The 14 Best Budget VR Headsets for iOS and Android in 2017

VR headsets that hold your iOS and Android smartphone will go from strength to strength in 2017 - we review the best virtual reality hardware you can get for under £60

[Update 31 January 2017: Now includes a review of the updated Homido V2 VR headset which has dropped below £60 recently]

An increasing number of people seem to be catching onto the fact that VR apps for Android and iOS smartphones are glorious fun, so we’ve decided to put together a buyer’s guide to 13 best budget VR headsets.

Or perhaps a better description of the sector may be ‘enhanced smartphone holders’. Because at these price points, none of the VR headsets reviewed have any of their own onboard sensors, apart from the Samsung Gear VR.

Instead all but one rely on the processors, gyroscopes and motion sensors of the smartphones themselves. So the rule of thumb is: the better specced you smartphone, the smoother and more immersive your virtual reality experience

Don’t go in with expectations held too high, however. Consumer VR hardware and software is very much in its infancy, and these products provide just an inkling of the immersive potential of virtual reality. That said you can find loads of fun and fascinating games and ‘experiences’ for free on the iOS App Store and Google Play.

And these VR headsets also make great viewers for the growing range of 3D 360° movies that can be found on YouTube.

Read on for our list of the very best budget VR headsets, featuring the likes of Samsung, Google Cardboard, Bobo, Freefly, View-Master, Fiit VR, Merge, Homido VR, IncrediSonic, Habor, Pasonomi and Tepoinn.

Note: if you are looking for more information on Android-only VR headsets, check out our companion piece Google Daydream vs Google Cardboard.

  • Homido VR Headset
    Homido VR Headset

    Price: £47.99

    Screen compatibility:4” - 5.7”

    We like: How comfy the Homido is to wear

    We’ve talked about the Homido VR headset previously, complimenting the accessory on its comfortable face plate and compatibility with larger phones such as the iPhone 6 Plus and OnePlus One.

    The Homido VR headset retails for just under £50 in the UK and offers adjustable lenses and a handy 100° field of view, also boasting three alternate settings for those with glasses: far-sighted, near-sighted and ‘normal’ vision

    Being able to enjoy VR apps hands-free thanks to the headstrap is a god-send, and the foam outline running along the inside of the accessory feels comfy even during long play sessions.

    We found that one of the main advantages of using the Homido was that the headset doesn’t allow light to flood into the viewer itself. Wear some headphones with the Homido on your head and you’ll feel truly immersed.

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  • Homido V2 VR Headset
    Homido V2 VR Headset

    Price: £49.99

    Screen compatibility:4.5" - 6"

    We like: The 100-degree plus field of view! (Plus the carry case and branded cleaning cloth!)

    Homido is the French VR company that has been fighting a pitched battle against the wave of Chinese imports that have swamped the nascent market in virtual reality headsets. Its original VR headset – reviewed above – was one of the best you could buy in 2016. The new, improved V2 headset makes that look like a clunky prototype.

    The Homido V2 is bigger than the original, and so can comfortably accomodate the latest iOS and Android phablets including the iPhone 7 Plus and Pixel XL. The increased size is also matched by improved build quality – this looks and feels like an expensive piece of kit, hence it comes with its own sturdy carry case and – get this – a branded cleaning cloth.

    But the best upgrade is internal. The new lenses offer a stunningly wide field of view with the minimal of blurring – helped by the fact you can adjust both the focal length and the distance between the 2 pupils. Along with the capacitive action button, the Homido V2 offers perhaps the most completely immersive VR experience of all the headsets tested.

    Yes it’s expensive – especially when you consider the average cost of VR headsets has fallen steadily in the past year. But you definitely get back what you invest. A VR thoroughbred.

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  • Fiit VR Headset
    Fiit VR Headset

    Price: £22.99

    Screen Compatibility:4" - 6.5"

    What we like: It's the consummate all-rounder

    The Fiit VR is priced very competitively indeed and has been picking up a lot of 5-star reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. It’s easy to see why – the Fiit VR presents itself as the next evolutionary stage in Google Cardboard-compatible VR headsets. It does all the simple things well, such as having a latch mechanism that is easy to use and is utterly secure in day-to-day use.

