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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    EPIC

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    This is an awesome product, fit and finish is top notch! The optics are stellar. The field of view is a bit narrow but you won't notice it much in most uses. Depending on the title you're viewing you might see a bit of screen door effect, but this is expected at this resolution of the Note 4. It would be nice if there was an active anti fog mechanism but I've only had a severe fogging issue once, when I was laying down. I usually use a blue tooth controller, so at times I can have a hard time finding the touch pad or the back button. The gyroscopic sensors and accelerometers are also amazing. The processing speed is 10x what is usually found in the phone. Some apps are better than others for motion control but the ones that are optimized are so good you couldn't tell you the difference. I use over the ear clip on ear buds, for audio, but had previously used large headphones. I found the side straps slightly cover my ears, so you can either move them up or deal with them over your ear. If you have head phones where the pin end bends at 90* you might have to fiddle with the end of the cord if you want to have the front protective cover on. I usually don't use the front cover. This isn't a problem if you have a head phone pin that goes straight out. If you adjust the overhead strap properly the weight is almost non existent. The foam pads included make for a very soft surface on your face. There is a replacement face pad included should something happen to the original. Packaging is extremely nice. The included travel case has a partition for carrying a controller to prevent it from scratching your GearVR, and an extra pouch in the lid for SD cards, cords etc. It also has the GearVR logo embossed on the top and definitely has a quality feel to it. The included app by Oculus is definitely the best VR app for android. It has many top notch programs, videos, and tools that make the VR experience something else all together. When downloading the apps pay attention to the right side. In the description it will state "Comfortable for some" or "Comfortable for most" Generally the apps that are "Comfortable for most" are the best to start with. I have spent hours uninterrupted in a game like DarkNet while others can make me ill after 5 minutes. In addition to the Oculus App you can download Google Cardboard as well as the Durovis Dive App, these include many other apps not in the Oculus launch panel. Some are good some not so much. Chair in a Room is a REALLY scary interactive Horror app and has superior head tracking. To start any VR Program with out entering the Oculus Launcher you need to pull up the MicroUSB pin on the GearVR sort of pulling it out of the way, launch your app then insert your GearVR normally (other than plugging the phone into the plug) . You can also watch 3d Youtube videos using the basic Android Youtube video app however while the 3d effect still works it is very close to your face and the lack of being able to "look away" like in the Cinema app can be too disorienting for some users. You can also use 3rd party programs in conjunction with your PC to stream to the headset in 3D, some are better than others but almost all of them have a demo version so try them all and see what works best for you! All in all this is a super fantastic product, with more and more apps coming out almost daily. The GearVR is the King of the Mobile Phone VR. The Head Tracking Optics and general fit and finish definitely make it worth the investment. 5 stars!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Out of this world!

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    At first I was skeptical about the Gear VR, later a friend who purchased it on launch day let me used it for a bit and I confirmed how ugly it looks, I noticed way too much pixels. Later on he lend it to me for two weeks and the more I used the Gear VR, the more I got hooked on it. The pixels are really not that bad once you get the hang of it and once you find the correct focus for your eyes. I found that there is a sweet spot on the focus adjustment for each person, not too sharp, not too blurry. Now I barely notice the pixels and now I focus my attention to the whole experience. I have tried every piece of content available on the Oculus/Samsung stores and there are really impressive stuff, from games to 360 videos and photos. As of right now, my favorite Oculus games are Herobound (incredible graphics and great gameplay) and Temple Run VR and my favorite science apps are Titans of Space (it makes me realize how tiny as humans really are), Ocean Rift and TheBluVR amongst others. The great thing is that you can use The Gear VR with Google Cardboard apps too (you need to disable some Oculus services or mount the phone with the connector extended, that is not connected), so the available content increases drastically. However the best experience resides on the Oculus ecosystem due to the internal sensors on the Gear VR which makes the head tracking much more pleasant and natural, but still Cardboard apps are fun to use. I highly recommend using a bluetooth gamepad, I use a Nyko pad, cheap and small enough to carry it on the same Gear VR protective case. I really recommend any Note 4 user to get one of this gems. Fortunately for me, my friend had to let go of his Note 4 and I got his Gear VR, now I can't wait to use them every time!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome as an innovation product

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    For those have a note 4 and am a nerd like me, this is the best accessory to add to your collection. As an innovator, it does everything I read up and more! Yes, it isn't in full 1080 HD quality but you don't expect first edition to have everything you want. It follows me very well majority of the time when I tilt, turn, look up and down but you do need a fan in front of your face if you don't want it to fog up. I bought this anti fog drip and it still fogs when you start to perspire. Though I also do wish that the first generation have a outside USB plug to allow continuous play, I think it's a good thing it doesn't because you won't want to get out once you're in your little world. hahaha. I love it and will continue to show it off to my friends!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Introduction to Virtual Reality

