Google Glass Hands-On

Aside from being the largest player on the internet, Google now ventures in producing unique and high-tech gadgets like the most awaited Google Glass. It’s a microcomputer fitted within the frames of an ordinary eyewear which according to Google will soon replace your tablet and Smartphone. The public is very much eager to try this sci-fi looking device. But currently, it is only available to US and UK residents who are at least 18 years old and those who can afford its hefty price of about $1500 and £1000 exclusive of taxes.

To be able to provide this Google Glass review, I took the opportunity to order one and try the Glass hands-on.

The Gadget in Brief

Google Glass has that conventional eyewear design except for the visible glass prism and tiny box which houses its components located on the right arm or temples. The battery is even larger and is located at the right temple’s tip. It’s surprisingly light, weighing merely 42 grams. The main frame is made from flexible titanium making it easy to bend or adjust for a more comfortable fit.

To power the device on, you just need to tilt your head up or lightly tap the right side of its arm. It is equipped with motion sensor and voice detection software, so you can either use motion or voice to navigate and use the programs and applications. Currently, the device is capable of doing: Google search, taking pictures at 5MP resolution, recording videos at 720p, getting directions, sending messages, making a call, doing translations, audio playing, and use of the stopwatch. All these except for the camera functions require internet and Smartphone connection for you to enjoy.

The Things I liked About Google Glass

Although most of its functions are basically found on your Smartphone, Google Glass still brings a new experience. It’s a new experience to have a mini computer sitting in front of your eyes, functioning through voice recognition and motion sensor. These are the things that we can only see in movies years ago.

The tiny glass prism which could project a screen the size of a 25-inch HDTV is also quite awesome. It projects on the upper right corner and causes less to no distraction at all. Among all its functions, I’m quite amazed when it comes to making a Google search, translations, and getting directions. Results for these are very much accurate and are even dictated via voice on your right ear using bone conduction. The 2GB RAM and 12GB storage is also impressive for such tiny gadget.

The Drawbacks that I Have to Mention

  • It’s not a standalone gadget yet. You still need to connect it with your iPhone or Smartphone to fully enjoy all the features.
  • Your existing phone is much more functional than the Google Glass. If there is a hands-free headset, you can consider it as your hands-free LCD or LCD screen.
  • Installing your own App is not possible. Thus, you are only limited by the programs or Apps provided to you.
  • The battery life is extremely short. Use it in videos and audios continuously and the battery would only last lest than an hour.
  • It’s still awkward to wear alien-looking glasses. And when the battery just dies, you can’t just wear it all day long.
  • The very expensive price. Some say it benefits you because you no longer need to bring out your iPhone or Smartphone in unfamiliar places. But Google Glass is a much more expensive item for you to lose.

Conclusion

Because Google Glass is still on its development stage, I would say that there is still a huge room or opportunity for improvement. If you are merely interested for that unique sci-fi experience, I would say the price is quite okay. But functionality wise, it’s obviously overpriced. Additionally there are still few concerns that have to be tested and answered. Is the device safe especially for the eyes? What if you accidentally drop it and the glass prism or computer box is hit, would you already destroy your $1500? What about the legal concerns on privacy because it’s easier to shoot images and videos covertly with Google Glass?