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Samsung Gear VR Review

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Samsung Gear VR
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Overall Score
Interactiveness
Visual Immersiveness
Comfort
User Friendliness
Ease of Setup

Our Take

Samsung Gear VR headset is premium-level comfortable and is super immersive. It’s easy in use, and while it doesn’t offer the level of visual interactiveness that the tethered headsets have. This product is way better than its price.

This fantastic and good-looking headset is fantastic but doesn’t have the compatibility to run top-of-the-line phones; it means it doesn’t support or offer its services to many cellphones, and it’s the only bottom line this headset has so far.

What We Like

  • Compatible with controllers
  • Includes comfortable & easy-to-use controllers
  • Compatible with Galaxy S6, S7, S8, and Note 5
  • Inexpensive for Virtual Reality
  • Comfortable
  • Support two-years worth of Samsung smartphones

What We Don't Like

  • Non-game media is state
  • Few apps officially support controllers
  • Not compatible with some older software
  • Larger and expensive as compared to Google Daydream View
  • Controller batteries are not rechargeable

Overview

The Gear VR is one Samsung manufactured VR headset that requires a phone to operate. Specifically, a Samsung phone to work with. The reason for this is that the Gear VR is locked only to Samsung devices.

The choice is completely yours because it’s relatively limited. This is not a problem for the Google Daydream View, which is compatible with every smartphone that conforms to Google’s minimum headset specification.

This model has one sleeker design and comfortable to wear. As mentioned, Oculus manufactured the Gear VR, and that’s why all the headset games are on the Oculus Store.

Samsung phones compatible with the Oculus manufactured Gear VR are the following:

  • Samsung Galaxy S10
  • Samsung Galaxy S9, Samsung Galaxy S9+, & Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8, S8, S8 Plus, S7, S6, S5
  • Samsung Galaxy Note S6 edge+, S6 edge
  • Samsung Galaxy A8 & Samsung Galaxy A8+

Why Samsung Gear VR?

Samsung Gear VR with a controller is like King Arthur with his sword.

It is one of the best options on the market as well as one of the most affordable and comfortable VR headset. If you owned any of the compatible phones… then Gear VR and controller combo is the best option available.

Requirements

What a smartphone-compatible VR headset requires to run? Nothing but just the smartphone. Buy the Gear VR, install the software to your phone, Explore the Oculus Store and find something to cheer for, and put your VR on by also grabbing the motion controller.

It’s all about your Samsung phone, the more it can handle, the more it’ll deliver. If we see it that way, it’s better than Google Daydream.

Detailed Specifications

Escort the Samsung Gear VR headset to the ICU on the 15th floor, west 42nd street at “Alfred Hitchcock’s office.” There we’ll observe its every inch of detail… and there is no such place like above mentioned. Now, let’s see what we have here.

Samsung Gear VR | In detail

  • Colour: Orchid Gray
  • Headset Dimensions: 207.1 x 120.7 x 98.6 mm
  • Headset Weight: 345 g
  • Motion Controller Dimensions: 48.1 x 38.2 x 108.1 mm
  • Motion Controller Weight: 64.3 g (including battery and strap)
  • Lens FOV: 101˚
  • Interpupillary Distance (IPD): 62mm fixed
  • Eye Relief: 10mm
  • Sensor: Gyro sensor / Proximity sensor
  • Phone Connection: USB-C & Micro USB
  • Compatible Models: Galaxy S10, Note9*, S9, S9+, Note8, S8, S8+, S7, S7 edge, Note5, S6 edge+, S6, S6 edge, A8 Star, A8, A8+*Galaxy Note9 is compatible with Gear VR model number SM-R325NZVC*** only.
  • Additional USB Ports: USB Type-C for power connection, OTG USB memory, 3rd-party controller
  • Controller Sensors: Gyro sensor / Accelerometer / Magnetic (sampling Rate : 208Hz)
  • Controller Indicator: 3-color LED * 1ea
  • Controller Battery: AAA batteries * 2ea (1000mAh, up to 40 days when used on average 2 hours a day)
  • Bluetooth: BT 4.2 BLE private profile
  • Compatible OD: Android Lollipop 5.0 or later
Samsung Gear VR unbundle unpackaging

Values to focus

“Samsung’s new Gear VR with controller & powered by Oculus” what a title! Travel into an immersive VR world and go on to adventures you only dreamt of.

Wear the Gear VR with ease and comfort. It’s engineered to feel lighter. That’s why it’s easy to get lost in the world of virtual reality.

