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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great first step into VR

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    DavidJr
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    If you already have a Samsung Galaxy S6, S7, or Note 5, this is well worth the purchase. It is a great and easy way to be introduced to virtual reality. VR is making huge advances compared to what it used to be and as more applications come out it shows even more what it is capable of. It is amazing how VR can suck you in create feelings that you would figure were impossible unless you were actually moving. However, there are a lot of issues that need to be addressed. First thing, as many others have stated, is the overheating. There is nothing more fun spoiling than to be 10 minutes into a game to get the pop-up about it overheating. If you choose to continue and ignore it, the game becomes unplayable with 1-4 frames per second refresh. I have purchased the gel packs that some have mentioned and it has helped in extending my gameplay, but it still gets too hot at times especially if the charger is plugged in. Visually the screen door effect is very obvious and makes the screen look blurry, no matter how much you try to focus. However, once you get engrossed in a game or movie, the effect seems to fade away. This will surely get better as screens increase in their resolution and pixels per inch and you have to remember that you are looking at your phone really really close. Game prices are rather steep compared to other phone related games. I understand that they are more involved that your typical phone based game. However, I hate to pay $5.99 for an app only to find out that it is about 10 minutes worth of entertainment with no replay value. I do like how some of them have gone “free” with in-game purchases to get the full version if you find it worthy. It is hard to enjoy VR with others. Using Chromecast to mirror the screen to a TV looked very promising, until I found out that it cast the sound to the TV and not the headphones. Then, after about 5 seconds in the game, the video would freeze for external viewers but continue for the player. No matter the setting I tried, Chromecast would not work for me and my Note 5. I ended up purchasing MirrorOp, which is pricy app, but has made screen mirroring run really smooth, keep the sound in the headphones for the player, and really allowed the external viewers to enjoy the show and “mess” with the player. Having a Bluetooth controller is only required for a few games. Most of them can be controlled with the side touchpad, which once you get used to how touchy it is, works well. However, keeping my arm bent beside my head gets tiring quickly. If you already play controller based video games, having a Bluetooth controller is only natural. The button placement on most of them is very similar to what you would already be used to so they are familiar and easy to use. Having a controller also unlocks some features in apps that you don’t “need” a controller for, such as moving seats in the theater. Sitting in a swivel chair is the easiest way to play. Standing is always an option, but ensure the environment is clear around you and you are able to control vertigo. Some applications allow you to re-center the image, but most lock in the moment you activate the proximity sensor, which could happen from thumb placement or the head strap getting too close. Most of the time, taking it off and then putting it back on in the direction you want to face will re-center it as well. I do wish that some applications would let you force the center so that you could sit back and relax while playing and not forced to sit upright the entire time. There is a fair amount of material out there under the Samsung/Gear VR store, however, Google Cardboard already has so much material available. The Gear VR will not let you play that material by default, however, there is an app that can help with that as well. That app essentially helps unlock more potential for the device. Some of it does not play as smoothly as the material made to run with Oculus, but still gives more options. Overall I feel it was well worth it. I have almost contemplated buying myself a new phone so that I could leave my Note 5 as a dedicated VR screen, but then I realize that I don’t use it that much, especially since the novelty of it has worn down a bit. If only Samsung incorporated a cooling method for the phone I would have rated this higher.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Minor changes from previous model

