Have you ever tried VR (Virtual Reality)?

Have you ever tried VR (Virtual Reality)?
It's no secret that the editorial team at PhoneArena isn't exactly crazy about super pixel-dense, Quad HD displays. Especially when such resolutions are offered in smartphones with a display the size of an adolescent's palm. Whatever specsmongers may say, that's just too little a physical area for all these extra dots to do much in terms of improving user experience. At the same time, the trade-offs are pretty significant: a higher strain on the processor and, therefore, more battery drain. 

Quad HD panels have one redeeming quality, however, and one that our readers are always happy to bring up: Virtual Reality, or VR for short. Indeed, when you have your phone slapped right on top of your nose, and it has to provide enough information for both your eyes, the more pixels, the better. In fact, even Quad HD is far from ideal for VR, and after testing out the Xperia Z4 Premium's 4K display at MWC 2016 just a week ago, we've got to say that even that's not detailed enough. 

So that's a solid advantage, right, well at home in the pro column? Absolutely... if you're actually part of the still elite minority of early VR adopters. In our experience, and from what we can tell, the vast, vast majority of people on the planet, even in westernized countries, have yet to experience VR, let alone own an actual VR headset. Of course, our audience—specifically users that consistently participate in polls such as this one—are far more tech savvy than the average Joe out there, so it's probably about time we took the opportunity to get a head count. Have you tried VR? Do you own a VR headset? Or is it still alien to you?

Have you ever tried VR (Virtual Reality)?

Yes, I've tried it once
Yes, I've tried it a few times
Yes, I own a VR headset
No, I haven't



1. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Yup owner of the Samsung VR

17. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

I tried that a couple times and i was absolutely blown away. This really is the next paradigm in technology. if you haven't tried it, you really can't possibly know. Same as me. I was dismissing the whole idea until I tried and I was instantly sold. I then went ranting and raving to friends and family... LOL. All this was happening while I was building my gaming PC and as soon as I learnt of VR first hand, the gaming and entertainment possibilities just became infinite. Think of Chessington or Alton Tower rides or Battlefield and Grand Theft Auto

19. hexa-core.

Posts: 58; Member since: Feb 28, 2016

Yeah, VR surely is the next big thing!

24. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Hello.... Yes next year the trend will kick in. But putting g this on looks like a dkhd. Weird.

59. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

New account! Just hide from darkjeddi lol xD

47. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yup, same here. I was actually working a temp job late one night. Company was having a big party for their employees and there were booths, stations setup around the place. My job was to let ppl try on some VR goggles and try a roller coaster app. It was fun. I felt the effects of the roller coaster during a big drop. And this was some lil mobile app. VR is definitely the future. And to the guy that claimed I dont know what VR is or never tried it because I made a negative remark about Apple and VR and Apple phasing out the iPhone....you never know what someone else knows or actually tried.

23. engineer-1701d unregistered

owner of gear vr since 2014 its sad so few people here being so called tech enthusiasts have not tried or own vr for phones.

31. sgodsell

Posts: 7430; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The thing is if people really wanted to try VR. Then there really isn't any excuse not to. Especially since there is all kinds of price points. From a really inexpensive Cardboard, to better versions of Cardboard made of plastic, and they can come with head straps, to the Gear VR, and many others are still coming to market. Not to mention more and more VR apps are showing up all the time.

30. LordDavon

Posts: 156; Member since: Sep 19, 2011

I love my Gear VR, but the biggest issue with it is my phone. I have the Note 5, and it gets really hot after about an hour. If I don't use it for a while, I'll go into the Oculus Store to update my apps, and that will make it too hot to even use VR for a while. It's really impressive until that point though. It is also the reason I preordered the Oculus Rift.

39. HighOnAndroidFTW

Posts: 185; Member since: Apr 26, 2015

I need to check "no i haven't YET but I'm EXTREMELY STOKED to do so" i pre ordered my s7 edge so the vr will be coming coupled with it shortly after. Can't wait

77. Plutonium239

Posts: 1231; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

I tried the Gear VR with an S6, I was very disappointed. The image quality is worse than standard definition television.

2. KillTheKardashians

Posts: 93; Member since: Feb 19, 2016

Only Natural Reality . But Gear VR is on the Way

49. AlikMalix unregistered

I think AR (augmented reality) is the future not VR. I want AR on my car windshield, in my sunglasses, and in contact lenses. VR future is kinda limited to games and maybe communication (like in a meeting at a rable or something). But that's just my opinion. Most likely - VR is precident to AR.

50. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Agreed, VR will be mostly for gaming and perhaps watching tv/movies. But AR has so many more applications. Even your example for the meeting can be done perfectly with AR and looking at Hololens and Magic leap demos, I can't wait for that future to come.

63. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

I wouldn't want to watch a movie in AR, so both have their place.

57. Roshnishama

Posts: 36; Member since: Aug 10, 2015

Yes Gear VR!

3. Mr_Popo

Posts: 23; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

I tried an alternate universe once during an out-of-body experience. Even their phonearena wasn't as bad as this universe's one.

64. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

It could have been worse: you could have gone to theverge.

4. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

No, l haven't. Is it harmless for my eyes or not? If it's really harmless, l will give it a try.

70. vincelongman

Posts: 5720; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I think it depends on the quality of the lens My $3 Google Cardboard hurts my eyes after 30 mins of use But my friends' GearVR didn't hurt my eyes

5. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2278; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

what's the main difference between the actual VR (ie gear VR, Vive) and cardboard? Excuse my ignorance about Vr

8. Shocky unregistered

Focus controls, a volume rocker and a touch sensitive track pad mounted on the right hand side. I would imagine it's more comfortable than cardboard, Oculus Store? I'm not sure if you can use that without Gear VR.

12. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

It's also full of sensors that track head movement FAR more accurately

20. hexa-core.

Posts: 58; Member since: Feb 28, 2016

And that makes it stand out in the competition. Just too good!

51. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 924; Member since: May 07, 2014

I have heard there is also a difference in field of view btw Gear VR and other cardboard VRs?

11. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

And much better (more sensitive) sensors built in, rather than relying on those in your phone.

56. Roshnishama

Posts: 36; Member since: Aug 10, 2015

I agree with you!

6. Shocky unregistered

Gear VR owner here, just wish there was more content available, also wish prices were more reasonable on the Oculus Store. .

65. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Even if you could only watch movies on it I would still have one! It's just that awesome with the presence.

7. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

I think smartphones shouldn't be used for VR at all, except maybe just for occasional fun with the cardboards. VR should be in a standalone device.

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