Samsung Gear VR Official Review and Buying Guide

The Samsung Gear VR Headset is a mobile virtual reality headset that has grabbed the market in the sector of Samsung Mobile VR headset. Designed & Developed by Samsung Electronics in collaboration with Oculus, the headset is built above the customer expectation level that has many possibilities to explore.

When we are talking about Virtual Reality then I think you must have gone through this guide which will teach you all about Virtual Reality.

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The latest version of Samsung Gear VR has many advanced features with some critical bug and error fixes. The latest version is much easy to setup and very much comfortable while wearing the headset. The good thing about the headset is that it is priced as the same as its predecessor.

The Samsung Gear VR is compatible with Samsung Galaxy smartphones like the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge. and further.

The Samsung Gear VR headset was released on November 27, 2015. With the Samsung Gear VR, the major focus of the company was to focus on the support MTP (Motion to Photon) latency less than 20 ms.

This was just one thing further, we will see what are the features that Samsung has worked hard to embed in the Samsung Gear VR.

The Samsung Gear has a huge library of free and affordable apps, games, and videos which anyone with the VR can download and experience in the VR.

Going through various details of the gadget let’s review the Samsung Gear VR bit by bit.

Samsung Gear VR Design:

Samsung Gear VR Design

In the design sector, Samsung has left no stones unturned to come up with something that can be called Amazing once in the first look.

The Samsung Gear VR is wireless that utilizes the mobile phone to power up the virtual reality in the real time.

The Gear VR is very simple, sleek and elegant in design when viewed the very first moment. The superb thing about the Gear VR is that it has a perfect fit for all Samsung Flagship Galaxy smartphones. If we look at the comfortability of the VR headset then it’s A-one. The Gear VR perfectly fits our head as we can feel the comfort at the time when we wear it as it is covered with soft foam cushioning all around.

The side vents of the Gear VR headset give a different look to the headset. Samsung also revealed that it has made some modifications in the latest gear there’s more room inside the headset, it has also made improvements by making it more comfortable which might be ever so slightly nicer on-face.

With modifications, Samsung also made the Gear VR a bit lighter than the previous one’s but with an increase in the size of the gear. The side straps of the Gear are very delicately placed in the Starp holder which lead to proper handling of epic moves while experiencing virtual reality.

So in the design concern, it is completely fit & fine which will be liked by masses.

Samsung Gear VR Tweaking Display:

Samsung Gear VR display

The display of Samsung Gear VR is really super cool as it is Super AMOLED display which has a high resolution of 2,560 x 1,440-pixel. The 5.7-inch OLED display provides the users the experience which they are looking for. When a phone is placed in the gear the gear VR displays a sufficiently rich image of the objects and characters that are running on the screen of the Galaxy phones.

The display quality is quite stable whenever a user takes a turn of 360 degrees. The user can look around the complete scene freely without any interference. Although the user cannot move, lean in, or walk around with the VR even though it gives full comfort and enjoyment to all the users.

The quality in making lenses is also kept in mind. The company has placed a thin strip of plastic in between the two lenses so as to give users the comfort to watch from both the eyes in a very different way.

Samsung Gear VR Hardware Section:

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As Samsung as always knows for its hardware, likewise this time also Samsung rocked in the Hardware part. As we discussed earlier the VR headset supports MTP (Motion to Photon) latency less than 20 ms. The improved hardware has made the Gear VR lightweight.

The elasticized Velcro straps are very soft as they have wrapped around our head and the other strap from the top which in the end meets at the back of the head.

The Samsung Gear VR has a soft foam padding that comes in front of the eyes and the nose bridge makes the fit very comfortable as it is embedded with soft cushions.

The Gear VR has improved ergonomics and a newly redesigned touchpad which facilitates easier navigation in the Gear VR. The Gear VR has USB Type-C connector that is furthermore improved version than the micro USB.

In short, the Hardware part of Samsung VR Gear headset is meeting the demands of various users around the world.

Samsung Gear VR Controls & Buttons:

Samsung Gear VR buttons

The Samsung virtual reality system has something called convenient control that builds up the calibration of the user with the VR system.

The touchpad has a seamless flat navigation system that provides precision and control in the VR. The Samsung VR headset has buttons for more comfortability of the user. The Home Key button has the power to return to Oculus Home. The Back button on the right above the trackpad lets the user return to the previous menu.

All the buttons are super handy as they are just a click away.

The trackpad of Samsung VR gear headset is very smooth and is completely swipe based that helps in facilitating navigation from one object to the other.

After going through the above striking functionalities it is now clear that Samsung Gear VR is a tough competition to fight in the arena of Mobile VR Headsets.

But now let’s see the important specification in a quick session.

Resolution 2,560 x 1,440 pixels 1280 x 1440 per eye
Field of View  ~96 degrees
Refresh Rate (Hz) 60 Hz Low-persistence
Display Type Super AMOLED
Sensors Motion, Presence
Connections USB 2.0, USB 3.0
Cable Type Wireless
Hardware Platform Android
Software Platform Samsung Gear VR-powered by Oculus
Weight 312 g

Looking at the resolution of the Gear VR it is clearly visible that Samsung has really made drastic efforts to give users the experience they are expecting.

As it is Wireless and has no other complex accessories with it, the setting up of the Gear VR headset is quite easy and convenient. The Gear is just as simple as Plug & Play. Just insert your phone in the placeholder and then you’re ready to rock.

If we look at the price of the Gear VR it is not that costly and after looking at the specifications the price seems in our budget if you’re a Gear VR fan.

So, If you are Samsung Flagship user having any of these phones Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge then I would recommend you to give a try to the Samsung Gear VR Headset.

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