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    DavidJr
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    My review on the original Gear VR, SM-R322 (White) still holds true and is mostly written below. However, the differences between the two are minimal and if you want to “future proof” yourself for a possible phone upgrade, the fact that the SM-R323 (Black) has an interchangeable connection for Micro-USB and USB-C ensures that whatever format comes for the next Samsung Galaxy phone you should be good to go. The new model has a better, thicker headband that allows you to remove the top portion if you choose to. The feel on the face is about the same, but the fabric looks a little better constructed. The control panel on the side is flat, missing the directional feel, but functions the same and somewhat felt easier to control since I wasn’t looking for the indentions. The black color already felt like a benefit to me, to help reduce external light, and less noticeable is that they added a few additional holes inside to help reduce fog on the lenses. The one problem I have with the new one is that I feel like I am missing about 10 degrees from the field of view. The lenses inside are bigger, closer together, but the image feels closer and when looking straight on it is noticeable the amount of peripheral vision that is missing when comparing the two. A first time user of any Gear VR might not notice it, but when you have used the white version for a bit, it is really noticeable. I even used a 360 photo that shows the degrees and confirmed that it is about 10 degrees less than the white version. From my previous review of the White model: If you already have a Samsung Galaxy S6, S7, or Note 5, this is well worth the purchase. It is a great and easy way to be introduced to virtual reality. VR is making huge advances compared to what it used to be and as more applications come out it shows even more what it is capable of. It is amazing how VR can pull you in and create feelings that you would figure were impossible unless you were actually moving. However, there are a lot of issues that still need to be addressed. First thing, as many others have stated, is the overheating. There is nothing more fun spoiling than to be 10 minutes into a game to get the pop-up about it overheating. If you choose to continue and ignore it, the game becomes unplayable with a 1-4 frames per second refresh. There are methods to reducing the heat, but most require a third party purchase. Visually the screen door effect is very obvious and makes the screen look blurry, no matter how much you try to focus. However, once you get engrossed in a game or movie, the effect seems to fade away. This will surely get better as screens increase in their resolution and pixels per inch and you have to remember that you are looking at your phone really really close. Game prices are rather steep compared to other phone related games. I understand that they are more involved that your typical phone based game. However, I hate to pay $5.99 for an app only to find out that it is about 10 minutes worth of entertainment with no replay value. I do like how some of them have gone “free” with in-game purchases to get the full version if you find it worthy. It is hard to enjoy VR with others. Using Chromecast to mirror the screen to a TV looked very promising, until I found out that it cast the sound to the TV and not the headphones. Then, after about 5 seconds in the game, the video would freeze for external viewers but continue for the player. No matter the setting I tried, Chromecast would not work for me and my Note 5. I ended up purchasing MirrorOp, which is pricy app, but has made screen mirroring run really smooth, keep the sound in the headphones for the player, and really allowed the external viewers to enjoy the show and “mess” with the player. Having a Bluetooth controller is only required for a few games. Most of them can be controlled with the side touchpad, which once you get used to how touchy it is, works well. However, keeping my arm bent beside my head gets tiring quickly. If you already play controller based video games, having a Bluetooth controller is only natural. The button placement on most of them is very similar to what you would already be used to so they are familiar and easy to use. Having a controller also unlocks some features in apps that you don’t “need” a controller for, such as moving seats in the theater. Sitting in a swivel chair is the easiest way to play. Standing is always an option, but ensure the environment is clear around you and you are able to control vertigo. Some applications allow you to re-center the image, but most lock in the moment you activate the proximity sensor, which could happen from thumb placement or the head strap getting too close. Most of the time, taking it off and then putting it back on in the direction you want to face will re-center it as well. I do wish that some applications would let you force the center so that you could sit back and relax while playing and not forced to sit upright the entire time. There is a fair amount of material out there under the Samsung/Gear VR store, however, Google Cardboard already has so much material available. The Gear VR will not let you play that material by default, however, there is an app that can help with that as well. That app essentially helps unlock more potential for the device. Some of it does not play as smoothly as the material made to run with Oculus, but still gives more options. Overall I feel it was well worth it. I have almost contemplated buying myself a new phone so that I could leave my Note 5 as a dedicated VR screen, but then I realize that I don’t use it that much, especially since the novelty of it has worn down a bit. If only Samsung incorporated a cooling method for the phone I would have rated this higher.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for keeping up with vacuuming

