“Absolutely,” I said, when the iwearthetech.com editorial team asked me, “Are you crazy?” for comparing a hot new Android smartphone VR headset combo unit jam packed with oodles of whiz-bang features to a muy muy delicioso Mexican burrito so popular with Silicon Valley’s programmers and techies. “Worse than apples and oranges,” they said; “and it certainly doesn’t even come close to a truly odd comparison such as coconut flakes versus tuxedo buttons or perhaps headshaking, yet completely understandable oxymorons such as ‘jumbo shrimp’ or ‘deafening silence,’ or ‘ethical politicians,’” they emphatically pointed out to me.
I was, however, undaunted in my staunch and unequivocal belief that this odd comparison works. I was as “apparently” sure as the cute lil’ Apparently Kid from YouTube fame. Here’s why.
Virtual Reality Takes a Burrito Bite. It makes absolutely no common sense whatsoever to me to perform a conventional, “non-virtual reality” blog post evaluation on the new ZTE VR virtual reality headset combined with ZTE’s recently announced, kick-ass, high-value-for-your-money Axon 7 smartphone that can plug into the ZTE VR headset at any moment you so desire.
VR requires VR, I say! Do you get my drift?
Does one ask a recently unearthed and previously frozen in Siberia, Neanderthal cave woman with ancient stomach nausea caused by eating three-day old, Woolly Mammoth steak tartar 50,000 years ago to perform a high school driving test of an early 21st century Tesla Model S P90D that jets from zero to sixty miles per hour in under 3 seconds? No, I say, one does not do that – for it makes no sense at all. Furthermore, does one ask a Kardashian to perform the physics calculations for the precise location of earth’s binary star in the great lower bow nether-reaches of the Orion constellation? Not! What sense, then, does it make to conduct a “non-virtual reality” blog post evaluation of a virtual reality wearable product? I call this VR product evaluation method the “Virtual Reality Takes a Burrito Bite” taste test.
Okay, now that you agree with me, let’s get started with my virtual reality taste test comparison of the new VR headset and smartphone offerings from ZTE versus the item that most often flies off the menu at one of Silicon Valley’s most popular eateries.
The ZTE Headset Versus the La Costeña Restaurant. Please follow these easy peasy instructions to conduct your very first VR taste test.
First, place your spiffy new quartz gray or ion gold colored, 185 gram, all metal chassis housed and Corning Gorilla Glass 4 fitted, Qualcomm 2.1GHz MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 processor driven, ZTE Axon 7 smartphone running the v6.01 Marshmallow version of Google’s Android OS into your brand new, Google Daydream VR platform enabled, ZTE VR virtual reality headset. Carefully fit this new ZTE VR headset on your summertime melon. Forget for the moment that the Axon 7 was elegantly designed by Designworks (a BMW company), complete with rounded curves and edges that would make Charolotte McKinney’s virtual reality dreams blush.
For some VR product perspective, telepathically remind yourself via super quiescent, Alpha brain wave meditation techniques that this telecommunications and consumer tech equipment manufacturing company that you’ve likely never heard of before is ZTE, they are headquartered in Shenzhen, China, and they grew last year at a compound annual growth rate of 22% to rake in more than 16 billion USD in annual revenues, from which they pumped 11% of that sum into an aggressive R&D program in order to become a major player in this global consumer electronics space.
If you so desire, take a moment now to smell the roses and imagine almost cybernetically accessing your consumer choice of either 4GB or 6GB of RAM, as well as either 64MB or 128MB of internal storage — your choice, in addition to a native Micro SD card port for masses of extra storage on-the-ready, a USB Type-C port for data transfers (and charging). Now stop smelling those roses and process this in the more analytically oriented left side of your brain. The ZTE Axon 7 just scored some of the highest smartphone benchmark test scores CNET has ever made, on par with those for the Samsung Galaxy S7, the HTX 10, or the Google Nexus 6P smartphone competitors.
Let’s also remind yourself that this nifty package of high technology only cost you 450 USD smackers for an unlocked device with no vexing 2-year LTE carrier contract, yet you could alternatively splurge for the high-end model for about 630 USD, most likely by making an NFC or wireless pay transaction via what ZTE claims is the Axon 7’s best-in-class, most accurate, and quickest fingerprint scanner in the global smartphone industry. If you want to take a quick break for a Starbucks coffee, you may exercise the Axon 7’s internal 9-axis gyroscopic motion tracking system by showing your Starbucks mobile pay app barcode to the laser scanner operated by your local barista. Enough coffee. Let’s continue.
If you need a post-coffee respite refresher, Daydream is Google’s new Android driven virtual reality platform that requires smartphones to embed minimum system requirements in areas such as high-end processors, low persistence displays that reduce motion blur to a human acceptable minimum for VR apps, HiFi sound (that even accommodates the new High Resolution Audio), and high-end sensors to track human head movements in order to map them to VR moves in games and simulations and other VR apps.
