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Google Daydream Vs. Samsung Gear VR

One of the newer technological advents in smartphones has been virtual reality tech, although it certain didn’t start out as a polished feature. Years later, virtual reality for phones has been improved upon, quality increased and polished to the point where some really could use it on a daily basis. Not only that, but new headsets, like the Google Daydream and latest Samsung Gear VR, are making the experience a whole lot more comfortable, where someone really could sit for a couple hours playing in virtual reality.

Samsung Gear VR vs Google Daydream

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Today, we’re going to show you which one is best — the Google Daydream or Samsung’s latest Gear VR model.

Google Daydream View

If you’re looking for portability, the Google Daydream View is your go-to VR headset. It’s super compact and can easily be thrown in a carry-on bag for on the go. The one downside is that it’s primarily made out of a soft, cloth material, making it a little more difficult to clean. Still, it’s small form factor makes it a “dream” for portability.

Next, you have to decide which offers better content. Daydream is fairly new to the market, so the content is a little more varied. Still, Google has been able to get some big name brands to develop content for the Daydream, such as Hulu, YouTube VR, Need for Speed, MLB and so much more.

The experience is really good, too. The cloth is comfortable when the headset is attached, and it doesn’t feel too weighty. You could be playing for hours. And since your phone is the primary hardware source for all the VR technology, you don’t have to worry about which headset is better performance wise, since that comes down to a phone to phone thing.

Google really knocked it out of the park here, and even made the Daydream super affordable — $80 will net you your own Google Daydream headset, while the Gear VR is a tad more expensive.

Buy it now: Amazon

Gear VR

Portability isn’t necessarily the Gear VR’s strong suit. It’s much larger than the Google Daydream, thanks to its hard plastic exterior. On the other hand, you know you aren’t going to break it from a spill or drop — and it’s easier to clean! You could still throw it in your bag for the day, but know that it’s going to take up much more space and might not be nearly as comfortable for portability.

The Gear VR has some great content available for it. Samsung created this headset and platform in partnership with Oculus. That said, Oculus has been creating content for the Gear VR for years — they’ve been a step ahead of Google on this one. The Gear VR has a ton of exclusive content of its own as well. Some of the title do require a gamepad to function, such as for Minecraft Gear VR.

Comfort is a bit of an issue with the Gear VR. One of the problems with it having a much larger form factor is the whole comfort factor, especially with the phone inserted. Once it’s on your face, it can feel difficult to hold up because of all the extra weight. You can really start to feel it in your neck after a period of time.

Again, performance really isn’t something you have to worry about, although the downside to the Gear VR is that it only works with specific Samsung phones. Still, so many people have them it shouldn’t be an issue. And with the Gear VR being made specifically for them, you’re going to get the best performance/experience that way.

The Gear VR is definitely more expensive than the Google Daydream, but the Gear VR makes up for that in all the content it offers. Still, you can’t go wrong with a meager $130, as you’re still getting a high quality experience.

Buy it now: Amazon

Verdict

So, which one should you buy? If you have a Samsung phone, we definitely recommend the Gear VR to you. It’s a little more expensive (and sometimes you can get it free or at discount because of your Samsung phone), but it’s so much more worth it, simply because you get a ton more content that you just wouldn’t find on the Google Daydream — when it comes to VR headsets, content is key.

For anyone else, we’d have to recommend the Google Daydream — there really isn’t another headset out there that tops it content-wise. There’s a lot of off-brand options, but they just don’t have the content backing of a big company like Google.

No matter what headset you grab — whether that be the Google Daydream or Gear VR — you’re going to get a great VR experience.

Samsung Gear VR vs Google Daydream

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5 Best Phone Accessories For Galaxy S9

Did you just get yourself a new Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9 Plus? Then you need some new accessories to outfit your device with! Whether you’re looking to improve your selfie game, dive into the strange, but interesting world of virtual reality, or outfit your device with a new case or screen protector, there’s an accessory for you!