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    Shdyone
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    The Roomba 980 is a great little robot to have. I have 2 dogs and 2 cats so vacuuming is almost an every day job if I had the time. I bought my Johnny 5 (it's name) and had to return it after 6 days because it wouldn't charge completely. The 2nd robot seems to be doing fine so far. I run it daily and it still picks up a lot of hair the dogs and cats lose in 1 day. I ran it 2x in one day just to see if it wasn't getting all the hair and it proved it was working. The 2nd pass barely picked up anything so I know it definitely does the job! It seems to get confused easily if it doesn't have a lot of open area. It tends to go over some of the same areas twice or do circles. I wish it had a better sense of direction (tracking/mapping). I am OCD when it comes to vacuum pattern in the carpet and I must say the lines are nice and even, although not always perpendicular to the walls. The app needs to have push notifications so if it gets stuck, or the bin gets full, etc., you are notified if you are not near it when it's running. I have it programmed to run in the morning after I get home from work. I do a quick check of the floors to make sure the floors are free of dog toys, water from the dog bowl, no cat puke , or anything like that. Hopefully future models will come out with liquid/moisture sensors so people with pets don't need to be paranoid about their expensive little bot being ruined by running over liquids. Some people complain about how loud the roomba is, and all I have to say is... It's a vacuum with great power! It does the job of a regular vacuum, but maybe not as deep of a clean since it doesn't have brushes. Regular vacuums are louder than these are so I have no complaints about the noise. Needs to have night vision so it can be run in complete darkness. A bigger dust bin would be great but it will increase the bot's size and probably make it so it can't get under beds and cabinets. Nothing can ever be perfect but this vacuum sure does great. I can walk around the house in my socks all day and by the end of the day my socks are almost free from animal hair :) This bot does such a good job that a 2nd one (the 960) was purchase for the upper level of my house.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Gadget

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    jnelly96
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    Purchased this for my Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Set-up was easy and quick. Never tried the Gear VR Innovator Edition so I wouldn't know how that one worked or fit, but this model of the Gear VR is very comfortable. I removed the top band as it's not really necessary for the Gear VR to stay on your face. The lenses on the inside will sometimes fog up, but doesn't happen all the time. I think it has something to do with positioning it on your face correctly so that your breath doesn't rise up into the lenses. There's a good amount of content both free and paid. Even the ones that are paid have free demos so you can try them out before buying. Some apps need a controller which I did buy and will get to at the end of this review. The Gear VR has a cursor and back button on the right temple that you use to maneuver with in the menu or in some games. Most games say that a controller isn't necessary, but I find it easier with one anyway. The first time you try out the Gear VR you're in a whole new world. Some of the content looks a little pixelated, but it is new technology so it won't be perfect. I'm sure they'll be able to easily fix those in future updates. When I tried swimming with sharks, even though it looked fake, it scared the beegezus out of me. Same goes with some of the scary games. Sounds comes out of your phone, but you can control the volume on the right side of the Gear VR near the cursor. I recommend wearing earphones though because you get a better overall experience. Some reviews have their phones overheating and shutting down, but i haven't experienced that. Then again, I haven't used it more than 30 mins at a time so I can't fully say that it wouldn't do that. I wouldn't recommend using the Gear VR for more than 30 to 60 mins anyway as your eyes need to rest after being in the virtual world. As I mentioned earlier, most games don't require a controller, but it's much easier and better with one. Oculus Support only lists 3 controllers that are supported by the Gear VR. I purchased the MOGA Power Pro. It works great and easily connects to the Gear VR through bluetooth. Overall, I recommend the Gear VR if you have one of the supported phones. It's not one of the high end VRs that are coming out (Oculus and HTC), but for the price it's definitely worth it! You can easily purchase the cardboard goggles, but you probably won't have a lot of content. I think Samsung did good with their content and the Gear VR. Not quite 5 stars, but nothing is perfect.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Ready Player One the future is here....Again.

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    isa98

    Let me start by saying, I'm a fan of Ready Player One, it's a book by Author Ernest Cline the premise revolves round a device called the Oasis (similar to the gear) in a not too distant future... The device allows its users to experience a total immersive experience similar to the world we live in; if not better... We are finally here with the technology but not without a few technical hiccups however. While the Samsung Gear Oculus is portable, lightweight and easy to transport it is not without problems, while using it with my Samsung Edge S6 I noticed the oculus gear would give me the "over heat notice" a quick fix would be to put on airplane mode close all apps and that gave me more than an hour of extended use without seeing the pesky "over heat" notice. Another Recommendation would be to make room for storage, a lot of the apps take up a lot of space, and if you're a Cinephile like my self and merely need it for movie viewing, you're definitely going to want to make room in your storage before setting it up also the video quality needs improvement but once you're immersed you lose focus on that... But the problems are a few apart and doesn't distract from the positives like The Void cinematic experience (Watch John Carpenters The Thing), Netflix VR and well basically even the internet browsing experience and youtube 360... So much to say its a beautiful immersive experience and it's only a matter of time before we the consumers are literally able to create worlds and build upon it, gaming is going to become more immersed, the social networking capabilities are endless. For $99.00 this was a steal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great first VR consumer device

