The desire for getting hands on latest tech and gadgets can become irresistible sometimes. But shelling out thousands of rupees on a gadget is not everyone’s cup of tea. There are gadgets such as HTC Vive and Oculus Rift which offers immersive virtual reality experience. But buying such products will cost you $800 (roughly Rs 55,000) and $600 (roughly Rs 41,000). Thankfully, you don’t have to spend this high for the headset. Your Smartphone could be the next best VR option.
We’ve compiled a list of best smartphone for the best VR experience.
Samsung launched its latest mobile Galaxy S7 alongside Gear VR headset. The Samsung Galaxy S7 offers top of the line specifications and features which are ideal for the best VR experience. It features 5-inch Super AMOLED QHD display with pixel density at 534ppi. Under the hood, there is a Snapdragon 820 processor paired with 4GB of RAM and Vulkan API graphics. The device is backed by a 3000mAh battery. The graphics on the device are smoother because of its hardware setup. And the display of the device looks awesome in VR. The screen door effect with Galaxy S7 is very low.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge features a similar set of specifications as of Galaxy S7. However, the difference lies in its battery and screen size. The Galaxy S7 Edge packs a bigger 3600mAh battery and flaunts a larger 5.5-inch Super AMOLED QHD display. The display of Galaxy S7 Edge is slightly bigger than the Galaxy S7, but the curved display can bring some unintended negative effects in some VR experiences.
Google’s Daydream is a comfortable alternative to Samsung’s Gear VR. The Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are undoubtedly the best smartphones to experience virtual reality on Daydream.
Both the smartphones features the latest Android 7.1 Nougat OS and come equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. The Google Pixel features a 5-inch full HD AMOLED display, while the Pixel XL sports a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display. Pixel packs a 2770mAh battery and Pixel XL offers a 3450mAh battery.
Both smartphones are Daydream-ready; however, Pixel XL has a larger and higher resolution display.
HTC 10 is the flagship smartphone from the company and it could be used easily with Google Cardboard. Google Cardboard is an affordable VR solution which works with many latest mobiles. However, getting the immersive audio experience like HTC 10 is hard on other smartphones. The HTC 10 comes with BoomSound tech which ensures the best audio experience while enjoying VR on HTC 10.
The HTC 10 smartphone features a 5.2-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) Super LCD5 display. The Smartphone has equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor paired with 4GB of RAM and Adreno 530 GPU. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. It packs a 3000mAh battery.
When it comes to VR, bigger is always better. The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 could be the perfect device to enjoy the VR experience on that. It features a 5.7-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) display. The VR functionality is handled smoothly with its 4GB RAM and 3000mAh battery. The device is totally compatible with the Samsung Gear VR. The other phones mentioned on this list also deliver the best VR experience, but in VR headset, the screen’s distance from your eyes remains the same while a bigger screen will obviously result in the bigger viewing experience.