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Best smartphones for gamers and the ones that you should avoid (2014 edition)

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Best smartphones for gamers and the ones that you should avoid (2014 edition)
Commodores, Ataris and the first Nintendo boxes kicked off the era of electronic gaming, only to be followed by the reign of the desktop computer as the main gaming hub, and then the PlayStation arrived to establish a long-lasting duopoly of two platforms - the PC and the console. In the past few years, though, the most popular gaming device out there is neither a desktop computer, nor a console - it’s actually much more portable and rapidly growing. We’re talking about the smartphone, of course.

But smartphones are not single-purpose devices, and as such not all of them are ideal for gamers. In this article, we leave no stone unturned, looking for the handset that best fits gamers.

How can we find such a device in the myriad of phones available out there? We asked ourselves a simple question: “what is the most important thing in an electronic device for a gamer?” The answer is actually not complex at all - a gamer needs to have the best games, and not only that, but the more games - the better. That’s why our first priority for the best gaming device is the ecosystem.

What is the most important thing for a gamer in a smartphone?

Having all the latest games, however, is of no use if your phone cannot run them well. That’s why right after the game selection, our second most important criteria for this selection is performance. Performance is something complex: we don’t just take benchmark-cracking processors, RAM and GPU into account - things like a vivid display and sound quality are all considered here.

Now that you know the criteria for our search of the best smartphone for gaming, take a look at the 5 devices that we picked among all others and the two types of phones we think gamers should avoid at the moment.


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posted on 24 Jun 2014, 09:41 4

1. koko1 (Posts: 103; Member since: 03 Dec 2013)


no GS5 ? :\

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 09:49 15

3. Victor.H (Posts: 693; Member since: 27 May 2011)


It's a great device all-around that won't disappoint either, but we figured that gamers would be happier with the larger display and more storage on the Galaxy Note 3.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 09:49 7

4. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


The Note 3 performs much better than the S5 cuz of the extra gig of RAM. And I agree with Victor, if you're a heavy gamer, avoid WP, for now. But I don't think the iPhone 5S should be at number one, as its smaller screen may not appeal to hardcore gamers, even though its ecosystem of games is top notch. The One M8 is the best for gaming IMO with its front firing speakers and an excellent display.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 10:41 3

16. UglyFrank (Posts: 1784; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


A bit unfair on windows phone and BlackBerry

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 10:50 25

18. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 2013)


well no games = bad for gaming

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 10:56 5

20. Jinto (Posts: 436; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


Lumia 1520 got rated the best gaming smartphone on Basemark X
Since its screen is big, the controls are easy and even BGR -an iSite- rated it the best (http://bgr.com/2014/03/10/best-gaming-smartphone-​nokia-lumia-1520/)

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 10:58 7

21. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Victor, man you made me puke there by including iphone with 4inch screen and desktop class 64bit phone at 1st position. I mean iPads are arguably the best touch-based gaming device, but iphone just no...

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 11:01 9

22. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


But no games make it a waste of firepower (also not sure how directx would fare against ios and android).

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 11:38 1

30. sgodsell (Posts: 4158; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Its fair for WP, but blackberry can run Android apps, and especially now Amazon has signed up with BlackBerry to use Amazon's app store.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 11:56

33. palmguy (Posts: 608; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


Tell me what does that 64-bit do for gaming Vic? And I thought the 1st pic had Shrek sausage fingers on the screen. But it was just an IPhone.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 14:56

52. BlackhawkFlys (Posts: 501; Member since: 07 May 2014)


But, we can install and play android apps on any blackberry device running on BB 10.2.1 OS. My cuzn has a BlackBerry Z10 and he is enjoying dozens of Android games on his device.

http://www.techpik.com/how-to-install-android-apps-on-blackberry-z10/

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 09:45 15

2. T.Law (Posts: 416; Member since: 10 May 2014)


WP, I‘m glad I woke up from that nightmare.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 09:51 1

6. eN16HTMAR3 (Posts: 253; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


Yes, plus one to you. LOL.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 12:21 1

38. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Troll alert!

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 12:41 7

44. joey_sfb (Posts: 6253; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Everyone here is a troll. The different are iOS and Android trolls happy to have a continuous supply of good mobile games.

While WP trolls get to do plenty of bitching but still no games. At least for now.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 14:19

51. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Troll alert!

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 18:44 3

64. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 487; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Crybaby alert!

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 09:50 5

5. eN16HTMAR3 (Posts: 253; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


So the Iphone 5s is the best. I know it has a 64 bit processor, but it has a four inch screen. Your fingers are constantly in the way when trying to hit buttons and play games. My personal preference would be the Note 3 for the bigger screen, storage and resolution and the the HTC M8 for screen size and sound. The iPhone should be third.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 18:38

62. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


I don't think they were in any particular order, just the overall 5 best phones for gaming. I definitely agree with you on the Note 3 though...

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:04

87. mrblah (Posts: 576; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


Don't forget the iphone controllers if you don't like the screen.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 09:52 5

7. aayupanday (Posts: 580; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Is it me or are games optimized more for iOS than for Android?
iOS does provide a hell lot better experience for gaming IMO...

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 10:10 14

12. blingblingthing (Posts: 559; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


The 4 inch beast? No thanks.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 10:51 11

19. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 2013)


"the 4 inch beast" sounds like a hardcore p0rno title doesn't it? :P

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 11:02 3

24. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


xD +1

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 12:13 2

36. UCxaoD (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Jun 2014)


No s**t sherlock -_-

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 13:54

50. tadaa (Posts: 267; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


You win 10 internetz today sir

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 15:21 1

54. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


4" isn't a beast its a midget.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:04

88. mrblah (Posts: 576; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


Staring your mom and dad.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 10:00 4

8. gynorm (Posts: 18; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


So what about phones with keyboards? They are great for emulators. Thats also another thing not mentioned with the android ecosystem is that it's easier to use emulators than with iOS.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 10:28 1

13. eN16HTMAR3 (Posts: 253; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


Absolutly right. Emulators do work great on Android and I have to say the Xperia Play was the best for that. i have hundreds of emulators on there that run awesome.

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