*I received this product in exchange for my honest review.*
If you have never heard of the Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Headset, let me introduce you! I got this headset from BrizTech Ltd on Amazon. It is sold for $6.99 with free shipping if you have prime. You get this nifty little box that includes the cardboard that is numbered to help you build your own headset. Plus a strap to apply for easy wearing. This neat little product is basically Virtual Reality on a budget!
Here is how it works. You select your app and then place your phone face down like shown. Then you close the top which attaches by Velcro and you are good to go. You can attach the strap that came with it or choose not to use it. It is also attached using Velcro. I attached mine but don’t use it every time.
As far as the apps go, I have had issues finding the correct ones for the headset I have. There are some apps out there that require you to be able to push a button which this headset doesn’t allow. My biggest issue with it is that they didn’t include information with it. You can sync your device for optimal performance and there is a site listed on the headset on where to go for that and you scan in a picture on the other side to sync. So for me the confusion on what to do was really irritating starting out.
Now, lets get down to the details.
This is how it comes, you have to assemble the headset yourself but it is numbered which helps. I ended up finding a YouTube video to help me out because apparently I am NOT smarter than the cardboard! With the video, assembly was a breeze. I did have issues with the side tab not wanting to stay in place, but it was nothing a little super glue couldn’t fix. Aside from those two things structurally this product is actually very sturdy considering it is cardboard.
Here it is all put together! As you can see there are two lenses and a place for your nose. For me after a while it did start to become uncomfortable around my nose, but it is cardboard so I didn’t expect it to be super comfortable in the first place. Its just a minor annoyance really and doesn’t make me not want to use it or enjoy it any less.
As you can see in the picture the 5 tab still doesn’t like to do what it is told but thankfully it hasn’t caused any issues with any apps so far. Once I put my phone in and close the top it seems to keep it in place just fine. Of the apps I tried, most have been decent. Some are scary and with how immersed you feel once you put the headset on its a really great and crazy experience for sure. There is a featured app page for cardboard apps you can check out if you have this or if you do get it. Its a great place to start when trying to find compatible apps. I will list a few that I have tried and know will work and if anyone has any suggestions or knows of any other please let me know!
Cardboard – Cardboard puts virtual reality on your smartphone. The Cardboard app helps you launch your favorite VR experiences, discover new apps, and set up a viewer. Also comes with 6 demos as well, Earth, Tour Guide, My Videos, Exhibit, Photo Sphere, and Windy Day. (I haven’t played around with this one a whole lot yet so will update when I do.)
Lost In The Kismet – This one is a room escape game and I liked it just wish there were more rooms. There is only one right now but hoping they add more soon.
VR Bike – You ride a motorcycle on this one and try to not wreck while in traffic. It’s ok but not great. It may just be that I dont like it because I suck at it but either way its not my favorite!
VR Roller Coaster – This one is ok, I think my kids like it a lot more than I do but it was pretty neat the first time for sure. You just keep going around the same roller coaster so does get a bit old.
Sisters – This one is a scary one so if you like to be spooked you should check it out! That is all I will say so as not to give anything away. It is just the one time though and so like the room escape I wish they would add more things to it so that it wasn’t just a couple time use app.
Battle360VR – Play as an anti-aircraft gunner and defend your warship from fierce airborne attacks. (This one is ok but I suck pretty bad at it lol. My husband liked it though!)
Cardboard Maze – I gave up after like 5 minutes because I couldn’t figure it out but plan to try again at some point. I am not sure if it is just me or if its really that hard to find your way out but I just couldn’t figure it out!
Vanguard V – Vanguard V is a fast-paced 3rd person rail shooter. (It was interesting but not amazing, I wasn’t sure if I was doing it right and I was definitely horrible at flying based off of how many things I smashed into along the way! I plan to keep trying to get the hang of it though because it isn’t a bad game.)
Overall I am very excited about this and think that $6.99 is well worth what you are getting in return. I have a Samsung Galaxy S5 and it fit just fine. I am sure a smaller sized phone would fit better but I think once you sync your device it adjusts to work with whatever phone you have. Having this one makes me want to purchase one of the other not so cheap versions out there but until then this will definitely do!
Have you tried the Google Cardboard Virtual Headset? If so how are you liking it? Any great app suggestions? Let us know what you think!
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