Samsung Gear VR Review (let’s get real with virtual reality)

Lately, I’d been infected by the virtual reality hype from reading gaming news, and so I decided to go out and grab Samsung Gear VR headset.  I’m using Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge which is being compatible and supported by Samsung Gear VR, and so I didn’t have to hesitate of grabbing a Samsung Gear VR headset.  The price point for Samsung Gear VR headset is only $99, and so it didn’t cost me an arm or a leg or anything like that.  It was a quick drive to Best Buy, and I got myself one.  It was weird too, because when I grabbed mine at Best Buy, it was the last one in store.  They told me so!

Anyway, I thought with all the hypes from the reviews on virtual reality headset, Samsung Gear VR would have blown my mind.  To tell the truth though, my mind wasn’t blown, but I appreciate the technology.  If you have never watched 3D movies before, Gear VR headset or any other virtual reality headset on this date (roughly around early 2015 till now which is Dec. 29th of 2015) would probably have blown your mind.  Fortunately for me, my mind is safe since I’d seen plenty of 3D movies in theaters before.  Although 3D movies are not exactly 360 degree environment, these movies do give you a perspective as if you’re closer to the entertainment medium while you’re at it.  3D view that is!  As if you’re there.  Virtual Reality headsets such as Samsung Gear VR go one step beyond 3D movie technology, because these things provide you the perspective of 360 degree immersive environment.  This means the movies and games you watch and play would put you in the center of the mix.

Samsung Gear VR got one thing going is that it’s virtual reality on the go, because it’s wireless and mobile.  Similar virtual reality headsets won’t have the problem of entertaining you on the go for sure.  Nonetheless, with technology such as Samsung Gear VR, the picture quality is still not high definition enough, thus the range of grainy quality to near HD won’t provide you the immersion that you might have thought a virtual reality environment would provide you.  For me, this is a big disappointment.  I guess, 4K media and various high quality entertainment pictures have had spoiled me in term of allowing me to adjust my brain and eyes to a plethora of Ultra HD picture media, and so Samsung Gear VR could only provide me a 360 degree immersion dimension.  Now, if Samsung Gear VR and other similar VR headsets could provide me the Ultra HD resolution while in 360 degree immersion, this would’ve blown my mind.

Oculus Rift may come out very soon in early 2016, and I’ve heard that with this you maybe able to get much better picture quality in virtual reality.  The resolution would be gorgeous since it does require you to hook up to a moderately powerful computer.  I guess, I may have to wait till Oculus Rift comes out before I can confirm how my mind would go insane for this sort of technology.

With several drawbacks, I still think Samsung Gear VR is super fun.  I got to play a game known as Vanguard with Samsung Gear VR, and it’s somewhat amusing.  My head would do the Chris Tucker’s head dance as if I’m right next to Jacky Chan and telling him don’t touch a black man’s radio.  Now, if in the future you could ride with Jacky and Chris in Rush Hour X using Samsung Gear VR, this would be awesome!

After playing Vanguard, I went on and tested out the social environment in virtual reality, and it’s too somewhat amusing.  I saw myself sitting in the theater environment of sort, but watching someone else who is playing his or her media or a game or whatever.  I could have a little chit chat to the next person if I didn’t mute myself.  I think you may have to also use a bluetooth headphone before you could begin a chitchat like that.  I didn’t even have that, and so I didn’t even try to bother with it.

I got to watch couple 3D 360 degree immersion videos, and by this time I was like I’m loving it.  Nonetheless, the resolution of these videos pulled me out of the virtual reality immersion quite quickly.

Oh, by the way, you can also watch Netflix with Gear VR headset, and this is quite fun to do so.  To tell the truth though, I prefer watching Netflix on a 4K monitor and 4K TV, because the resolution would be way better.  Nonetheless, watching Netflix in Gear VR headset is quite fun, because you put yourself in a different environment.  Basically, you would see yourself sitting on someone else’s couch watching Netflix on a big screen TV.  You would see a remote control, but won’t be able to grab it.  I guess, the next big thing would be virtual reality plus holographic senses, allowing you to feel the senses of touch and smell, digitally.  We’re not there yet, and I don’t know if we’re ever going to see something like that.  Anyway, I have digressed.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge can heat up really fast and consume the battery quite fast while you’re using the Gear VR headset.  As the phone is heating up, the performance of whatever game or video you’re watching can be degraded.  Gear VR doesn’t require a power source, because it taps into the phone’s power.  On the Gear VR headset, it got a micro USB connection slot, and so I think you may be able to charge the phone with a small, flash drive size, battery bank.

Without connecting a headphone of any sort, I’m very please with the sound quality of the Gear VR headset.  The sounds come out of this thing can be heard clearly and loudly.  The sounds come out of this thing give you the feeling of hearing high quality audio sources.  I like it!

To sum things up, I like Samsung Gear VR, because it’s mobile and fun.  With that being said, this virtual reality headset isn’t blowing my mind out of its sanity, because I’m just merely amused by it.  As right now, Samsung Gear VR headset doesn’t have the resolution power and the long lasting energy capacity, and so you can’t really say this thing is that next gen, because 3D and virtual reality technology have been out for awhile already.  Still, with only $99 a pop, Samsung Gear VR does provide great value, because you will have a lot of fun with it.  I guess, in the end, the fun does make a big difference.

