Amazon has always been a fantastic retailer for finding more niche tech offerings. Sometimes its worth going with a specialist as opposed to a generic manufacturer … and this can also be the case when it comes to virtual reality headsets. Lets face it we can’t all afford the premium headset brands such as Oculus Rift or PlayStation VR but we still want to enjoy the thrills of virtual reality. As such the following article will review some of the top VR headsets on Amazon for your smartphone. Many of these headsets are similar to each other in quality and build but there are some special ones worth considering and as such TheRealitySandwich team have picked out five of their favourite VR headsets currently on sale on Amazon.
So in descending order of rating we’ve got …
This is still our favourite buy. Continuing to receive positive reviews on Amazon it should be high on your consideration list. When heavy-weight tech giants like Samsung get involved in virtual reality you know they’re going to create something special and that’s exactly what they did with the Samsung Gear. This is certainly the most polished VR headset we’ve seen and it’s no surprise its the number one best seller in the mobile internet devices section. Overall the Gear is very comfortable and comes with two straps and adequate padding so its perfect for lengthy periods of game play. There is a track pad along with volume controls which is used for gaming input. Accuracy of head motion/ tracking is also an important feature in virtual reality and the Gear features both an accurate gyroscope and accelerometer. Make sure you find out if your Samsung device is compatible with the Gear before buying.
Here are some genuine purchaser quotes from Amazon “The display of the S6 edge plus is 2560 x 1440 pixels; this is the highest resolution I have seen available for VR use today. By comparison, the PC version of the Oculus Rift, is only 1920×1080 pixels”, “It is a great product for such an affordable price. The foam padding is very comfortable and the motion sensors are very responsive”.
You’ve probably not heard of Homido before but let us tell you these guys are experts in VR headsets. Their latest model is 100% 3D compatible, so you can watch the latest movies and play great mobile VR games. Arguably one of their most impressive features is being able to watch 360 degree spherical videos. From diving in the sea through flying in the air this video functionality really immerses you into the action. Thankfully the distance between the two lenses can be adjusted to adapt to your eyes however there are 3 setting for glasses wearers. Overall Homido have tried to make it the most pleasurable experience to don a headset and we think they’ve succeeded. Their package also comes with lens caps, cleaning cloth and carry case.
Here are some quotes from Amazon “The Homido is well built and maintains extreme lightness”. “I had never tried VR and what an experience! I would definitely recommend Homido if your looking for a VR experience”.
Freefly have certainly covered off all the areas when it comes to virtual reality headsets. They’ve made their headset comfortable, practical and easy to use. Each Freefly Vr comes with easy-to-adjust straps, bluetooth wireless controller including joystick, hard carry case and cleaning cloth. Freefly VR is also one of only a few that don’t have issues with light leakage. There are however a couple of downsides to Freefly and they are the fact that lenses cannot be calibrated or adjusted (so if you wear glasses its not for you) and it can experience fogging from time to time.
Following are quotes on Amazon for verified purchases “Great quality materials, comfortable, easily adjusts to fit any phone, controller and case also add value”. “Good quality headset, all you need is a bit of Rainx to help prevent, the lenses steaming up”.
Although Pasonomi® are fairly new to the virtual headset scene they’ve created some good-looking gear. The headset can be used with Google Cardboard and compatible with smartphones from 4-6 inches in length including the iPhone. The Pasonomi uses ABS and spherical resin lenses to help prevent you feeling dizzy. To help with comfort there is a T-shaped adjustable strap so it isn’t too tight around the eye area. In addition the headset offers adjustable pupil and sight distance giving you a viewing angle between 70 – 80 degrees.
Here’s a couple of quotes from Amazon “The handset is quite good and sturdy for the price”, “As you are able to adjust the angle of the phone and also the horizontal position this should cater for most people.”
The Defairy Company are another strong contender in the manufacture of headsets. They make quite a few different versions but we’ll look at their professional model. As expected its fully compliant with the latest smart phones and looks like a stylish gadget. Unlike some other models the Defairy is one of the lightest which means you can wear it for longer and still remain comfortable. The lenses can be adjusted both in the pupil and focal ranges. Like the Desktek it also comes with a blue tooth remote controller giving you quick and easy access to apps.
Here are some quotes from Amazon customers: “This headset is made to a very good quality, it is well padded and gives good support”, “I like the way you can insert the phone just by magnetically opening up the front of the VR headset, this is much easier than having to strap the phone into position like you need to with some headsets”.
As you can see there are multiple headsets to choose from and the list available in Amazon will keep on growing. We will continue to bring you all the latest reviews and news on virtual reality.