Snap Spectacles: A Real User's Review
When Snap Spectacles came out, it was hard to imagine how regular folks like us would use them. They seemed much more suitable for Snapchat influencers and other members of the creative community. So when we discovered that our friend Andrea Tep (atep89) had joined the Spec's fan club, we sat down to ask her a few questions.
Tell us about how you got your Spectacles.
The Specs distribution model is pretty unique and genius in the fact that they are only selling them out of yellow vending machines. These vending machines are popping up all over the country but are only announced on their website, so you have to constantly check where they're going to be next. The first vending machine was located in Venice Beach outside Snapchat HQ, and a few weeks ago they finally came to NYC in a new Pop Up store that's here for the rest of the year!
I was very fortunate because my former colleague and good friend is on the Specs team at Snapchat. I was invited to a super confidential friends and family event 24 hours before the launch of the NYC pop up store. To be honest I didn't know what I was being invited to because everything was kept so confidential until I arrived at the location. Turns out I was given the opportunity to be one of the first to purchase Specs in NYC at their Popup store! Thankfully I was, because now the line to buy them is about 8 hrs long each day and they sell out quickly.
How do they compare to what you were expecting?
I really didn't have any information about Spectacles or how they worked before I had a pair for myself. The most information I had was from the WSJ article announcing their launch. For starters, I thought all of the video would automatically post to my story, but it doesn't. Instead it saves to your memories so you're able to go in to delete, edit, and filter any video from the Specs before anything is posted.
I was also expecting people to be a little weirded out that I had a camera on my glasses, but to be honest I've been wearing them around everywhere and I've only gotten really exciting feedback. Complete strangers walk up to me asking about them, how I got them, and how they work.
I love how thoughtfully these Specs were designed. The design of the glasses is sleek, the app experience is seamless and intuitive, and they give you the opportunity to download your Specs video content in HD. On the flipside, I dislike that the content takes a while to sync to your app, and although it allows you to download your videos in HD you can't send them within the app to your friends or post to your story in HD.
How often have you been using them and for what kind of things?
I've been wearing them everywhere! I've been posting Spectacles content from around NYC to my story daily. And at the end of the day they're still a sleek pair of sunnies so I've also been wearing them on my commute to work, even when I'm not filming.
They allow you to capture moments that you wouldn't otherwise be able to if you needed to hold your phone up. So it sounds silly but I've been taking them to the gym. I love CrossFit, so I've been wearing them to do a lot of barbell work, pull-ups, handstand pushups, and handstands. It's really fun to go back and see the video of what it looks like from your vantage point when you're in the middle of those movements. I've never been able to do that before. I also recently just ran a 10k and was able to capture the moment I crossed the finish line.
Do you find anything creepy about the idea of the Spectacles?
When you're filming, the glasses light up so people can actually see that you're taking video. It gives people the courtesy of knowing you have a camera rolling. Everyone carries a phone and has the ability to film anyone at anytime so it doesn't bother me and so far it hasn't bothered anyone else!
Do you think Spectacles are going to keep Snapchat alive in the wake of Instagram stories and disappearing direct messages?
Snapchat is on top of their game. I think Specs are the start of Snapchat's evolving business model and focus moving forward. The Spectacles are probably just going to get more advanced and more sophisticated as time goes on. Specs took my Snapchat game from amateur to semi-professional and, to be honest, they have me sold! I love what they're doing and I really can't wait to see where they're going next.
Big thank you to Andrea Tep for sharing her experiences. Follow her atep89 for Spectacles content from all around NYC!
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