Product Comparison: Google Cardboard vs Google Daydream View

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General Specifications
Daydream View
About the Product
Get it, fold it and look inside to enter the world of Cardboard. It’s a VR experience starting with a simple viewer anyone can build or buy. Once you have it, you can explore a variety of apps that unfold all around you. And with plenty of viewer types available, you're sure to find one that fits you just right.
Enjoy VR with a soft, lightweight fabric headset that's easy-to-wear and an expressive controller that's simple to use.
Key Specs
Movement Tracking
Control Type
Interactive click button
Daydream controller
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Google Cardboard Official
  • This is a good headset for anyone who wants to check out VR without paying close to $1000 for the whole headset system. It's not anything close to the Oculas or the HTC Vive platforms but there is quite a selection of apps you can get.
  • This is the best play value for the money I have ever gotten. Some people must be expecting Occulus at this price based on their complaints.
  • These work well enough to evaluate whether you are entertained by a phone-based VR headset.
  • On the oculus you can move around and the view is wider and more immersive. Which is fantastic if you are serious about vr and will be using it often.
  • Ok, they are cheap - and you get what you pay for. But, they get the job done, and I don't have to worry if the kids break them!
Google Daydream View
  • The VR headset works great, very ease app to use and the controller holds a charge for a long time. Depending on the phone model you have you may need to create a simple heat sink to allow heat transfer because your phone will overheat very quickly.
  • I have mixed feelings about this headset, the body of the goggle is ok, the lenses are good but there is no adjustment of any kind. I realize that I can wear my glasses with the headset but I still needed adjustments. That, to me is the only drawback. The controller works great.
  • I had to tweak my notification settings to avoid having to pop out of VR & I kept forgetting that I could change the volume on the controller & would try to use my phone to do it, but other than that I had no complaints.
  • I couldn't get the controller to work with a Pixel or Samsung S8.
  • The controller is not as accurate, the daydream store rather lacklustre in choice and quality of build is light but I'll fitting.
Size & Weight
2.2 in.
3.8 in.
5.9 in.
6.6 in.
3.5 in.
4.2 in.
3.36 oz.
19.2 oz.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Google Cardboard Official
  • The most accurate possible review: if you have a perfectly-sized phone and a perfectly sized head, they're kind of ok.
  • Fits my caseless iphone perfectly, though be careful of the sides as the phone will slip out despite googles attempt at providing grip.
  • The phones fit nicely in the compartment (however, these are not adjustable for a thicker case)
  • Perhaps unsurprisingly, these are quite uncomfortable to wear, even for brief periods of time. I took foam weather stripping and stuck it in various places on the Cardboard to get some padding (mostly around the bridge of the nose).
  • I can't say much other than it's not a one size fits all.
  • They fit poorly on your face, they're extremely uncomfortable, and the quality of the experience will vary depending on your phone model.
Google Daydream View
  • The headset itself is comfortable. My biggest issue is, I guess my head size is weird.
  • You can tighten the strap, however it becomes uncomfortably tight when you finally manage to block out real life. I really want to like this, but having to adjust it to head squeezing tight is just not fun. YMMV, however due to head size.
  • The Daydream viewer is adjustable and fits well, but I have the Pixel 2XL which, when in place, appears to be much too large for the viewer.
  • I love that this fits over my glasses. It is very comfortable to wear.
  • Headband is also slippery and constantly needs adjustment. Shame it doesn't fit my sons smaller head he actually likes this more than I do.
Display Type
Depends on the model
Depends on the model
Focus Adjustment Wheel
Interpupillary Distance Adjustment
Field Of View
360 °
Сlick button
Touch Surface, Home button, App button
Clever, user-friendly design, Works with your smartphone, Cardboard app, So much content to dive into
Comfy design, Handy storage
Adjustable Headband
Integrated Speaker(s)
Integrated Microphone
Power Source
Need no power supply
Built-in rechargeable battery
What customers say about "Features"
Google Cardboard Official
  • The Google Cardboard app was pretty good and had good demos. It was hard finding good apps, but not bad. The response and experience was super cool. I recommend.
  • Works a lot beter than higher priced VR units. Most do not have button control for softwware wich is needed for Android VR software
  • It has a built in "button", that you press and it moves a mechanism that touches your phone's screen to pause or play games and videos. It is also made out of cardboard, so you have to avoid water at all costs.
  • I am very happy with my Google Cardboard VR glasses, the Cardboard Camera App and the Viewer App.
  • Google Cardboard is a great little virtual reality product that is very cheap and works well with many phones. I used mine as a test bed for VR development, but it's great for use with many apps.
Google Daydream View
  • The image is incredible. I am looking forward to more content in the near future. It is a great improvement over the cardboard. I really sensed a 3D effect. I have an astigmatism in my eye so I normally don't pick up on 3D effects. It was nice to be able to experience it.
  • The attention to detail of the device, controller, removable foam mask, new strap type [...] & welcome demo were beautifully crafted
  • This thing is pretty cool, but really it's VR that's so cool. The Daydream viewer is adjustable and fits well, but I have the Pixel 2XL which, when in place, appears to be much too large for the viewer.
  • The rubber strap comes right over the power button and turns thr cellphone off have to be careful and slide the celphone bit left or right.
  • That being said, the Gear VR does have a different store front with different applications so there is a trade off there. Also, there isn't a way to adjust focus like the Gear VR.
  • There is no focus adjustment for people, like myself, that do not have perfect vision. I was unable to get the controller to pair with my phone.
Other Information
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)

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