Strap yourself in for the amazing virtual reality ride. The straps keep the Samsung Gear VR securely on while you’re journeying through the uncharted lands and Amazon skies.

Its foam cushioning helps prevent too much light from seeping in and enables you to develop a taste of its virtual world—the best headset for games.

Performance

Pack your Gear and prepare for the war. Sounds fantastic, right? Samsung Gear VR fitting design improves its overall performance.

It’s engineered for comfort and designed to feel comfortable when you wear it. There is no chance that you will experience some itching or discomfort while wearing the Gear VR for hours. Apps & games run smoothly. We prefer using Samsung Galaxy S10 alongside Gear VR because it supports more apps.

Now you know that what goes inside of Gear VR and what values it holds. We can define the ratio of 35:45:20 simultaneously between smartphone, VR headset, and supported apps & games overall effect on the final performance score.

Samsung Gear VR Review: Before Buying

Samsung’s new Gear VR is an awesome mobile VR kit, Its only major drawback is that its compatible with a limited number of phones. This VR only works with a few greatest Samsung phones, similar to the most-latest Samsung Galaxy S10.

You are nothing but out of luck if you don’t own one of them. However, this VR is a bright like a sun choice if you are in search of a Samsung mobile-compatible VR.

The best audience

You can buy Samsung Gear VR in between $150 and its a good price as compared to the virtual experience it is capable of delivering to you. If you are a Samsung user, it is for you.

If you want the best smartphone-compatible VR, it is for you. If you wish to an immersive virtual experience over a mobile, it is definitely for you.

Now with one controller, you can’t get more accuracy & performance Gear VR has to offer in any other smartphone VR headset. Just go for it!

Samsung Gear VR Review: Features & Benefits

Design

Samsung’s new Gear VR is well-designed and well-manufactured. The controller is its biggest improvement and makes a difference by offering a more immersive experience in smartphone VR.

Your every movement is backed up by the controller while the large touchpad and trigger button allows you to select, drag, drop, point, lift, and move. Our experts found the controller design very comfortable and easier to reach out with options.

Samsung Gear VR Headset Design

Setup

Gear VR is “Galaxy compatible”. It’s a term Samsung used, and we agreed upon it because it is unique as its headsets connectivity.

It doesn’t matter to it whether the smartphone uses Micro USB or USB Type-C port. All you have to do just simply attach the dock to Gear VR, and there you go, you are all set to experience wounders of virtual worlds.

There are two steps to log in to your headsets virtual world.

  1. Connect your headset straps: Comfortability is the priority, right? Adjust the straps to a position where you find it the most comfortable and relaxing.
  2. Connect your smartphone: Follow basic on-screen instructions, Open up the Oculus app, Connect your phone with Gear VR, and enjoy the show.

During software installation, it requires the IP address from the Oculus device. It’s your same IP address; just go to your phone’s settings, and there you will find it.

But remember, The Oculus app that is found in the Google Play Store is not compatible with Gear VR because Oculus is all rights reserved manufacturer of Gear VR.

Home

Your VR home is going to be your Oculus VR apps home, which is perfect and makes science because all your required material will be available on just a one-click distance.

What is going to be more perfect then the ability to create your avatar? Customize your avatar with nearly 8 billion permutations. From clothing to hair and from textures to colors, everything is flexible and customizable. There are great apps available which enable you to customize your home screen, etc.

Browse the internet, watch Netflix, chat on Facebook, meet new publishers, or step outside the virtual door to meet your family. Have fun eating cookies while watching Youtube in your privacy. You can browse, research, or manipulate the data functionality. Whatever it’ll be, this is your home for all.

VR Games

The mobile gaming interaction of Samsung Gear VR is a royal class. And with a controller on its side, bring virtual immersiveness to the next level.

Oculus App 1000+ experiences/games and still counting. And The New York Times is also a big contribution as a developer of VR games and doing just great. With these kinds of numbers, it’s going to be the No.1 gaming app.

Exploring what’s available is just a start and a small part of your journey through this massive world.

