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Potential Google Glass Explorers, Let’s Talk Glass, Your Invite, and the $1500 Price Tag

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From the countless emails we are receiving, it looks like Google is pumping out Google Glass invites to a lot of folks. The majority of the emails from readers we receive are asking our opinion on if the $1500 price tag for Glass is worth it. Let’s be real, $1500 is a lot of cash to some people, so it is important to know exactly what you are getting for your money if you plan on dropping that amount to be an early adopter of this hardware. 

We know that Google continues to near the public release of Glass, but there is no for sure date yet. We anticipate it will be in 2014, but whether it’s earlier or later in the year, your guess is as good as ours. On top of that, there is no word on what the price will be once made public. Will it resemble the outrageous $1500 for the Explorer units? Again, your guess is as good as ours. There has been speculation that the price could be cut way down in the range of $400, but other reports point to around $800+ for a unit. Unless you are a developer who plans on pumping out apps for the unit or just really love the idea of early adoption, you will need to ask yourself if you want to spend a higher price for essentially a beta device that is still not ready for mass consumption, when a retail unit at a much cheaper price could be right around the corner.

Allow us to speak from experience real quick – when Google allowed existing Explorers to send invites to friends a few weeks back, we were given the opportunity to buy Google Glass for $1500, thinking it would be a good idea for the site to have a pair just in case something came up that was important for us to cover. On top of that, Google labeled these as the “new” Google Glass, with updated hardware and software tweaks. We received Glass, unboxed it, wore it around for a day or so, and haven’t really touched it since. Sure, it has been a nice toy to show off to visitors and friends during the holidays, but for the most part, people are over it within a few minutes of use, and especially once they hear how much we paid for it.

Keep in mind that Kellen and myself are two guys dedicated to mobile technology, plus we love futuristic and fancy hardware. Yet, neither of us are developers, so when it comes to making real use of Google Glass, it has become clear that this isn’t exactly a product made for us. Or maybe we just need to explore this world more. Or maybe it just needs to grow as a product more. Or maybe it’s so new that even we (“them geek guys“) need to figure out how to fully utilize it.

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If you are looking for some of the things we like, then we’ll point to the ability to take pictures and videos without using our hands as a clear number 1. It’s also very cool while using it as a navigation device when driving, attaching Google Now to it to see current weather and other cards, and even doing quick Google searches while out and about. Even the new Google Music integration works fairly well, assuming you want to use the $85 Glass ear buds with it. Glass in general, certainly brings a very interesting computing platform to your life, assuming your life is in need of having a computer strapped to your head.

Essentially what we’re saying is that if you really, really, need to be on the cutting edge of technology, have tons of extra cash laying around with nothing better to spend it on, and also don’t mind being the center of attention everywhere you go, then by all means use that invite you just received. It’s an exciting product no doubt, even if we haven’t found a way to fit it into our personal lives. But if you don’t have loads of unused cash and are already second guessing whether or not you should buy Glass, now might not be the optimal time. Again, we could have retail units at drastically different prices before long.

But those are simply our initial thoughts after spending some time with Glass, the real decision (as always) is up to you.

Let’s hear from the folks who received their invites – are you going to pick up Google Glass? If so, why? And if you decided against spending the $1500 for a unit, why do you think Glass isn’t worth it? Our hopes is that this post will allow potential buyers to have a clear view of whether or not they should go forward with the purchase or not.

  • Krishebden

    I just received my invite to try glass, and briefly contemplated. I work in the tech industry, so I was interested in this, but being a 41 year old mother of a 15 year old, I don’t have the drive to post/publish my every waking movement, nor record every life happening in a video no one will ever watch. I agree with the the ‘wristband’ idea more for practicality. Syncing my phone, calendar, directions in a format that isn’t designed primarially to post my every thought to Twitter is more my speed, and I honestly think, would be the majority’s opinion as well.

  • Anonymous

    I got the invite. I am really turned off by the price. I have a ton of POV video opportunities that would have been cool. But the price is not more than I can afford it is just more than I am willing to spend on something that will mainly be used in place of a Gopro cam.