    The field of view is a claimed 102 degrees, and while we don’t have the tools at our disposal to verify that figure (eye protractors perhaps), we can assert that you do see more of the action than on most of the other headsets in this line-up, with the possible exception of the Merge VR.

    Like the Merge, the Fiit VR is also ready to play the growing number of augmented reality apps available by virtue of its translucent front panel. The only downside is that there is no button control – but we’ve often found it bundled with a Bluetooth controller on Amazon. Either Fiit VR option represents excellent value-for-money – and a real challenge to the other contenders on the market.

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  • Samsung Gear VR (2015 Edition)
    Samsung Gear VR (2015 Edition)

    Price: £56.25

    Was: £80.00

    Screen compatibility:Galaxy S7, S7 edge, Note5, S6 edge+, S6, S6 edge

    What we like: Responsive, well-built unit with crisp visuals

    When we originally wrote this article the Samsung Gear VR was priced well above the £60 price threshold at £99.95. The arrival of a new, slightly improved 2016 edition Gear VR means that the original can now be bought for around £55 if you shop around.

    It’s designed to work with Samsung’s top flight phones from last year: the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge,S6 Edge +, Note 5, S7 and S7 Edge. All these handsets have one thing in common: AMOLED displays with 2560 x 1440 resolution. So this gives a significantly better stereoscopic view than many of the other VR headsets we’ve reviewed here.

    Images and text are crisper and there is far less of the blurring at the fringes of the field of view than you typically get. Another key difference between the Samsung Gear VR and the other essentially passive headsets is that the Samsung has its own on-board circuitry in the form of an accelerometer, gyroscope and proximity sensors to supplement those of the enclosed smartphone.

    These help to improve the immersive feeling by reducing latency and increasing the overall responsiveness of the headset. The downside is that pushing all those pixels around a VR environment really tears through your phone’s battery life. While the extra weight taken up by the additional hardware does compromise the Gear VR’s comfortability, especially on longer sessions.

    Those caveats aside, if you have a compatible Samsung phone and want to give VR a try, this is as good as it gets at this price point.

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  • Freefly VR Headset
    Freefly VR Headset

    Price: £48.50

    Screen compatibility:4.7" - 6.1"

    What we like: The faux leather padding!

    The Freefly VR headset is one of the most expensive of the items we’ve listed, but in many ways you get what you pay for.

    From the plush faux leather padding to the slick smartphone clamping mechanism, you can see attention to detail throughout the Freefly proposition.

    The bundled GLIDE Bluetooth controller is slicker than most accessories of its type, and even includes a mini-joystick along with the control pads. But sadly, even this device is neutered by Apple’s iOS 9.2 update on iPhones.

    The build quality, relatively light weight and secure straps combine to make the Freefly VR comfortable to wear even during extended sessions – although you will get sweaty, bleary-eyed and a little dizzy.

    Find out more on our in-depth Freefly VR review – but for those who have sampled smartphone VR and like what they see in stereoscopic vision, this is a smart choice.

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  • Merge VR Goggles
    Merge VR Goggles

    Price: £79.97

    Screen compatibility:4" - 7"

    What we like: Exceptional build quality set these apart from the cheap 'n cheerful brigade

    The Merge VR goggles are the most impressively produced and packaged of the first wave of Virtual Reality headsets that we’ve reviewed. They are made from lightweight and flexible foam and are available in any colour you want – as long as it’s bright purple.

    You slide your iPhone or Android device into the slot at the front – Merge claims the goggles will accommodate any phone made in the past 2 years – and you are ready to rock and roll.

    User controls and the dual-lens focus is ingeniously managed by 2 sliding buttons at the top of the Merge VR goggles. Pushing down makes the touch-friendly, conductive widgets  prod the screen, offering a modicum of control, although its hardly immersive.

