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Samsung Gear VR SM-R323 (2016)

Samsung Gear VR SM-R323 (2016)
alaScore 96

18 reviews

Oct, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 reviews of Samsung Gear VR SM-R323 (2016). The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.4/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Samsung Gear VR SM-R323 (2016) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Rik Henderson (pocket-lint.com)

5 reasons why the new Samsung Gear VR (2016) is the best mobile headset by far - Pocket-lint

 

As well as triumphantly reveal what could be the best large-sized phone we've ever seen, Samsung also revealed a new Gear VR headset during its Unpacked

Even though many predicted 2016 to be the year of VR it has failed to ignite the interest expected. Oculus shipping delays and HTC Vive pricing have both served to ensure full, high-end virtual reality's uptake is slow.

Aug, 2016

Expert review by: Scott Stein (cnet.co.uk)

Samsung Gear VR (2016) review

 

I remember putting the Samsung Gear VR on my face and being blown away by the experiences it created. It was my first take-home doorway into virtual reality. That was December, 2014 .

Affordable. Easy to attach. Great audio-visual quality for a phone-based VR accessory. A growing library of apps and games. This model is more comfortable than earlier versions, and you can charge the phone while using it.

Only works with a specific collection of Samsung phones. Oculus PC game and app library isn't cross-compatible with Android or Google Cardboard VR ecosystems. Lacks the positional awareness of PC-based VR rigs. Limited inputs mean it's less immersive...

The latest Gear VR adds compatibility with Samsung's latest phones and cements its position as the best mobile VR product right now.

Aug, 2016

Expert review by: (stuff.tv)

Samsung Gear VR (2016) hands-on review

 

A fresh new look, wider view and USB-C means the Gear VR still rules the roost for mobile VR

Aug, 2016

Expert review by: Scott Stein (cnet.com)

Samsung Gear VR (2016) review

 

I remember putting the Samsung Gear VR on my face and being blown away by the experiences it created. It was my first take-home doorway into virtual reality. That was December, 2014 .

Affordable. Easy to attach. Great audio-visual quality for a phone-based VR accessory. A growing library of apps and games. This model is more comfortable than earlier versions, and you can charge the phone while using it.

Only works with a specific collection of Samsung phones. Oculus PC game and app library isn't cross-compatible with Android or Google Cardboard VR ecosystems. Lacks the positional awareness of PC-based VR rigs. Limited inputs mean it's less immersive...

The latest Gear VR adds compatibility with Samsung's latest phones and cements its position as the best mobile VR product right now.

Aug, 2016

Expert review by: Will Greenwald (pcmag.com)

Samsung Gear VR (2016)

 

The latest Samsung Gear VR headset lets you experience virtual reality on the Galaxy Note 7, along with most other recent Galaxy smartphones.

Easy setup. Comfortable. Relatively inexpensive.

Not as visually impressive or technically powerful as PC-based headsets. No charging cable included.

Conclusions The new Samsung Gear VR is a functional, accessible, and affordable way to play with VR if you have a compatible Galaxy phone, and anyone with even a passing interest in VR should seriously consider giving it a shot. Outside of the USB-C...

Aug, 2016

Expert review by: Scott Stein (cnet.com.au)

Samsung's new Gear VR is still the best virtual reality for your phone

 

I remember putting the Samsung Gear VR on my face and being blown away by the experiences it created. It was my first take-home doorway into virtual reality. That was December, 2014.

Affordable. Easy to attach. Great audio-visual quality for a phone-based VR accessory. A growing library of apps and games. This model is more comfortable than earlier versions, and you can charge the phone while using it

Only works with a specific collection of Samsung phones. Oculus PC game and app library isn't cross-compatible with Android or Google Cardboard VR ecosystems. Lacks the positional awareness of PC-based VR rigs. Limited inputs mean it's less immersive...

The latest Gear VR adds compatibility with Samsung's latest phones and cements its position as the best mobile VR product right now.

Aug, 2016

Expert review by: Stephen S. (phonearena.com)

Samsung Gear VR 2016 Review

 

Smartphone users are all too used to balancing questions of cost and functionality: do you get the $250 budget phone that's fine for basic web and social apps, or splurge on the $750 flagship with the next-gen processor ready to tear right through the...

Far superior experience to Google Cardboard ; Generally comfortable to wear (some nose-cushion issues notwithstanding) ; Focus adjustment supports users in need of corrective lenses ; Accessible, well done UI

Limited selection of apps (and pricy ones at that) ; Picture has a tendency to fog up ; Cushioning should be more adjustable ; Stuttering, jerky performance detracts form VR effect

Aug, 2016

Expert review by: Brighthand Staff (brighthand)

Samsung Gear VR (2016) Review

 

This updated version of Samsung's virtual reality headset hasn't changed much. But the addition of a USB Type-C port and improved field of view might just make a huge difference to Samsung's Galaxy lineup.

Improved lightweight design ; Cordless and easy to use ; Diverse array of content ; Improved lightweight design ; Cordless and easy to use ; Diverse array of content

Gamepad greatly improves the experience ; Walled Garden ; No killer app ; Gamepad greatly improves the experience ; Walled Garden ; No killer app

However, for all of its improvements, the Samsung Gear VR still feels like a novelty item. It’s a fun novelty item with tons of interactive immersive apps, but there’s not much I could truly see myself returning to time and time again.

Sep, 2016

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Expert review by: Sherri L. Smith (tomsguide.com)

Samsung Gear VR (2016) Review

 

When it launched back in 2015, the Samsung Gear VR immediately rose to the top of the pile as the best mobile device for virtual reality. A year later, Samsung didn't reinvent the wheel — they just refined it, adding a sleeker, more comfortable design...

Sleeker, more comfortable design ; Very affordable ; Backwards compatibility with older Galaxy smartphones ; Wider field of view adds to immersion ; Improved app-store interface

Lacks integrated audio

The updated Samsung Gear VR delivers a more immersive experience with even more high-quality games and apps, all in a sleeker, more comfortable headset.

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: (androidcentral.com)

Samsung Gear VR 2016 review: a master class in refinement

 

A refresh to the MicroUSB-only Gear VR was a requirement in order to successfully launch a USB Type-C Galaxy Note 7, but Samsung took this opportunity to refine much more than just the power port.

Samsung could have easily released the exact same Gear VR we already had with a USB-C port and Note 7 users would have been just as happy. The change had to happen, Samsung needed to support USB Type-C, and having a phone as amazing as the Note 7...

Aug, 2016
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Product Specifications

Features

Accelerometer:Y
Colour of product:Black, Blue
Construction type:Smartphone-based
Gyroscope:Y
Proximity sensor:Y
Type:Smartphone-based head mounted display
Viewing angle:101

Ports & interfaces

Card reader integrated:N
USB connector type:Micro-USB, USB Type-C

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:122.5
Height :98.6
Weight:345
Width:207.8