A few months ago I was accepted to be a Google Glass beta tester through their #IfIhadGlass program. When I got the notification I immediately started singing. The much anticapated gadget is getting a lot of publiclty way before a release date has even been announced. I will admit that I was excited beyond belief, however I then started reading the fine print. Heres the thing that most of the Glass beta testers may not mention. To beta test a Google Glass you have to cough up $1500, and travel to either NY or CA to pick it up....Now at first I thought that I might be willing to do this. But after thinking about it, and realizing that I don't have any time free during the scheduled pickup times, I decided not to.
I mean seriously why would anyone pay over what the mainstream public will obviously pay for a device that is still in production? Then it sort of dawned on me. Who has $1500 and lives in NYC or CA? Gadget loving members of the tech media. Now don't get me wrong, I am not saying that this isn't a real beta test, but it is hard to say that it isn't also a well orchestrated media blitz as well. And now some are starting to regret their involvement in the Glass beta test...
When I purchased my Glass I knew I had 30 days to decide if I wanted to keep or return it. The device has many charms, but in the end I didn't like peering at a small screen while looking up. And I simply wasn't dazzled. For that kind of money, I wanted to be blown away and I wasn't. I just wasn't.
On an unrelated note: You can buy a fully functional desktop PC for a lot less than $1500.