While we wait for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive to actually become reasonably available, Samsung has an alternative that is surprisingly impressive. Partnering with Oculus, the Gear VR uses its own Oculus store and offers a ton of content for VR-hungry Samsung phone owners. There are a lot of interesting and creative apps to experience, amid plenty of less-than-stellar choices, but what follows is a list of apps that really sold us on the Gear VR as a viable platform.
LEVEL U PRO (available in black or bronze, $99.99) will be sure to please all users. They’re super stylish and comfortable, and boast of high quality and clear sound. The ergonomic ear gels provide noise-isolation and are splash and sweat resistant, win a free Samsung Gear VR making them ideal for active listeners. These headphones give users the ability to control calls and music intuitively by way of smart magnets in the earbuds – start and pause music, answer and end calls when magnets are connected or disconnected.
However, beyond the type of retro classics you’ll find in Oculus Arcade, the vast majority of the Gear’s free gaming titles are pretty throwaway. Some are quite impressive, such as the endless flight game Polyrunner, but most, like In Cell or Cerevrum, aren’t any more compelling than the average mobile game you’d play to while the time away on your phone.
It is important to note that this scanner is simply a connector and WILL NOT read the codes and display the information by itself. It needs a device that can connect to it via Bluetooth wireless such as a smartphone or laptop computer (you will also need software on that device). An easy solution is an Android powered phone with the Torque Pro app installed.
Pre-installed apps on the Galaxy S7 edge include Samsung’s own suite (Galaxy Apps, S Health, S Voice, Email, My Files, Voice Recorder, Samsung Gear and Internet) plus Microsoft apps, too (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, OneNote and Skype). Of course, Google’s is there also. It’s worth noting that you can’t uninstall any of them but many can be disabled instead.
Google has done a pretty good job of optimising its map app for Android Wear. With maps on your smart watch, you will be able to get turn-by-turn directions to wherever it is that you are going without having to remove your phone – very important if you are walking the streets. As with all Google products, you do not need a separate install on your smart watch as this happens automatically if the app is already on your phone.