Review: Homido VR Headset for iOS and Android

The Homido headset is as a premium alternative to Google Cardboard. We put aside our DIY Cardboard headset to try out this lavish VR accessory.

Price: £38 - 60 Available from: Shopomo For fans of mobile VR, the Homido headset serves as a premium alternative to Google Cardboard. We decided to put aside our DIY Cardboard headset to try out this lavish VR accessory. Read on for our full review of the Homido headset for iOS and Android. Introduction Whilst the DIY Google Cardboard kit works effectively if it's assembled well, the budget headset has a poor build quality and is prone to falling apart through overuse. The Homido VR headset retails for around €70 and we're pleased to report that this mobile gaming accessory is a…

Homido Review

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A solid VR experience

This VR viewer is built to last, comfy to wear and handles even the biggest of smartphones and phablets.

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Price: £38 – 60

Available from: Shopomo

For fans of mobile VR, the Homido headset serves as a premium alternative to Google Cardboard. We decided to put aside our DIY Cardboard headset to try out this lavish VR accessory.

Read on for our full review of the Homido headset for iOS and Android.

Introduction

Whilst the DIY Google Cardboard kit works effectively if it’s assembled well, the budget headset has a poor build quality and is prone to falling apart through overuse.

The Homido VR headset retails for around €70 and we’re pleased to report that this mobile gaming accessory is a huge step up from Google’s own offering.

Using the Homido

Arriving with adjustable lenses and offering a handy 100° field of view, the Homido supports a wide range of mobiles of varying sizes, right up to the juggernauts such as the iPhone 6 Plus and OnePlus One. A full list of compatible smartphones is listed on Homido’s website, which includes Samsung’s Galaxy S4, the LG G3 and Sony’s Experia Z2.

Additionally, glass-wearers are also catered for, considering the Homido VR headset boasts three settings: far-sighted, near-sighted, normal vision.

Wear some headphones with the Homido on your head and you’ll feel truly immersed

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. This VR accessory feels solid in the hand and strapped onto your head, also gripping smartphones big and small very well.

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.

Unfortunately, the Homido doesn’t have a magnet on the side or a Bluetooth equivalent, which means that you’ll need to pair a smartphone-compatible controller for most of the top VR apps.

Homido Center

Homido boasts its own mobile app for iOS and Android, which essentially serves as a library of links to VR games and experiences. The free-to-download mobile app isn’t too elaborate, but it doesn’t need to be.

Featured in the app’s catalogue are VR games, 360° spherical videos and pictures, 3D videos and streamed PC games.

Our verdict

If you’re looking for a more complete VR experience than you’ll find with Google Cardboard, it doesn’t get much better than the Homido.

This VR viewer is built to last, comfy to wear and handles even the biggest of smartphones and phablets.

We loved our time with the Homido VR headset for iOS and Android and can’t wait for more apps and experiences to become available.

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