ProductBrandNamePrice
DJIDJI Phone Camera Gimbal OSMO MOBILE, BlackBuy on Amazon|$153(Price as of 02/18/2019 14:31 ET)
SamsungSamsung Gear VR w/Controller (2017) SMBuy on Amazon|$122.87(Price as of 02/18/2019 14:31 ET)
BoseBose SoundSport Wireless HeadphonesBuy on Amazon|$149(Price as of 02/18/2019 14:31 ET)
SamsungSamsung Gear S3 Frontier Smartwatch (Bluetooth), SM-R760NDAAXARBuy on Amazon|$264.95(Price as of 02/18/2019 14:31 ET)
SamsungSamsung Fast Charge Wireless Charging Convertible Stand BlackBuy on Amazon|$27.98(Price as of 02/18/2019 14:31 ET)

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If you follow along below, we’ll show you the absolute best accessories that you can get for your Galaxy S9. Check them out!

Gear VR Headset

Want to see what virtual reality is all about? Well, good news! Getting into virtual reality with a mobile device is fairly cheap. It’s nowhere near as pricey as an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive for your PC — you really can get into it without breaking the bank. For the Galaxy S9, we recommend picking up Samsung’s Gear VR to go along with it. Your smartphone does all the computational work for running virtual reality, but the headset and its lenses is what gives you the virtual reality perspective.

The Gear VR has a ton of great apps you can play with, too. You can play virtual reality games (there are well over 600 total apps you can test run), watch video, etc. Gets your at the link below.

Buy it now: Amazon

DJI OSMO Mobile Gimbal

Next up is the DJI OSMO Mobile Gimbal. This is a video stabilizer so that you can take cinematic-like video without getting shaky footage. Using just your hands, footage can look a little shaky when taking video. But, if you put your phone in the DJI OSMO Mobile Gimbal stabilizer, you’ll get rid of that shakiness and be able to take cinematic-like footage. This is the same sort of technology that DJI uses in their drones, and if you’ve ever seen drone footage from DJI, it’s smooth as butter.

This video stabilizer will set you back about $200, but it’s well worth it if you want your videos to come out at a movie-grade level.

Buy it now: Amazon

Samsung Gear S3

The next accessory you’re definitely going to want to get is the Gear S3. This is a professional looking smartwatch that’ll make you stand out. It has a distinctive steel bezel and has a darker looking profile, or there’s the Classic version that is a bit brighter. You connect up to your Galaxy S9 via Bluetooth, and then you’ll get all of your notifications on the smartwatch so you don’t have to pull your phone out your pocket. You can take phones calls, send emails and make payments all through the Gear S3.

Buy it now: Amazon

Samsung Convertible Wireless Charger

One thing you might want to do is pick up the Convertible Wireless Charger from Samsung for your Galaxy S9. Wires are super annoying when you’re trying to charge a device. Over the years, you harm the charging port quite a bit, and more often than not, it either needs replacing or needs a deep cleaning so it can charge properly. Now, with the Galaxy S9 being outfitted with wireless charging capabilities, you can charge it wirelessly with the Samsung Convertible Wireless Charger. It charges your phone just as fast as it would on the wire, but preserves the quality of the charging port.

Buy it now: Amazon

Bose SoundSport

Last up, you might want to consider the Bose SoundSport headphones. These are great sounding headphones for everyday use, such as podcasts, books, music, listening to movies and so on. In addition, if you want to use your Galaxy S9 for exercise sessions, such as a nice long jog or a weight session at the gym, the Bose SoundSports are great for that. They’re resistant to the elements and sweat-proof, so you don’t have to worry about ruining your headphones when you’re out during a exercise session.

In addition, they also have a special fitment so that they form to your ear and don’t fall off during your jogs. They’re some of the best headphones you can get on the market right now, and have a wireless battery life of about 6 hours. Get your hands on them below!

Buy it now: Amazon

Verdict

These are all really great accessories, so it can be hard to pick just one. However, if you want to narrow your choices down, we’d recommend getting the Samsung Wireless Charger so that you can preserve your Galaxy S9’s new USB port. We also recommend the Gear S3, which can give you an up on your professional style. If you’re into working out at all, you cannot go wrong with the Bose SoundSports either.

