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The Samsung Gear VR is a virtual reality journey that drops you in the middle of the action, no matter what you choose to watch.
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I would love to give it 5 stars. It's very close. But a couple of improvement I'd love to see. I'm not sure if one of the issues is the oculus short comings or if there mine. I find it a bit blurry. I have to wear reading glasses. I don't have to wear glasses for driving. I do have glasses for distance but never wear them. Technically it would only be a slight improvement and the eye doctor said legally I don't have to wear them last time being test. The focus ring is ALL the way to one side. So I can not adjust it anymore. I wish I have more adjustment to see if I could make it clearer. It certainly is enjoyable but is a little blurry on some which tires my eyes . And some apps seem to be worse. I love it but have to take a lot of brakes. Heard some reviews say about over heating of the phone. I've never had a problem but I have to take frequent breaks anyway to rest my eyes , so it gets to cool down. One thing that drives me nuts is the tendency to fog up. Again I have a warmer body temperature. So tonight I literally could not play it. Within 30 seconds it would totally fog up . Tonight is a warm night and usually the fogging isn't that bad that you can't even use it. I do have on a regular night to take breaks in game play so wipe the screen. But I don't want to have to spit on my oculus lenses like you have to do when you go scuba diving. When your in the ocean it's seems okay to do that on your scuba mask. In your living room not so much. I'm using the cleaner that I use on my glasses to clean the lenses on the oculus. I don't know if there is something that you could use on the lenses of the oculus to help defog. You need a seal to keep out the light but that seal at least for me tends to create fogging. So are the issues with the VR gear , or is it that I'm a guy with glasses who sweats. So even with the problem of being a little blurry and some issues with fogging. I love the my VR gear. For the price it's amazing and a must.
The amount of software available for it is still quite limited, although this experience is far superior to something like Google Cardboard.
Super cheap way to get VR right now if you have a compatible phone, and is very cool. Not a lot of content right now though, so you can get tired of it pretty quickly.
Honestly if you have a compatible phone and don't have this or haven't tried it its UNREAL - you literally feel like you travelled. Netflix has an app where you are sitting in a cottage watching all your netflix shows on a giant screen... 2 mins in this and you are there - Addicted and stayed in VR all weekend. TRY IT!!
The Gear VR is a lot like any other gaming console; people judge it largely based on the content available for it and right now, there really isn't a whole lot of content. There are a couple really nice games out there but most of the apps are just 360 degree videos and as cool as that is, it's not the kind of thing you can enjoy too many times before it gets old. This will eventually get better as more developers get on board the VR train but it'll take time, just as it did for the iPhone, Android and Windows Phone app stores.
The Gear VR itself isn't a terrible way to consume the content, though. The goggles are comfortable and the fabric liner is attached with velcro so it can be removed and thrown in the washer when needed. The straps do start to get a bit itchy after a while but I've yet to meet a strap that didn't. There is a touch-sensitive D-Pad on the side that is used for input, which is a decent spot for it but I find that the contours are a little too subtle. I often lose track of where exactly on the D-Pad my finger is and the only way to get my bearings again is to find the center button - a process that requires touching a touchpad, thereby resulting in unwanted input. While there are some things Samsung could do with the Gear VR to make this a little more intuitive, I also feel that the apps play a large role in this. Some apps are more sensitive to this than others so the exact amount of disruption can vary and I find myself judging apps based on how they handle it.
The other minor issue is the screen focus. This is controlled through a mechanical wheel adjustment located at the top of the Gear VR. While this part works fine, I find that most apps have such a low resolution that it's difficult to tell exactly when you're properly focussed. It doesn't help that the outer parts of the screen require a different focal length than the center so you can never actually get the whole thing into focus anyway. You pretty much have to figure out which part of the screen you'll be looking at most often, then focus that part. If you want to look at something else, you'll need to turn your head to center it in your sight rather than simply looking at it. This can make watching movies a bit tiresome but for most of the games, this isn't as big of a deal since you're usually turning to look at whatever you're doing anyway. I do find myself frequently adjusting the focus, though.
My only other complaint at this point is the apparent lack of availability for a wireless controller. The Gear VR supports gamepads connected via bluetooth, which would seem to resolve my touchpad issues but I can't find anywhere local to actually buy these controllers. I'll likely have to order one online, which is a turnoff for me but may not be a big deal to others. I expect this problem to disappear over time, though. Like any new product, availability is always scarcer in the beginning and that seems to be the case here. All the controllers I've seen so far have been standard gamepads like you would use with a console system but there are some pretty fancy ones being developed. No word yet on when they'll be available but I'm really looking forward to when they do come out.