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    This is a must have accessory if you are looking to obtain the Galaxy Note 4 and offers a good reason to pick the Note 4 if you are on the fence as to which phone to purchase. The experience of the Samsung Gear VR is rather indescribable and must be tried out in person. There is plenty of demo content included with the headset to keep you entertained as well as a plethora of downloadable content. The only caveat is that the platform is hardware limited due to it running from the phone. If you are a PC gamer wanting the VR experience, my advice would be to look at the the Oculus Rift DK2 and soon to be released DK3.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 1 out of 5 stars

    Samsung Gear VR won't work after updates

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    I purchased Samsung Gear VR for Note 4 on May 21st 2015 and everything worked great for 2 weeks and on June 4th or 5th my VR shows empty home screen with app place holders and I can't click or open any apps. My library is empty I went to BestBuy to exchange and got a brand new device on 6/11 same issue. Tried every possible fix I found online and nothing worked. I'm a software engineer, it appears to me Oculus did some updates recently and they are not compatible with Note 4 ? I don't know. Here are my screenshots. I'm planning to return this until they fix a solution. Sorry Samsung you better talk to your Oculus partner !! https://www.dropbox.com/s/pc88kx266v6129e/Samsung%20Gear%20VR%20HOME%20Stuck.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/qwf65ik7zjbzpz7/Samsung%20VR%20Empty%20Lib2.jpg?dl=0

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Gear VR Innovator Edition - The Future...

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    the first (almost consumer) VR headset has some downfalls, but I still recommend it to anybody who wants a jump on the future of gaming and social media. Pros: A) 1st Mobile VR Headset that is actually available for purchase and has some content to chew on. B) Very excited for the possibilities. C) Surprisingly immersive. You wouldn't think a cell phone could have good enough graphics to make you feel like you are there, but its really all about the programming, and working within the processing limits of the Note 4. Put on some good headphones and you will see what i mean. D) within a few minutes of playing some games, i couldn't help but smile. I remember taking off the headset, looking at my Xbox One and PS4 setting next to my Flat big screen TV, and saying out loud "your all doomed, VR is going to change everything..." (though I'm hearing the PS4 VR headset might come out this year). E) Fun to use on the exercise bike. Temple Run gets me kinda dizzy, but watching hiking or biking videos is a good way to stay motivated to keep exercising, or exercise harder. I can think of some very good ideas for taking this to the gym (though due to the dangers of falling off equipment, AR glasses might be better for that setting) Gaming, and VR Movies will be here in 2016. "Good" consumer accessible VR Cameras with 3d Audio will be available by the end of the year. boring old GoPro cameras will be a thing of the past if they dont adapt quickly. Cons: A) No streaming movies (Netflix, Amazon) yet in the Virtual Cinima. B) Not a ton of content, but the store just opened up and more games were added. C) A YouTube app for 360 degree videos needs to come out FAST to take advantage of the content coming. D) Locked to the Oculus Store for apps, would like the option to switch to "Manual" mode or something so we can use Google Cardboard apps, or even use the phone as an external display for other devices to display VR Content (PC, Xbox etc). Though not sure if wireless display would have too much latency and get you sick... /ponder E) Price: does seem to be kind of expensive just for some glass goggles, touch pad, and motion sensor. But... it is pretty fun. F) Screen door effect. Even with the resolution being so high, your so close to the screen that you see the individual pixels. Games that use large, single color objects help, but anything with lots of different colors or edges makes you really notice the pixels. G) They tend to fog up while exercising. Have to constantly wipe them off. Sweat is an issue. I bought some covers that help keep the foam from getting nasty. If you have a Note 4, i say get it. Else maybe wait for the G6 and then get the VR headset made for that. The better pixel density might help negate the screen door effect some. I know i listed more Con's than pros, but really, im glad I bought it, and hope more people do to. This is a glimpse into the future. Pretty soon you'll be able to set down a 360 degree camera in your living room, and have someone visit you virtually over the internet. They can look around and see and hear (3d audio) everyone . Maybe it wont be long before you can go hang out in a virtual environment with friends who are also in VR. You can quickly see why Facebook bought oculus.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    The future is here!

