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Google Glasses or Smartwatch?

So as a dude with extra cash to spend or perhaps a Christmas list to make; how do you decide which wearable tech to go for this year? Should you get the Google Glasses or a Smartwatch?

Wearable tech is becoming quite the "in" thing and even though most men aren't a slave to fashion trends we do love gadgets like a fat kid loves cake. So the question is which gadget should you get and why? In the case of Google Glasses versus a Smartwatch one option is definitely much more "bro" than the other.

Google Glasses

·       Pro's - Sweet! The idea at least sounds pretty cool. Everyone could have their own Iron Man display to provide information instantly! "Jarvis directions to the bar please!" They can take a picture or videos, you can hold virtual meetings with a video call, and obviously you have access to the internet. More useful in certain situations to use the device without fear of dropping it like you would with a phone. "Google Glasses, take a video of that hot blonde."

·       Con's - You look a bit weird talking to yourself and will annoy people because everything is voice activated. People in San Francisco have already developed the nickname "glassholes" for people who wear them. Everyone who hasn't seen a pair bugs you about them because they are so obviously not normal glasses. "Oooh what do they do?" Of course this isn't a con if you are an attention whore. People have complained of motion sickness. Oh, they cost $1500.

Smartwatch

·       Pro's - There are a few models out there and the iWatch has yet to be released. Basically you have just become James Bond (insert Dick Tracy or Michael Knight depending on age) because you have a smart watch. It provides basic watch functions and variable levels of smart functions based on the particular model but can include email, texts, voice commands, and a bevy of apps such as fitness related and social media options. They are much more affordable with the Galaxy Gear going for around $300.

·       Con's - Bland design that screams for specialized bands and similar options to dress up these watches that are not yet elegant. Small screen, limited notification options, weird camera location and limited ease-of-use for voice commands are a regular list of complaints depending on the device itself.

The Douche Factor

This is what it really boils down to for most people, the douche bag factor. Just like certain cars or other items instantly label a bro as a douche, the Google Glasses instantly make you a glasshole. The glasses are cool and have some excellent uses but they have a very high nerd factor combined with the ability to annoy the crap out of people around you.

Think of the Bluetooth earpieces. How annoying is it to think someone is talking to you because you didn't see the earpiece? The glasses are a lot like that, which for a device that is meant to be less intrusive to be used and allows them to keep their head up, it sure is distracting for the people around them.

The watch, on the other hand, is more of a function of convenience. You can leave your phone in your pocket or in the car and use the watch while you golf, go for a run, or whatever else as you are basically limiting your need to have that smaller device that is less obtrusive.

So there it is; the bottom line is that when comparing Google Glasses or a Smartwatch, the watch wins because the glasses are a bit too geeky and have a high douche factor while the watch is a bit cooler and low-key while being useful. Plus that extra $1200 bucks can be used for a PS4, TV and a bunch of games.So as a dude with extra cash to spend or perhaps a Christmas list to make; how do you decide which wearable tech to go for this year? Should you get the Google Glasses or a Smartwatch?

Wearable tech is becoming quite the "in" thing and even though most men aren't a slave to fashion trends we do love gadgets like a fat kid loves cake. So the question is which gadget should you get and why? In the case of Google Glasses versus a Smartwatch one option is definitely much more "bro" than the other.

Google Glasses

·       Pro's - Sweet! The idea at least sounds pretty cool. Everyone could have their own Iron Man display to provide information instantly! "Jarvis directions to the bar please!" They can take a picture or videos, you can hold virtual meetings with a video call, and obviously you have access to the internet. More useful in certain situations to use the device without fear of dropping it like you would with a phone. "Google Glasses, take a video of that hot blonde."

·       Con's - You look a bit weird talking to yourself and will annoy people because everything is voice activated. People in San Francisco have already developed the nickname "glassholes" for people who wear them. Everyone who hasn't seen a pair bugs you about them because they are so obviously not normal glasses. "Oooh what do they do?" Of course this isn't a con if you are an attention whore. People have complained of motion sickness. Oh, they cost $1500.

Smartwatch

·       Pro's - There are a few models out there and the iWatch has yet to be released. Basically you have just become James Bond (insert Dick Tracy or Michael Knight depending on age) because you have a smart watch. It provides basic watch functions and variable levels of smart functions based on the particular model but can include email, texts, voice commands, and a bevy of apps such as fitness related and social media options. They are much more affordable with the Galaxy Gear going for around $300.

·       Con's - Bland design that screams for specialized bands and similar options to dress up these watches that are not yet elegant. Small screen, limited notification options, weird camera location and limited ease-of-use for voice commands are a regular list of complaints depending on the device itself.

The Douche Factor

This is what it really boils down to for most people, the douche bag factor. Just like certain cars or other items instantly label a bro as a douche, the Google Glasses instantly make you a glasshole. The glasses are cool and have some excellent uses but they have a very high nerd factor combined with the ability to annoy the crap out of people around you.

Think of the Bluetooth earpieces. How annoying is it to think someone is talking to you because you didn't see the earpiece? The glasses are a lot like that, which for a device that is meant to be less intrusive to be used and allows them to keep their head up, it sure is distracting for the people around them.

The watch, on the other hand, is more of a function of convenience. You can leave your phone in your pocket or in the car and use the watch while you golf, go for a run, or whatever else as you are basically limiting your need to have that smaller device that is less obtrusive.

So there it is; the bottom line is that when comparing Google Glasses or a Smartwatch, the watch wins because the glasses are a bit too geeky and have a high douche factor while the watch is a bit cooler and low-key while being useful. Plus that extra $1200 bucks can be used for a PS4, TV and a bunch of games.