    Moving the button-levers left and right also brings the lenses into focus, although we had difficulty keeping the display crystal clear over extended period of time (yes, our eyes might be too close together).

    The well-laid out Merge website features a large number of VR games and VR promotions – including interactive demos for films like Goosebumps and The Walk.

    Overall this is an impressive piece of kit for the price point – and a great way to dip a toe into the developing market of VR without breaking the bank.

    For more information read our comprehensive Merge VR headset review.

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  • Pasonomi VR Glasses
    Pasonomi VR Glasses

    Price: £19.99

    Screen compatibility:4" - 6"

    What we like: The groovy piano-style colour scheme

    The Pasonomi (note, not Panasonic) VR Glasses stand out from the growing crowd in this sector by virtue of its funky black and white ABS plastic case.  Now this makes no difference to the performance of the glasses, and you will still look goofy when lumbering around your VR environments – but at least you’ll be goofy with a sense of style.

    The unusual looks reflect a build quality that is a step up from the norm – it feels solid, despite the relatively light 297g weight, and the non-magnetic clasp shuts firmly. The model we reviewed came bundled with a Bluetooth controller, as the device itself has no buttons. As usual, the controller did not work with our iPhone, although it paired perfectly with our Moto X Android smartphone.

    Once again, we could never get our field of vision to be perfectly in focus all the time, but the lenses are individually adjustable which is some help. At around £27 in the UK, these are not the cheapest VR glasses we’ve tested, nor are they the best in terms of performance. But they work as well as can be expected for the price point, are built to last (there’s a 5 year guarantee!). And at the end of the day, they look rather special.

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  • IncrediSonic Vue Series VR headset
    IncrediSonic Vue Series VR headset

    Price: £29.95

    Screen compatibility:4" - 6"

    What we like: Attention to detail

    The IncrediSonic Vue Series VR glasses is designed for smartphones with screens from 4.7 inches up to 6 inches, which means that the iPhone 6S can be accommodated. If you want to use a smaller phone such as the iPhone 5 you’ll need to slot in the included widget.

    That attention to detail typifies the Vue – the package comes with a bluetooth remote (which is Android only, sadly), batteries, 2 spare nose pads and a microfibre cloth to clean the lenses. We liked the fact that there was no need to manually adjust the lenses, although like all the headsets we’ve tested we could never manage to get perfect focus across all of the screen all of the time.

    The Vue was also relatively comfortable to wear, helped by its modest 400gm weight, although prolonged use did start to make our noses a little sore. Overall, though, the Vue emerges as possibly the best value VR headset we’ve tested in this first wave of virtual reality accessories.

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  • View-Master Virtual Reality Glasses Starter Pack
    View-Master Virtual Reality Glasses Starter Pack

    Price: £22.99

    Screen compatibility:5" - 6" (includes adapter for iPhone 5, 5c, 5s)

    What we like: It's a nostalgia fest!

    We had a nostalgia blow-out when we opened up our View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack. The headset itself is modelled on the classic View-Masters of yesteryear, even down to the sliding lever on the side.

    In this case it acts as an action button rather than rotate a disc of stereoscopic images. But Dads will rejoice in the fact that discs still appear in the package – although now they act as prompts to get the View-Master app to create cool 3D augmented reality icons.

    It’s a thoroughly winning combination of nostalgia for the grown ups, and cool (if gimmicky) features for the younglings. The viewer is well built and easy to set up, but the lack of a headstrap means it is better for short burst of fun. Some people have had problems with the non-adjustable lenses but we found the View-Master kept our iPhone 6 screen in reasonable focus.

    Our main issue with the View-Master experience is that the various software packs, though well presented, are over-priced (£7.99) and have limited long-term appeal. Still, you can always use the View-Master with all the Cardboard-compatible apps on the App Store and Google Play.