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    This device is great as long as you know what to expect going into your purchase. At times it can be a little blurry although the focus wheel is very helpful, and there is a noticeable screen door effect, but in my opinion these things are completely overshadowed by the great immersive experiences it provides that are like nothing I have seen before. The fact that it is completely wireless provides an advantage over its pc counterpart. Very portable. It does have some issues with the phone overheating while running intensive games for more than about 30 minutes however you can leave the battery cover off of your phone while using it and if necessary point a fan right at your face. It may sound a little silly, but it allows you to play until your battery dies without overheating. The overheating problem only exhibits itself while gaming and not in any of the other experiences in my time with it. Everyone I have showed this to wants one for themselves and if you have a Note 4 you owe it to yourself to get this peripheral it is as simple as that. With the paid app store being released just a few days prior to this review there should be a surge of incoming content for it as well. It can provide so many amazing experiences it is hard to describe them all in a short review. Just buy it you will wish you had sooner!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Amazing VR

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    Amazing VR! Best implementation of VR I've experienced by far! If you have a Note 4, you would be doing yourself a big disservice by not picking up one of these....very nice piece of hi-tech to show off to your iPhone-carrying friends! lol. All that being said, that are some caveats and downsides for this hi-tech hardware still in its infancy. Yes, the apps are still somewhat very limited....just a few, mostly mediocre games. (Although, the haunted house demo game is by far the best!). Some of the best VR apps right now are the tech demos and 3D videos (esp. the outer space tour and sea life demos). Also, the screen is somewhat blurry and pixelated (despite the Note 4's super AMOLED screen)...it's like VCR (SD) resolution instead of HD. Hopefully, future versions of this hardware can offer true HD....then it will be really awesome. Also, the head set, although initially comfortable when properly adjusted, can be become not-so after prolonged use. Also, be aware that prolonged use can drain your phone's battery VERY quickly. Also, if you have a thick protective case over your phone (or a flip cover), you have to swap it out into a regular case to every time you use the Gear VR which can be very annoying

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    WOW, just wow!

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    This is really, really cool. Very good taste of the future. Of course, must have Note 4 for this to work, if you have ANY other device, don't bother. Now word of warning. SIT. Also, if you have ever experienced any type of motion sickness, vertigo, etc, some of the games and apps will trigger this. Be prepared, expect it. Not a whole lot of apps yet, pay store was JUST released of course, but many of the apps there are very well done. There are a few experiences (dreadhalls) that are just downright scary and for some, might be extremely uncomfortable. If you don't believe me, view some youtube videos of folks trying that one. Watching the news, waiting to see the first Heart Attack victim of stuff like this. LOL

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome reactions from everyone that's used it

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    I mostly use it for getting away with the oculus cinema app. The oculus cinema app is also the first app I show people for their first experience with it because it is the most polished app at the moment. You won't find many polished apps on here atm but you can't expect that considering it is an innovators edition. For a dev kit this is really nice. It feels and looks like a consumer product. If you have a note 4 already then this is a good deal for what you get for only $200. The experience with it really is hard to fully appreciate until you use it. Here's my youtube video of random girls using it for their first time. It really shows how immersive it is. http://youtu.be/XAe3fQRv0w0

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing...you have to see it to believe it!

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    My video production company was commissioned to produce a 360 virtual reality video by a client to use at a trade show. After consulting with experts, we settled on the GEAR VR headset as the best player because it is portable and has the highest resolution screen so far. I had never actually seen a demonstration, so I had to buy the unit and the necessary Note 4 to use in our development of the content. Until you try it, you can't imagine how incredible the experience is. The most fun is putting it on other people and watching their reaction. This is the future and I believe it is here now only on the GEAR VR. Ok, there is the parent Oculus Rift, but that has to be connected to a computer and it's not available to the public yet.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Definitely worth it, but a bit of a hassle

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    I'd read that the Gear VR was really easy to set up. Maybe it is if you have a lot of space available on your phone. For me, when I started the setup process, it told me it couldn't download the needed files because there was not enough room, and it suggested I delete some things and try again. So that's what I did. Unfortunately, it doesn't tell you how much you need to delete. It does tell you that it will be downloading something like 150MB. So, you'd think you would need to clear that much space. Nope. I went in and out of the process a number of times because, even though each time I was deleting more than the apparently required amount, it still said it wasn't enough, even after I'd deleted over a gig of data. I wound up deleting around 2.5GB and it finally installed. So, make sure you have a lot of space available. That complaint aside, the Gear VR is nice. It's comfortable and the 3D effect is very immersive. Your brain is telling you that you should be able to walk around in the environment it shows you. And it's very tempting, instinctually. So, despite the setup weirdness, I do very much recommend the Gear VR. It's impressive, particularly for the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Not bad for the price...

