As noted in our previous review of the Cherry Mobile Touch XL2 that came with its own VR box, Cherry Mobile is also trying to get into the virtual reality game. This is evident by their Cherry Mobile VR Glasses. So we have tried it out and this is our review of the device.
Cherry Mobile VR Goggles Review – Design and Construction
First off this actually looks nice. Compared to other VR goggles, this one looks better crafted. Sure it may be made mostly of plastic, but what good looking plastic it is. If anything, only issue with it is the mark at the front of the goggles with the Cherry Mobile VR logo, the paint against the plastic looks cheaply done, other than that this looks pretty nice.
In terms of function, this also holds up pretty decently. The phone compartment has a bit of padding to hold the phone in. I like this bit particularly because they used foam instead of other harder materials. At least with the foam, your phone won’t get any scratches on its back. Another cool feature is the adjustment sliders at the bottom of the goggles. This allowed me to manually adjust what I’m seeing to suit my preference. This meant if at any point I felt that the VR was a bit off for me, I can just use the sliders and it’s back to business.
Cherry Mobile VR Goggles Review -Functionality
I have to say the Cherry Mobile VR Goggles are pretty comfortable to use, the padding along it was soft but also firm to hit that solid level of comfort. The straps too were pretty good they adjusted well and did not feel like it was digging into my head as I tightened it.
Another cool feature of this device is that it comes with a remote control that connects via Bluetooth. It is powered by two AAA batteries and looks like the long lost sister of the Wii remote as it has a similar look – an analog at the top with six buttons beneath it and two shoulder buttons. The only downside to this is that it looks easily breakable. The white plastic looks thin and if you shake it, you’ll hear the insides of the remote jiggle, thus giving an impression that the inside is pretty hollow.
Cherry Mobile VR Goggles Review -Experience
As I said earlier, this device was comfortable to have on.I tried out a Roller Coaster app and I must say that it was pleasant. I was moving my head around and at no moment did I ever think that I had a big pair of goggles on my face. Sure, I was adjusting the sliders from time to time but the overall experience was pretty solid. Even when tilting my head up, I did not feel the heft of the goggles much on my face.
Also, the sliders were a great help as it took me a while to adjust to the display. For a while, I kept seeing the two screen merging in the middle which just felt odd but after a while I got used to it and manually adjusting does help. It also feels better to be in control like that than just waiting for your eyes to adjust. At least that way, I felt like I was doing something instead of waiting and suffering through a painful experience for my eyes.
Cherry Mobile VR Goggles Review – Conclusion
Buy or Bye? Overall, I’d say it still depends on the VR app or multimedia source you use to really make for a good VR experience. But, these goggles make for a solid foundation. The body is solid and comfort is one of its main pros. It can handle phones from 4.5 to 6 inches and it comes with a remote. For Php 1,200, I have to say that is a buy for those who really want to get deep into the VR experience like apps and panoramic videos. It is a pretty solid deal with some cool features but I can’t say that it is a definite must have.
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