Samsung Gear VR (2016)
The Samsung Gear VR with Motion Controller has been the first mobile viewer to take simplified VR to the mainstream. Allowing users of all generations that own a Samsung device (Galaxy s6 and beyond) the praise for such a headset has been widely spread. The Gear VR family originally started back in 2015 where preorders of Galaxy phones would receive a free Gear VR, since then the headset has eveolved beyond several iterations of what is now the Samsung Gear VR 2016.
The slightly newer, older brother of the previous 2015 Samsung Gear VR is pretty much the same as its predecessor apart from a few minor adjustments.
Aside from the newer, matt black finish and even curvier edges, the "sm-r323nbkaxar version" or as we like to call it "2016 version" now comes with added support for USB Type C which allows for cross device compatibly and faster transfer speeds. Luckily for those who are still stuck with devices using Micro USB, the 2016 Gear VR also comes with adapters allowing users to eaisily swap.
Samsung have also claimed that this newer model now also comes with an additional field of view, from 96° to 101° however it is yet to be full documented as to if this is entirely accurate or just marketing speak.
What's important to remember when it comes to the Gear VR is, although built by Samsung, it also comes to users through the ever so popular Oculus Home app. The Gear VR acts as the viewer and controller which interacts with Oculus software to provide you with an interesting experience. This allows you to interact with 3D worlds, interactive games and even watch your favorite movies from the comfort of a home cinema.
If you would like to view the differences between the Gear VR (2015) vs the Gear VR (2016) you can see our Samsung Gear VR Comparison