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by PhoneChanger on ‎30-08-2016 12:24 - last edited on ‎12-09-2016 15:29 by Community Manager (2,489 Views)

Thanks to Martin and the team for allowing me the opportunity to do the try the tech on O2's Google Cardboard.

 

Having tried VR using the Samsung Gear VR I was keen to see how Googles "free" attempt would be.

 

Lets start off with the packaging, its nice and light, with the instructions printed on the bottom of the box, however, the instructions are far from easy to follow, small pictures make it hard to understand what piece gets folded where. After many minutes of trying to figure it out I tried my luck and took a best guess. Luckily I was right and shortly after I had a completed cardboard viewer.

 

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Its then best to download the cardboard application and run it, it will help you line up the phone on the sticky pad provided.

 

As part of the application it tries to assist you by asking you to scan a barcode on the viewer to get the right settings, etc. Only problem here is that there is no barcode on the viewer (or packaging).

 

Once you're all set up you're good to go.

 

Its an interesteing experience, however no where near as immersive as the gear VR, there is too much white light from the outside of the viewer, along with no ability to keep the viewer attached to your head, still it is able to showcase some interesting concepts. Google street view, Youtube and Jaunt are all apps I can recommend to showcase what VR car do

 

There is no ability to use any of the buttons with the O2 viewer, so I did find myself having to frequently open the pannel to intereact with my handset.

 

The good

  • Cheap
  • Easy to use
  • Supports multiple handsets and types (iOS, Android, etc)

 

The Bad

  • Inability to control your phone inside the viewer
  • User instructions to built the viewer can be a challenge
  • Light leeks from the outside and no ability to strap to your head
  • Limited apps available, there is no dedicated applications such as occulous with the Gear VR

 

 

Comments
by Community Manager
on ‎30-08-2016 13:59

Great review @PhoneChanger I liked the breakdown of the good and the bad Smiley Happy

by jonsie
on ‎30-08-2016 14:24

Just for interest, how much does this Blue Peter Cornflake packet cost? 

Nice review by the way @PhoneChanger Smiley Wink

by Cleoriff
on ‎30-08-2016 17:32

Nice review @PhoneChanger...The bad seems to outweigh the good. Out of interest how much do these cost?

by MI5
on ‎30-08-2016 17:37
£15 from Google for a bit of cardboard, velcro and an elastic band.
by Cleoriff
on ‎30-08-2016 17:44
by MI5
on ‎30-08-2016 17:37
£15 from Google for a bit of cardboard, velcro and an elastic band.
 
Ok..Easy to make my own then?
by MI5
on ‎30-08-2016 17:51
Shouldn't be too difficult.
by Beenherebefore
on ‎30-08-2016 18:00

Why would anybody want to view cardboard ?

 

Honest review......should prevent anyone wasting their money........but I am surprised Google putting out such a "Blue Peter" product.

by Cleoriff
on ‎30-08-2016 18:12

Just to say here....we are still being taken to the OP even when replying to the last post made. I thought this issue had been fixed?

by jonsie
on ‎30-08-2016 18:14

But you do get a Blue Peter badge...

by MI5
on ‎30-08-2016 18:20
Without going too far OT, Toby said they were looking at fixing it, not that it had been fixed.
by WispaRed7
on ‎09-09-2016 17:37

I have a cardboard one part-way completed ... I can un-do ... = ... flatten it & re-pack almost as good as new ... & ... foc ... to anyone who wants it ... post haste, of course

 

 

Altogether Now ... ... ... Get Down Shep ... Bouncy