Who would say that users will need gamepads for their mobile devices? Well, probably no one expected that mobile games will become so popular. For instance, the popularity of PUBG and Fortnite constantly grows among mobile users.
If you have a mobile device with Android OS, there are several different gamepads that you should pick. Still, there are a few things that we need to mention before we start with our list. The version of your Android is crucial when we talk about controllers. For example, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or Android 3.Honeycomb supports gamepads natively. This also includes news versions of these two. You should not have any type of issue.
Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t pair gamepad on some older versions of Android. However, there is a big chance they will be unpredictable and unreliable. Keep in mind that you will need to have a good mobile for some of the most popular games of today. It doesn’t need to surprise us why gamepads are not reliable with older versions of android.
After we explained this, it is the right to start with our list of best gamepads for android.
5Rotor Riot USB-C Controller
You can probably conclude alone that this model is a wired controller. It is not possible to connect to your mobile via Bluetooth. Logically, this also means that this item does not come with an internal battery. You won’t need to spend time recharging the controller. However, you will have to spend a bit more time recharging your mobile. Because of the USB connection, this gamepad pulls power from the phone’s battery. You also won’t be able to charge the mobile while playing, but that should not be a big problem. It is actually an advantage. You won’t be able to play games actively for the entire day.
We maybe started with some negative features, but that doesn’t mean that this gamepad is bad. First of all, it is made of plastic which makes it a lot more comfortable in the hand. It is reliable and you won’t get angry because some of the controls did not work on time.
The first impression of this model is its unique design. It is different from many other gamepads on the market. It is not compatible only with mobile devices. If you are a fan of tablet gaming, this model is a perfect choice. This controller is not wired. You can connect your android device via Bluetooth. The model comes with 380mAh internal battery that can last for around 20 hours. We suppose that is more than enough.
However, we should mention one thing. It can happen that this gamepad won’t work with absolutely every Android game. Still, this is a solvable problem. You can download third-party apps that will allow you to remap key functionalities.
If you are looking for a gamepad with dozens of buttons, this is the model you should pick. The buttons and features you will be able to find there are
- For action buttons
- Four-way directional pad
- Twin joysticks with a textured surface
- Triggers and shoulder buttons
- 3 front-face buttons.
AS you can see, the list is long and you have to worry about downloading apps to remap key functions. This model is not wired and it supports Bluetooth connection.
Yet, there is one disadvantage that we need to mention. The item doesn’t come with a built-in stand. That means that you need to find a wall to prop your phone against. But, our bed is usually near the wall and that is the place where we usually play games on our mobiles.
Professional gamers like to say that GameSir has absolutely everything that you need. First of all, we need to say that this model has a unique design. It comes with chrome accents along with the Select and Start buttons, joystick layout, and lit-up buttons. This is a unique feature because most of the gamepads do not have that sort of design.
Another good feature is connectivity. As you saw, previous gamepads were separated into two groups. Well, this model can be connected in two different ways. You can connect it to the USB device via the MicroUSB charging card. Except that, this model also supports Bluetooth connectivity. Believe it or not, it also has a small Bluetooth dingle that is located underneath the device bracket. You can connect to your android phone even without Bluetooth.
The battery is strong and it can last between 15 and 20 hours. However, you will not have to worry. There is a battery meter on the top-left part of the gamepad that will inform you when to recharge the battery. It won’t happen that your battery dies suddenly in the middle of the game.
18Bitdo SF30 Pro Controller
Kids do not remember the SNES controller and that is the reason why this model maybe won’t be interesting to them. Still, the grownups probably remember how that model looked. Well, SF30’s design is inspired by the look and style of SNES controllers. It is a synonym for nostalgic if you ask us.
Still, these old gamepads had some basic buttons. This one is modernized with some additional features. It comes with shoulder buttons and the two joysticks. However, some buttons are still missing so you will probably have to install some third-party apps.
Another potential disadvantage could be the size of this model. It is a bit smaller than the usual gamepads. Still, we have noticed that this controller is quite comfortable. The model is not wired and it supports Bluetooth connection.
This gamepad maybe doesn’t have the greatest features. But, it is perfect for those that are nostalgic.
Before we say “goodbye” we need to say one thing. Whichever gamepad you choose battery and buttons are the most important features of every controller. If the battery is weak, you will constantly have to recharge the battery. Wired gamepads are a bit less expensive, but Bluetooth controllers have their advantages. It is more comfortable for using if you ask us.
So, what do you think? Which model has the best features?