ProductBrandNamePrice
DJIDJI Phone Camera Gimbal OSMO MOBILE, BlackBuy on Amazon|$153(Price as of 02/18/2019 14:31 ET)
SamsungSamsung Gear VR w/Controller (2017) SMBuy on Amazon|$122.87(Price as of 02/18/2019 14:31 ET)
BoseBose SoundSport Wireless HeadphonesBuy on Amazon|$149(Price as of 02/18/2019 14:31 ET)
SamsungSamsung Gear S3 Frontier Smartwatch (Bluetooth), SM-R760NDAAXARBuy on Amazon|$264.95(Price as of 02/18/2019 14:31 ET)
SamsungSamsung Fast Charge Wireless Charging Convertible Stand BlackBuy on Amazon|$27.98(Price as of 02/18/2019 14:31 ET)

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[Deal’ Samsung Gear VR headset for $44.99

Samsung Gear VR

Samsung Gear VR

#Samsung used to bundle the #GearVR headset with initial purchases of the #GalaxyS7, S7 edge and the likes. Post this promotional period, however, customers were expected to shell out $100 to get the headset. Well, a deal on eBay is now letting you get the Gear VR for just $44.99. This is a sizable discount on the usual asking price, making it well worth your attention.

The listing claims that this particular model is compatible with the Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, the Galaxy Note 5, the Galaxy S7, and the S7 edge. So the compatibility list is pretty long here. The Gear VR will be compatible if you purchased a Galaxy flagship launched last year or this one.

As for the features of the Gear VR, Samsung provides a wide range of content specifically curated for the virtual reality platform. There are a handful of games and other activities that users can choose from, so there will never be a dull moment.

Check out the Gear VR deal from eBay’s link here!

[Deal] Samsung Gear VR for $59.99

Samsung Gear VR

Samsung Gear VR

Samsung’s Gear VR headset (from last year) is now up for grabs via eBay for just $59.99. This usually sells for about $100, so you’re saving quite a bit here. There’s no telling how long the pricing will remain valid, so it makes sense to grab the product while you still can. The Gear VR here is compatible with the Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, Galaxy S7 and the S7 edge, so there are quite a lot of devices in the compatibility list here.

As for what you can do with the headset, well, the possibilities are endless. Given how quickly VR content is being added by Samsung and its developers, you couldn’t have picked a better time to invest in the Gear VR and the company’s vast VR ecosystem. The headset was only made in one color, so you don’t have much of a say in that area.

Interested? Hit the link below for more details.

Get the Samsung Gear VR for just $59.99 on eBay!

[Deal] Samsung Gear VR for $59.99

Samsung Gear VR

Samsung Gear VR

You can now get Samsung’s Gear VR headset for just $59.99 courtesy of Amazon. This headset usually sells for $100, which makes this a pretty decent deal. Bear in mind, this is not the latest version of the Gear VR that was launched by Samsung, which means it won’t be compatible with the Galaxy Note 7. However, the headset will still work with the Galaxy Note 5, the Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+ as well as the Galaxy S7 and the S7 edge.

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It must be noted that the headset was being offered for free with early pre-orders of the Galaxy flagships earlier this year, so it’s likely that most of you already have one of these with you. But if you happened to have purchased either of the aforementioned phones recently and missed out on the promo, make sure you give this deal a closer look.

We must mention that this is a limited period promotion, so you don’t have much time to make up your mind. Make sure you head over to Amazon in order to snatch this up.

PSA: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and the new Gear VR now available in the U.S.

Galaxy Note 7

Galaxy Note 7

As you know, it’s August 19 today, which formally marks the arrival of the #GalaxyNote7 in the U.S. Surprisingly, T-Mobile has already fulfilled some of its pre-orders as early as yesterday, so the actual launch is merely a formality.

Along with the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung is also launching the new Gear VR headset. Unlike the Galaxy S7 promo earlier this year, the Gear VR will not be offered for free and customers will have to shell out $99.99. However, it’s likely that some retailer probably has a bundle available, so make sure you check with your retailer before grabbing the Gear VR separately. But if you’ve already bought it, I’m afraid you will have to shell out the full $99.99 for the headset.

