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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Hot!! and um....Hot

    Posted
    BIGLITE
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    Man, i ws so looking forward to getting these. I purchased one for me and my wife... Its really an amazing piece of equipment, but the overheating issues on my s6 are just way too much. You cant get through anything without the overheat message coming on. I am reading online about all the tips and tricks for it not to overheat and none of them worked for me. Some people are even playing in front of fans and a/c's just to get good use. Some people are saying to download all these different apps that will cool your phone down and turn your brightness level down. Again, none of it worked for me. Plus who wants to go through all of this just to play this thing. The last thing i read was that after the first couple of days it stops overheating and tht it does so bc you are downloading content. As amazing as it looks theres no point in having one if you cannot use it for more than 10 minutes. How can you get through a movie. This may vet returned if things don't change. At this point i would not recommend until Samsung finds a way to keep it cool

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not for everyone

    Posted
    JrJangoFet
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    Initially I was impressed by the VR experience with this device, but after a few days of use, started to get headaches (most likely from using it for over an hour). Also, my phone's battery drained quickly and overheated with extended use. I recommend keeping the outer cover off to allow the phone to breathe. Also, with my GS6 edge+, the resolution is not very vivid, more like 480p vice true HD...this did hinder the overall experience. I believe the GS8 will rectify this as it will be able to produce 4K resolutions. Like others mentioned, the VR apps are overpriced and there are very little if any demos prior to purchase - in other words you are stuck if you do not like the VR app you purchased. I ended up returning it and got a Amazon Fire HD 8 (outstanding tablet by the way). I will wait for the next VR for the GS8 to come out to see if the experience is different. I am sure others are amazed by this VR device, on first use most will be impressed, but after the WOW factor wears off you start to see the many flaws that other reviewers have noticed. Overall, very inexpensive way to try to the VR experience if you have one of the supported phones, but I recommend waiting for 4K content on the GS8 and the next VR gear which will support it. For now, this is ok, but just not for everyone - including me.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Novelty neat, but not practical

    Posted
    BigAl99
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    First of all, I want to say that I believe 95% of these "reviews" are completely fake and merely pad the product rating. That being said... I found the price-point of this peripheral good enough to check it out. I used the demo model in the store with no real issue, so I made the purchase. Got it home, hooked my S6 into it, and the Oculus software started to download, no problem. I started using the VR. I really wanted to be able to watch shows/movie on Netflix with it. Within 10 minutes of use, my phone was scorching hot and the VR said it had to cool down to continue use. It took another 10 minutes to even be usable again, and within another 2 minutes, it needed to cool down again. 12 minutes of use, 20 minutes of cooling. So yeah, that was my entire VR experience. Sounds fun on paper... but is basically useless. Will be returning this tomorrow.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    A lot of potential but some big problems

    Posted
    Andre
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    With my S7, the quality is nice enough for me to suspend my disbelief. However, it has some huge design flaws: The app sizes are massive (over 200MBs average), and they can't be moved onto an SD card. That means you're going to fill your phone memory up very quickly. Without my air conditioner on, it'll overheat after an hour, and force me to cool it down. I've had to buy a gel pack to counteract this. Some games do make you dizzy after a while. But for just $99, I'd say it's worth it. Screenshots won't do it justice. Space can't be captured in flat images alone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Works Great but Overheats Phone

    Posted
    ThomasS
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    I purchased this product and really enjoyed it for the little time that I could use it. I thought the graphics were good and the games seemed fun. My problem was that it overheated my phone so quickly that it was really unusable. I followed others' advice and shut off everything on the phone and put it in Do Not Disturb mode, but at most I could only use the VR device for about 5 minutes before the phone would overheat. I finally got about 10 minutes of use when I stuck my phone in the freezer for 10 minutes before using the VR. I returned the item and would hold off on purchasing until the overheating issue can be resolved.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Overheats my phone!

    Posted
    DrFreakazoid
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    What a wonderful time to be alive! Actual virtual reality now available for personal use. With the aid of my Samsung Galaxy Note 5, I am transported to alien worlds, engaged in high-risk adventures, or peacefully enjoying a movie in my own personal cinema. The only downfall to the Gear VR is that it overheats my phone! I can get about a good 20 minutes of use before I receive an ominous warning that my phone needs to cool down in order to operate at optimal performance. And yes, the VR will start to glitch or "lag" unless you allow your phone to cool down. Until this unforseen issue is fixed, the VR leaves much to be desired.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not what I expected

    Posted
    brice

    Phone over heats way too fast. Samsung Galaxy S6 plus. I travel a lot and thought this was going to be the answer to my dreams. I thought I could download and play movies. Well you can, but only through their app so all the movies and shows I already own I would have to repurchase them at god awful prices. and that is for standard type movies . All the 3d versions are just stupid money. And again just sitting hear in my living room trying to watch something every 5 minutes I get the over heating message.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not Practical