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How To Fix USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Slow Speed

My brand new 5 Terabytes 3.0 USB Seagate Expansion Desktop external hard drive was transferring data at 15MB/s, and this is super super slow for 3.0 USB external hard drive.  At first, I thought the hard drive was bad even though it is new.  After tinkering with the hard drive and Windows, I finally found the solution to the problem.  It was a Windows’ hard drive policy that prevented this drive from transferring data at the correct speed.  After fixing up the problem, this drive is now transferring at 150 – 200 MB/s data speed.  In the video right after the break, I show you how to speed up your slow external hard drive.  Enjoy!!!

Lily Camera Is A Futuristic Camera For Everyday People

I see drones!  Oops, I mean camera.  Check out a YouTube video which promotes a new type of camera known as Lily Camera in the bottom of this blog post.  Don’t forget to let me know how exciting you are about the technology in the comment section, OK?

This is not your typical camera in which you have to actively take snapshots and videos.  In fact, it’s not your typical camera at all, because you don’t even have to pay attention to what it is doing.  It seems the video suggests that Lily Camera will just automatically follow you around and take snapshots and videos as how you have instructed it to do so.  In fact, Lily Camera is a waterproof drone in which you throw it in the air and let it be free.  Free to follow you.  Free to take snapshots of you.  Free to take crazy video moments of you.

The specs for this camera/drone are 20 minutes flight time, 2 hours charge time, waterproof, video resolution of 1080p at 60 frames per second, video resolution of 720p at 120 frames per second, photo resolution of 12 Megapixels, front-facing camera, bottom-facing camera, and a whole lot more features such as GPS.

I think once you order this thing you also get a tracking device that you can wear on your wrist.  This is to control the camera/drone’s flight path and whatnot.  According to the article “Lily Camera Is A Drone That Automatically Follows You (link) on Buzzfeed.com, Lily Camera would also record the audio from the wrist’s tracking device so it can add the audio to the video which records by the drone’s cameras.

According to the Buzzfeed.com article that I just mentioned, this neat gadget will be released for the mass in February 2016 for $999, but you can pay for less, roughly around $499, if you are going to preorder Lily Camera now.

It’s cool to have Lily Camera follows you around and takes pictures and videos of you, but I’m worrying about the safety of this device for the owner and the bystanders.  Of course, I think the maker of Lily Camera is also looking at addressing all safety concerns in relation to this gadget before the release, and I do hope the maker of Lily Camera will address all safety issues before Lily Camera gets sold to the mass.

For an example, I’m worrying that something can go really wrong to the bystanders when the battery runs out completely while Lily Camera is still in flight.  Will the drone allot itself enough time to land before the battery would be completely drained?  Another worry of mine about Lily Camera is that you never know the drone can get glitchy and injure the owner’s hand as it lands badly onto the owner’s hand.  Of course, my concerns are not based on facts since nothing like what I have described has yet to occur.  I think Lily Camera is awesome, and I do hope that the maker of this gadget will be able to address all safety issues before the device goes phenomenal.

By the way, 20 minutes flight time is not long enough in my opinion.  I prefer to have a camera drone that is at least 3 hours or more flight time.  The longer the flight time, the better it is in my opinion.

OnePlus One Personal Experience After Using It For 3 Days (Ultra HD)

Just adding a video on YouTube to describe how I felt personally about using OnePlus One after 3 days.  The video is shaky since I’d rarely ever used a smartphone for recording videos, and so I didn’t anticipate for the footage to be so shaky.  The footage I’d taken with OnePlus One is raw; meaning I didn’t use Photoshop or any other video quality enhancement feature to make the footage looks better.  I want the footage to be pristine  just like how it got captured without being edited, showing the real quality of the hardware that I used to capture the footage.  Nonetheless, since the video is way too shaky for normal viewing, and so I had to use a stabilizer feature which came with my video editing software to somewhat stabilize the shaky footage.  In the future, if I’m ever going to do another video recording session with a smartphone, I’ll definitely put more effort in anchoring myself so the footage won’t be too shaky.  Anyhow, check out the video right after the break.  Enjoy!!!

OnePlus One Review (Mobile – Smartphone)

I just got my hands on OnePlus One smartphone from OnePlus, and I’m a very happy man.  Basically, I’d pre-ordered OnePlus One smartphone like a week and half ago, and now I got it.  Check out the short review video I’d made for this awesome smartphone right after the break.  Enjoy!!!

Wanting to know how to apply a screen protector to your smartphone such as OnePlus One?  Check out the YouTube video I found on YouTube which shows you how to do just this right after the break.  Enjoy!!!

Oneplus.net Is Crashing As Too Many People Are Trying To Pre-Order

Apparently, Oneplus.net is down as it crashes when so many people are hitting Oneplus.net at the same time to pre-order Oneplus One smartphone.  Oneplus.net tweets (link) that its people are working on to bring the server back up for pre-ordering.  As I’m writing this right now, I can’t really pre-oder the phone since Oneplus.net won’t allow my web browser to load it.  Anyhow, let’s hope Oneplus.net will be OK soon so people can begin to pre-order Oneplus One.  I had the feeling that this would happen, because Oneplus One is a hot smartphone.  I didn’t know I was so damn right about that I wouldn’t get to load Oneplus.net correctly on time for pre-ordering. Sigh…  Are you pre-ordering Oneplus One too?

The Reddit’s Oneplus One Pre-order conversation is here (link).

Update:  I finally got through the Oneplus.net’s Pre-order hiccup and ordered 2 Oneplus Ones.  One for my sister, and the other one is for me.  Nonetheless, at the moment, I’m still seeing my payment to Oneplus.net through Paypal is being pending.  Crossing my fingers and hoping that nothing will go wrong.  If nothing will go wrong, I’ll receive Oneplus One in 4 to 5 weeks wait time.  The wait time is suck, but I hope the phone will be great!