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Best VR Headsets in 2019 For Phones

Virtual reality has become popular for video games before it became an add-on to smartphone’s gaming experience. The most popular device that we are familiar with is the VR headset. Before we tackle the best VR headsets in 2019 for phones, let us first define what is virtual reality.

Virtual reality or VR is a 3D(three-dimensional) artificial environment generated by a computer software where in a user can interact and immerse in the simulated environment. Instead of just viewing a flat screen in front of you, this technology allows you to experience real-like world in an artificial world.

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How does it work?

Virtual reality works in a way that it convince our brain to accept that an artificial world is real. This is executed through the use of a special display usually a VR headset where you can view a three-dimensional surroundings and some with hand-held devices with motion sensors to interact and feel just like what’s in the real world. Although some VR games allows you to interact with the VR world even without the use of hand-held input devices but by just moving your head, the real world feel is not there.

The display or the VR headset plays the major role in simulating the artificial environment. Smartphone companies have invested in the hardware devices for this virtual reality technology to keep up with the trend. Game developers are also turning our 2D games into 3D interactive games.

Below are the top 10 best VR headsets  that we can choose from if we want to level up our gaming experience with our smartphones.

1. Samsung Gear VR

Samsung Gear VR w/Controller (2017) SM-R325NZVAXAR
Samsung Gear VR has been in the market since 2015 and since then it dominated the virtual reality in smartphones. With its partnership with Oculus, you can now enjoy hundreds of latest VR games and movies from your Gear VR. The VR controller allows you to immerse more with the VR environment and play with your friends. You can watch your 3D movies, 360-degree videos, or concerts taken from 360 degree cameras.

Price : $108.99 (as of this writing)

Customer ave. Rank : 4/5

Warranty : 1 Year Manufacturer’s warranty

Features :

  • Access to latest VR games and movies (Oculus).
  • Allows viewing of 2D, 3D, and 360-degree contents.
  • Hang out with friends in Oculus rooms and play with them in virtual world.
  • Immerse in virtual reality environment with its VR controller.
  • Adjustable clear display.
  • Bluetooth version 4.2 BLE.
  • Premium-designed branded headset.

Con;

  • Compatible only with the latest Samsung smartphones.

 

2. Google Cardboard

Official Google Cardboard
Google has introduced the Google Cardboard in 2016. This is the cheapest VR headset so far where you can experience quality virtual reality in your smartphone. In 3 simple steps you can assemble this device. As the name suggests, the frame is made of cardboard but the lens are premium-made.

Comparing with other VR headsets, this is the simplest and most affordable medium to access virtual reality. This is recommended for people who are new to VR and just want to discover what VR is especially kids. Google has developed apps and games that are Google Cardboard-compatible so you can enjoy thousands of VR contents including YouTube videos.

Price : $15 (as of this writing)

Customer ave. Rank : 4.3/5

Warranty : One year manufacturer’s limited warranty

Features :

  • Supports Androids 4.1 and iOS 8.0 and later smartphones with 4 to 6 inches screen sizes
  • With user-friendly custom-designed, high quality lenses, and partially laminated body
  • Access to thousands of VR content that are made for Google Cardboard
  • DIY and affordable

Con;

  • Not that comfortable to wear

 

3. Google Daydream View

Google OEM Daydream View - VR Headset (Slate)
After the success of Google cardboard, the tech giant has released its second VR headset in 2016 called the Google Daydream View. It is made specifically for Daydream VR platform that is incorporated with Android Nougat 7.1 and later versions. It comes with a controller for immersive gaming experience. You can access lots of apps and games in the Daydream app.

Price : $44.50 (as of this writing)

Customer ave. Rank : 3.7/5

Warranty : One year manufacturer’s limited warranty

Features:

  • Lightweight and durable
  • Made from breathable soft fabric for better comfort even with eyeglasses.
  • A controller for immersive gaming
  • Exclusive access to Daydream app by Google

Con;

  • Compatible to Android phones only with higher OS.

 

 

4. Merge AR/VR Goggles

Merge VR/AR Goggles - Virtual and Augmented Reality Headset for iPhone and Android

Merge Goggles are not just VR but AR. This headset offers not only virtual reality but also augmented reality. This is a multi-awarded device in terms of safety and kids-friendly headset. Merge is well-known for developing safe, futuristic, and colorful toys for kids. They specialize in virtual reality.

