What is the best VR headset for Android devices?

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Although VR has embraced both Androids and iPhones, the cultural reality of smartphones is far more polarising. You’re either in camp Android or camp iPhone, and this doesn’t look like changing any time soon!

So, if you’ve resisted the lure of Apple products and are looking for the best VR headset for Android devices, look no further – we’ve gathered together some of the very best headsets that are compatible with Android devices. Take a look!

Samsung Gear VR

Although the Samsung Gear VR headset is limited in terms of Android devices (it’s compatible with just the Samsung Galaxy ‘S’ range), you won’t regret investing in this headset. It pushes the boundaries of virtual reality with its 96-degree field of view, state of the art accelerometer, proximity centre and so much more. All at a meagre weight of 318 grams! The controller is an absolute joy to use, completely ergonomic and user-friendly. The design, meanwhile, is aesthetically pleasing with a lightweight yet reliable (sturdy) feel. The ‘orchid grey’ colour is very easy on the eye, too.

You’ll also have access to over 1,000 games and apps so you’ll have plenty to play about with. Plus, if you already have a compatible Samsung smartphone then you’re pretty much set!

Which phones are VR compatible?

There are multiple models of Gear VR, but these are our favourites:

Samsung Gear VR SM-R320: This model is compatible with all variants of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

Samsung Gear VR SM-321: This model is compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.

Google Daydream View

Back in 2016, when the Google Daydream View debuted, its unique design (shaped a little like a pill) and affordable price tag courted attention from all corners of the VR world. The only drawbacks, however, were the limited content offering and the relatively small (90-degrees) field of view.

2017 saw a major rehashing of the Google Daydream View, boosting the 30 game titles to an impressive 200 and the 90-degree field of view to an expansive 100 (10-degrees might not sound like much but it makes a difference). This headset also has a fantastic battery life, lasting up to 12 hours on a variety of phones.

Which phones are VR compatible?

Here are the phones compatible with the Google Daydream View:

  • Google Pixel 2
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8
  • LG V30
  • Motorola Z2 Force
  • Huawei Porsche Design Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro
  • ZTE Axon 7
  • Motorola Moto Z and Moto Z Force
  • ASUS ZenFone AR

Google Cardboard

This is VR at its simplest, which is why the Google Cardboard is so good. It’s, of course, low-cost and it’s pleasing to know that you’re not paying for something that has lots of different parts (a lot of VR packages get increasingly complex with every release). 

The Google Cardboard relies on the quality of smartphone you’re using, so you want a phone with higher pixel density so that the Google Cardboard’s lenses will better magnify the phone’s display. Prioritise this, and you’ll have the best time using Google Cardboard.

Finally, the Google Cardboard software is really easy to use and gives you a wide variety of games, apps, and VR experiences (Google Street View is so much better with Google Cardboard).

Which phones are VR compatible with Google Cardboard?

You’ll be hard pushed to find an Android phone that is not compatible with the Google Cardboard! Here are a few of the more well-known compatible models: Google Pixel 2, HTC One (the whole range), Motorola Moto Z, Samsung Galaxy (the whole range), and the Sony Xperia models.

Merge VR

With a very affordable price point compared to the majority of other headsets, the Merge VR is a favoured choice for children and those of the clumsier persuasion. This headset is really well-built and will withstand a bit of knocking about! It does have a few tricks up its sleeves, too: there is a range of colours available (from soda pop grape and fuschia to turquoise and banana yellow), and it’s compatible with numerous applications like the Google Play Store and its selection of VR apps.

You’ll be pleased to hear that it’s water and shock resistant, too!

Which phones are VR compatible with the Merge VR?

The following Android phones are compatible with the Merge VR (according to Merge, most Android devices sold within the last two years will be compatible but may not use the more advanced VR technology to their fullest potential).

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 (and its newer models)
  • HTC M8 (and its newer models)
  • LG G4 (and its newer models)

Which headset will you go for?

Whichever headset you do go for, you’ll want to protect them. Our vast range of waterproof and dustproof VR cases are just the ticket, take a look.

In the meantime, keep an eye on our blog for VR-related news and tidbits.

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