Hardware Comparison: Epson Moverio BT-200 vs Recon Jet

If you’re reading this blog, then you’ve most likely heard of the Epson Moverio BT-200. It’s the pair of smart glasses with dual displays and an external touchpad. You might have also heard about Recon Jet. The pair of smart glasses that is marketed towards people who participate in sporty activities.

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Both devices seem pretty nice, but which one is better? Well, today we are going to figure that out. In this post, we are going to do a hardware comparison of the Epson Moverio BT-200 and the Recon Jet. So, let’s get to it!

Recon Jet

CPU

Epson Moverio BT-200Recon Jet
CPUTI OMAP 4460 1.2Ghz Dual Core1 GHz Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A9

Both devices are running very similar arm processors. While they are practically using the same processors, the Epson Moverio BT-200’s processor is slightly better because it’s running at a higher clock speed. The Epson Moverio BT-200’s processor is running at 1.2GHz and the Recon Jet’s processor is running at 1GHz. An oh so slight difference, but still a difference. So, when it comes to the CPU the Epson Moverio BT-200 is slightly better.

Memory / RAM

Epson Moverio BT-200Recon Jet
Memory1GB1GB

The Epson Moverio BT-200 and Recon Jet are both rocking the same amount of ram. Both are rocking 1 gigabyte of ram, so performance in this area is going to boil down to what types of things the devices are being used for. But, yeah. Both devices are on equal ground in regards to ram.

Storage

Epson Moverio BT-200Recon Jet
Storage8GB internal memory. 32GB of additional memory with a MicroSD card.8GB flash

Each device starts off with a good amount of storage space. Both devices have 8 gigabytes of storage space out-of-the-box. But, out of the two devices the Epson Moverio BT-200 is the only one that can have its storage space expanded. The Epson Moverio BT-200 starts off with 8 gigabytes of storage space, but can be expanded by 32 gigabytes with a MicroSD card. So, when it comes to storage space the Epson Moverio BT-200 is the winner.

Battery

Epson Moverio BT-200Recon Jet
BatteryLithium polymer battery 2720mAh. Approximately 6 hours battery life (when playing movies).Interchangeable battery, lasts up to 4-6 hours.

Recon Jet isn’t exactly clear about the battery that they are using. The only details they are giving away is that it can last 4-6 hours. And, that the battery is interchangeable. Meaning, it can be popped out and a new one can be popped in easily.

Epson on the other hand is very clear about the battery inside of the BT-200. The BT-200 has a 2720mAh lithium polymer battery that can last up to 6 hours or more.

The Epson Moverio BT-200 basically has a big battery that can last a considerable amount of time with a single charge. The Recon Jet has a smaller battery that can last a decent amount of time with a single charge, but it also has the added benefit of being interchangeable.

While the Epson Moverio BT-200 battery might be pretty beast, I’d have to say that the Recon Jet wins in this area due to the batteries being swappable.

Display

Epson Moverio BT-200Recon Jet
Display0.42” wide panel (16:9) with a 960×540 resolution.Widescreen 16:9 WQVGA display, virtual image appears as 30″ HD display at 7′, 428×240 resolution, power-saving sleep mode, high contrast and brightness for readability.

This is the area where these two devices differentiate the most. The Epson Moverio BT-200 has a transparent, dual screen display with a resolution of 960×540 that is placed directly in front of both eyes. The Recon Jet has a display that is placed near the bottom side of the right eye and it has a resolution of 428×240.

Both displays are pretty good, but they also serve different purposes. The Epson Moverio BT-200 is supposed to be immersive while the Recon Jet is supposed to provide helpful information at a glance.  There’s no clear winner in this area, because like I said the displays serve different purposes.  With all that being said, I’d have to say the Epson Moverio BT-200 is slightly superior in this area because the display is large and very clear.

Camera

Epson Moverio BT-200Recon Jet
CameraVGA (640 by 480)5MP Photos, 720p Videos.

The quality of the Epson Moverio BT-200’s camera is pretty darn terrible. The Epson Moverio BT-200 is only able to capture 640 by 480 VGA resolution photos and videos. The Recon Jet can capture 5MP pictures and 720P videos, which is way better. At the end of the day, the Recon Jet is far superior when it comes to the camera. With the Recon Jet, you’ll definitely be able to take some decent stills and capture some good video.

Sensors

Epson Moverio BT-200Recon Jet
SensorsGPS*2, geomagnetic sensor, accelerometer, and gyroscopic sensor, and optical touch sensor3D accelerometer, 3D gyroscope, 3D magnetometer, Altimeter & barometer, ambient temperature sensor, and optical touch sensor.

The Epson Moverio BT-200 and Recon Jet both have a ton of sensors that applications can take advantage of. Still, it seems the Recon Jet has a few more sensors than the Epson Moverio BT-200. The sensors that the Recon Jet has that the Epson Moverio BT-200 does not have includes the Altimeter, barometer, and ambient temperature sensor. Overall, both are packed to the brim with sensors.

Connectivity

Epson Moverio BT-200Recon Jet
ConnectivityWifi and bluetooth.Wifi, bluetooth, Apple Mfi, and ANT+

The Epson Moverio BT-200 and Recon Jet can both take advantage of wifi and bluetooth. Recon Jet can also take advantage of Apple MFi and ANT+ while the Epson Moverio BT-200 cannot. So, the Recon Jet is slightly superior when it comes to connectivity options.

Sound

Epson Moverio BT-200Recon Jet
SoundDolby Digital Plus surround sound and microphone.Integrated speaker and microphone.

Both devices have built-in speakers and microphones. With that being said, the Epson Moverio BT-200 has surround sound speakers while the Recon Jet only has one stereo speaker. So, overall the Epson Moverio BT-200 is better when it comes to sound.

Controls

Epson Moverio BT-200Recon Jet
ControlsSeparate controller with touchpad and buttons.Touchpad, gestures, and voice.

The Epson Moverio BT-200 is controlled via a separate unit that connects to the device. The control unit has a textured touchpad and a bunch of buttons. The buttons on the control unit include power (lock), home, menu, back , function (Brightness, 2D/3D), volume (+/-), and reset.

The Recon Jet is controlled with gestures, voice, and a touchpad on the side of the device. So, it’s pretty much controlled the same way that Google Glass is controlled.

It’s all down to preference when it comes to controls, but I’d have to say that the Recon Jet is slightly better when it comes to controls because it doesn’t require a bulky control unit to be used. So, yeah.

Conclusion

So, that’s a hardware comparison of the Epson Moverio BT-200 and the Recon Jet. Both devices are superior in their own areas. The Epson Moverio BT-200 has a good CPU, great storage space, a nice display, and nice sound. The Recon Jet has a good battery system, a great camera, plenty of sensors, plenty of connectivity options, and decent controls.

Overall, both devices are good. And, really they both have different purposes. The Recon Jet is meant for sporty people who want to have helpful information available at a glance and the Epson Moverio BT-200 is meant for entertainment purposes and things that require a large screen. So, yeah. Both devices are good at the end of the day. This is just a hardware comparison for those who wanted to know what is inside of these two devices.

Anyway, if you want to check out a full comparison of these two devices, then head on over here.

So, which pair of smart glasses do you like more? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section down below!