Google Glass: Some thoughts after trying them
For some, Google Glass is living up to the hype. For others, it’s just a new and expensive piece of technology that isn’t worth the price. Although the tech giant has halted its production of the Google Glass for now, the memory and the apps of this model were upgraded at the beginning of 2015. We’ve looked at what features both make and break Google Glass.
For one, any user can take hands-free photos simply by saying, “Glass, take a picture.” Voice commands can also be utilized for posting on social media accounts such as Twitter and Facebook. If you’re a frequent traveler, you might enjoy receiving Google Now reminders the day before your departures. Plus, the app will clue you in to the weather conditions in both your current location and your destination. Other flight-related information is available, thanks to the same feature.
Until having been halted, the operating system of the Google Glass was being updated regularly. In 2014, the company decided it would give away a pair of frames or premium shades with all new orders beginning in April.
The main disadvantage of getting the Google Glass is its price. Despite featuring the latest technology in the field and in spite of it being a really useful tool for frequent travelers and businesspeople, the price might be downright off-putting for some individuals. At the beginning of 2015, the model was still being sold for $1,500.
The second con of buying and using this device is that it is somewhat more suited to Android users than to iOS aficionados. It is true, however, that the situation has greatly improved ever since the launch of an iOS MyGlass app. The Google Glass should technically work with any type of mobile device that supports Bluetooth technology. However, it does not, and fails miserably when it comes to pairing with the Windows Phone 8.
It’s been over thirty months since its initial release, and there have been no improvements. Regrettably, the device is still considered a prototype of something that might be launched on the market in the years to come.
If you are willing to spend over one thousand dollars on a device, you probably want to know that you’ll like the fit and the feel. Buying the Google Glass at a Google office will allow you the benefit of personal assistance of a trained employee, who can offer a helping hand in terms of adjusting the nose pads and tweaking the nose stems. It takes roughly ten minutes to customize the device according to your needs. As long as you are there, you might want to take advantage of the employees’ expertise when it comes to connecting the device to WiFi and pairing it with a smartphone.
The dimensions of the Google Glass are 5.25-inches in width and 8-inches in length, which means that the overall item size is anything but user-friendly. It won’t fit into any pocket and therefore forces users to carry a backpack or bag.
At just 1.48 oz., however, the weight of the device is remarkable and definitely a plus.
The bottom line is that the Google Glass has the potential to be something really great in the future. In spite of some minor glitches, the unit maintains its appeal due, among other features, to its distraction-free operating system and voice controls.
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