In April of 2012 Google turned the heads of technology lovers with the release of
Google Glass, a wearable device that gives users easy access to text messages,
videos, news and other various information, all displayed right in front of your eyes.
I purchased my pair of Google Glass in Nov. 2013. I was thrilled at the idea of
being a developer for what I felt may be the next big platform of technology.
At first I was skeptical if the $1500 price tag would be worth it, but the feeling of
obtaining such a nerdy treasure pushed me over the edge to purchase it.
With Google Glass you have easy access to an ever expanding list of customizable
applications, including news reports, Reddit, Games and much more. The operating
system for Glass has made great improvements in the past few months.
Most of the time major problems with Glass are fixed quickly with an update.
To avoid any awkward confrontations, actions while using Glass are proven to be
obvious, whether it be physically pressing a button on the right side of the device, or
by winking to take a photo. Video recording and photo taking both make the screen
light up. I have worn Glass to restaurants, movie theaters, driving, and
here at NCC; and I have yet to have any issues with people feeling uncomfortable
while I use Google Glass.
I do find it important to operate the device with the respect of those around you. I
do this by simply tilting my head downwards when browsing instead of staring in
the direction of someone. I also make sure to never wear them when it would be
inappropriate, such as taking a test or during periods where privacy is important.
Originally I wore Glass over my prescription lenses, which after some adjustment
was okay to wear. When they announced prescription frames I ordered them and
got them fitted with lenses, which has made the experience a lot less awkward to
The main negative point of this device is the price. $1500 is expensive for what you
are paying for. Google has also been overly strict with what they will and will not
allow on the Glass Marketplace. Google will not allow anyone to sell their
applications outside of the marketplace, and it has been said that they will strip
developer licenses of those who do. Hearing about this, and the lack of information
about a true release date makes me concerned about putting time into any real
When I first received Glass, the device was buggy and crashed too often. The battery pack is very uncomfortable. The device feels uneven, and the battery
will reach hotter than normal temperatures after long periods of use, including
video recording. They should have designed this better to provide comfort for those
wearing it for long intervals.
Recording video with Glass will drain your battery in about 45 minutes, sometimes
less. I have only gotten through an entire day with Glass without a dying battery
when my use of it was limited, such as only receiving alerts and occasionally
checking the time.
Another negative feature of the device is its method of delivering sound. In this
aspect you have 2 options. Plug in earphones, which deliver the best experience; or
rely on the bone vibration speaker on the side of the device. When you are using
Glass as a Bluetooth headset, you will likely have a difficult time understanding the
person you are talking to.
Android users will end up with the best experience, having the capability of
receiving and reply to text messages from Glass with no problems. As of now, iPhone
users do not have the ability to respond to text messages via Glass. Android users
also have the convenience of being able to use a Bluetooth connection for data,
where as iPhone users must link the device by setting their iPhone up for data
tethering. I have used Glass with both types of phones, and the android experience
is far more superior.
I admittedly have buyer’s remorse after purchasing Google Glass. At this point, the
most I can do is enjoy the device. Without a doubt, Google Glass has an amazing
amount of potential. Google needs to get this product out soon and at a more
affordable price. Is Google Glass worth $1500? Absolutely not! I have a hard time
justifying the price of a smart phone at full price, and those offer 10x the content and
experience that Google Glass do. Hopefully we will see a price point around the $300
range, but I wouldn’t hold your breath.