Hardware Comparison: Google Glass vs Recon Jet

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Recon Jet is a sports-oriented pair of smart glasses that has gained a lot of attention. Recon Jet has been able to grab Intel’s attention and Intel has even invested into Recon Jet. While Google Glass isn’t a sports-oriented device, it’s pretty similar to Recon Jet. Even though the devices are targeting different sections of the wearable market, both can be used for sports and fitness. Google Glass has a good amount of fitness apps that are designed to track different stats and provide feedback.

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Since both devices can be used for sports activities, I decided to compare these two devices’ hardware to see how they stack up next to each other. If you would like to know how the Recon Jet compares to Google Glass, then continue reading down below.

CPU

Google GlassRecon Jet
CPUOMAP 4430 SoC (Arm Cortex-A9) 1Ghz Dual Core1 GHz Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A9

Like the majority of other smart glasses, the Recon Jet and Google Glass both have Arm Cortex-A9 processors. Both devices’ processors are running at the same clock speed as well. So, when it comes to the CPU, both devices have the same amount of power.

Memory

Google GlassRecon Jet
Memory2GB1GB

When the Google Glass Explorer Edition first started shipping, it only came with one gigabyte of ram. Well, not too long ago, the device was upgraded and now new models of Google Glass come with 2 gigs of ram instead of one. Recon Jet has always shipped with only one gig of ram.

Since the 2GB model of Google Glass is the only model being shipped to Explorers now. Google Glass is obviously better in the ram department.

Storage

Google GlassRecon Jet
Storage16GB Flash8GB flash

Google Glass comes with a total of 16 GBs of flash storage with about 12 GBs of it being usable. The Recon Jet comes with 8 GBs of flash in total. Even with Google Glass only having 12 GBs of space that is usable, it still beats the Recon Jet in regards to available storage space.

Battery

Google GlassRecon Jet
Battery570 mAh lithium-polymer battery, lasts up to 5-6 hours.Interchangeable battery, lasts up to 4-6 hours.

Both devices have batteries that provide similar usage times. Google Glass has a 570mAh lithium-polymer battery that lasts about 5 to 6 hours on a good day. The Recon Jet has an interchangeable battery that lasts about 4 to 6 hours on a good day.

While both batteries provide a similar battery life, the Recon Jet is superior in the battery department. While both devices’ batteries last a decent amount of time on a single charge, the Recon Jet’s battery is interchangeable. Meaning, it can be popped out at any time and a new battery can be popped back in. This is an awesome feature and allows people to continue using the device while they are out and about.

Google Glass doesn’t have an interchangeable battery, so people who run out of battery life have to plug in the device to get some more use out of it.

Display

Google GlassRecon Jet
DisplayPrism projector, 640×360 pixels (equivalent of a 25 in, 64 cm screen from 8 ft/2.4 m away).Widescreen 16:9 WQVGA display, virtual image appears as 30″ HD display at 7′, 428×240 resolution.

With the Recon Jet, you get a nice display with a decent resolution of 428×240. Google Glass comes with a transparent, prism projector display that has a resolution of 640×360.

The Recon Jet’s display isn’t completely transparent and is closed off, so you get a sharp and easily readable image. With that being said, the display on the Recon Jet has a lower resolution than the prism display on Google Glass.

Google Glass has a completely transparent display, which definitely has its disadvantages. Depending on the lighting around you, the display can be hard to read and hard to focus on. The Google Glass screen can easily be brightened to help with readability, but readability can be definitely be an issue at times. With that being said, Google Glass has a noticeably higher resolution than Recon Jet.

Both of these devices have decent displays. Both do their job, and I don’t see people having major problems with either one. With that being said, the Recon Jet’s display is a bit better. While it has a lower resolution than the display on Google Glass, it’s readable at all times and displays accurate colors.

Camera

Google GlassRecon Jet
Camera5MP Photos and 720p Video.5MP Photos and 720p Video.

Both devices come with cameras that can capture great video and snap decent pictures. The Recon Jet and Google Glass can both capture 720p video and snap 5MP pictures.

Sensors

Google GlassRecon Jet
SensorsAccelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, and optical touch sensor.9-Axis sensors, 3D accelerometer, 3D gyroscope, 3D magnetometer, Altimeter & barometer, ambient temperature sensor, and optical touch sensor.

Having a variety of sensors is important so developers can take advantage of them and use them in different ways. Both Google Glass and Recon Jet are packed full of sensors. While both devices contain similar sensors, Recon Jet has a couple more than Google Glass. Recon Jet has an Altimeter & barometer sensor and ambient temperature sensor while Google Glass does not.

Connectivity

Google GlassRecon Jet
ConnectivityWifi and bluetooth.Wifi, bluetooth, Apple Mfi, and ANT+

Both devices are able to connect to wifi and bluetooth devices. With that being said, Recon Jet supports ANT+ and Apple Mfi out-of-box as well. It’s believed that Google Glass also supports ANT+ devices, but I haven’t heard of anyone actually being able to connect a heart monitor or things of that sort to Google Glass.

Sound

Google GlassRecon Jet
SoundBone conduction transducer, ear buds, and microphoneEar speaker and a noise canceling microphone.

Google Glass and the Recon Jet both have decent microphones. While they have similar microphones, their speaker options are different. While Recon Jet has a normal integrated speaker, Google Glass has a bone conduction transducer. The bone conduction transducer in Google Glass uses the bones of the skull to transmit sound.

While the bone conduction transducer allows people to keep their noise to themselves it has its downside. The bone conduction transducer can struggle to provide good audio if it cannot connect to the wearer’s head completely. Many people have to use their hands to press the bone conduction transducer closer to their head to make better contact and to get better sound.

Recon Jet doesn’t have this problem, because it uses a normal integrated speaker. Unlike the bone conduction transducer though, the speaker does broadcast sound to people around you. Still, I’d have to say the Recon Jet’s sound is better despite sounds being less private.

Controls

Google GlassRecon Jet
ControlsTouchpad, gestures (with Myo Band), and voice.Touchpad, gestures (with Myo Band), and voice.

Both devices can be controlled via a touchpad on the side and by voice. With the Myo Band, both devices can be controlled via gestures as well. So, when it comes to control options, both are the same.

Conclusion

When it comes to hardware, Google Glass and Recon Jet are similar in some areas. With that being said, they are superior to each other in some areas as well.

Google Glass has more ram, and more space than the Recon Jet. With that being said, Recon Jet has a better battery system, more sensors, better sound, and arguably a better display.

While Google Glass can be used for sports, Recon Jet is definitely the better option. Recon Jet has more sensors and supports ANT+ out-of-box, which means you can hook up your heart monitors right away. If you’re a hardcore fitness or sports person, then definitely go with the Recon Jet.

If you want to check out a full comparison of these two devices (OS and all), then click right here