I originally invested in a Daydream VR. Pretty good inexpensive device for VR; but the overall experience depends on how good your phone is on the VR side. My phone, while awfully great as a smartphone, just didn't cut it as the "brain" for a VR headset: stutter at times, overheated after 20 minutes, and the display shifting was a HUGE problem.
None of these things is a problem with the Oculus Go. 100% smooth playback every time (so far); it warms up, but not frighteningly so like a smartphone sandwiched in the Daydream; and, very importantly, once I sync the display it stays where it's supposed to.
The fact that you don't regularly have to open & expose one side of the headset lenses to open air (dust & particles) like you do with the Daydream means less need to wipe & clean - and less THINGS to wipe & clean (headset lenses, smartphone display - and, in my case, eyeglass lenses w/the Daydream). The Go has a spacer you can insert if you will be wearing glasses, and it works well (a little tricky to put in - but luckily there's a video you can watch).
Streams my 1080p & 1440p videos without a hitch. Overall I think this was a great investment. That being said, there are some cons that I find with this device.
- pricing for storage: they should've released only a 64GB option, and for the price that the 32GB is selling for. You don't realize how little 32GB (more like 23GB after factoring out OS & basic apps) actually is, considering you're likely to be watching high-def vids on this headset. Of course, it's not much of a factor if you'll be using this primarily for streaming - whether from media apps like Netflix, or from your personal network.
- Battery life: so far I only have utilized the headset to watch some sideloaded TV episodes, usually only 2-3 at a time. So while I haven't come close to reaching the advertised battery operating time of 2.5 hours, based on the percentage I see after watching 40-50 minutes of video I feelthat 2.5 is prob the best I can expect in one sitting. It'll be less if you're streaming; and it makes me sad to think that the first time I watch a feature film on this headset it could die/power off 5min before the movie ends. Hopefully a firmware update comes out in the future that can improve battery life.
- "Sleep" mode: it's annoying that when you plug this headset in to charge, it turns on for a bit, and then goes into a rest state. If you jostle the headset, it could wake back up, sipping juice and extending the charge time. In order to fully turn the headset off, you have to put it on AFTER plugging in the charger, hold the power button, then use the remote to accept a full power down. Once you unplug the headset, it auto-powers on: so you have to go through steps again if you're not using the headset right away. It's a bit tedious.
- Confirm access for sideloading: probably my biggest "con." Although I could stream videos from my personal network, I prefer to sideload videos into the headset storage. And b/c of the 20-23GB of free space, that can lead to frequent delete + add events. It's not QUITE as quick & simple as plugging a micro-USB cable between the headset and your computer: once you patch the headset in, you have to put the headset on, sync the remote, and then ACCEPT the connection to PC. Every... single... time.... Firmware update allowing you to either have the headset recognize/save the PC identity, or to disable the requirement to accept each time, would be fab.
- No Bluetooth audio: this one could be big for some people. The headset does have pretty tremendous external speakers with great quality. But my preference is to use headphones so I can blast the audio without disturbing anyone. The headset has a 3.5mm jack; but for those who have gone totally wireless with headphones, this will pose a challenge.
- No "HBO Go" app: really a childish gripe on my part. As mentioned, there's Netflix; Hulu and Showtime apps are also available. The HBO Go app would be great to have for "GoT."
Aside from those: once you have your media ready and pop this headset on, it's a fantastic VR experience and you can get some great enjoyment out of them for media viewing.