There seems to be some shortage in the Blue Coral variant of the Galaxy Note 7, so you might have to wait longer than expected if you pre-ordered this particular model.

Have you received your Galaxy Note 7 yet?

Upcoming Gear VR headset spotted in a press render

New Gear VR

New Gear VR

Yesterday, a leak revealed the existence of a new #Samsung #GearVR headset. While we were skeptical about it, a newer leak has confirmed that there was no reason to be. What we’re seeing here is the press rendering of the new Gear VR headset, although it’s not coming directly from Samsung. The image was posted by OnLeaks, who has gained a reputation for revealing devices ahead of their schedule, kind of like @evleaks a.k.a Evan Blass.

As for the headset, there’s not much we can tell apart from the fact that it will be all black. Previous iterations of the Gear VR had a mixture of Black and White, which seems to be gone. There’s Oculus branding on the side, which is no surprise, and the design appears to be pretty much the same. It is possible that this version of the headset could be catered for the upcoming Galaxy Note 7 flagship, which is set for an unveiling on Tuesday.

For now, this image is all that we have to go with, but we expect more details to follow over the coming days.

Source: Nowhereelse.fr – Translated

Is this the new Samsung Gear VR headset?

New Gear VR

#Samsung has big ambitions in the virtual reality arena. Rumors have already suggested that the company will be launching next year’s Galaxy S8 flagship with a VR supported 4K resolution display. We all know that the company is going to unveil the Gear S3 wearable in September. But could there be a new VR headset in the mix too?

Well, a new leaked image has now surfaced, which shows a rather different version of the Gear VR. It is being speculated that this is the next major refresh of the headset. Since we’re barely a month away from the IFA 2016 event, it’s safe to assume that the device will be showcased there. The Galaxy Note 7 will be about two weeks old in the market by then as well, so the company can’t ask for a better time to release the headset.

However, since this is a leak, we must take it with a pinch of salt as nothing has been confirmed. Do you think this is the real deal? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: PhonesReview

Via: Android Headlines

[Deal] Samsung Gear VR for $79.99

Gear VR - T-Mobile

Gear VR - T-Mobile

The #Samsung #GearVR headset can now be yours for just $79.99 from eBay. This is very decent saving on the headset and can get you started on Samsung’s freshly compiled VR content. Virtual Reality is going to be one of the major innovations in the years to come and Samsung has a front row seat with its products.

The Gear VR is only compatible with the Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, Galaxy Note 5 as well as the Galaxy S7 and the S7 edge. So make sure you give this deal a very close look if you own any of the 2015 or 2016 Samsung flagships. Since the compatibility list is very limited, non-Samsung device owners will not be able to benefit from this particular deal.

The deal has been running throughout the day so it probably won’t be long before the stocks run out. Keeping that in mind, we urge you to hurry.

Get the Samsung Gear VR for just $79.99 from eBay!

Customers who got the Verizon Galaxy S7 might have to wait slightly longer for their free Gear VR or Gear S2

Gear VR - T-Mobile

Gear VR - T-Mobile

Did you pre-order the #Verizon #GalaxyS7 or #GalaxyS7edge and still haven’t received the free #GearVR headset? Well, you might not be alone as there appears to be a slight delay in the shipments of the Gear VR and/or Gear S2 headsets for customers who pre-ordered the aforementioned smartphones via Big Red.

If you recall, Verizon’s promotion involved offering customers a free unit of the Samsung Gear VR or the Gear S2 when they pre-order the smartphones before the 18th of March.

The carrier has now clarified that there is a delay in the shipments of the freebies due to heavy demand. If you’re not particularly patient to wait for your freebie to arrive, you can opt to get a $100 Samsung.com coupon instead, which is pretty decent on Samsung’s part.

Here’s what Samsung had to say – “Due to the high level of interest in the Gear VR promotion, delivery times for Gear VR and Gear S2 are now extending into May and potentially Summer 2016. You have the choice of submitting for the Gear VR or Gear S2 on delayed shipment or a $100 coupon code towards a purchase of any product category on Samsung.com.”