  • JessicaVogel

    I have a code for sale if anybody wants one.

  • Gallegeos

    Hey, if you aren’t going to use Glass, could i have them? we could work out a deal of some sort? Or if your in a good mood you could just ship them to my address? 🙂

  • David

    Anyone here that can or would be able to provide assistance in purchasing glass, please contact me . When you do, google sends you three invites. So, right now, i hold an opportunity to purchase up to 4 devices. Unfortunatley, i was not expecting to win the nerd tech lottery of the year so soon, i just started a new job yesterday. I make substantial money, will have enough in legit 2 weeks to purchase, so why now google, why not 2 weeks from now.

    My problem, it expires in 7 days. Why?!?
    Anyway, anyone willing to work with me here, please contact me . I want to, am a dev, and need to be on the front of this future trch wave about to explode. Please, anyone interested, please help. If you purchase, you get 14 days to invite 3 others. My only question at bare minimun, please send me back one invite on the 14th day, giving me again abother 7 days from then to purchase, allowing me to gather my funds for thr next two weeks. Esentially, gives me another 21 days, more then ebough that i need. Please help, anyone.

    [email protected]

  • tjubb

    I’ve got a code for anyone interested. Too rich for my blood. I think it expires tomorrow.

  • Justin

    Anyone have an invite code that they aren’t going to use? I’m looking for one or will be waiting for a potential invite from Google.

    • Bobby Jordan


      Expires in a day or two

      • Justin

        Thanks for the offer Bobby, however, someone must have gotten their hands on it before me!

  • Ulysses Popple

    The $1500 price range it set that high on purpose precisely to dissuade people from buying them to use them as everyday devices. They aren’t ready for that yet; they still have a long way to go in terms of ui, glassware, and hardware limitations. Google is targeting those people who expect to make more than $1500 by having an app in the marketplace on day one.

    This is the reason, when I got my code, that I didn’t buy Glass, but I used the code on a company account so that the web app my company makes would have glassware. It’s also a fairly reasonable marketing opportunity.

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  • shakeyone4s

    Gave them my money this am.really looking forward to the GPS functionalities To try out. Could become a useful tool in my career. I’m a trtruck driver and hike.and just travel for fun

  • Zoglog

    I’m still debating. My pickup time is this Saturday. This article lays it out pretty well. It’s going to very hard to justify given the price. It all depends on how you look at it. Think of it as a luxury jewelry purchase and it doesn’t seem so bad from that angle.

    One thing I noticed is that the glass community is a bit overzealous about how great the product is. Every time someone wants to return the item or says they aren’t happy with it all I hear is “well you didn’t use it right” or “go explore more.” Almost sounds like a mindless cult….

    I respect that the item isn’t for everyone and like you guys I agree that $1500 is a good chunk of change.

  • PICO

    They will give them away for free when ready. They will be used as Street/Home cameras by DoHS, NSA, COPS, you name it. Everything will be recorded, be it on your mobile or on a NSA server.

  • Panseybard

    Haha 1500, I’m a slacker, this is going to be interesting to see how I pull off getting one of these

  • Stephen Becker

    I am one of the few that got a invite, and I plan to develop a game on Glass, and use it in the medical field that I work in. But I need help funding to get them. If you wanna help me out and read my story check out http://www.gofundme.com/5mf7e8

  • Ben Udkow

    I was SO close to buying one, but really the main issue was my prescription lenses. I don’t really want to “hack” a solution, and I don’t want to have to put them away to use sunglasses. I was so tempted, and still regret passing, but if it was $800 or so, I might have pulled the trigger…

  • yah, I received the invite. First of all, I will not spend $1,500 on a device that I can not try on first. I’m waiting for them to bring Glass to Chicago. Second, there are a lot of very cool features about the device… cool features, but it hasn’t presented itself as product that adds significant value to my life ($1,500 value). Third, it needs to have the same functionality whether paired with an Android device or an iPhone device (i’m an iPhone user). I get that they want to push their Android software, but you can’t ignore (or punish) the millions of iPhone users out there.