Price : $29.99 (as of this writing)

Customer ave. Rank : 3.9/5

Warranty : One year warranty

Features:

  • Dual function (AR & VR)
  • Award-winning in safety toys for kids
  • Lightweight and Comfortable that fits any face even with eyeglasses
  • Adjustable lens for better viewing preferences which makes wearing eyeglasses not necessary.
  • Compatible with Android and iOS phones even the biggest iPhone 6s plus.
  • Dual input buttons, controller not necessary to access VR apps
  • Access to Merge Miniverse, a platform of collections of AR and VR apps.

Con;

  • Not for high-end VR gaming and viewing (great for kids)

 

 

5. DESTEK V4 VR

DESTEK V4 VR Headset, 103° FOV, Eye Protected HD Virtual Reality Headset w/Touch Button/Trigger for iPhone Xs X 8 7 6/Plus, Samsung s9 s8 s6/Edge Note 9 8
Another VR headset that is worth considering for is DESTEK V4 VR. This device featured a 103 degrees FOV(field of view) that is recommended to get a clearer display and outstanding immersive virtual reality experience.

Price : $34.99(as of this writing)

Customer ave. Rank : 3.9/5

Warranty : one year manufacturer’s warranty

Features:

  • Comes with a multi-function Bluetooth wireless controller for better and more immersive gaming.
  • Made of premium lenses that provides you a better 360 degree panoramic VR.
  • Anti-blue light HD lenses to protect your eyes from too long light exposure.
  • Adjustable focal distance to suit your viewing preferences even for persons with eyesight difficulties making eyeglasses unnecessary.
  • Comfortable soft leather lining that fits every face contour.
  • Compatible with Android and iOS phones with 4.5 to 6 inches sizes.
  • With touch button for apps that support trigger and for Daydreams apps.

Con:

  • Not made to fit eyeglasses (Intentionally)

 

 

6. Pansonite 3D VR Glasses

Pansonite Vr Headset with Remote Controller, 3d Glasses Virtual Reality Headset for VR Games & 3D Movies
This brand is not that popular as Google or Samsung but can still be considered for VR experience. Pansonite VR headset not just comes with a controller but it also has a headphone for maximum virtual reality immersion.

Price : $49.99 (as of this writing)

Customer ave. Rank : 3.6/5

Warranty : Amazon’s warranty

Features:

  • Comes with stereo headphones and multi-function controller
  • Adjustable ergonomic headband structure for better comfort
  • Adjustable display to suit your viewing preferences
  • Compatible with smartphones with 4.7 to 6 inches whether it is an Android or iOS phone.

Cons;

  • New brand entry
  • Not for smaller phones

 

 

7. VK Voxkin VR Headset

Virtual Reality Headset 3D VR Glasses by Voxkin
Not so familiar as with the above brands but this Voxkin VR headset can be considered for entry level device when it comes to virtual reality. It offers an affordable option for budget-conscious individuals who just want to discover what virtual reality is.

Price : $14.99 (as of this writing)

Customer ave. Rank : 3.3/5

Warranty : 30 days money-back guarantee & 100% Risk-Free Satisfaction Guarantee

Features:

  • Universal magnetic holder compatible with 3.5 to 6 inch phones
  • Fully adjustable focal distance to suit your viewing preferences
  • Smart heat management to prevent lens from fogging.
  • Soft Leather lining for comfortable feel
  • Compatible with Android and iOS phones

Con;

  • For entry level VR experience

 

8. Sytros VR HeadsetVirtual Reality VR Headset w/ Magnetic Button Trigger by Sytros

Sytros VR headset is made to fit any smartphone from 3.5 to 6 inches sizes. It is designed to experience virtual reality with comfort with its super soft and comfortable foam material.

Price : $19.99(as of this writing)

Customer ave. Rank : 4.1/5

Warranty : Amazon’s warranty

Features:

  • With magnetic trigger compatible with Google cardboard apps.
  • Compatible with Android and iOS smartphones.
  • Eyeglasses-friendly.
  • Adjustable display to suit your viewing preferences.
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Cons;

  • Does not come with controller
  • Not for immersive VR experience (entry level)

 

9. Bnext VR Headset

VR Headset for iPhone and Android Phones + Headphones/Earphones by BNEXT

BNext VR headset featured an adjustable wide FOV(field of view) to reduce the image distortion with 35% bigger lenses for better virtual reality viewing experience.

