We’ve seen a lot of people express their disillusion with Google Glass over the last year — Google fanboy Jeff Jarvis’s declaration that he “*hates*” Glass is still one of our favorites — but a new 10-minute video posted by Geek Beat is the single most brutal point-by-point takedown of Glass’s design and functionality we’ve yet seen.
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In the video, host John Pozadzides explains that “this is the first time” Geek Beat has ever dedicated an entire episode to “telling people not to buy a product” simply because he thinks “it would be a terrible mistake for the vast majority of you to buy one.” Pozadzides goes on to say that his disappointment with Glass “was nearly instantaneous” the minute he started wearing the headset, which was especially unfortunate for him because he’d just sent Google more than $1,700 of his own money to acquire the prescription version of the device.
What was so disappointing to him about Glass? Just about everything. He found that the eyepiece used for the computer was too heavy to make the glasses comfortable and he was always worried that they’d fall off his face if he looked downward. Glass’s battery life is “nothing less than abysmal” and “won’t last more than a few hours at most,” and that’s if you’re not using it to actually do anything such as take pictures or shoot video. Glass is also deemed “crash-tastic” as there were many times he tried to shoot a video and “Glass didn’t respond to anything.”
And it gets even better: Pozadzides notes that the way Glass is designed, you can only adjust the screen and camera horizontally, not vertically. This means that “if your ears a little higher or lower on one side of the other, you’ll not be able to see the screen appropriately,” he explains before showing that in order to film a video from a horizontally level view, he has to tilt his head to the left to correctly adjust the camera.
The whole video is worth watching and can be found below.