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Top Five Smartphone Gaming Controllers

Posted In Smartphones - By John Script On Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 With 0 Comments

Smartphones have become the choice device for gamers on the move. According to a report by App Annie and IDC, in the second quarter of this year, game revenue from iOS and Google Play was four times higher than that generated by gaming-optimised handhelds. In fact, spending on game content on Google Play alone surpassed that of all handheld gaming devices.

It’s no wonder that players are choosing to pick up their smartphones over portable consoles. The sheer volume of apps and online game sites, such as Royal vegas casino, not to mention the affordability of these games means that the mobile platform has so much more to offer. It is even now beginning to rival the gaming experience of traditional consoles, with a number of controllers being designed and launched exclusively for mobile use.

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Here are five of the best mobile game controllers you can get your hands on.

GameKlip – $14.95

This affordable mobile accessory is ideal for serious players who want to improve their gameplay. Working as an adapter, the GameKlip allows users to attach their smartphone to a PS3 controller, using a USB cable or a Bluetooth connection. It provides comfortable and familiar controls, with clear attention to detail in the design.

The GameKlip is available in two configurations: one that is designed specifically for the Galaxy SIII phone model and the other, which works as a “universal” clip, and is theoretically compatible with any Android handset it attaches to.

Gametel – $29.95

This gamepad connects to any iOS or Android device via Bluetooth, and features a retractable retention clip to hold your smartphone securely in place. Although lacking in analog sticks, the Gametel controls have a simple and attractive appearance and are ideal for 2D retro games.

There isn’t a mobile controller on the market that offers this high level of compatibility at a better price tag. It even has a micro USB-powered rechargeable battery, allowing users to conveniently charge it with the same cable used on Android devices.

iControlPad 2 – $75

Launched back in 2008, the original iControlPad is credited for starting the trend in smartphone gamepads. The design of the iControlPad 2 remains similar to its predecessor, with a well-made gamepad and solid, yet comfortable controls. One unique feature of the iControlPad 2 is the QWERTY keyboard located under the game controls.

The controller is compatible with a variety of devices, including Android, iOS, Windows PC and more, using Bluetooth to connect. It also boasts a massive 14 hour battery life on a single charge, meaning you never have to face a dull commute again.

SteelSeries Free – $84.99

Although much more pricey than other smartphone gamepads on the market, the SteelSeries Free has a lot to shout about. It is one of the only mobile controllers that feature dual analog sticks, similar to those on full-sized console controllers. In addition to this, the 12 buttons and matte plastic pad deliver fantastic controllability that justifies the hefty price.

The SteelSeries Free uses Bluetooth connectivity and, at just 54 grams, it is one of the lightest mobile gamepads requiring no wires to function. It is compatible with a number of devices, including Android and iOS mobile devices as well as Mac and Windows PC.

Zeemote – $12.99

This Android exclusive accessory is a simplistic and effective game controller. The Zeemote is designed to be used with a single hand, featuring just one button and one analog stick.

Despite the Zeemoote being limited in its in-play game use, it is ideal for shoot ‘em up and retro style games. The controllers do get some getting used to, but once you get the grip of it, you’ll find an array of classic arcade game play at your fingertips.

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