That all said, there is some pretty amazing stuff on there. Virtual Reality has a lot of potential and the Gear VR is a fairly solid way to consume that content. There are some improvements to be made but considering this is, for the most part, a first attempt at this kind of technology, some growing pains are to be expected. There will no doubt be new versions released at some point that will almost certainly address these minor complaints so if these issues are important to you, it may be better to wait a bit. But if you don't think it'll bother you that much, it's well worth it. Because the technology is so new and so dependent on developers building content for it, there is a huge push to get as many Gear VRs in customers' hands as possible. The more people wh
Definitely worth the money.
It's worth it just for watching Netflix alone.
But there's a ton of other stuff you can do with it.
This VR product is a great deal, assuming you have a qualifying phone like the Samsung S6 or S7
Videos and movies loaded in your phone can be watched with a full screen in a theatre setting; you can even modify how close to the screen you sit.
Really looks like you are there.
Games with a blue tooth linked to phone are also great but can cause nausea.
With the S6, you will likely get a "phone too hot" message suggesting not playing further until phone cools down. I have not had that occur as yet with the S7
Only reason not given a 5 star is use causing the phone to overheat
Value wise this may bet the oculus Rift when available, particularly as understand the Rift will need a wired connection to a pc and a powerful one at that..
Vraiment très impressionnant . Pour le prix je suis surpris . Téléchargement long, mais cela vaut tellement la peine. Téléphone qui devient chaud (s7 edge) une pause de 10 minutes après 1 h et tout est OK. Je suis très surpris du réalisme exemple j’ai fait du parachute et le feeling que j’ai ressenti dans l’hélicoptère avec le VR étais le même que quand j’étais dans l’avion. Tout le monde à qui je l’ai fait essayer ont été très surpris. Wôw
1st off this in no way compares to wired units like oculus or vive. With that being said, this is amazing. Its legit Vr with your phone. The vr videos are great and the Oculus store has a lot of content. To get the best experience out of this device, a bluetooth controller is a must. Also,you have to do a little tinkering with apps so it doesnt launch the oculus app on connection with your phone, it's a bit of an annoyance and the only reason why i knocked a star off. Great product
I just got my VR from a promo bundle for Samsung 7 edge. And have tried watching saved movies and viewing pictures. There is also a VR community where you can interact virtually. This is a good start. A must have! I should not say this but using VR in watching movies is better than in cinemas!
May the reality be with you
I have an S6 and the VR amazes everyone that tries it.
Only issue is that the S6 overheats when using it too long, my low tech solution was to sit in front of a fan ... looked funny but the phone stopped overheating.
Hands down fricken cool. Waaaaay better than I expected. To think what I see is from my phone is unreal. If you have a compatible phone it is a must-buy. You won't be sorry
- It's exactly what I expected to get considering it's a cheaper alternative to all the real vr devices (Ex. Playstation VR, Rift, Vive).
-Even though it only has the power capacity of the mobile phone it's paired with I was still blown away by the experience.
-The oculus OS works very smoothly and once you learn which apps to use is very simple.
- Extremely immersive, may have you reaching out to touch things you see.
- Comfortable and lightweight (if it wasn't for the constant touching to control the vr operating system I would forget I had it on.
- Has Netflix (=P)
However, one advantage of the phone over some of the more expensive devices is that I'm not tethered to anything so I can freely spin and enjoy.
The downsides are:
- When viewing content that is not actually using the 3d effect but instead is just a blown up 360 picture it causes nausea over time and thus you cannot travel the world through the streetview app for very long before getting queasy.
- the pictures are not crisp. There is a notable screendoor effect, and often blurring around the edges than cannot be fixed with the focusing tools provided on the gear itself.
-limited to what is available on the oculus operating system
- although it wasn't a big deal to me personally wearing the gear vr will leave a red outline on your face like pretty much any goggles once you take them off. If you are sensitive to this kind of thing you may have an issue. (but really come on...) However fear not, like the marks left from other goggles it also fades away really quickly.
Overall I'm very satisfied with the purchase and would definitely recommend it to someone over the google cardboard if they aren't willing to shell out the $600+ just yet (like me) for a true vr experience. It is by all means a small glimpse into the future.
I thought it was a gimmic... only reason I got it was because it was free with preordering galaxy s7. But man... this is a game changer. I do wish that there was more apps at first, but Samsung and oculus seem proactive in updating more apps on their store.
it's so cool..a must have..FIVE STARS.....
If there was only StreetViewVR, it would be worth the price. My grandmother spent 30 minutes "travelling the world" from her livingroom using my Galaxy S7. Everyone has been amazed when trying it. Only one warning: a cousin experienced motion sickness and cold sweat from viewing above the Eifel Tower.
