Sound quality was fine, both on my end and that of the call’s recipient, with one exception: If I talked at the same time as the person on the other end, my voice cut out, similar to what happens when you’re using a speaker phone on a traditional handset. But I could hear the other person talking even when I talked over her.
It can be difficult to hear someone talking through Glass if you’re in a noisy place, especially without the earbud. Google recommends pressing the BCT against your head, and that helps a bit. But it also made my head vibrate.
Another Google recommendation: Cup your had over your right ear, which is where the BCT is located. But considering one of the big advantages of Glass is that it’s a hands-free device, both of those suggestions sort of defeat the purpose.
As I used Glass for numerous calls, I found it unable to make some connections. For example, it had a hard time recognizing the word “home.” One solution: Use the touch interface and scroll through your list.
Even for something as simple as making a phone call, it required quite a bit of practice to use Glass. When do you tap, when do you swipe, how do you set up your contacts? With a little time, however, I found it appealing to use Glass for making calls. I like the hands-free aspect, I like using my voice to tell Glass whom to call, and I like just reaching up to the side of my head and tapping Glass to hang up the call (another move that took some getting used to—I inadvertently hung up on one of my calls). Of course, those are all things you can do with Bluetooth on your phone—and who needs a $1,500 smart phone?
But Glass can also do plenty of other things hands-free. Which leads me to next week's story. I’ll let you know how Glass accomplishes other simple tasks like playing music, taking and sharing photos and videos, and sending e-mails.