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on December 19, 2016
It works, so you can get an idea of what VR is all about without spending much money, but, as you can imagine for a cardboard product, it is very basic. My biggest complaint is that the instructions on how to use the device are incomplete. It took me a couple days to figure out how to "push the button" to activate content. It turns out that the "button" consists of a disc shaped magnet and a washer (like for a nut and bolt) that go into a slot on the side of the cardboard. That was pretty obvious from the size and shape of the slot, but I was putting in in wrong way around and every time I tried to "push" it, the pieces would come apart and fall out or the device. After figuring that out, it provided a very basic starter exposure to the VR experience, and is certainly worth the price.
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on November 17, 2017
It's an ok toy. Definitely worth the price. Someday this VR stuff will be more useful and higher quality. I wear glasses, so I needed to cut a slot along each side (left and right) near lens level. Otherwise it wouldn't fit. Apparently nobody is paying much attention to glasses wearers, but the cardboard makes such modifications easy. One of the advantages to having one of the viewers without sides is that you can get to the controls easier. In many programs the cute little magnetic button on the side didn't work, so I had to keep opening the back to touch controls on the phone. I was a little surprised by the graininess of some of the content. Perhaps my samsung phone would have better resolution if it were an iphone. Although 360 degree images are interesting, you can get dizzy from turning around a lot. I could do without the 360 view. I find the 3d aspects more compelling. Anyway it is fun for awhile. And there is some nice demo content out there. Someday really great headsets will be available that are superadjustable, more useful for glasses wearers and super cheap. At least this one has the latter.
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on February 5, 2016
Wow! How can a cardboard be so amazing! We're new to this stuff. I just saw a video about it on facebook so I went ahead and looked it up on amazon i always thought VR's are soo expensive just look at that microsoft VR. it's like 3grand omg. I'm so glad I found this!!! I feel like i can go anywhere! international space station, in paris, in a concert next to elton john!! wow!! i thought my daughter would like it. well gee we all love it!!!! I might get one for myself!! lol I told all my friends and they're getting one too!! You need to watch the video to get it ready i mean instructions are pretty vague but you'll be amazed how easy it is to set up when you watch the video haha okay one more thing the experience is so much better with headset/earplugs!
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on May 26, 2016
iPhone 6 works extremely well, in this instance -size does matter :) Shipment was timely, we received it ahead of scheduled, delivery and the packaging was perfect. No damage whatsoever. The instructions are not very clear by itself, clearly authored by someone not proficient in English nonetheless, my 10 year old quickly figured it out. Again, putting it together is fairly straight forward.
I caution anyone who simply wants to rip along perforated lines. Pay extra attention before ripping/tearing/cutting as once done, you're likely going to end up with a less than perfect product.
Once it's together, you scan the QR code and the rest is magic. Kids & adults alike will find this an interesting innovation, it's cheap enough fur those curious to try it and sturdy enough for those meticulous individuals to find it doing precisely what it was intended to do.

I would recommend to others, I would purchase additional quantities if I needed additional Google Cardboard kits.

Lastly, to be very clear the iPhone 5 form factor is too small for this specific unit.
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on February 17, 2016
I have been on the fence about trying this. I remember VR at Epcot and it wasn't exactly as promising as they said.

However, there were a lot of features and apps I wanted to try (games, tours street views camera, tv/movies) and that made it worth the price.

The gamble paid off. I think the success of the device will depend on your phone's size and display, but I have a Galaxy S5 and I think I'm getting the most out of the device (except for streaming services but there are workarounds you can try.) It was very simple to put together. It's cardboard but it's sturdy.

Buckingham Palace tour, Evolution of Life short film, and the coral reefs are favorites.

If you don't have the money to pay for a plastic VR try this.
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on August 20, 2016
As advertised, and works pretty well. Mine came with the "optional strap" AND an extra set of lenses so overall I am satisfied. However, there was no information on what the extra lenses were/are for either in the package or on-line, so I'm left guessing. It's cardboard folks, so while it is extremely easy to assemble, I thinking of adding some glue at the "joints" to keep them more rigidly in place. In particular, the center flap (labeled "5") And the side closure flap (which keeps the whole thing together) has already come loose since the two small peel and stick strips aren't sufficient to firmly hold it in place. Finally, I am grateful for the elastic strap being included, but the peel and stick Velcro ends up covering up the QR code on the left side of the viewer, so every time you load a new VR app, you either have to save and use the QR code on the package (that your tear off and presumably throw away), or you have to peel back the Velcro patch to scan with your phone. Need a better spot for the QR code.
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on September 17, 2015
First off, this product is cheap. It is hard to justify not blowing this amount of money out of curiosity as there is little to lose. It is also made of cardboard so you don't have to feel bad for tossing it if you don't like it.

The viewer is also well constructed when assembled and somehow didn't feel cheap (even though it is made out of cardboard!). It gives a good VR experience although I haven't checked out any other VR systems. The fact that this works with your phone is ingenious and despite any shortcomings, offsets them nicely.

One problem I did have was with my Samsung S5 phone. When using the Cardboard app to scan the QR code, it left the two screens with too wide of a spacing and my eyes could not actually focus on anything. Being slightly creative, I used another phone to look up another QR code that might possibly calibrate the viewer accordingly and scanned it. Luckily, this worked wonderfully. Anyone who had problems with this viewer with the views not lining up should try this easy fix, especially if you have an S5.
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on April 22, 2018
You get what you pay for, and considering this is a (strong and sturdy) cardboard VR goggle, you can't get a better deal for a first-time VR trial before committing to higher end ones. It's also very easy to assemble. One star off for the adhesive strips on the side which came off because the velcro headband is on the short side and stretches everything so the side flap kept coming off until it just wouldn't stick anymore. And my head is on the small side compared to a lot of people I know--I wear S/M hats. No biggie. Just make sure to stick the velcro pads way at the end of the side, closest to your face to get maximum length for the band, and then use superglue for the inside adhesive strips. Voila.
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on March 10, 2016
Don't get me wrong- this is not a Samsung Gear or Oculus Rift, but for the price you can't beat it. Tons of free apps and videos to watch and every one of them will give a room full of laughs as the user reaches out to touch and bobs their head to dodge what isn't there. Assembly is easy- I used a little duct tape to reinforce parts I knew would eventually wear loose and cut some holes so it wouldn't hit buttons on my S5 Sport- but that's the great thing about it. I surely wouldn't take a knife to a $120 Gear. I recommend getting an actual head strap for it so you won't try to use a head lamp and bust yourself in the face like I did.
Side note- the seller was the best I ever dealt with. Contacted me with links for instruction and recommendations as soon as my order went through and then checked in again to be sure I was satisfied. Top-notch customer service.
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on January 10, 2017
So basically all a 'virtual reality kit' has to do is hold your phone still, isolate your eyes from each other, and give you some lenses to help focus on the phone. It's the phone that does all the work. For that limited set of functions, this is a great device. Of course, nothing at this price point is going to be perfect (i had to take a dremel to the nose hole, guess i've just got a big nose), and it's a bit tough, though not impossible, to keep my phone in it's otter case (yes - i drop things) while in the D-scope, but all it took was a rubber band and i'm good to go. The only thing I'd add is a manual or, at the very least, a 'included in the box' sheet to tell me what the extra lenses are for (replacement? different focal length?), the thin foam piece (which i cut in strips and use as a nose cushion), why there's a washer stuck to the side with a magnet, what's the rubber band for, etc. Maybe i'm just ignorant. Oh - an upscale model that lets you adjust the distance between the lenses would be useful for some. All in all - just what i expected and wanted.
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