  • Dead and Buried: Use the Samsung Gear VR controller to fend off hordes of ghouls in the saloon and challenge other players in multiplayer Quickdraw duels.
  • Term1nal: It follows the story of Flynn Lightman, who is a skilled hacker, specialized in remotely controlling androids. Its a 12 mission story. Hack your enemy security and puzzle your way through over 2 hours of stealth-action gameplay.
  • VR Sports Challenge: It enables you to choose from three in-games; Targetpalooza, Catchathon, and Three-Point Contest. Compete by yourself or challenge your friends.
  • Monzo: Jurassic Park games fan? A WW2 games fan? Whatever is your preference, you’ll be able to craft it, piece by piece in immersive virtual reality experience. There will be no limit, and it’ll let you go how far you’ll be capable of.
  • Paint VR: Paint accurately and perfectly with the help of your Gear VR controller. Use brushes to let your creativity flow in the virtual games.
  • New York Times VR: This app takes the virtual reality on a next-level by enabling us to read the news in 3D. It is a Google manufactured, and we’ll prefer checking this out. Google games, once again, did a great job and deserved a visit.

Controller

Control comes naturally with the Samsung Gear VR new controller. Use it as a remote control to navigate your virtual reality with ease.

Or prepare the Gear and use the controller as a gamepad complete with trigger to win the wars. This new controller is designed to be used naturally with one hand. Its AAA batteries increased its performance and extent the time-period of its life.

Immerse yourself in a total-encompassing sensory experience while controlling it from the palm of your hand. Discover the beginning of the world to its distraction whatever it will be, can be controllable on your fingertips. Controls will come naturally with this power in your hand.

There are four main features of the Gear VR controller:

  1. Touchpad: Press or swipe this beauty to navigate and select.
  2. Back + Home Button: Go back or go home. We know the phrase doesn’t make any sense, but that’s what we came up with. What use of a controller without a “Home Button” right?
  3. Volume Key: Can you listen to the little engine go like a rim-rim boom? If you can’t, then raise the volume otherwise lower it by pressing a perfect volume rocker.
  4. Trigger: Attack! Press to initiate a fire, captain.
Samsung Gear VR Controllers

Audio

It depends! It simply does. The audio from Samsung Gear VR comes from your smartphone’s speakers. You can connect a wired handsfree/headphones or can connect a wireless/Bluetooth audio output device.

Gear VR doesn’t have a built-in audio mechanism or function. It relies on the external equipment used for audio. We prefer the Hi-Res Audio certified handsfree or headphones.

Store

Your official store for Samsung Gear VR is Oculus App, and don’t underestimate the power of it. The most amazing and royal content on Gear VR is at your fingertips.

Browse a thriving ecosystem and connect with your friends to share the experience while having a virtual chat. See what’s happening by discovering the great content by yourself while hanging out with your friends in virtual.

Samsung Gear VR push the technological innovations forward to deliver sharp, focused, and faster Oculus Home experience. Smartphone Virtual Reality never looked so much better than this.

Display

Explore new dimensions with Samsung Gear VR. Make your way through new virtual lands and see magical galaxies with the wide 101 degrees FOV (Field of View).

Its large lens is helpful to observe every object and increase focus while using the Gear VR. Its built-in precise & stable sensor and accelerometer make such it’s a smooth ride through head tracking. Put on the Gear VR and dive into greatness.

Social

Oculus Events enables you to discover live activities all around you. It allows you to be a next-level social individual by participating in virtual gatherings, concerts, or tournaments.

Oculus Rooms is like “Saul Goodman,” which is more like “It’s all good man.” and enables you to spend time with your friends. Play games if you like, watch movies on a giant screen, and update your avatar with the audience.

Insight Tracking

Samsung Gear VR headset is Oculus all rights reserved manufactured, and that means it uses Oculus traditional AI tracking. It gives you three degrees of freedom tracking.

It uses 3DoF Gyroscope, Accelerometer, and Magnetometer to track your head movement and positioning. This device is capable of tracking the 360 degrees rotation of your head and some specific parts of your physical activity.

There are no external sensors this VR Gear uses like tethered VR headsets use to track your whole-body movement, but it still gives you something solid to cheer about.

Samsung Gear VR Review: Our Analysis & Test Results

Our experts individually tested The Samsung Gear VR, and it did fabulous in each of our tests. Samsung Gear VR provides royal & quality performance.

Samsung Gear VR becomes much more usable and controllable with controllers on its side but finding good virtual reality content… O, man! It’s frustrating.

Interactiveness

This Samsung Gear VR review faction contain information about the scoring consists of how good is its interaction with the users, accuracy in movement, and what other VRs like Oculus Go & Google Daydream View have to offer compared to it. After a complete comparison, we give it a value that defines it. Our experts gave it a 5 out of 10.

