I was lucky enough to be one of the few to get an invite for Google Glass. After thinking a lot about it (of course due to its price tag) I ordered it and why not its an investment in the future and the product itself is pretty awesome.
Getting is was a fairly simple process, Google takes a day to ship as soon as you place the order using your Google wallet account, and it ships over-night free to any US address. As i’m in India i had to get it shipped from my US address to India and that was a long one. Google does not ship outside US as the device is currently available only in US.
After a week i finally got my hands on it. It had a pretty simple and beautiful packaging, open it up and there it is the Glass. It’s a beautifully designed product. The next step was to set it up and it is a fairly simple process, i had to pair it up with my android and install apps i would like to use through the Glass app and it was good to go.
It does a great job with its voice recognition, Something of course very important for a device like Glass. Then i started to try out the apps and all of them work fine outside US except for the Play music, you would need a US account for that. However given the battery of the Glass you would be able to play no more than 20-30 songs on a full charge for now, this of course will change in future updates as Google is for sure seeing this as a go to music device. I have tried their earbuds but it did not impress me much. The sound quality isn’t that great and they are not too comfortable. Atleast for me. There should be a wide array of such accessories to choose from in future.
The maps and music recognition apps are a killer, i have used them the most in these 7 days. They work pretty well i have used the music recognition quite a lot of times and it works like charm. The maps is a beauty turn-by-turn navigation right at your service.
Google search app is a lifesaver just say “Ok Glass Google…” and find what ever you are looking for. You can use it to find places, contact details of any store you are looking for, simple calculations, time in a different country, height of some buildings or even recognise a song. You can do everything you could need help with.
One feature you will use all time no matter what type of user you are is the photo capture, you can capture photos with a wink. Literally! I have been capturing more photos with Glass than i did with my phone. Its so easy, although i have not been recording as much videos for obvious reason that i do not take as much videos as pictures. The quality of pictures and videos is decent.
The hangouts feature is good although i use it more to send/reply to chat messages and less for video calls. The video calls work fine though, but it drains the battery pretty fast.
Additionally you can also send/receive text messages and make/receive calls from your contacts. You can add up to 10 contacts for now to Glass.
I hit the gym every morning and on the second day i decided to put the Strava running app to use, but it does not support indoor running. Although the stopwatch and the timer app have been very useful in tracking time for every exercise.
Path and Twitter apps are great for sharing the images you capture using glass. You can also view updates from your friends on path and add comments.
All the cooks is an app my Mom loved the most, making it the easiest way for her to find recipes. P.S: Its a perfect app to impress your girlfriend/wife at the kitchen. ;)
Right now there is little you can do with Glass but Google keeps adding more apps, updates which make it better by the day. The possibilities are endless and i’m pretty excited about its future and also about the glass apps i have been working with few developer friends of mine. I will post more about them as soon as they are done.