  • Chris

    I bought them a few weeks ago and while I am not a developer, I have loved playing with them and even watching them grow in the short span I have had them. I agree, the best part is being able to take pictures and videos on the fly, but with new apps being released, I have begun wearing them more often.

  • nolabob

    I offered my Explorer code to my work. I’m sure my CEO would love sporting one, and who knows, they might let me make an app or two with it.

  • OMJ

    As someone who owned glass and sold it, glass is not even close to worth $1500. Its functionality is very limited. I wanted to like it and used it a lot for about a week before I gave up on it. It doesn’t do much and the things that it does do it doesnt do very well.

  • Tughral Turab Ali

    I also decided not to go for it once I saw the price tag. Its not adding any drastically new feature to my life which isn’t already there. Also you’re right, the retail price will probably be much cheaper. How much is one willing to pay for a novelty?

  • chris_johns

    glazz must cost google 150 bucks at most to make if that…they selling for 1500…im good

    • Adrynalyne

      It costs more than that because they haven’t been able to recoup RnD costs.

      They also are probably not setup for mass production yet, also raising the cost.

      Not to 1500, but certainly more than 150.

      • chris_johns

        None of that should be relevant in the cost until mass production esp rnd cost…im simply stating the product itself

        • Adrynalyne

          Except it is. They are not going to sell it for cost.

          • chris_johns

            I never mentioned they should sell at cost…simply that they’re grossly over priced for what your simply getting…do u know what kidn of tv you can get now a days for 1500 bucks? but yeah glass is a better investment…just saying

          • Adrynalyne

            How many devices do you buy that you get the upgrades for free?

            I could have sworn I read that new hardware revisions shipped out recently. I DOUBT anyone paid a cent for them if they already had glass.

  • Glasshole

    I think one important thing to point out is that buyers of the Alpha test of Google Glass were given a free upgrade to the Beta hardware (and the price was the same). In the very unlikely event that Google does decide to release the commercial product for less than they released both the alpha and beta models, there’s a good chance google will offer a similar upgrade.

    AND also I think it’s funny people are concerned with tumors and what not. If you’re worried about cancers forming from your phones/glass you should brush up on your physics and look at a freaking electromagnetic spectrum.

    • chris_johns

      ooooh nooooo cancaa

  • nikkipagoda

    I did get Glass! I am super excited to pick mine up on Friday!!! Being an Explorer is a unique opportunity. As this technology develops I will be able to contribute to Google offering the best product. I feel like Glass will be as revolutionary as the IPhone. Technology is a TOOL to better humanity! This human couldn’t be happier about Google Glass!!! Stop drinking hateraid and if you don’t use your Glass please give it to someone who appreciates it. And Google did not send out A TON of invites (straight from a Glass employee’s mouth.) I believe them.

    • citizen144

      I don’t know too many people who haven’t gotten an invite and work in tech, or been offered someones unused invite. Hell I got one simply for having a paid Strava membership.

  • Julie Phan

    I would love an invite code. I’m not a developer but a single mom of an active baby. I find myself wanting to record my son a lot but the phone/camera may not be nearby or I can’t juggle him while holding it (which brings up another use altogether). I feel like a lot of precious moments get missed and I’d like a hands free environment to capture some of that. Obviously $1500 is a lot and may be too expensive for that sole purpose but for me, being able to capture his first words makes it totally worth it. Hopefully, it goes retail soon! My son isn’t getting any younger 😉

  • ignoranceisnotbliss

    I have a code for the first one that contacts me,

  • Jake Montague

    i got a invite wish i could afford it. 🙁

  • antwonw

    I still haven’t decided if I’m going to spend the $1500 for glass. As it stands I don’t have the money. But if I become a millionaire in the next 6 days (when my code for the Glass Explorer Programm expires) then that’ll change obviously.

  • Jonathan Paul

    I have been waiting for the day to order for going on a year now. I singed up on day 1. Just got my invite, no matter how much bad stuff I hear, my vibe cant be killed. Appreciate the information.

  • Jkdem85

    Recommend picking your pair up from Google ny offices or San Francisco / LA. Was a really cool experience