Cool product that allows you to watch netflix, fly around in streetview and view 360 videos. Also has some cool games you can play in VR, although some require a controller as well. Your phone may occasional need to cool down though in the middle of a long VR session. My S6 gets fairly warm when using the Gear VR. It's fine for Netflix, but doing anything else for longer than 20 minutes can make a message pop-up saying that your gear VR needs to cool down. You can ignore the message but the experience is choppy until it cools down. Still a great product to have if you have one of the latest Samsung phones.
Just get it, you won't regret. Make sure the phone is compatible though.
Great product and good price, was not expecting at all the experience until the headset was put on. Words cannot explain until you try it yourself
Can't wait to see what samsung does 2 yes from now. Very awesome, can't wait to get a 360 camera
so i love the Vr for my note 5 every time i put it on and let a friend use it all they say is omg i love this
What this does with a phone is stomach turning amazing. As the video resolution on the phones get better this piece of gear can only get better. I can't wait as more videos and games are made.
Totally worth it if you have a supported Samsung phone. I've been waiting for something like this since the first time I saw the holodeck in Star Trek TNG. I can't wait to see where the technology goes from here.
If you own either Note 5 or S6, this is a no brainer. Get this VR goggle and immerse yourself in world of VR!
Let's start with the negative - sometimes the Oculus app crashes, the phone overheats within about 40 minutes, the lens get dirty quicker than I would have expected, sometimes putting my S6 into the VR doesn't register properly (the phone still displays a normal screen), at first the limitation of even this hi res screen are apparent when magnified and put close to your eyes... but the biggest negative is that I only have 1 phone and 1 gear VR to show off and when you have a few people wanting to keep it to themselves, you get some impatient people.
So, in spite of all of these negatives, this is one of the most popular pieces of tech I have ever owned and one that is sure to illicit smiles and laughs and praise. It is lightweight, easy to use and with all of the free apps out there, my phone just became a very nice piece of personal entertainment. Obviously, the content will only grow from here, and perhaps dramatically considering how VR is starting to take off.
I got this during the preorder process for only $[price]and it really was money well spent.
I was blown away by how cool this device is for the money. If you have a compatible phone you need to get this product. You have to actually put the gear on to see for yourself how far virtual reality has come and where it's potentially going. New software is constantly being developed as well and the headset is priced to be almost disposable as you upgrade your phone. I let my wife try it and she was shocked to see how much fun it was. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself. Everyone deserves to be enlightened by new technology. Cudos to the Oculus team as well. If you don't understand something they will walk you through it for the best experience. Highly recommended!
The Gear VR is THE reason to buy the Samsung Note 5. I had Google Cardboard with my note 3, and it was fun. The Gear VR definitely brings things to the next level. Its an amazingly polished product. Cardboard is a fun, but disorganized way of being introduced to VR, but to really understand what it is capable of, this certainly does a great job. The only problem is that now I want the Oculus Rift...
Given the smartphone setup and the price, my expectations were not high. But I was pleasantly surprised by how immersive it was.
PROS: good value for the price, lightweight and relatively comfortable (fit nicely for me and my kids), delivers a solid 360 experience, lots of great movies and pics to browse through
CONS: Not much in the way of games or apps that are really engaging, many need a gamepad, phone will overheat like mad after 15 minutes, Netflix is available but resolution makes it inferior than just using your phone
BOTTOM LINE: great entry into the VR world, "Occulus lite" at a reasonable price, lots of potential from games to conference calling makes it worth a look, resolution is not great but it doesn't detract from the overall effect
If you own a new generation Samsung phone, Gear VR is the currently the best way to experience the VR world. I own a note 5, and interestingly even with a 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution on the phone, you can still make out the individual pixels with the phone right in front of your face, which lessens the overall experience, (but still fun to play with). Setup is simple. Plug in phone at which point you will be prompted to download the Oculus software. Download and you're in. Most of the apps are just demos to show what VR could potentially be. The Netflix app works well, but without true 3D content, the experience is still much better on a large screen TV than with the Gear VR. Apps are also overpriced with most of the games being simple rail shooter-based.
Bottom line: it is a fun and well-designed toy. If it becomes more than that will depend on the quality of 3-D apps that come out in the future.
Using this with my note 5,great visual effects. I thing for new unit it's very good.
Tried Netflix was good, like sitting in a beautiful home theater. Picture could have been better. Tried different apps some better than others.Overall very good unit for price,hopefully updates in future will improve overall experience...
Honestly I regret making this purchase, no headphone jack for the S6 which is fine but it makes you have to use a bluetooth speaker to get real immersion. I find that it could've been alot better, but hopefully oculus will easily take its place.