Samsung Gear VR enables you with a choice of selection between a remote or the trackpad as a controller. Honestly, this score is a little on the losing side, but it’s still the highest out of all the mobile headsets out there.

The tethered VR models track your motion throughout the room with the help of external sensors, but there is nothing like that in this case.

We can just say that it is decently easy to interact with the Gear VR, with a bunch of buttons and a directional trackpad built-in on the right side of the headset. There’s also a controller with a touchpad that can be very useful along the way and can be an alternative interface method.

The Samsung Gear VR does a great job at tracking where you are focusing, though it doesn’t track your physical movement. The motion tracking of the remote controller is also decently accurate.

Samsung Gear VR Inner look

Visual Impressiveness

Visual impressiveness is ranked second in regards to checking performance.

This test based on Sharpness in visual quality, resolution, field of view, and quality of visuals. Keeping the above in mind and comparing it to other new devices like Oculus Go & Google Daydream View, the overall score Gear VR visual impressiveness earned is 8 out of 10.

During the test, when we wear it, it felt like it was the most comfortable VR. Samsung Gear VR did an amazing job of blocking out the ambient light.

Gear VR has a built-in foam mask that fits perfectly & comfortably against your skin and also preventing any light leaks because of its accuracy in fitness.

The lenses of this VR headset contain sensors that detect the presence of your face and turning on or off the display, saving battery life accordingly. Samsung Gear VR has a wide field-of-view, but a bit less than Oculus Rift & Oculus Go looks like 101 degrees.

Gear VR operates on the phone, so its display resolution depends upon the phone you’re using. We used Samsung S8 in our test, and it did excellently.

Comfort

In this section of the Samsung Gear VR review, we’ll talk about how perfectly it fits on your head, the ventilation system (air vents) for preventing you from sweating or fogging the glasses, and is there any room left to wear glasses. It did champions-level great and earned 9 out of 10.

You wouldn’t believe that one of our experts fell asleep while wearing it. Do you know what makes Samsung Gear VR so comfortable?

Its form-filling soft gasket, in addition to an excellent job in blocking out ambient light. Samsung Gear VR is also roomy, meaning leaving plenty of room for glasses.

However, when it comes to ventilation (air vents), it is only above-average, which could cause your face to get sweaty. If you wore it for a long period, then there you may be experiencing some heat if it is hot outside.

User Friendliness

Similar to other sections, lots of factors affect this stage of the Samsung Gear VR test. It determines how easy it is to set up and is its design is in a way that can feel friendly. It did great and earned 7 out of 10.

Samsung Gear mobile VR has a dial on the top center, which is an excellent location for it to be, and focus can be adjusted easily. Using Hear VR, You can easily access its headset port, so it’s no trouble at all to connect a pair.

While using the Gear VR, it’s quite easy to add up audio to your experience, either by playing audio through your phone’s speakers or by using a set of headphones like you usually do when using a smartphone to improve it even more.

It’s a little bit work to get the phone set up in Samsung Gear VR, as it plugs into the charging port at the bottom of the phone and has a pair of clamps that hold the phone in a still position.

This also means that you have to remove your phone case to place it in the headset. One more thing we like about Gear VR that it’s almost impossible to hit a button on your phone accidentally.

Ease of Setup

This section of the Samsung VR review determines the difficulty of preparing hardware, installing software, and connectivity to set up a VR device. It did great again and earned 8 out of 10.

The good news is that there is minimal hardware setup to get Samsung’s new Gear VR headset read to go. It only takes a few minutes to attach the straps to the headset and remote. Install the batteries in the remote and adjust.

Focus the lenses on your preferred parameters. Our experts have to install a bunch of apps on the Samsung phone to get the software running, taking a bit longer than the other mobile headsets.

However, our experts face-to-face with no difficulties. It just took time. Fewer smartphone compatibility is an issue against other VR headsets.

Playing with Samsung Gear VR Headset

Final Verdict: Samsung Gear VR Review

The Samsung Gear VR is a little bit pricey for a mobile headset. But it also delivers a premium and royal VR experience.

If you are looking for a top-notch smartphone VR headset to experience immersive and premium media or gaming… Samsung got your back. It’s a comfortable and visually immersive VR headset, offering a superb VR experience at a fraction of price.

We find it way better than Oculus Go & Google headset. Gear VR is a masterpiece of mobile headsets. If you want to get the most experience possible as output, use the Gear VR with Galaxy S10. It’ll worth it.

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