Complete list of Daydream VR ready phones
We explore which phones are daydream ready and what makes them so
Since the Google Daydream platform and headsets such as the Google Daydream view entered the Market, Virtual Reality on our mobile devices is becoming standardised and better for all.
One Caveat to that, however, is you need to use a Google Daydream ready phone. Luckily the list keeps growing and most new generation smartphone should have those capabilities.
Below we have listed what current smartphone are Google Daydream ready.
List of Daydream ready phones:
Released in October 2017, the Pixel 2 is the newer version of the Pixel phone. It has a stunning camera, the latest version of Android and a great display. Unlike some other phones, it has a relatively simple design with a large bezel around the screen.
Pixel 2 XL
Being the slightly bigger version of the Pixel 2, the Pixel 2 XL has a large 6-inch QHD+ display. However, if you're looking for comparisons, this is where it ends.
The daydream ready Pixel 2 XL has identical specs to its sibling accept for the 5-inch 1080p display.
The Galaxy S8 has all the usual specs you'd expect of a phone for its price. One of the best AMOLED HD displays, 5.8-inch display and a "to the edge," curved screen. Its only drawbacks are its poorly placed fingerprint scanner, and it's useless AI assistant, Bixby.
Similar to what the Pixel 2 XL does the Galaxy S8+ boosts its screen size to a 6.2-inch quad-HD+ AMOLED screen which looks truly stunning. Everything else about it is reliable, and it is arguably one of the best picks for a daydream ready phone due to its sheer quality.
When Google updated the Daydream views specs, it paved the way for bigger and better phones like the Galaxy Note8. This phone has one of the largest screens in the Daydream ready lineup with a whopping 6.3-inch Quad HD AMOLED HDR display. Unfortunately, this will come at the cost of battery life and your wallet.
The LGV30 has fantastic sounding audio and is one of LG's best-looking phones to date. Despite having a 6-inch quad-HD+ display, some reviews have argued that the screen is lacking in some areas. LG's software isn't the best of looking, and you'll find yourself running slightly older versions of Android because of it.
Moto Z2 Force
The Z2 Force entered the market with a 5.5 inch Quad HD screen, but unlike others, it has been configured and tested to be highly crack resistant. It has dominating performance but don't expect to be in VR for too long before needing to recharge, due to its small 2730mAh battery.
Pixel & Pixel XL
As the original show opening for the Daydream specs, Google configured this phone to be an example of what is to come.
The smaller pixel has a 5 inch, 1080p display while the large XL has a 5.5-inch quad-HD display. While its performance is nothing to be sniffed at, some of its hardware capabilities such as storage options, water resistance and scratch resistance are lacking.
Porsche Design Mate 9
This phone may be Daydream ready but very few people will be able to get their hands on it with a price tag going into four figures. It has a 5.5-inch quad-HD slightly curved display. Its specs are good, but what you're paying for here is the branding more than anything.
The Axon 7 is fairly inexpensive, yet well-designed. It features front-facing speakers for great sounding stereo audio. For its price, it has exceptional performance, excellent battery life and it's Quad HD 5.5 inch AMOLED display leads to fantastic quality VR experiences.
As the original to the Moto Z2 Force this phone can add modular "Moto Mods" to customize the phone to your liking, has a 5.5-inch quad-HD display and all-around good performance.
Unfortunately, its battery life is abysmal and is following the trend of no headphone jack.
Moto Z Force
Very similar to the Moto Z, this phone gets the force in its name form its shatter proof glass.
It has a bigger 3,500 mAh battery and better 21MP camera (compared to 2,600 mAh and 13MP). Aside from this, performance is excellent on both phones, making both Daydream ready with no screen size or quality changes.
As a phone built mainly for Google Tango (before it was shut down) and Google Daydream, it has all the qualities needed to make it a good demo phone for mobile VR & AR.
While it does have a 5.7-inch WQHD display, it does use a second generation processor making it subpar with its competition and more prone to becoming outdated fairly quickly.
Mate 9 Pro
The battery on the Huawei Mate 9 pro is a massive 4000mAh, giving you more than enough to enjoy long Google daydream experiences.
Unlike some other phones, it only features a Full HD display (not QHD) mzeaning quality may be lacking when using VR.
More daydream phones are coming to market
As technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, we can expect more and more phones to go to market being daydream ready. There may be only 14 phones on this list now, but Google has done an excellent job to keep them all at budgets suitable for different people.
We'll continue to update this guide as more phones are released.