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  • Habor VR Glasses
    Habor VR Glasses

    Price: £16.99

    Screen compatibility:4" - 6"

    What we like: Breathable mock leather padding, blue lenses

    This is an updated version of the Habor VR headset (the original is now referred to as the ‘classic’ design), although apart from the removal of the white trim on the front we didn’t spot much that has changed.

    The Habor is a curious mix of the marvellous and the mediocre. On the plus side of the equation stand the comfortable mock leather padding and blue-tinted lenses which combine to make longer sessions much more endurable than most other VR goggles we tested. The twin axis control of focal distance and the phone distance also makes it a little easier to keep the screen in bearable focus.

    On the negative side is the fact that the headsets have no built-in action buttons or bundled bluetooth controller, which means that VR apps that require user input are rendered useless. Of course, bluetooth controllers are easy enough to buy for around £7 ($10) but it would have been nice to have one bundled in the box.

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  • Tepoinn VR Headset (VR Shinecon)
    Tepoinn VR Headset (VR Shinecon)

    Price: £16.99

    Screen compatibility:3.5" - 5.5"

    What we like: Dual-axis lens adjustment

    Our very first impression of the Tepoinn 3D glasses was one of confusion. They are sold as Tepoinn but the packaging and the product itself are branded VR Shinecon. Adding to the initial bemusement was the fact that a random Tepoinn branded stylus was included in the box. Bizarre. It’s like the marketers had been playing Chinese whispers.

    The next impression was one of pleasant surprise. The Tepoinn VR headset is relatively well put together: the build quality is solid, the dual lenses can be adjusted for focal length and distance apart and the unit slots comfortably into place on your head. The unit is designed for smartphones ranging from 3.5 to 5.5 inches in length, so while it will easily handle an iPhone 6S, the Plus size model is a no-go.

    In use it performed well – helped by the dual-axis adjustment of the lenses and the fact that it was quite pleasant to wear. At its current, heavily discounted price on Amazon it offers excellent value for money.

    Note: if you wear glasses or have a particularly big head, you may want to pass on the Tepoinn 3D.

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  • Archos VR Glasses
    Archos VR Glasses

    Price: £19.99

    Screen compatibility:4.7" - 6"

    We like: The price!

    Archos‘ VR glasses are the cheapest on our list (aside from Google’s DIY headset, of course) and offer a sturdier Cardboard alternative for around a tenner.

    This VR viewer was originally listed at £25 but has since come down in price. In our minds, £20 is a great deal for Android and iOS owners with a casual interest in mobile VR.

    The Archos VR glasses support most phones, even boasting enough space for 6-inch screens for gadgets such as the Nexus 6.

    There are no input buttons on the side of the gadget like there are on the Lakento headset and Google Cardboard, but the build quality here remains solid.

    We’re slightly disappointed there’s no foam padding to keep our nose comfy, but when you factor in the small price tag it’s hard to fault the accessory based on this one omission.

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  • Bobo VR Z4 Virtual Reality Headset with Headphones
    Bobo VR Z4 Virtual Reality Headset with Headphones

    Price: £20.79

    Screen compatability:4" - 6"

    What we like: Integrated speakers, build quality and it's a little bit different

    The Bobo VR headsets are a welcome attempt to try something a little different from the other Google Cardboard contenders. It’s USP is that it comes with built-in speakers, so can just plug in the minijack to the headphones socket on your smartphone and hear stereo sound. The quality is as good as you can reasonable expect on a piece of kit costing under £30, but the convenience factor is undeniable.

    The Bobo VR’s build quality is rather good, although the weight is a rather hefty 748g. The headsets allow fine control of the focus of both lenses and the unit thankfully comes with a proper Google Cardboard QR code which makes set-up a doddle and helped us achieve acceptable clarity with a wide field of view.

    The Bobo Z4, like the Merge VR, has a capacitive OK button for user interaction which worked sporadically on our iPhone 6, but was better than a non-functional Bluetooth controller.

    We liked the Bobo  Z4 – it’s a refined and well thought out contender that performs well in the areas that matter most and is priced aggressively. Well worth considering.

