I mention the field of view a lot. This is a number that is tossed around and measured differently by each manufacturer. In addition, results will vary from phone to phone, with larger phones typically resulting in a better field of view.

As a general rule of thumb, a field of view between 60 and 85 degrees will result in a visible black border around what you see, producing an effect similar to looking through a diving mask. However, it is sometimes preferred for watching traditional, non-VR movies on a virtual movie screen, especially for those with low-resolution phone screens.

A field of view of 90 to 100 degrees is typical, and the edge of the image will be close to the edge of your peripheral vision. The Samsung Gear VR, for example, has a 96 degree field of view.

Mobile headsets currently top out at 120 degrees, which, when combined with a large phone screen, will provide the most immersive virtual reality experience.

So the numbers that you will read below will give you an idea, results will very from phone to phone

So with that said, lets jump right into it…. shall we?

1. BOBOVR Z4

It shouldn’t be a surprise for those who follow me. I recomend it 95 percent of the time to those who ask for advice on what to get. Watch my YouTube review below.

Price: $30-40 USD
120° 
Claimed FOV 

The BoboVR Z4 is packed with functions such as built-in headphones with volume control, a touch input button, and an adjustable phone mount.

It is very comfortable, with great optics, and the strap and face-pad offer a very comfortable experience.

On the other hand, the built-in headphones needed to be pushed in to get the full quality. You can mod them out, as I demonstrate in this video, or buy a version without the headphones. The touch button may not work for people with thick or tempered screen protectors.

None the less, it is by far the best Google Cardboard-compatible VR headset on the market. It gets almost everything right that other headsets fail to do — and the price is just right.

2. FIIT VR 2N

The headset that took me by surprise, it reminded me so much of the BOBOVR Z3, in terms of ease of use. Watch my YouTube review below.

Price: $20-25 USD
102° Claimed FOV 

Now yes it doesn’t have a proper focus adjustment system, but it does have room for glasses users, you can cut out a bit of the sides to allow for that extra glasses room, but I did not have to use my glasses with this headset.

It is very light weight, easy to use and very cheap as well. The strap and facepad combo I really enjoyed, it’s very nice and snug.

I found I was using it more than the BOBOVR Z4. So why did I not recommend it as my number one pick? because the Z4 has the least complaints.

Also take note that it can sometimes be hard to center to get the white seam to be hidden since the middle divider wall is pretty thin, but I plan to release a headset fixing guide to fix reoccurring problems with headsets, such as this one, and fixing non-responsive touch input buttons.

I also did find it to be a good hybrid headset for both movie watching and immmersive virtual reality experiences, with a field of view right on the edge of both worlds.

Now here is the big part about this headset — I totally recommend this for anyone planning to play Oculus and  Steam VR games by streaming from the desktop to the smartphone. Read my guide about how to do it here.

3. BOBOVR Z3

For the first quarter of 2016 this was my top recommended headset, the reason be is that other headsets were full of problems at the time. Watch my YouTube review below.

Price: $20 USD
95°
Claimed FOV 

I encountered the fewest number of problems with this headset. It was simple, easy to use and very user friendly. It has both focus and IPD adjustments and a very simple yet very effective magnetic door mount.

It was very comfortable, though some users reproted that the nose room was a little too small.

Although it was great I found it to be a tad bit heavy, where my neck would get tired of it after watching long videos. But overall its a good all around headset.

4. U NOTON

Next is my favorite companion headset that I use for demoing to people. Watch my YouTube review below.

Price: $6-10 USD
90° Claimed FOV

That’s right — it’s around $6, I found mine on Gearbest, but you can also find it on Amazon sometimes with a slightly higher price, but still cheap.

I would say it has a correct calculated FOV, it gives a full FOV believe it or not. Its my favorite headset to carry around. It’s cheap, simple and effective. When people tell me VR is expensive, I tell them this costs the same as a fast food meal.

It does not have a super clear lens, no IPD or focus adjustments and you can’t wear glasses with it. The strap sucks — just remove it. You don’t want to demo VR with a strap when you’re on the go with a group of people, anyway.

The size is small and awesome, toss it anywhere and not have to worry about it.

I totally recommend getting it even if you have another headset.

5. Ritech Riem III

This one is old and fading out of favor, but I do prefer it over the ones further down on this list for its amazing comfort and weight. Watch my YouTube review below.

Price: $12 USD
70° Claimed FOV

This headset is extremely light weight and very comfortable. I just really like it, at first I thought it was a cheap built headset when I got it, but I was surprised.

It has great optics. Yes, it has a low FOV, but it is meant for movies, and yes it does have a built in selection button, perfect for movie controls. It is the best headset that really feels amazing even with glasses, does not press against your glasses anywhere whatsoever. This is a great headset for watching movies — I watched a Star Wars movie and I was able to pull it through to the end without any fatigue.

The only problem that I saw is the suction cup phone holder. You usually would want a flat back, once your phone is in, it should stay in.

6. Baofeng Mojing XD

The following headsets are very hard to rate since they are so similar… in problems. Watch my YouTube review below.

Price: $20 USD
60° Claimed FOV

This one has a nice pair of lenses that have anti blue light coating that helps protect your eyes.

But the strap doesn’t have the best design, and it can get very annoying when taking on and off. It has plenty of room for glasses but I encountered fogging issues.

It is light weight and it’s also made for movie watching, but it does not have a built-in touch button, and is not the quickest headset to setup and use.

7. VR BOX 2.0

Everything is OK except for the phone compartment. Watch my YouTube review below.

Price: $20 USD
60° Claimed FOV

So I have mixed feelings about this one. I like it because it gives a nice solid mount the strap feels snug.

But on the other hand the phone compartment is a hassle to setup, especially with curved back phones. The optics were OK, just nothing to rave about. But it did have full adjustment for each eye focus and IPD.

8. Shinecon

This headset is sold in many places, under a wide variety of brand names. Watch my YouTube review below.

Price: $15-20 USD
60° Claimed FOV

The FOV is extremely small and the facepad doesn’t quite sit perfectly. It does have IPD and focus adjustment, its OK if this is the only headset that can reach you in your country.

The phone compartment is somewhat better than the VR BOX 2 but the build quality was flimsy.

9. VR PARK V3

An almost perfect copy of the Shinecon. Watch my YouTube review below.

Price: $15-20 USD
65° Estimated FOV

This one has a better build quality and has a better phone compartment than the Shinecon, but the strap is too flexible and didn’t feel snug. It did not do it for me.

It does have focus and IPD adjustments but the focus moves the lenses so that they touch your eyes if pushed too close.

10. Ling VR and Baofeng Mojing IV

One of the worst, most overpriced headsets, Why are they on the list? To save you from the horror I faced. Watch my YouTube reviews below.

Price: $50 USD
90° Claimed FOV

When I unboxed them, there was so much excitement because the packaging was premium, but things got really disappointing real fast.

The strap failed — as in broke — on the Ling VR and on the Baofeng it was just not usuable.

The lenses really hurt my eyes on the Ling VR — you can take a look at the video and see how the lenses distort in the middle. And so did the lenses on the Baofeng Mojing IV, which was also filled with chromatic aberration

Again, a real big disappointment at $50 each!

Column adapted with permission from VR Kommando.