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Samsung Gear VR (2016)

1222 reviews
The Samsung Gear VR is easy to set up and use, even for beginners
The VR headset is compatible with a Samsung handheld controller for more immersive experience.
The VR apps available, such as "Face Your Fears", offer a variety of interactive experiences
The "No Screen Off" app can be used to prevent the phone screen from shutting off while using the VR headset
Limited availability of VR content
Compatibility issues with Google Cardboard content
Some Gear VR content not functioning properly
Motion sickness induced by certain apps
Inconsistent performance with locked or unlocked phones from Sprint due to Facebook code installed on the phones
Difficulty in setting up the device and getting the software to work, even for an IT professional
Limited use for non-gamers due to low-quality virtual tours and videos
Inability to download virtual tours, limiting the user's ability to use the device for their intended purpose
Average Product Score
4.1 / 51222 *


Transform your Samsung Galaxy smartphone into a wireless virtual reality device with an easy-to-use touch pad featuring dedicated back and home buttons. Experience immersive gaming, video, and images with a wide field of view, precise head-tracking, and low latency. This device is equipped with an accelerometer, gyrometer, and proximity detection and is compatible with Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 edge

Positive summary

Samsung Gear VR: A Fun and User-Friendly Introduction to Virtual Reality
This Samsung Gear VR is an excellent purchase for anyone, including those who are new to gaming and virtual reality. Even a great-grandma is having a blast playing with it! While there are some challenges with learning to control hand movements and avoiding certain experiences that can cause headaches and nausea, these issues can be resolved with some adjustments and by avoiding certain apps. The "No Screen Off" app is also recommended to prevent the phone screen from shutting off during use. Overall, this reviewer highly recommends the Samsung Gear VR.

Negative summary

Sprint-locked phones make Oculus almost impossible to use
The Oculus Gear VR is a frustrating and disappointing experience for users with Sprint phones, as Sprint has installed Facebook code that makes it almost impossible to load the Oculus software. Even for IT professionals, it takes days to get the software up and running, and the device frequently fails to recognize that the Gear VR software is already installed. While there is an initial "wow factor" to the device, it falls short for those who want to use it for virtual tours or flying videos, as the tech is not up to par and the pictures are grainy and start and stop frequently. Overall, the Oculus Gear VR is not worth the time or money, and users should not waste their efforts on trying to make it work.
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