     

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  • Google Cardboard / DODOcase
    Google Cardboard / DODOcase

    Price: £4.33

    What we like:The stunning good looks and build quality. (No, it's the price).

    Screen compatibility: 'Works universally'

    Of course, we couldn’t put together a list of the best VR headsets without mentioning the original Google Cardboard, a cheap, DIY alternative to the premium headsets listed above.

    Whilst Google Cardboard can’t offer the comfort or functionality of some of the more expensive headsets we’ve already mentioned, it is a fraction of the price.

    The official Google Cardboard website doesn’t sell headsets of its own anymore, but provides a handy list of other cardboard substitutes, with one of our favourites being the DODOcase.

    Google Cardboard isn’t as well made as the ‘premium’ headsets we’ve discussed, but this DIY method will cost a fraction of the price.

    You’ll have to assemble the headset yourself if you’re buying the cardboard VR headset, but putting it together only takes around 10 minutes and the experience is actually semi-enjoyable.

    Both the original Google Cardboard and DODOcase feature a mechanism on the side of the headset, which acts as a clever button input when users pull down and release the circular magnet.

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  • Huh… none of these would have made it into my top-ten, due to weight, field of view, usability, or lack of AR support issues. Before you redo this list, try some open-sided sets, for kids try the Mattel View-Master, and for the standard enclosed sets try the Baofeng Mojing, the BoboVR Z4 and the FiiT VR. And keep an eye out for the Pico, which has a built-in trackpad.

    • angryenglishman

      hi what do you suggest i buy then at a good price , anything new and cheap ?

      • FiiT VR can be had for under $20, under many different brand names, both with and without external controllers.

        I finally got my hands on a Pico, and it sucks. The trackpad only works with their own app, which is mostly in Chinese.

        Another great headset is the BoboVR Z4, which is around $30. You can get it both with and without an external controller, and with and without built-in headphones. (Personally, I think the headphones just add bulk, so I’d buy one without.)

        Don’t spend too much money – the Daydream platform is coming this fall, and it promises to be a substantial improvement, with better graphics, less lag and blurring, better sensors, and better performance. Of course, you’ll need a new smartphone! (I’m saving up now!)

        Good luck!

        • Roy Peer

          Maria, check out 2VR. its a foldable mobile VR headset that focuses on portability. It comes with a travel pouch which also works as a black out immersion cover. Totally different than anything on the list. http://www.stimuli.us

    • true

    • Hingle McCringleberry

      the BoboVR Z4 and FiiT VR are both on their list.

  • Luke Anthony Thornhill
    • It’s a rebranded Shinecon. My review is here: http://www.hypergridbusiness.com/2016/02/review-of-shinecon-cheap-light-entry-level-set/

      Bottom line — it’s bulky, heavy, awkward to use, and has a narrow field of view. I own this headset, but do not use it, and would not have bought it except for wanting to do the review.

      • Luke Anthony Thornhill

        thanks im not gonna buy it now looking at the Baofeng Mojing

      • Luke Anthony Thornhill

        need something for iphone the other one doesnt seem to work with it

        • I’ve had good experiences with the Mattel View-Master for the iPhone.

          The big problem with the iPhone is the remote controllers don’t work. You need a headset with a built-in button, like the View-Master, or one that allows access to the screen.

          Open-sided headsets are good for that, and also fold up small enough to fit in your pocket: http://www.hypergridbusiness.com/2016/06/13-open-sided-vr-headsets/

          My BoboVR Z4 has a button as well, and worked for me, but some users are reporting problems with the button — maybe due to the kind of screen protectors they have?

          • Luke Anthony Thornhill

            Just ordered thanks for your help

      • De Bomba Musa

        I bought the VRShinecon, but was not impressed by its performance. Which one of the Baofeng Mojing or BoboVR Z4 has the best angle of view.

        • The Baofeng Moging 3 is about 100 degrees, and the BoboVR Z4 is 120 degrees, according to the manufacturer.

