Wednesday, March 5, 2014

REVIEW: Google Glass – Part I of II–Purchasing Options

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Google Glass with Active Shade by Maui Jim
Google Glass with Active Shade by Maui Jim

Last week I got the mail that many geeks are longing to get – the official invitation to purchase Google Glass Explorer Edition. I immediately went to the site with credit card in hand to buy the latest gear:

Google Glass Purchase Info
First reaction is SWEET, second is HOLY CRAP!

I was super excited and when I saw there was more than the basic white color I was even happier, but then I saw the price and thought – holy crap that’s crazy expensive!!!!

Being a geek though, I had to try them out. I figured that it was worth the business expense to do some early research on what is going to be a hot product no matter the price or value.

I’ll spare the unboxing for now as this is the intro article, but I wanted to say a few words about this product for those who might be interested. Here’s yours truly decked out in all my geeky glory:

Cool, yet dorky at the same time
Cool, yet dorky at the same time

Glass Frames Options

They are comfortable to wear, but I quickly learned that the little display is very hard to see. If your vision isn’t perfect I STRONGLY advise you to consider purchasing the built-in glasses as my prescription glasses were a total fail and completely unhelpful in allowing me to see the display better. Here’s the choices:

Google Glass Frames Options
Crap, more money?

Shade Options

I defintely preferred the shades on
I definitely preferred the shades on

Next up in the cart was the option to purchase additional shades:

Shade Choices

I was glad the active shades were included because I liked those best anyway!

Other Accessories

Other Accessories
This is starting to feel like the Apple Store!

More Views

Here’s some basic views of what they look like:

Google Glass XE12 Edition (Color: Sky)
Google Glass XE12 Edition (Color: Sky)

The mirror reflects the image back towards your eye
The mirror reflects the image back towards your eye

Interior view
Interior view

Yes, they look cool and yes they feel as fragile as they look. For this price you really get worried that you are going to break them, and the huge pouch isn’t something I’d really want to carry around. If you are the type of person that obsesses about your camera LCD panel have a scratch on it, then these are probably not the right product for you!

Conclusion

I’ll share more thoughts and a video in the next installment, but I wanted to do a quick overview for those who are interested. I’ll talk more later about how they work and why I’m already facing major buyers remorse.

Where to order

Technically purchasing is by invitation only at this time, but Amazon seems to be selling some. Most likely these are disgruntled Explorers who want to cash in off their purchase, so buyer beware.

You can learn more here and learn how to get one through the official program.

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