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    If you're looking for a good intro to VR, and you already own a Note 4, this ain't a terrible start. Especially if you don't also already own a super powerful PC (a requirement for most other VR setups that will be coming down the line). Games are limited, but many are free and the rest are cheap. Biggest downfall is that your phone will get very hot very quickly. Remove the battery cover from your phone, play with the front part of mask off, and even point a small fan toward your face if you can. That'll help reduce the chance of it overheating which causes a warning to pop-up and eventually will force-close whatever you're playing.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    great introduction into virtual reality

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    The Samsung Gear VR for the Galaxy Note 4 is really an incredible experience unlike anything most of us have had. Whether playing games, watching movies or viewing pictures, it's a completely immersive sensation. Only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is the rapid battery depletion when using the VR (you can't charge during use).

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    for early adopters

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    Amazing device, if you want to jump into VR this is a great start. If you have a Note 4 I think this is a must have gadget. I wouldn't go out and buy a Note 4 just to get this though. But the build quality of the headset is fantastic, I have let many people try this and nobody complains about the comfort of this device. It is all about the experience, a whole new way to consume content. Games are where this device really shines, a very interactive experience. Putting this on and watching a movie in a IMAX style theater is a joy. Pixels are noticeable, most likely because your getting 720p per eye. I say get past that, this is where the overall experience tops. Personally I have noticed the pixels more or less depending on which app I am using. Like I said specifically "noticed". The app store is small right now, but I think the amount of apps you can use is still a good start for at least demoing vr. The store will no doubt grow, I believe that many apps on the Oculus Rift will end over rolling over to this device. Plus this device is getting increased popularity. Overall though if your skeptical of purchasing one, try one first. Best Buy is saying they will be showing it off in their stores, if you can't find someone that has one. Words can not really adequately describe what it is like, this is something you need to see for yourself. Overall though I say it works and it works well. One last thing, buy a bluetooth gamepad, I purchased a Steelseries Free controller for around $30. Works like a charm with the apps and interface.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great mobile VR!!

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    I'm an Oculus DK1 and DK2 owner. The Gear VR is fantastic! It's far more advanced than the DK1 and the screen is better than what's in DK2. The only thing I could complain about is the lack of positional tracking, but it will be added as soon as they find a solution for it. This is perfect for trips as well as showing friends and family. Watching a movie in a large theater while stuck flying on an airplane is great! And being able to just bring this headset when I visit friends makes it really easy. No lugging a computer or laptop to show them. I love it so much I will be purchasing the next one as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    The sole reason I bought a Note 4!

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    If you're a fan of VR, this is the holy grail. The interface is smooth, the experience is very immersive, and the hardware feels very high quality. If I were to wish for two upgrades to the design, I would: 1. provide a USB power pass-through so that you can charge your phone while using it. 2. Allow the gear to be used with other VR apps, such as Google Cardboard. It can be done, but the method is not graceful. I particularly love a short "film" inside the VRSE app, called Catatonic. It's by far the creepiest thing I've ever witnessed; I'm a hardcore gore movie lover and this one made me squeal like a little girl. Remember though, this is an "early adopter" edition of the hardware, and as such, is fairly limited. It's going to improve as more content is created for it, and I CANNOT WAIT!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Change Power Setting to Power Saving Mode

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    I had originally given this product a 2 star rating because I could barely use it before my phone would give me the overheating message. I checked a forum site and a helpful tipster suggested placing the phone into Power Save Mode in the phone settings and this resolved my issue. That should be noted prominently in the packaging with the headset. It would help save some frustration. Overall a pretty fun experience (at least now that it works a bit longer.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome VR experience

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    Didnt expect too much from the Samsung Gear VR, other than a cool gimmicky toy, boy was I amazed! It is a totallly immersive experience with quite a lot of free downloads available. I recently realized that the Google cardboard apps are also available in the play store and can also be used by not plugging in the micro sd port (youtube it). I eagerly await each weekends updated apps and videos available through various apps to include the Milk VR experiences. Overall very happy with this VR.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    The best Note 4 companion

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    If you got a Note 4 and love virtual reality, this is the best investment. I first saw a couple of reviews, highly recommended by not one many top reviewers. I bought it and I still can't believe how amazing this headset is. If you got a Note 4, buy it! I guarantee you will be amazed. Some of my friends that tried it brought the Note 4 just to buy the headset.

    I would recommend this to a friend