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A Comprehensive Review on Samsung Gear VR
- Part 1. What is Samsung Gear VR?
- Part 2. The Significance of Samsung Gear VR
- Part 3. How Does Samsung Gear VR Work?
- Part 4. The Advantages of Samsung Gear VR
- Part 5. The Disadvantages of Samsung Gear VR
Samsung Gear VR turns Samsung's latest Galaxy smartphones into a full-on mobile virtual reality headset. It works seamlessly Compatible with Galaxy S7/S7 edge, Note5, S6, and S6 edge. The affordable, high-quality Gear VR headset is the only accessory you'll need for your Galaxy smartphone - instantly access immersive gaming, movies, series, and apps.
Samsung Gear VR, to be honest, looks ike a big plastic goggle, but varies from the ordinal earphones. There are two huge camera lenses in front and a couple of button on the top and flanks. It looks much like eyes of an owl, and you looks even sillier if you put this on your head.
Gear VR headset has a built-in Oculus Tracker, Touchpad, Volume Key, and Back key. That means users are able to manipulate the headset even without the support of controller. On the top of the Gear VR, there is a tiny Focus adjustment wheel, which enables users to draw the phone screen forward or backward as to regulate to the best position. I personally think this wheel is much more convenient than that of Oculus Rift.
With the help of an onboard motion sensor, the screen and application will automatically perform when it detects that users is wearing the headset, and vice versa. Plug Samsung phone in the headset and connect phone to Gear VR via micro USB, so Touchpad, Back Key and Volume Key can work.
It cannot be easier to manipulate Gear VR. All you need to do is to put the phone in the headset, and then wear it. That's all it takes. Though the operations are simple. The actual problem is that if it's used for the first time, you will be prompted to download and install plenty of things for applications and the updates. I spent almost an hour to finish all these. Thanks to the pre-installed photos and videos, it may otherwise take another one hour.
When done all the installations, you will enter Oculus Home interface, which is basically a suspended panel. It enables users to switch from applications, tap and view contents. Such simple operations provide an easy and direct way instead of burdensome controllers. If there's a new notifications, a "Card" will pop up and fade soon. Simple pressing the Back Key is able to check it out.
From where I stand, I think Gear VR still has a way to go catch up with those PC-connected in view of game playing. And thus, it is better at viewing photos and videos to some extent.
Gear VR offers great VR experience in terms of photo&video-viewing and small games-playing. Users may be willing to spend tens of minutes on these while a couple of hours may wear out their interest. From this point of view, Gear VR perhaps is not truly a virtual reality device.
There are many pre-installed apps, of which Oculus Cinema is the one I like the most. It offers four Cinema Modes: Home Theater, Cinema Theater, Dark Space and Moon Threat. In fact, whichever mode you choose, nothing will change but the surrounding of the movie screen. There are currently four modes available, but it's undeniable that there will be more coming out.
Gear VR is not supported steaming media right now, let alone apps like Netflix. It sounds nice and easy that users can download anything they want, however, it's in fact really difficult and cumbersome.
It is reported that someone got sick after wearing Oculus Rift for fifteen minutes. Honestly, except the point it making me extraordinarily silly, I've worn Gear VR for one hour and still feel nothing at all. According to experts, it's the blurred motion that makes people sick. The one who wears the Rift will feel uncomfortable when spinning around too quickly. However, the problem may not bother Gear VR users, for Gear VR has a high definition screen and excellent software.
Though it feels not too bad wearing Gear VR for a couple of hours, the weight will set the mark on your nose. Moreover, it's a bit expensive, for it has no controllers, so I personally think it is more worthy of about 100 dollars.
If you really want to have a try on virtual reality, Gear VR would be a good choice. It costs less than those high-end headset while having better virtual experiences than Google Cardboard.