Now look at the 5.5-inch diagonal AMOLED display fully enriched with 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution and starkly beautiful contrast levels almost exactly competitive with those from Samsung’s best smartphone displays. Don’t yet tempt yourself to take a Snapchat selfie with the 8 megapixel face-facing camera for narcissists or the 20 megapixel primary outward facing, f/1.8 lens enabled camera for normal humans, nor should you be bamboozled by the cost effectiveness of such a 4K video capturing marvel with dual-LED flash and the Star Wars type allure of “phase detection autofocus” for all photos not taken on Tatooine. If you take family videos at 720p at 240 frames per second, well, just don’t mention that to anyone because they simply will not understand the entities from your planet. Just do what normal humans do and use the Axon 7 at 2160p at 30fps or 1080p at 30fps and you’ll pass this VR taste test just fine.
Please do not start distracting yourself with the Axon 7’s ‘force touch’ haptic feedback technology or its dual SIMMs. Most certainly don’t spend too much time touchscreen-launching mega tunes out its top and bottom, front-facing speaker drivers utilizing AKM HiFi chipsets that are capable of offering rich Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital Plus 7+1 surround sound to your non-Vulcan, yet still quite capable humanoid ears. If you zealously tell your dearest earth friends at school and at work about ZTE’s branding campaign slogan entitled, “Redefining Flagship Audio Performance,” . . . well, that’s on you. Just remember this, though. The Axon 7 can pick up your voice from as far away as 8 meters, so please be careful speaking shamelessly unabashed ‘tech geek’ around it.
If you’re running hard after a long day as one of Scotty’s transporter pad TPS technicians (that’s GPS talk for Transporter Pad System), you can easily use the Axon 7’s implementation of Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 3.0 charging system that allows you to perform a 50% smartphone charge in 30 minutes or a full charge in 15 minutes less time than it will take you to watch the upcoming smash hit BFG movie from Steven Spielberg.
As your penultimate test procedure setup, recall that ZTE was able to cram all of the following wireless and wireline connectivity options into your new low cost VR device: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, dual band, WiFi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, GPS with A-GPS (Assisted GPS), GLONASS, NFC, and USB with v3.0 Type-C 1.0 reversible connectors. Go ahead, drool, just drool – get it over with, now.
Get Molé On It! Next, call up our hypothetical La Costeña Molé Chicken Super Burrito VR app version 1.0 not yet conceived or provided on the ZTE Axon 7 attached to your ZTE VR headset. Use this app to VR visualize a quaint, early 21st century Silicon Valley strip mall located just a short bike ride away from the Googleplex headquarters in Mountain View, California. Now flip on your Star Trek mode augmented reality information UI overlay onto the view of the corner Mexican restaurant on Old Middlefield Road that serves perhaps the best burritos in all of California’s tech fiefdom to the most precociously intelligent and taste-test proven programmers and tech ninja warriors from Google, LinkedIn, Intel, Hewlett Packard, and Apple and dozens of other companies.
Use this app during your next school cafeteria break or work lunch to virtually eat that entire humungous, nearly 1 kilo, cylindrical brick of super tasty Molé Chicken Super Burrito goodness, and do this wearing your new ZTE VR headset with your new ZTE Axon 7 smartphone attached to the headset.
Here’s the 64 million terabyte question. Does your stomach now feel VR full? If it does, your nifty new ZTE VR gear works great and you’re a happy camper.
However, please note that there are two sides to this VR taste test technique. So let’s flip the equation a bit, si’l vous plait.
Take your gargantuan Molé Chicken Super Burrito from La Costeña and turn it on its end so that the cylindrical tower of hydrocarbon processors are facing toward the wireless sky and the GPS satellites.
It should look a bit like a t-shirt shooting cannon that is aimed towards the second sun on Tatooine (after all, 75% of all solar systems are binary sun solar systems, as NASA knows). Look for the ON-OFF button on your super burrito. Turn it on. Use voice recognition technology to ask your super burrito to perform the ZTE VR headset + Axon 7 smartphone VR gear taste test.
If your super burrito does not respond, . . . and you simply give up, . . . and you decide to eat that super burrito, then your VR taste test is now over.
Congratulations. Your nifty new ZTE VR headset with the ZTE Axon 7 smartphone passed the VR taste test. Meanwhile, your super burrito — even with all its black & pinto bean and mole chocolate goodness – just failed the VR taste test.
This is how we have rather scientifically proven that in a head to head matchup between the ZTE VR gear and a hugely popular Silicon Valley super burrito, the VR experience from ZTE comes out on top, no doubt about it!