams pocketable device. The curved edges of the phone further helps in this regard and makes it comfortable to hold in the hand and it simply slips into any pocket.
The phone is powered by a 1.8Ghz Snapdragon 652 processor which offers an excellent balance between performance and frugality. LeEco phones are equipped with fast charging technology and it has been one of our favourite features. As promised, the Le 2 also charges up pretty quickly. For its price, LeEco Le 2 is a total worth and can surely turn heads.