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Along with the aforementioned nose pads, there are two other important accessories in the box. One is the vital microUSB power cord, which has a nifty two-tone pattern.
At first glance, it looks like a simple black and white cord. But as the Glass team member pointed out, the plug was designed so that users wouldn't have to even think for one nanosecond about how the adapter connects to the cord -- just match the colors.
There is an important note about the power cord. Yes, it sports a standard microUSB interface -- but it doesn't charge the same way.
The simple story here is that you can use an older microUSB adapter you might have lying around from another device to charge Glass, but it will charge slower.
But the Glass team advised never using the adapter that came with Glass for a smartphone as it might fry the smartphone's battery altogether.
When that's all said and done (at least the box opening), it's time to pair Glass with your Google account as well as a smartphone.
Setting up Glass with a Google account is the easiest part of the process. In fact, it's really one of the things that Google does best. Just look at how easy it is to log into a Chrome browser anywhere or auto-populate a brand new smartphone with all of your data and email just using a Gmail account.
The same concept applies on Glass.
But a problem comes about if you are an iPhone user.
I happened to have bought a new iPhone 5just ahead of the Glass appointment, but I brought along a Samsung Galaxy SIII to challenge the difference.
The Glass team seemed overly enthusiastic that Glass should work with an iOS device, but they admitted that there are some gaps in usability.
The biggest one is the tethering connection. Android devices don't actually require Bluetooth tethering to work with Glass. Wi-Fi will suffice thanks to the MyGlass native app (available for free in Google Play). Through this app, users can manage Glass as well as duplicate whatever is being shown on the Glass display on the Android device's screen.
But there isn't an app for iPhone users, so they need Bluetooth tethering on their data plans, which comes at an extra cost on a monthly phone bill.
Once the initial set-up process was done, there wasn't much else left for the appointment besides asking questions and getting a mini-tour of the surrounding buildings at the Googleplex.
For many users, the feature that will be tried out first is the camera.
My first snapshot with Glass is above, and given that I basically gave the photo equivalent of the guillotine to the giant Android statute, it's obvious that using the camera takes some practice.