Price : $39.95(as of this writing)

Customer ave. Rank : 3.8/5

Warranty : Amazon’s warranty

Features:

  • Adjustable display for better viewing
  • Compatible with Android and iOS phones with 4.0 to 6.0 inches size
  • Can properly align your eyes with the screen box for better gaming and movie watching.
  • Supports multiple screen resolutions (HD, 3D, 720p, 1080p, 4k)
  • Comes with QR code with special VR content.

Con;.

  • Not for immersive VR experience (entry level)

 

10. Beusoft VR Headset

VR Headset with Remote Controller, Virtual Reality Headset VR Goggles for 3D Movie GamesIf you want to explore virtual reality in the most affordable manner, Beusoft VR Headset is the best option. It is a portable 3D cinema. It offers a 105 degree HD view which is great for 360-degree videos and movies. This is the cheapest among the top 10 VR headsets.

Price : $13.15 (as of this writing)

Customer ave. Rank : 3.6/5

Warranty : RISK FREE, 100% SATISFACTION: 2-4 days free shipping, 1 year warranty

Features:

  • Adjustable high quality lens to accommodate vision differences and prevent Vertigo.
  • Human engineering-designed for wearing comfort with skin-friendly soft leather padding.
  • Anti-corona large aperture lens for immersive VR experience.
  • With vents to rapidly dissipate heat and prevent screen from fogging
  • Compatible with 4.5 to 6.3 inch Android or iOS phones.
  • Comes with a free Bluetooth wireless controller (not for gaming).

Con:

  • Not for immersive VR gaming experience.

 

So what do you think is the best VR headset?

It depends on your preference! If you are new to VR and would just like to discover and experience what virtual environment is, Google Cardboard is the best affordable option considering most VR games and apps are made compatible with this device. On the other hand, if you are into gaming and loves watching movies, there is no other VR headset that can be recommended but the Samsung Gear. It is a premium device for immersive VR experience so no wonder why its price is a bit high.

When it comes to kids, they love colorful toys and as parent their safety is our concern. Merge VR headset meets this criteria.

So what do you prefer? If you have your own personal review about the above VR devices, you can share by leaving a comment below. We would also appreciate if you Click the Share Buttons below.

Dan Sicat

8 Comments

  1. Hi Dan, Thanks for this top 10 on VR Headsets. Personally, I’m not a fan of Mobile Phone VR Headsets, but I do appreciate the number of options. Do you plan on or have you done a top 10 of independent VR Headsets? I love the Oculus Rift myself I wouldn’t mind hearing more about it and others that may be similar 🙂

    • Hi Marvin!

      Thanks for dropping by on this post.

      Yes there are independent VR headsets with no need of smartphones to function. These devices were developed for hardcore gaming long before they developed VR versions for smartphones. As you said the Oculus Rift is one of them. HTC Vive and PlayStation VR are also popular ones. Oculus Go is another one which is a complete standalone VR headset.

      Thank you for your suggestion. You will be notified once I published a review about these devices.

  2. Hi Dan, thank you for a great review of the top 10 VR Headsets. Honestly, I had no idea there were so many VR headsets to choose from.

    I bought the Samsung Gear VR last year as that was the only VR Headset I came across while I was on holiday and I am very happy with it.

    With Samsung Gear VR I just love the fact I can hang out with friends in the Oculus rooms and play games with them in a virtual world!

    • Hi Moni!
      Thanks for dropping by.
      I’m glad you like my review.
      Yes there are lots to choose from. I just included the top 10 that I think are worth trying whether you want to experience virtual reality only or you want immersive VR experience. So far Samsung VR is the best choice for immersive VR environment.

  3. My brother has a Samsung gear. He loves it. I didn’t know there are that many different ones out there. My brother is always into electronic stuff, I will definitely be sharing this article with him. This was a great read. I also love virtual reality and I currently have a headset. I will definitely buy from you when it comes to the time for a new one. I really appreciate you for putting this together. It’s very informative and helpful.

    • Hi Hong!
      I am glad you found this article helpful and a great read.
      Yes there are lots of them and these are just the top 10 that I think worth considering when it comes to virtual reality experience.
      You can drop by here again just in case you need some reference in the future.

  4. For me personally the samsung gear is the best..! But it is as you say, i game a lot so thats what is the best thing for me! Still getting headaches if i play with it too much though :0

    • If you game a lot, and would like to immerse in virtual reality, yes the Samsung gear is the right option.
      Anything too much of course is not recommended even for this premium device. Just play in moderate and must take some break if you plan to play for a long period of time.

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