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    AverageJoe
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    First, make sure you judge the device after wearing it (I believe you can try it at the store). This is because I find no review will do this technology justice. Now, here is what I have to say about it: I did try the google cardboard VR before and found it to be incredible what you can do with phones now a days. The Gear VR takes this concept a step further by making it more polished. Not only is the device much more comfortable and the response is faster, but the main difference is the quality of available games for this device. I think Samsung did a good job by partnering with Oculus after trying this device. Tested games: Kart VR: Sprint: This game is like a mario kart game where you are seated in the actual kart. It is incredible how different the game feel is. You can actually look around you to see who's next to you. I find myself looking the side mirrors to make sure no one is behind me! and to fire weapons at the others, you use the head tracking to point at them and then release the trigger. Its a lot of fun. The game does have an online mode but I have yet to see someone else go online in it. Hero Bound: You have a surveillance camera view of rooms in a dungeon and you move your character around to kill enemies and open chest boxes. Its like a dark themed zelda game. It gives another dimension to the game. I haven't played the game extensively yet but I am looking forward to it! What I didn't like about Gear VR is how you can see the pixels clearly (screen door effect) when you are watching videos and pictures. It is hard to ignore it then. But that's not everything that this device does. I recommend the Gear VR for anyone who would like to experience how VR gaming is. For watching movies and pictures, you're better off with a TV. Oh, and make sure you get a compatible game pad to really experience the cool games I listed above. While you could buy the original samsung game pad, there are others that are cheaper and still work. I used the ipega PG-9025 which has an identical layout to the samsung one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Better than expected

    Posted
    DanW
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    The Gear VR was included with my pre-order, for the Galaxy S7. I wasn't expecting much, but I have to admit, it's pretty impressive, as a VR device. It does have some issues/limitations though. I believe it only works with the S7 and S6 (not 100% sure on that). It is designed to fit a particular size/shape phone, which also means, you can not use it with your case. I have to remove my case, every time I use the device. The headset provides an adjustment, for the distance to your eyes, but does not offer adjustments for people who have eyes further away, or closer together, than the average headshape. It does provide room for glasses, which I wear. For someone who is nearsighted, it's not necessary to have my glasses on, since the device sits close to your eyes. But, I have tried the headset, with my glasses on, and I found it to sufficient space for them. The headstraps could have been a bit longer. I have a larger head, and with the straps set at the absolute max, it still fits very tight on my head. I saw reviews, for the previous version, where people complained the straps were too long. I think Samsung went too far shortening them. It would be nice if I could order longer replacements. Only Oculus compatible apps will run on this. When you first plug in your phone, it will install the Oculus app. All compatible apps are then installed within that app. The app selection is limited, and most seem gimmicky... and overpriced. If you want to watch 3D or 360 videos, on youtube, you need to use the built in browser, which isn't very good. If you want to watch Amazon prime video, or HBO Go, it's currently not possible. Netflix does have an app, which puts you in a living room setting, instead of just watching the video. Overall, I would say it's a cool device, but it needs more apps, to exit the 'gimmick' stage, and become a serious device. Hopefully that will come with time. At $100, I would not buy this device (currently). For $50, maybe. For free (like I got it), definitely worth owning.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Finally Glasses friendly

