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Samsung Gear VR review

Samsung and Oculus have taken virtual reality and made it something fascinating, new, and reasonably priced.

Virtual reality is not a new idea. For $ 2 and a splitting headache afterwards, a kiosk in the mall I went to as a teen would let me play Quake 3 Arena with an awkward helmet over a mouse and keyboard. The aim for VR has always been to try and make the hardware affordable enough for hard-core gamers  [Read More…]

Two months on: A long-term look at the Samsung Gear S2

Amongst a bunch of superfluous stuff, Samsung has a smartwatch concept that actually works. And in many ways, the Gear S2 is a strong challenger to Google in its own wearable ecosystem.

Every year is supposed to be the year of the smartwatch. Yet with each generation of products it becomes clearer that we’re only just working out what a wrist computer is supposed to do. One approach to wearables has been to start from smartphone  [Read More…]

What’s that yellow dot on my Gear S2 watch face?

The most recent update for Samsung’s Gear S2 smartwatch added a couple of new apps and performance improvements. However there’s one subtle change in the latest Gear firmware that’s not entirely obvious at first. You might occasionally notice a small yellow circular marker on the right-hand side of your watch face. Sometimes it’s there, sometimes it’s not. So what’s going on?

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A beginner’s guide to the Samsung Gear VR

The Samsung Gear VR is finally coming to a retailer near you. So if you’ve had an eye for this fantastic VR headset, or you know somebody who has, this is the guide for you. We’ll give you the details on getting started, watching movies, and even a few great accessories. You might want to check out how smartphone-based VR works before diving into the full guide.

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From innovator to retail release: Samsung’s Gear VR headset is a big step forward

Did Samsung follow through with their promise to deliver a better, more streamlined VR headset? Yes, and it did it well.

When it comes to virtual reality, products have been bursting onto the scene and making a serious splash all year long. Whether it’s been Google Cardboard or the not yet released HTC Vive there has been plenty of talk. With good reason too, as VR has given us some excellent new ways to view our  [Read More…]

Five things you need to know about the Samsung Gear VR

Samsung has been working with the biggest name in virtual reality for over two years to bring a little bit of the virtual world to your smartphone, and with the Samsung Gear VR that experience is finally consumer-ready. Anyone who has been following the development of this and related VR accessories for smartphones knows there are a lot of exciting things happening right now in this space, and that can make choosing which one to spend money  [Read More…]

Samsung’s Gear VR Web browser has exactly 1 useful function

Why would you bother with a browser in VR? That’s a good question. And the answer is YouTube, and 360-degree video.

Much in the same way that so many of us rolled our eyes when web browsers were sideloaded on early Android Wear watches, news that Samsung was released a web browser to the Oculus Store for the Gear VR seemed a little off. You have to put your phone — which in this case has  [Read More…]

Where to buy the Samsung Gear VR, the $99 virtual reality headset

Samsung has been working with VR heavyweight Oculus for quite a while now, and while the promise of a VR headset for Samsung phones has been compelling it’s also been mostly a developer kit until now. The Samsung Gear VR marks Samsung and Oculus finally making this smartphone-based VR experience something everyone with a Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy Note 5, and Galaxy S6 edge+ should check out, and if you’re on that list you  [Read More…]

Samsung Gear VR lands in the UK for £80

Samsung’s Gear VR is now available for purchase in the UK. The Frost White edition is on sale from Samsung’s online store for £80 ($ 124), with the manufacturer mentioning that O2 will carry the headset from early 2016.

Sex and drugs and Gear VR

Samsung’s Gear VR isn’t really meant for children for any number of reasons — but especially because of a few pieces of suggested sample content.

It’s not always easy being an early adopter. Sometimes you’re testing new gadgets in the safety and comfort and solitude of an office. Other times you’re standing in your bedroom at 8 p.m. — face firmly hidden behind the new Samsung Gear VR — while your wife’s helping the kids with homework. Or  [Read More…]