Google Glass: Explorer Edition Review

Posted on Feb 9 2014 - 3:25pm by Eric Tompkins
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Google Glass: Explorer Edition Review – Part 1

by Eric Tompkins

Well, I have finally received my Google Glasses. Over the next few posts I will be walking you through my experiences and reviewing this hardware. First off lets look at the hardware specs.


Price: $1500 USD (as of 2/6/2014)


  • Adjustable nosepads and durable frame fits any face.
  • Extra nosepads in two sizes.


High resolution display is the equivalent of a 25 inch high definition screen from eight feet away.


  • Photos – 5 MP
  • Videos – 720p


  • Bone Conduction Transducer


  • Wifi – 802.11b/g
  • Bluetooth


  • 12 GB of usable memory, synced with Google cloud storage. 16 GB Flash total.


One day of typical use. Some features, like video calls and video recording, are more battery intensive.


  • Included Micro USB cable and charger.

While there are thousands of Micro USB chargers out there, Glass is designed and tested with the included charger in mind. Use it and preserve long and prosperous Glass use.


  • Any Bluetooth-capable phone.
  • The MyGlass companion app requires Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher. MyGlass enables GPS and SMS messaging.


First Impressions:

So when I received the package today I was stoked. I couldn’t wait to open the box and get going. Checkout the “unboxing” video below:

My first impression was that if I dropped these glasses, they would break. The packaging was very sturdy and well designed. Reminded me of opening an Apple product for the first time. As you can see by the video you get a number of items with the glasses. The Glass, a bag, ear phone mic, extra nose pads, and some instructions. I was hoping for a guide book of some kind, but instructions were lax. In a seperate case that is not shown in the video, I also received a pair of snap-on tinted Lenses.

First Test Drive:

(to be continued)

About the Author

Eric Tompkins is an Experienced Web Developer and Digital Media Professional. As well as a Professional Photographer and Technical Instructor. You can follow on Twitter @_codemics.