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    Bear420
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    I preorederd this as soon as I read it could accommodate some eye glasses , I owned the one sold for the S6 & S6 edge and ended up selling it because It was always blurry and I can't buy contacts in my prescription I'm very happy with the changes they made and all the new content available especially Netflix and the Oculus cinema they now have Movies you can buy they do say movie rentals are coming soon Which will be even better. The only reason I didn't give this 5 star's is because unlike the first 2 Gear VR they released this one doesn't come with any type of carrying case or a lens cleaning cloth I don't know why they made the choice not to include even a cloth bag like they did with the 2nd Gear VR because you have nothing to store it in when your not using it or if you take it somewhere. Other than that this one is by far the best Gear VR out of the 3 if you have a Samsung Galaxy Note 5 or S6 , S6 edge or S6 edge + this is a must have I would just suggest buying something you can safely store it in

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Delivers as expected

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    RSLY82
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    I looked at a few comparative reviews prior to purchase. The minor improvements and the ten dollar price difference from the previous version were the main factors in my purchase. I did try it out in-store first, as well. Didn't quite understand the trend until I tried them on myself, then I totally fell in love with it. I also thought it'd be a fun thing for my family to experience. I've only used the free apps, they suit me well enough for now. But there are several apps that you can purchase for variable and fair prices. I like the Netflix App. It's like watching shows and movies on the big screen, even though it's set in a "cabin-like" setting. The VR space is amazing! The only reasons I didn't give it 5 out of 5 stars is because there are a few minor flaws. Sometimes when I plug my phone in, it doesn't connect correctly or it'll take several tries. Also, the piece that plugs into the phone has a tendency of coming off. And, if you don't remember to lock your phone in place every time it can fall out. I suppose that could be considered a user error, but to me it's still a minor flaw because it snaps in and feels secure. I hope for a few more apps in the future, but for now it's a great little pastime on a rainy day.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A great entry-level VR experience.

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    CloseCut
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    I love the Gear VR! It's not a fully-baked VR experience and it has its share of issues, but when you get it working it's amazing. I can't give it five stars because at one point my Note 5 stopped detecting VR when I plugged it in, and I had to uninstall and reinstall about ten apps to get it working again. It also only works with some Samsung phones, so once I upgrade my phone to a new model it's not going to work any more. For that reason I feel like Samsung should subsidize more of the cost of the device. But when you get right down to the actual use of the Gear VR the experience is pretty amazing. I love the introductory 3D experience where a papercraft butterfly and dinosaur walk you through learning how to use the unit and the few controls it has. Standing on top of a skyscraper looking down at the streets below actually makes you feel a little dizzy even though it's a 3D generated world. History Channel has some interesting VR experiences - the one where you're a WWI soldier in the trenches is pretty eye-opening. And the Ocean experience where you feel like you're in a shark cage and watch a Great White swim around you is stellar. So it's almost worth a $100 cost of admission but then you'll be paying for most of the apps you want to use as well, so your mileage may vary. It has definitely raised my interest in buying a fully-baked VR set - maybe the second gen of the Oculus Rift when it becomes available and works out any bugs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    OK, but apps still weak

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    customer
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    VR has been around for a while now in many forms, and continues to improve. Mating directly with the S7 makes it more easily viable, but the content (apps) are still the problem (IMHO). These too are improving, but there simply are not the same number of talented app writers supporting this market. I suppose if the popularity of this VR platform conmtinues to become more pervasive (more users), we may see improvement in the diversity and quality of the apps available. It is much like video games, in that as the number of systems and users increased (from just pong players), then $ was there to support writers of increasing quality and diversity of software. Best Buy offered $50 worth of free VR content and this item when I bought the S7, but they never made good on the free content. I tried to have this resolved at the store, website, and customer service (to no avail), but eventually had to write this off as a loss. There are many free apps available to see the VR in action (easily as great a wow factor as theater 3D when it first became available). I am not comparing the technologies, just a "level of cool". For example, I would not stand up when viewing a roll-a-coaster app with the VR. You will find yourself on the floor. Can't say I would "recommend" this to a friend for ~$100, but if it came free with your S7 you were buying anyway, I say "thumbs up". Even if the quality/diversity of apps never comes to fruition, it is still kinda fun.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    AWESOME VR HEADSET!

