Inexpensive phone-like 5 inch tablet?

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  1. HTWingNut

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    My kids are too young to have phones, and they already have a 10 inch Android tablet. But they really like Virtual Reality and I don't want them using my Samsung phone for it all the time.

    Are there any relatively inexpensive solutions for doing VR, as in 5 inch form factor tablets and VR headsets that accept them? I wanted to get something like that for them for Christmas. I'd really like to not spend more than $100 on it if I don't have to. But am willing to go a little higher if it's decent.

    Even the older Samsung S5 and S6 phones are quite pricey just to buy as a tablet.

    I'd be really surprised if something like this doesn't exist. Seems like it would be a hot seller for an ~$100 small smartphone sized tablet with a headset. Maybe I need to start a kickstarter if no such thing exists! :p

    Thanks.
     
  2. killkenny1

    killkenny1 Too weird to live, too rare to die.

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    For VR you would need a higher than 1080p resolution phone, so not sure if there are $100 options for that.
     
  3. Convel

    Convel Notebook Evangelist

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    Standalone VR headsets, such as the HTC Vive Focus, are finally starting to make an appearance. If your kids are currently enjoying high-end, Vulkan-based VR, a budget phone isn't an option due to minimum requirements.
    Actually, the Pixel 2 is just PenTile 1080p and runs Daydream, but OLED, Snapdragon 810 or above, and Android Nougat or later are official requirements. Display requirements are easily bypassed on a rooted phone, but may result in a less than stellar experience. Only older Cardboard apps can be run on inexpensive phones.
     
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    Moto G5 with Google Cardboard?
     
  5. HTWingNut

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    It seems I can find refurbished 64GB Samsung Galaxy S6 for around $150. If I were to use them just as a tablet, does it need to be an "unlocked" phone? I don't plan on adding any celluar service, just wi-fi.
     
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    JRE84 Notebook Consultant

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    Unlocked lg g3 or g4. Nuff said
     
  7. JRE84

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    they have the Quad HD displays the G4 has the quantum. So you'll get more Vivid colors the G3 is a little bit cheaper but maybe it's worth going for the G4 as the screen is amazing and the VR experience is incredible little or no screen door effect
     
  8. HTWingNut

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    Thanks. LG G3 and G4 prices don't seem to differ a whole lot. For kids, screen door doesn't matter so much. If it was a lot cheaper I might go for G3, but seems not much price difference. Any reason not the Galaxy S6?
     
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    No, if you are not connecting them through a wireless provider, you do not have to unlock them. Only if you want to fire them on a network. I was going to suggest this very thing.
     
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    Thanks I found G4 rather inexpensive on eBay. Thanks for the suggestion.

    Ok, that's what I wanted to know. Doesn't need to be "unlocked" model if I just want to use Wi-fi.
     
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