          In practice, however, I’ve found no difference between the two since my phone, a Samsung Galaxy S6 with a 5.1 inch screen, is not large enough to take advantage of the fullest field of view.

          For reference, the Samsung Gear VR headset is 96 degrees, and the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive are both 110 degrees.

  • yeahman45

    Fiit VR, Bobo VR Z4/Virtoba, Deepoon v3 .. which one has the best image quality? Deepoon V3 is the mos expensive of three.. does it mean it is better quality of the 3?

    • Personally, I don’t see any difference in the image quality. The Fiit and the BoboVR seemed to have slightly brighter pictures — but that could have just been my imagination.

      All three had about the same field of view with my Samsung Galaxy S6 phone — maybe with a larger phone, I would have seen the benefits of BoboVR’s 120-degree maximum FOV.

      • yeahman45

        Thx for your reply. I saw in your review for the bobo z4..you said Deepoon V3 is the one you use the most? As it is the most comfortable? Is it still your most used headset?

        I am tempted to buy the deepoon v3 but the cheapest price i could find is 30usd…not sure if it is worth the price as compared to the others..

        I have galaxy s5 btw..not sure if one headset is most suited for the s5?

        • Nope, a better headset has just come out — the Leji VR Mini. It’s now the one I use most. 🙂 It’s smaller, lighter, same field of view, but costs around $10, depending on where you get it. Plus it comes in all the colors!

          http://www.gearbest.com/virtual-reality/pp_366934.html

          • yeahman45

            Thx! Will check that out. Did you review it?

          • webvan

            @Maria Korolov – Thanks for mentioning and reviewing the Leji VR Mini. I would have commented on your site but I’m not finding how to do it, sorry!

            Do you think it the Leji would be a good upgrade for my Archos headset? I find it hard to fit my Android SP (Moto G3) in it and there is no focus adjustment. Would the BOBOVR Z4 Mini be more immersive maybe? I use it to fly my Parrot BeBop drone.

            As a side note, do you know of a way to use a Bluetooth controller/Gamepad (I have the ipega 9025) to move around in a VR environment ? Reason I’m asking is that my Moto G3 doesn’t have a gyro…will know what to check when I get a new smartphone!

            Thanks for any help!

          • If your phone doesn’t have a motion sensor, and you are interested in VR, then the first thing you would need to do is buy a new phone. I recommend one that runs Android Nougat, which supports the new Google Daydream virtual reality platforms. Those phones are going to start coming out this fall. More details here:

            http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/new-product/google-android/android-nougat-70-uk-release-date-rumours-android-n-new-features-3628675/

            You really can’t do virtual reality without a gyro, sorry. The best you can do is play videos on a large virtual screen. For that, the Leji headset would be fine, but if you have an older phone, with a lower screen resolution, then you might want a headset with a narrower field of view so that the image isn’t as pixellated.

          • webvan

            Thanks, yes after reading your articles and reviews I’m clearly going to be getting a Google Daydream “approved” phone next, apparently there are already a couple based on this article : http://www.androidauthority.com/google-daydream-vr-ready-phones-705245/

            In the meantime I’ll mostly be using VR to fly my Drone so I suppose the Archos will do the job, just wondering if I’d see any difference with the Leji or BOBOVR Z4 Mini ? Thanks !

          • Personally, I find the Leji lighter and more convenient. But the Bobo has a wider field of view — of course, if you have an older phone, you might not want a wider field of view, because it will also create more pixellation.

          • webvan

            Thanks, in light of the price and features and how much you like it I think I’ll give the Leji a try.

            You mentioned videos above, is there an Android player that can use VR glasses to play standard non SBS mp4 files to be “immersed” ?

          • Yes, there are several video player apps in the app store — search for VR cinema or VR Video player. I’ve tried a few, and they have all their pluses and minuses, and there wasn’t one that really stood out for me. I’m planning to do a roundup of the apps soon, however.

            YouTube’s traditional videos can also all be played in virtual reality, giant-private-movie-screen mode.