So are you going to wait for your freebie or claim the $100 instead? Let us know in the comments section below.

Source: Samsung Promotions

Via: Droid Life

[Deal] Refurb Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition for $79.99

Samsung Gear VR

Samsung Gear VR

The #Samsung #GearVR was being offered for free with the pre-orders of the #GalaxyS7 and the #GalaxyS7edge. However, older Galaxy flagship owners still have to purchase a new unit in order to get in on the virtual reality action. And for those users, a deal on eBay should come across as attractive. A manufacturer refurbished unit of the Gear VR is being offered for $79.99 thanks to a new deal.

But given that you’re saving $20 on the standard asking price, that’s not much of a sacrifice. The Gear VR Innovator Edition is compatible with the Galaxy S6 as well as the Galaxy S6 edge. With Samsung partnering with a bunch of providers to bring special VR content, the Gear VR is an excellent investment at this point.

Make sure you hit the link below for more details on the deal. Stocks might run out soon, so make sure you hurry.

Get the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition for just $79.99 from eBay!

Customers who pre-ordered the Galaxy S7 or S7 edge can now claim their free Gear VR

Gear VR - T-Mobile

Gear VR - T-Mobile

The #Samsung #GalaxyS7 and the #GalaxyS7edge went up on pre-order last week, with reports suggesting that it has already broken new records. If you recall, Samsung promised to offer a unit of the Gear VR headset for every pre-order of the newly launched flagships. And sticking to its word, the company is now starting to send out those units. All you have to do it give out the details of your purchase on the Samsung Promotions page and you’re all set.

Galaxy S7 - Gear VR

Customers will have to pick the carrier or retailer that they purchased the headset from and the company will tell you what freebie you’re eligible to receive. Samsung mentions that Gear VR units have already been shipped, so it should arrive on your doorsteps any day now. The Gear VR is only compatible with a handful of Samsung Galaxy flagships, so this is a nice little perk offered by the company to early bird customers of the two flagships.

While pre-orders have been live for a week now, the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge will start shipping out to the customers by March 11. Have you pre-ordered either of the two flagships? Head over to the link below for more details.

Source: Samsung Promotions

Samsung to offer a 360 degree livestream of its Galaxy S7 event

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7

A new report has mentioned that #Samsung will livestream its #GalaxyS7 event in 360 degrees, giving users an immersive experience of the unveiling. Naturally, not everyone can be physically present in Barcelona when the company makes the announcement this Sunday, so this will allow users who are watching the livestream online to get a feel of the place.

The Galaxy S7 and the S7 edge have leaked out extensively so far, so there’s barely anything we don’t know about the handset. A new leak mentioned that the smartphone would pack an always-on display, while Samsung was kind enough to confirm that its flagship will be water resistant.

We’re just a little over 48 hours from the announcement of the flagship, so more should be revealed over the coming days. The smartphone is expected to use its own silicon along with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 SoC. Further, a newer revelation has suggested that the Galaxy S7 edge might be slightly larger in size than the Galaxy S7, which is interesting.

Via: Engadget

Samsung could bundle Gear VR headset with Galaxy S7 pre-orders

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7

A new report mentions that the #Samsung #GalaxyS7 pre-orders could be rewarded with a Gear VR headset. This sounds like something that Samsung would do, so we have no reason to doubt these claims. Last year, we saw the company bundling its wireless charging pad with the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge, so offering a VR headset this time around makes sense.

Given that VR is currently on the rise, it would give new users a head start on the technology. It is currently believed that Samsung will offer the Gear VR headset for orders made between 21st of February and 10th of March. But this revelation was made in the Netherlands, so we’re not sure if the company will have similar promotions running on a global level as well.

The Galaxy S7 and the S7 edge are expected to be shown off on the 21st of February. There’s already plenty of speculation about the hardware that the device will be packing and it will be interesting to see if the company will manage to live up to the hype.

Source: AndroidWorld.nl – Translated