Work have sorted me out a new mobile
a "really blue"(that is what it says on the box) Google Pixel.
Very nice phone and charges in just 15 minutes! Also came with a dedicated USB C cable and mains adaptor as well as a USB C to micro USB adaptor.
The photo app has PhotoSphere, which is like panorama but full 360. Just like panorama you take a picture then turn the phone and take another, except you are prompted to take pictures above and below you, about 30. The preview when you do this looks terrible, edges mismatch, light differing. But then it magically "processes" the PhotoSphere and PING it is all amazing clear with no mismatched edges and all the colours looking right.
You can then turn the phone and see it update in real-time like VR. It is surprisingly difficult to take a good PhotoSphere, as you keep wanting to move the phone as you rotate it. I found the best solution was to orientate on a light fixture and keep checking the phones location as you turn it.
Need to find out how to get the PhotoSpheres off the phone...
As VR "like" as PhotoSpheres are I also managed to wrangle a Google
Cardboard. The Cardboard comes flat packed with no instructions. Rather annoyingly my version is also not the version all the YouTube video explain in excruciating detail how to build!
Once built, the phone has very little to hold it in place and the "switch" is not very responsive. It is just a metal washer and magnet.
The VR experiences are a bit rubbish. Maybe I have been spoilt with the HTC Vive
. The graphics are very low poly count and you can not move in 3D space.
That last one made me quite sick after a short while. You see, as the Vive tracks all motion, while the Cardboard only tracks rotation. But as you rotate your head you can not help but also moving your neck and body and the visuals then do not match!
There is a slight difference in price though, 700 for the Vive and 5 for the Cardboard.
I was hoping Google
s project Tango would be included with the Pixel. Tango tracks the 3D environment around you to determine where in space the phone is. When it works it will the Vive without the lighthouses.