Samsung Gear VR Virtual Reality Headset

Best Virtual Reality Headset for Android Users

Why people love it
  • Works beautifully with any high-end Samsung smartphone
  • Excellent fit; very comfortable and lightweight
  • Especially good for gaming

Designed with Android apps and OS in mind, fully wireless, top-notch head movement tracking, wide field of view, and best of all - affordable.

ONLY compatible with Android phones and users report limited battery life.



If you're an Android-only person, this is the VR unit for you. Designed by Samsung to be compatible with Samsung and other Android devices, the headset offers a fully wireless design that sits comfortably on your head and weighs surprisingly little. While the resolution of the display is not as good as it should be, you'll find that it's wonderful for playing games on your Android device. With an extensive content library, it's one of the most versatile of the headsets.

Graphics are not as good as they should be, and there is the "screen door effect" with a bit of pixelation. However, the wide variety of available content (via the smartphone's game, movie, and TV apps) will take your mind off the iffy resolution. It excels at gaming, and all of the smartphone games feel much more immersive and interactive thanks to this device.

Be warned: take off the unit every 30 to 45 minutes to give your eyes a break and prevent motion sickness.


You can't use it with any other phones, but you'll find that it fits any high-end Samsung smartphone (Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, Note 5). Simply insert the phone into the micro USB dock, lock it in place, and you're ready to start watching or gaming. The dock is adjustable to fit larger smartphones. The touchpad on your right temple makes it easy to control the device on your phone, and the controls feel intuitive and responsive.

The VR unit will drain your phone's battery drastically (20% per hour, give or take), so be aware of that when playing. If you leave the phone connected to the VR casing for too long, it can overheat.


At $100, this is one of the best-priced virtual reality kts around. It's only good for Samsung users, but for the price, it does an amazing job of projecting you into another dimension of gaming and movie/TV watching.

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