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    OZLOVER
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    I wasn't sure what to expect when I put this on. I was blown away! No matter where I looked, there was something to see. I checked out the undersea video. There were bubbles going up as if I was there using scuba gear. You can interact with the fish. You can use your eyes to choose something. Then I went to Netflix. I was expecting just a screen. Instead I was sitting in what seemed like a log cabin. The movie played on a TV on the wall. It was an amazing experience. Inserting the phone was easy. You just have to make sure you connect it properly in the headset. Setup wasn't a total breeze. You have to connect phone to headset so they "pair". Then remove phone and download the VR Gear program. Once that's done, you're all set to enter the virtual world where everything seems to be in 3D. Using the controller on the side takes a little getting used to. I didn't find the headset to be uncomfortable to wear for an extended period of time. All your apps are stored in the Library on your phone in the Oculus app. There's a huge assortment of apps you can download for a fee or free and you can do this without being attached to the headset. Since I got this for free when I pre-ordered my S7 Edge, I think I still would've payed for this amazing, fun-filled virtual experience. It's the next thing in gaming & watching movies. Try it, then buy it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Makes me a believer in the technology

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    BaldGuy
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    Pros: This is quite a step up from my Google cardboard. I can use it handsfree without feeling like I will split my head in half. I wear glasses and this fits over them, but does begin to pinch after half an hour or so. The motion tracking and display update are quite smooth and I don't get nauseated, but it is totally immersive and can be disoriented. Feels a little like Inception. "Is the light on in the real world?" Cons: I get all kinds of lockups, and glitches. My Samsung Galaxy S6 overheats after 20 minutes. There is some drift on the accelerometer/gyros so the virtual world slowly revolves relative to the real world. It takes 15 minutes or so to make it 90 degrees, but it does move, so I sometimes have to reorient the world. That and the quality of the optics causes me to have some fatigue so I'm only comfortable using it for 20 minutes or so anyway. Overall, I think it is an impressive display of the capabilities of the technology, but at least with my phone, I wouldn't think of it as more than a toy. A really cool fun toy, but a toy just the same. I have returned to Yosemite valley, and Venice as well as touring Petra. It isn't incredibly smooth to navigate, but there are parts of the world that are worth the trouble for the view.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Keeps up with the hype with a few trip ups

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    Roohah913
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    I was excited for the gear vr when I was told it was a free gift for purchasing a Samsung Galaxy phone. When I received it, I immediately was sucked in and had to hook it up. Which was quick. The phone clicks right into place. The front cover can be a bit of a pain but the VR can be used without it. Once it in you're ready to go... At the cost memory since I hadn't purchased a new micro SD card. You have to download the Oculus suite and of course a few apps to start with. But as soon as they were download I was off to new worlds.......for about a half hour before I was notified that the temperature of my phone was high and I should turn it off and let it cool. And that's sort of consistent as well. There isn't much i can do outside of taking it off to wait... And life with kids keeps me busy that I don't get caught up in the games or videos. Which, suffice to say, are limited... Hulu and Netflix are tops in my list. Then there's the fact that the price of apps for it are kinda high compared to the regular app or even the price of the Google cardboard apps. It is a new technology that is slowly reaching a cheaper means for good quality content. But it will be awhile still until then.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Intro to VR

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    NerdyTechDude
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    If you have a compatible Samsung phone (S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, or Note 5), this is a fantastic device that will introduce you to the world of VR. Setup was fairly quick and simple and you're quickly immersed in a new world with a decent amount of content ready at launch. If you have realistic expectations, you won't be disappointed. Remember, the power behind the device is your phone. If you ALREADY have a compatible phone and have an interest in VR, buying this is a no-brainer. You'll quickly get to experience being immersed in a virtual world. After prolonged use, it does take me a little while to get my bearings after taking the device off (I find it similar to sea-legs after stepping back onto land after being out on choppy waters), but no crazy nausea (at least for me). If you're goal is to do some light gaming or consume media and have the immersion experience, go for it. As a frequent traveler, this just made nights on the road a ton more fun. Would love to see ability to finely tune/calibrate lenses or visuals for a crisper image (only one main focus tuner moving display closer/further, otherwise would give 5 stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    not for everyone

