In this post, I would mention my top 5 smartphone Virtual Reality headsets and have all the headsets ranked in the order of their performance and quality which is listed below. Before the review, I would say that I’m not getting paid by any of these companies and all my reviews are out of interest. So without further ado let’s get started:
1. Samsung Gear VR
This VR headset was developed by team Oculus and has a field of view of 101 degrees, with the high-quality resolution and the really immersive VR experience, this headset is first on my list of recommendations. However, I would recommend it only to the Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, Galaxy S7, S7 edge users and the new Gear VR will have the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 included as well. If you have any of these Samsung phones then you can go ahead and buy the Gear VR.
Apart from the limited phone compatibility, I do not see any other major drawbacks with this VR headset making it top of the list.
Being the only headset where you cannot see the corners of the phone while you have the headset on makes it the best VR experience. I personally liked the gameplay which is really immersive!
The price of the Samsung Gear VR did fall down to $70 on Amazon and the new modified Gear VR which was released with the Note 7 is for about $99. The cost of the previous Gear VR did drop down drastically making it really difficult for me to find a reason to buy any other headset apart from the Gear VR provided you have a Samsung phone.
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Amazon Ratings : 4.2/5 (1795 customer ratings)
2. Merge VR
With a lot of thinking and a cut throat competition between the Noon VR and the Merge VR, I finally thought of giving Merge VR the second position. Apart from its exotic color, the Merge VR has a pretty good Field of View and the experience is pretty immersive. I really liked the fact that the material it is made up of is so unique that you can actually drop it without any worries of damaging any part of the VR headset making it travel-friendly.
From the exotic color to the gameplay I think the Merge VR has made its mark in the VR headset market and even in my top 5. Moving on to the price of this headset, I think it is pretty okay to be sold for $59.99 after discount which is still cheaper than the Samsung Gear VR.
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Amazon Ratings: 4/5(167 customer ratings)
3. Noon VR
Though I did see a lot of mixed reviews on this headset, I still find it much better than the other headsets that are available in the market. It does have really nice lenses and works pretty well with android as well as iPhone.However, there was a problem of pixelation but that totally depends on the resolution of your phone and not on the VR headset.
I really like the way you navigate in this headset, it works on eye tracking and you need to stare at a menu option in order to select it! You need to double tap on the front of the headset in order to go back to home menu and a single tap in order to orient the direction you are looking at.With all this said the Noon VR had to be the third one on the spot!
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Amazon Ratings: 3.4/5(122 customer ratings)
4. Google Cardboard
Even though a cheap headset, google cardboard is the real value for money and does give you a really nice taste of the VR, if you ask me why is it on the fourth position all I would say is that it is for beginners to get a taste of the VR world and would not be that great as the Samsung Gear VR!
However it does have pretty good lenses in function and the cardboard app has a lot of content compared to most of the other VR headset so I must say that Google cardboard is no less and had to be in the list for it was the first one to give VR to a wide range of audiences.
However, I do feel that it gets limited by just being a beginner’s headset else the Google Cardboard is pretty fun to use.
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Amazon Ratings: 4/5 (2396 customer ratings)
With a close run between Freefly and Homido, I really found Freefly way better as it gives a much more immersive experience than the Homido VR headset.The wide angle lenses makes this VR headset pretty cool to use and trust me it is much better than the blurry mess that is given by the Homdio VR headset.
However, in case of the Freefly the only limitation is that you cannot adjust the eye gap and that will be a real issue for people who are actually wearing specs, because they have no way to adjust the lenses.
I would recommend this product only if you are not wearing specs and do not have much prolonged use of the VR headset.However, the headset on the whole is pretty comfortable and light so that is a positive here as well.I really feel the Value for money here is sad, however you could check my full review on it and let me know if you have questions and I would be happy to help.
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Amazon Ratings:3/5 (153 customer ratings)