    Posted
    DStarr
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    So I got these goggles free as part of my phone purchased through Verizon. And to me the goggles are practical you have to take your phone case off then insert your phone into the goggles and make sure that they fit then wrap the goggles around your head and make sure that they fit on properly. Then before that you have to download the apps that go to the goggles themselves mind you it burns up your battery like crazy and I just don't see how having the goggles is a practical function the VR experience for the goggles is overrated in my opinion

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Battery runs very hot

    Posted
    Hobbydoc
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    I would not have paid more than $10 for this gimmick, but since it came free with the purchase of my Galaxy S7, I now own one. I tried it twice. Since I have a 3 piece hard shell case on my phone which needs to be removed to insert into the Gear I haven't bothered a third time. The phones gets very hot. Docking the phone is done at an awkward angle which I fear could be rough on your charging port. The videos available for free were fun for about 5 minutes. My 14 year old daughter said I looked ridiculous and she refused to try it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Neat experience, but graphics... ehh

    Posted
    TheaterGeek
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    Neat experience, but was not impressed with the graphics. I'm a pretty avid gamer/movie watcher so I let my wife and kids mess around with them a little to get their opinion. Ironically my wife isn't much of a gamer and she said the same thing, she wasn't impressed with the graphics. The kids thought they were nice, but we limit our kids to certain technology and we don't want our kids walking around into walls. Lol. I think the features/available apps and 360 viewing is pretty cool, but they have a way to go with the graphics on these things.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Good Concept, Bad Execution

    Posted
    bigdaddyju34
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    The concept behind this item is really great. The product works great for about 10 mins and then it overheats the phone, this happens every single time. I noticed this same error on the display model in the store, but thought we would give it a try on our own. You can only use programs designed or authorized by Oculous and most of them you have to pay for. I would even consider keeping the item just for a few bits of VR time but the overheating issue is a deal breaker. You literally can only use it for 10 mins, sometimes less.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not that great at implementing VR

    Posted
    Dinomite52
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    If you want a little introduction for VR then sure this is what you should get. After dabbling with it for awhile you will start to notice the many flaws and not so great experience the Gear VR can provide. The resolution is still very low and you can see the actual pixels on screen. The spherical lens of the Gear VR makes it so only when you direct your vision at the center it's focused. Your peripherals or side of the screen are going to be blurred and that's what annoyed me the most.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    It's ok

    Posted
    Paul
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    Virtual reality is ultimately a gimmick you have to put this big headset on if you keep your phone in a case take it out slide your phone in and then the vast majority of the content you have to pay for. I seriously doubt that I will ever have the inclination to watch a 2-hour movie with this headset on my face for getting it for free and having five minutes of fun with it fine but I would never spend money on this product.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not quite what I expected

    Posted
    AbathingApe
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    Actual hardware was great. Light and sturdy. However, VR technology/software still lacks behind... the issue of my s7 edge overheating and shutting down, complication of viewing or playing downloaded videos and games were my biggest issues. In the end I returned my vr gear. Hopefully the technology supporting the VR platform will vastly improve in near future. Then I will reconsider repurchasingredients another VR gear.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    High quality, does NOT work with Galaxy 7 Active

    Posted
    EasternIowa
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    These are really nice units - go it for free for activating an S7 Active. How exciting - until you try to mount it and the adapter doesn't fit. In researching the issue, some folks shaved off a tab on the attachment, so the Active would fit. Only to find out the device would say "not compatible". It was free, but Samsung should produce an adapter for it's own products. Would not recommend IF you have an Active.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    phones dont fit with case on

    Posted
    DocterG
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    Truly only have one real issue with this device... I have to remove my phone from the case in order to use. With an ottor box case, i really dont bother to remove the phone often. My other issue would be headaches as the screen becomes blurry often after a few minutes or so of use. Some video content is not hd which makes the headaches worse. Otherwise just ok cool. Wouldnt buy by itself..mine came in a bundle

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Nice but need more apps

    Posted
    Tino
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    I like the concept but I think to launch such a item you should have more developers on board. I feel as though it's nice to use but what happens after years end. Will we be stuck with a dud. I wouldn't recommend to a friend because I think it's got a short coming. It would be great if your hands were in front of you and can interact with what u see. To my that VR. This is just 3D

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Overheats

    Posted
    Bradadog
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    Great concept and good fun for a very short period of time. The phone gets so hot after 5mins of usage that the phone shuts down. Not recommended if your planning to play games more than 10 mins Haven't tried to watch a movie yet though, the excitement of playing games got the better of me, which is short lived.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    My Wife Likes It

    Posted
    Steve
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    We got 4 VRs because we upgraded the family to S7 Edges. I wish we had waited and gotten 2 of the phones free, but my wife needed a new phone right then. Personally I find the unit uncomfortable to wear for more than a few minutes. The objects don't really seem 3D to me (astigmatism?). However, it is very entertaining to watch someone else use the unit.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    A disappointment

    Posted
    RecalledInIowa

    It is sad that I have to give this device a negative review. I got one for Christmas and use my Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+. The operation works just fine. It is the screen that will give you headaches. If you have a LCD tv walk up to it very close. You will see thousands of black squares (outlines)...this is what you see in the headset. Not all that clear,

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend