The Samsung Gear VR allows you to turn your Galaxy 4 smartphone into a virtual reality headset. The Samsung Gear VR sensors track your head movements and combined with the touchpad on the side of the headset, you can immerse yourself into 3D worlds, panoramic views and games. All applications are currently free from the Oculus VR App Store and some are even compatible with Android game controllers for an even more engaged experience. I recently took one of these futuristic goggles for a test drive and played some games. Unfortunately, I had to put it down after playing the VR version of Temple Run as I started to get quite sea-sick. That being said, I’m also a person who is very prone to motion sickness and the owner of the headset plays games on it for hours without turning even a slight shade of green. While the fast moving 3D games might be too much for me to handle without dramamine, I have to admit the device was extremely cool and it’s a major step forward in consumer accessible VR. Even though it’s cutting edge for today, I’d have to imagine that in a few years the technology will be able to fit in your sunglasses making it even more mainstream, and my 15 minute gaming experience and virtual store browsing definitely felt like like the future.
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With the launch of the Nexus line, Google is taking a stab at three Apple devices – the iPhone, the iPad and Apple TV. The Galaxy Nexus Phone ($350 unlocked) features a 4.65″ HD (1280 x 720) Super AMOLED contour display and is the first phone to run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor. The Nexus 7 is a 7″ HD Android tablet that undercuts the iPhone with a pre-0rder price of $199. The Nexus Q brings it all together, and works as a streaming command center for your entertainment needs. With the Q you can stream content from Google Play and even allow your friends to queue up music and videos on your playlists via their Android devices over wi-fi. With a pre-order price of $350, the Nexus Q requires no downloading, synching or saving – all the content is served via the cloud.
If you’re looking to update your Android phone, you may want to wait for the Samsung Galaxy S III. The Galaxy S3 has a large 4.8 inch HD 1280 x 720 AMOLED display, delivering you a crisp look at what Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) has to offer – which includes face recognition where you can unlock your phone by looking at it. The Galaxy S3 also packs a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, 1.9 megapixel front camera, impressive 8 megapixel rear camera, and up to 64GB of storage plus SD slot. We have to wonder how the new iPhone will compare.
If you love the features of your iPhone or Android phone, but miss the old-school feel of an older telephone – check this out. Perfect for long calls while at home or work, this retro Moshi Moshi Headset allows you to jack-in a traditional telephone handset into your smartphone. Not only is this a fun concept, but the retro headset will block radiation from your cell phone, increase comfort while talking and improve the sound quality.
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Helicopters are cool. iPads, iPod touches, iPhones and Android phones are cool too. A remote control helicopter that you can control with your iOS or Android device while viewing a live video feed from the air is super cool. Controllable from an augmented reality app the Parrot Quadricopter is perfect for spying and you can play augmented reality in-air dogfights with other drones. Also included is a protective hull so the propellers won’t get damaged if you fly into stuff.
GET IT: $299
Only a few days after the release of the iPhone 4S, the Android platform fires back with the announcement of their latest and greatest smartphone – the DROID RAZR by Motorola. Back when flip-phones were all the rage, the RAZR dominated the market. We’ll see how the touchscreen version fairs out but it does look pretty promising. Touting to be the world’s thinnest smartphone, it packs a 1.2 GHz processor, Kevlar fiber construction, a 4.3″ Super AMOLED screen and will enable you to stream HD movies from Netflix. The DROID RAZR be available for Verizon in November for $299 with a two-year contract.
If you’re looking for something between an iPad and iPod touch, check out the Samsung Galaxy Tab. This 7″ screen mobile tablet is bigger than a phone, but still easy to tote around. Running off of the Android platform with a 1GHz processor, you’ll be able to surf the web, read books, play games, and much more. Monthly or pay-as-you-go data plans from T-Mobile will keep you connected, and Wi-Fi can be used in hot spots. A rear 3-MP camera supports photo and video, and a 1.3-MP front camera is also included for video chatting.
GET IT: $650