I used the Gear VR with my S6 Edge +
The experience is amazing and cannot be described as you have to see it to believe it.
The only down falls is that it gave me eye strain after 30 mins of use and there was noticeable "screen door " affect on a lot of the apps.
I believe that this is a great start and can't wait to see what it becomes in a couple of years.
Good experience but over heat problem after 15 min.
I have been waiting for a while for the consumer version to come out and when it did, it didn't disappoint. I have tried the innovator edition for Note 4 before and this one is definitely better than that. It gives you a really immersive experience. The content library is getting bigger every day. Above all, the price makes it even more attractive.
Simply put, this is an amazing product. Yes, it's not as amazing as the DK2, or Vive. But, considering this runes from a phone....it's pretty fantastic.
Only complaint is that your S6 can overheat. This is usually from streaming/downloading while playing something. Otherwise, you can play until your battery dies. Or, plug it in.
I'd give it 5 stars if it weren't for that.
Also, the theater app (Oculus Video) makes the Google Cardboard version look absolutely silly. Oh, and zero drift.
I honestly believe this device is a good step in the future. The idea of putting a headset on and all of sudden you are in new York or wherever you wanna be its incredible. But I hate the overheating part. The phone overheats in less then 10 minutes. I was playing a game and 10 minutes in the warnings started showing up. And be careful because this device can make you sick really fast. The first couple days it gave me a headache. So over using this device might harm you and try your best not to let children play with it because it might affect them since their brain has not developed yet.
We purchased this for our daughter-in-law's Galaxy S6. She let me try it and I loved it. The still photos were great to look at. I've never experienced anything that is so much like actually being in Rome and other places. The videos and 3D stuff was great too. Now I want to purchase an Oculus Rift for us as soon as they come on the market.
I really was not expecting this headset to be as good as it is. The tracking is fantastic! Also, I was amazed by how much other people like this. I let about 15 people try it on and test it. Almost every one of them loved it and asked if they could get one for their phone. One person also already ran out and bought a Galaxy s6 and the headset as well!
My only recommendation is to get a bluetooth controller for this, even if you're not into gaming. Using the touch pad on the side is no fun at all.
The headset contains high quality optics as well as better rotational sensors than are in your phone. This isn't just choppy 360 videos like you'd get on other smartphone-based systems, this is actual virtual environments rendered by the phone's GPU at a fluid 60 frames per second. For mobile VR, nothing else comes close.
Pretty amazing but have had a few headaches and one episode of vertigo. Also I just can't get it to focus on one eye even with glasses on.
You've got to be pretty jaded not to find this experience amazing. Everything from the 360 degree videos to the arcade style games, the visuals will just blow you away. Even the photos are impressive. You can be standing on a street in Paris peering into shop windows.
Sure, the images are a little grainy - your eyes are only two inches from your phone's screen! My only real complaint is that the headset stops working working whenever it senses the phone is overheating (and these dang phones overheat frequently). It tends to be a rude interruption in an otherwise fascinating experience.
At this price, if you own an S6 or a Note 4 you will not regret this purchase.
Only need a one word review.....awesome...
Sins nice apps in here, good hardware, working well with my Galaxy S6 Edge
I have tried a few of the cheap knock off VR sets and always felt let down. This Sammy and Oculus joint product is the real deal. I can imagine this product coupled with a 4k Note 6 or 7 and this will take you away to where ever you want to be. I loved how as a kid the planetarium took me to outer space and how California Dreaming in Disneyland was the next step. Well the Samsung VR is as close to the hollow deck as I could have ever thought I would see. The price is dirt cheap for what you get, if you have a Samsung phone...you need this VR.
It is really amazing for first time users. Too much stuff to experience and it's going to be a big thing in the future. At this stage the pixels are not small enough. You can easily see each pixel and graphic quality is very low. Waiting for next generation screens where pixels are even smaller.
The World just changed! Amazing product! Lots of content! Thank you Samsung &Oculus! Best Christmas ever!
A very impressive and immersive experience. Resolution is lacking in streaming videos and the non-HD resolution underscores the need for a 4K phone.
You can even play 3D movies from your computer. SO much fun! Buy it.
Had Oculus Dev kit 1 and lots of experience with VR, this is amazing. a must own accessory if you own the note 5, or S6.
Lots of content out already. Only negative thing vs the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive is the field of view is 96 deg. meaning you can see the device when your wearing it. but its still amazing.
So far I've had fun with these. It's a shame that there are hardly any apps available as it's still new.
It came with ALL the extra accessories.
Person who didn't must of just been unlucky.
Overall Samsung has impressed me but I cant wait for the occulous Rift in Q1 of 2016.
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