If you really want to take your mobile game to the next level, the best step in that direction is picking up an Android compatible controller. There’s a lot of different options, so you have a variety of prices to choose from, and each controller has a few different features. Obviously if you want something really sturdy and performs very well, you’re going to have to spend a bit more than a standard controller, but it’s definitely worth the money if you really enjoy mobile gaming.
Option # 1 – The Cost-Efficient MOGA ($30)
Probably the most commonly used controller right now, is the standard MOGA. You can pick this up from a few retail shops and game stores, as well as on Amazon. You shouldn’t have to pay more than $30 for this controller, and it’s compatible with both smart phones and tablet devices. The controller itself has a stand for you to set the phone, and a back panel that will latch on to support it.
For any casual gamer, this will do the trick — most people won’t even fully utilize what this controller has to offer. The controller also comes with free downloads of Sonic CD and PAC-MAN, so there’s a little bonus for anyone who picks up the MOGA 🙂
Option # 2 – The Heavy Duty SteelSeries FREE ($60)
Unfortunately, the FREE is just the name of the controller, you can’t actually get this without paying about $60 depending on where you buy. This is an awesome controller with two joysticks, a D-pad, 4 numbered buttons, two triggers, and two middle buttons. It is wireless with bluetooth connectivity, and the battery lasts anywhere from 10-20 hours depending on the intensity of the gameplay.
You’re able to charge the controller while you’re playing a game, so you don’t ever have to worry about waiting around for the controller to charge after it has died. The SteelSeries FREE looks awesome, and has a really sleek design, if you’ve got the money to spend — definitely go for this controller.
Option # 3 – Use Your PS3 Controller with GameKlip! ($20)
This is an interesting option, because if you already have a PS3 controller, you can actually just use that with your Android device. The GameKlip offers a docking station for your controller to hold the device, and also the connectivity required to make the device compatible with the PS3 controller. It’s really easy to set up, and if you’re used to using the PS3 controller and would prefer to not have to get used to a new one for your Android device, definitely go with the GameKlip.
Pricing for the GameKlip is $20 from the vendor’s website, and there’s a variety of different models which are compatible with different devices. You can also get a case for a couple bucks extra, that is specifically designed to work with the GameKlip addition.
Option # 4 – MOGA Standard’s Big Brother – The Pro ($80)
If you liked the idea of the first option, the standard MOGA, but wanted something that offered a bit more — why not try out the Pro version of MOGA. This is going to cost almost three times as much, but definitely worth it if you are serious about mobile gaming. It offers a nice platform to hold your device in good vision alignment with the controller. The controller itself had 6 buttons, two triggers, two shoulder buttons, full-sized grips, two analog sticks and one D-pad.
There’s a built-in rechargeable battery, which can be charged via USB. Bluetooth is also an option, and it is supported for up to 82mm distance, in regards to how far the controller can be away from the device. This and the SteelSeries FREE are going to be your two best options for an Android controller.
Option # 5 – Middle of the Road Nyko PlayPad ($40)
If you want a full-sized controller, but don’t want to break the bank, consider the Nyko PlayPad. This controller offers 6 buttons, a D-Pad, two analog sticks, shoulder buttons, and triggers. It’s wireless, and really affordable, just 10 bucks more than the standard MOGA. To be honest, the controller isn’t quite as solid as the SteelSeries or the MOGA controllers, but it does work and it’s not too expensive.
All of these controllers are great choices, and they’re all going to be really easy to set-up and integrate with your current Android device. It really comes down to how nice of a controller you want, and how much you’re willing to spend. Considering most console controllers will cost you between $40 – $80, it’s not too surprising to see Android controllers with similar prices. My personal pick, would be the SteelSeries FREE, simply because it’s the sturdiest of the bunch. With mobile gaming, that means there’s a higher chance you could drop the controller or it could become damaged in some way, so I want something that’s going to be durable. What’s your preferred Android Gaming Controller? Let us know in the comment section below!