          • webvan

            Thanks again, got a hold of my old Moto G with a gyro and indeed it changes everything. Placed an order for the Leji and the BoboVR Z4 without headphones so I’ll be able to compare and see what works best with my Drone.

          • webvan

            Received the headsets the other days, some quick feedback :

            Leji:
            + small and light
            + insterting phone is convenient
            – not comfortable, “hard plastic” for the nose
            – lenses too close to my eyes that leave “marks” on it
            – not very immersive, can see the “sides”

            BoboVR Z4 (no headphones) :
            + very immersive
            + very comfortable

            + press button bottom right (Google magnetic button eqiuvalent ?), very convenient as I haven’t found a way to use a BT remote to simulate an “ok”.
            + IPD setting on top
            – “zooms in” a bit too much, some parts of screen not visible, like the HUD for my Drone (Auriga Bebop)

            Won’t be keeping the Leji as it doesn’t offer anything compared to the Archos/Colorcross, not sure about the BoboVR Z4 yet, seems hard to improve on it…actually yes, a headset that offered a different depth adjustement for each eye.

          • Curter

            when you’re dealing with VR, the most essential thing has to be kept in mind is the lens adjustment which is not present here.

          • Do you mean focal distance? You can adjust that on the Leji. And you can also adjust the distance between the lenses.

          • Curter

            well thats great then… the adjusters might be at the bottom cause the link you’ve posted, i see no visible adjuster. Btw, about being overweight, i had first gen oculus rift with 480p res dev kit and it was heavy as f… then tried their consumer edition which was heavy as well. unless you get used to your gear, it will always feel heavy on your face. try the top strap in different gear top position. some found that useful.

          • There are two buttons on the sides that pop the front of the device out, moving the smartphone further away from the lenses, which changes the focus. And to adjust the distance between the lenses themselves, you take off the headset and move the lenses together or further apart — each lens has three positions it can snap into.

            Neither of these is the best possible system for adjustments — I prefer to be able to have dials that move lenses apart, so I can do it while still wearing the headset, and that the focus adjustment moves the lenses, not the smartphone. But it does work, and probably helps keep the headset so small and light.

            As to weight, the Rift weighs about 17 ounces, and the Leji weighs just 7. With my phone, which weighs 5 ounces, that adds up to 12 ounces total — and there are no cables to add additional weight.

  • pococurante

    Like all such reviews they handwave the fact you need a fully paid smartphone and carrier account.

    Get back to me when I can just snap in a smartphone without a carrier agreement. For the cost one should get the PC-tethered solutions – cheaper, more honest, easier for the consumer to understand.

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  • Apaar Arora

    will 1080p display be good for vr?

  • Virtual Reality looks so promising. I wonder how the gaming experience will be? Planning to buy one VR headset. Can you please suggest the best one to have an ultimate gaming experience. Thank you.

  • Johnross1968

    GREAT, BUT what we really need is a list of the top CHEAP phones that will work well for VR??

  • zzzxtreme

    How’s the fittvr working for you? I’m always worried about the optical quality of the lens

    • Jean Robinson

      It’s working fine, I’m enjoying it. Thanks for asking.

  • Nice list of mobile VR headsets. It’s only missing Homido V2 VR.

  • Pedro Cardoso

    Hi. Do you have an update on the best cheap VR glasses on the market ? But aren’t these budget glasses the same thing as Google cardboard, but inside a better casing ? I can find loads of different glasses on eBay but all of them look very similar to me and need some help to figure out the differences between them.
    Best regards,
    Pedro

  • Zomby2D

    He asked for cheap PHONES, none of these are phones.

    • You’re right, I hit the wrong “reply” button. Unfortunately, I can’t suggest anything, phone-wise. My only recommendation would be to look for the phone with the best screen size and resolution in your price range, running the most recent version of Android, and with the fastest processor. You also need to check that it has an accelerometer — that’s the sensor that tells the phone which way you’ve turned it.