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    Mike
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    I received this headset and it was good quality. I wear glasses and the set fit great while I wore glasses to use it. I also was able to use them without glasses and adjust the focus with the dial on top. It takes some getting used to, to locate the touch feature on the side of the set. I was pleased by how comfortable they were considering the size of them. I am one of the people however who could not wear them more than 30 minutes at a time before I felt like I needed a break from wearing them. They do exactly what they are supposed to do and for that they get 5 stars but I gave it four, for my personal experience with them. I eventually had to take them back because I did find myself thinking I would use them less and less until it was wasted money lying around. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to try it but maybe try before you buy if a person you know has them so you can see if you can wear them long term. I did have some trouble using the slide on the set to adjust from a S7 to an S7 Edge, I think this too would become easier once you would get the feel for doing it if you were a frequent user.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Wow - surprisingly cool

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    JoeinDC
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    I purchased this after watching my daughters play with it in the store for about 40 minutes. I had always thought of VR as a bit of a joke, but they got me to try the unit out. I slipped it on and was immediately on stage with Paul McCartney watching him sing Live and Let Die. I could look all around and see the drummer to my right and the lights to the back and above. WAY COOL. For less than $100 bucks, a fancy toy for sure. I have since found that there are cheaper ones out there, even some made with cardboard. However this totally fits the Samsung devices and gives a much better experience. A few cons: 1) Needs more VR content. Time will tell if we hit a tipping point and more VR content is available or if this fad goes the way of 3D... 2) It works fine with the edge, however you can see the edge of the screen being a bit blurry and I believe this is because of the curvature. Not a huge negative - still way cool... 3) Could have better optics, however these are much better than the cardboard glasses (I have since tried those) and likely it would raise the price out of the toy range so not a huge negative.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sweet tech for Samsung owners

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    Ryujdream
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    After tons of research I finally pulled the trigger and bought this VR tech. Let me tell you if you've used Google cardboard or the Chinese vr goggles (which I've used both) there is NO comparison what so ever. This tech is sharp and responsive. Only grips I have are that your nose hurts after a bit because the goggles rest on it (some foam like weatherstripping worked as a cushion ) and the pixel density isn't quite small enough. You will notice what's called the screen door effect BUT it's easy to look past. Everything is integrated into the VR experience like games and videos excluding a YouTube app and any google cardboard apps. Videos are pixalated but some are OK to watch. All the games are worth every penny and very immersing. Let me tell you... when your playing a murder mystery and you look in a mirror to see someone is standing behind you.... you will be wowed by your responce. Great buy... just pull the trigger and buy one!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A lot of fun

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    Retiredandlovingit
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    I got this for free, when I bought my Galaxy S7 Edge, which I love and recommend. These are available often for free when buying a cell, so I wouldn't pay for it. Lots of different things to look at after it's set up. If you've seen the ad's on tv , with people using it and looking up, then down, and all around, don't laugh, because you'll be doing the 'exact same thing' when you have it on , lol. 2 things I looked at, shortly after setup, was NASA training astronauts for space walking in an enormous pool. Your above water, as they set them up, then when they go underwater, you do too! Incredible, kid's will love it. The other was an animated rollercoaster in a underground mine/cave. Riding a mine cart, u go up,down, all around. *my stomach started going up and down, just like I was on a real rollercoaster, LOL, but I was just sitting still on the couch! Fun stuff that is available at home now, and will only get better and better as time goes on

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty cool

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    Metron
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    I'm not often impressed with technology but this is about the coolest thing I've bought in a long time. There are some down sides. You can see the individual pixels on your phone screen (not a big deal). Also, it might just be my eyes but any text that isn't dead center in the lens isn't quite in focus and the further to the edges you get the more out of focus it gets. This isn't super noticeable on images or movies. Lastly, I find that I have to re-orientate the system more often then I think is necessary. It's not like you have to do it a lot but on the Netflix app I had to do it twice during a 1hr show. I noticed I had to do this more when I was in a stationary chair than when I sat in a office chair that spins and tilts. The office chair may smooth out some of my natural shakyness or something plus sitting in a chair that spins lets you look behind you easier too. Over all it thing is super cool for around a hundred bucks. I'm using this with the S6 Edge+

    I would recommend this to a friend