Google Daydream View VR – see the world differently
The latest trend in the mobile world has nothing to do with mobile technologies, per se. It has a lot to do with virtual reality and a new way that the world around us is presented. Now, for the first time in history, we can use our mobile device and go to an entirely different place just by using a VR gadget. Isn’t it amazing?
A lot of big companies have already jumped into the growing VR market, and the latest addition comes from Mountain View giant Google. This company has released their freshest product this month, and they are calling it Google Daydream View VR.
What is Google Daydream View VR?
Daydream View is a VR headset that matches perfectly with Google Pixel smartphones. This VR platform is made out of funny looking goggles, but you don’t have to be afraid that people will look at you funny while wearing it. The global VR trend has already made us resistant to people who are sitting around with these things.
The important note about Daydream View VR is that it works only with new Android Nougat 7.1. Unfortunately, if you have an older OS version on your phone, you will not be able to use the platform and enjoy all the benefits that it provides.
So, if you have access to Android 7.1 and you want to transform your phone into VR toy, the Daydream View is just the thing for you.
Why is Google Daydream View VR so popular?
Google Daydream View VR allows you to experience the world in real 3D. With this headset, you can enjoy playing 360 degrees video games, watch realistic photos and videos, and visit places you can’t physically reach. The main reason for its popularity comes with the fact that it is a brand new VR headset, and since we’re talking about Google here, it is a huge deal.
The second reason for the popularity of this gadget is the fact that it has quite a low price (you can get it for less than $80 in the USA) and very comfortable design.
Speaking about the design of Daydream View – there is one quite important thing that separates Google’s VR from all the other VR devices. It’s fabric. To make it wearable and pleasing for the eyes and the face, Google covered this device with a natural material, very gentle and smooth. Even of they are a bit awkward, you will not feel as uncomfortable as you think. The device is very lightweight, and on top of coziness, you can also be stylish and choose your Daydream View VR in different colors. You can make a choice between Slate, Snow, and Crimson.
Google Daydream View VR also has a plastic interior and the elastic band that holds the VR when you put it on your face. You can quickly tighten or loosen the band, which is a considerable advantage concerning the fact that you can’t wear them all the time. And in case you are wearing eyeglasses, you will still have room for them, as well.
The best feature of Google Daydream View VR: Remote control
The biggest advantage that will prevail to Google Daydream View VR comparing to other similar devices is definitely the remote control. This remote control is lightweight, smooth to the touch and has just a few buttons. The first button is the central button while the additional one is here only for gaming (it acts as a trackpad on the screen). Also, there is also a button on the side of the remote for volume control.
The best news is that this remote control can transform and be an excellent gaming accessory. While you are playing a game, this remote can become a wand, a sword, a flashlight, or anything else that gaming producers can think of. Unfortunately, there is also one disadvantage – it may occasionally happen that the remote stops working for a few seconds. It doesn’t take long, but can be crucial if you are in the game and need to use your mighty sword. But, we’re sure that Google team will fix it soon and that you will be able to enjoy distraction-free sword fight.
Another important information about the remote is that you need to charge it. It has 220mAh, which is more than enough for a remote control. It has USB Type-C port, just like the one Google phones, so the charging process is quite simple – plug it in the regular charger, and that’s it.
Are there any other phones besides Google Pixel that I can pair it with?
To fully experience Google Daydream View VR you need to have Google Pixel or Google Pixel XL. The device is optimized for these phones, and it will show the best performances when you pair it with Google’s phones.
However, you can also use ZTE Axon 7 or Huawei Mate 9 Pro with Google Daydream View VR, but it may give you slightly different results. Keep in mind that you have to update your phone to Android 7.1 (Nougat) first, and then to start the VR gear.
Google Daydream View VR vs. Samsung Gear VR
These two devices are both top of the line, and you will not go wrong if you choose any of them. The biggest difference between Google Daydream View VR and Samsung Gear VR is that the Google’s version of VR has a remote control for navigation. This argument may come in handy of you are a gamer, and in case you appreciate comfort.
When it comes to pricing these devices are in the same price range. At the moment, Google Daydream View VR is $20 cheaper than the Samsung Gear VR, but with the holiday season coming up, we believe the prices will be almost equal.
Should I get myself Google Daydream View VR?
If you like gadgets and you’re crazy about cool new things, then you should definitely get yourself one of these. Google Daydream View VR is a very practical, non-expensive VR headset, brilliantly designed, to bring you vivid colors and new experience. It can be the perfect way to make your free time more exciting and alive.
On the other hand, if you’re not in the group of “early adopters” we suggest to wait a year and get yourself a v2 of this neat gadget. There are minor flaws with occasional light entrance, and a phone that you’re using may heat up a bit too much so it would be wise to be patient.
Anyway, whatever your decision would be, it is great to know that Google Daydream View VR is available and that it will help us see the world in a totally different way.