Google Glass Review

If I could explain Google Glass with one phrase, it’d be “picture-in-picture for life”. Google’s new Android-based headset is pushing the boundaries of innovation and turning heads both literally and figuratively. This is our full review of Google Glass, and because of its length, we’ve broken it down into sections. Click the links below to navigate through reviews of Google Glass’ various features.

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What can you see and do with Google Glass?

Google Glass is the talk of the tech town, and wherever you wear the device, people seem to ask the same three questions:

  1. What the heck is that?
  2. What do you see when you wear Google Glass?
  3. What can you do with Google Glass?

Before diving head first into the full review, let’s explore those answers.

For a more detailed introduction to Google Glass, read our article titled “What can you see and do with Google Glass?

Google Glass: Hardware Review


There’s no denying that Google Glass is a first of its kind. A tiny, wearable computer strapped around your head delivering the vast knowledge of the internet in a moment’s notice directly to your brain. In our hardware review, we give you guys an in depth look at the Google Glass Explorer Edition’s design, specs, performance, and exactly what makes the little device tick.┬áRead on for our review of the Google Glass Hardware.

Google Glass: Software Review

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An Android device is only as good as the software it’s running and Google Glass is no different. In our software review, we’ll take a look at Glass’ custom Android software including its homescreen dubbed “Timeline.” Here, you’ll get a full rundown of how Glass’ new UI works, what doesn’t, as well as possibilities for the future. Read on for our review of the Google Glass Software.

Google Glass: Navigation Review

Navigation Success

One of the few apps available for the Google Glass Explorer Edition is Navigation. Somehow, Google managed to pack the little device with their world famous Navigation software. That’s right, Glass is capable of providing walking/driving/biking directions while navigating through the mean streets of the city — but does it do it well? And how will Navigation impact battery life on a device this small? Find out in our full Google Glass Navigation Review.

Google Glass: Calls & Messaging

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If Google Glass will revolutionize the way we use technology, it has to get the basics right. The humble beginnings of the smartphone all started with communication. Calling people. Text messaging people. E-Mailing people. And now we’ve evolved to the point of video hangouts. What is the messaging experience like on Google Glass? Is it done well? Will it really change the way we communicate? Check out our review of Google Glass Calls, E-Mail, Texting, and Hangouts to find out.

Google Glass: Camera Review

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Strapped with a 5 megapixel camera, Google Glass is ready to take pictures and video of every moment in your life, whether or not you’ve got a hand free. Do the pictures turn out good? Is video clear and stable? And how do pictures and videos from the Google Glass camera compare to today’s top smartphones like the HTC One? We’ll tell you all that and more in our Google Glass Camera Review.

Google Glass: Day in the Life

Steve Albright Google Glass

Detailed reviews are fine and dandy, but with all the technical jargon tech websites sometimes leave out the most important part: what’s it like to use Google Glass in your everyday life? Chris Chavez, Steve Albright, and myself (Rob Jackson) each documented our first 48-hours with Google Glass to show you exactly how we used the technology, what we liked, and what we didn’t.

Read each of their accounts here:

Google Glass: FAQ

Even with all the information we’ve packed into this review guide, we couldn’t cover it all, and we know you’ll have questions. Want them answered? Visit our Google Glass Questions article to submit a question to have answered. We’ll follow up soon with answers to all your burning questions.

Google Glass: Conclusion

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We know, we know… that was a TON of information and you’re brain is about to implode. Don’t worry, we’ve pulled a Jerry Springer and condensed our entire show into these final thoughts. Did we like Glass? Will Glass succeed? Find out by reading our Google Glass Verdict.


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TAGS: Google Glass , Google Glass Explorer Edition

  • Joe Fedewa

    Google Glass: Nice review.

  • EasyEEE

    Feels like an Engadget Apple event.

  • BoSamps

    how much do you think the retail price will be, and how much they are truly worth (surely they won’t go on sale for 15 hundred)

    • BoSamps

      Oops wrong article

      • Chris Chavez

        No worries. I’m hoping they come down to $500 or less. Right now they’re being manufactured here in the US which I’m sure is driving that price up. If Google let’s other OEM’s jump on Glass (and I’m sure they will), it could bring the price down.

        • Alankrut Patel

          Google better get aggressive on this approach. Cause i DONT want to wear glass with touchwiz all over them…

          • Chris Chavez

            I head LG’s been talkin’ to Google….

          • ari_free

            My collection of rare incurable diseases! Violated!

            Don’t TouchWiz on the Google Glass.

          • Balvinder Makkar

            Lol…touchwiz will be directly injected into our brains…

  • Tony Lai

    Ok Glass, Show me the review of Google Glass.

    • robjackson81

      Android Palindrome of the day:”ok glass, google google glass, ok?”

      • scoter man1

        ‘A palindrome is a word, phrase, number, or other sequence of symbols or elements, whose meaning may be interpreted the same way in either forward or reverse direction.’

        “ok glass, google google glass, ok?” -> “ko ,ssalg elgoog elgoog ,ssalg ko?”

        nope, sorry bro. Suppose it works with the words though.

        • ant-roid

          Douche bag

        • dreadnatty08

          Cool story bro.

        • remister


        • dgarra

          Hannah is a palindrome. Taking this back to 3rd grade.

      • Morten Ulveseth

        Mike3285: wtf is a palindrome
        MaroonSand: no its not dude.

  • REVS


  • Derryn Jones

    it appears the camera review link is going to the calls and text page

  • dgarra

    So how long until I can replace my Recon HUD/Flight HUD with these things? Hurry the hell up dammit!

  • hemipw54

    Get Google Glass free with a cellphone or for $29.95 as a BT (bluetooth) device.

  • Hari Narayan

    Google glass is awesome, but expensive too. Google glass’s features are blowing mind! Can’t believe that world is moving so fast! Android Tips Tricks Tutorials

  • David Gray

    I’m really sorry but Chris what are you doing man??? Your hair in the last picture above looks like you cut it yourself with a pair of rusty kichen scissors. I know what the problem is…you said “Ok Glass…find the the nearest Fantastic Sams”…LOL!!!!!!! Oh god I’m so funny but for real that haircut is jacked up.


    No lazer? Deal breaker.