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.
Gamers' choice: best smartphones and the ones that you should avoid
1. Apple iPhone 5s: it’s all about the ecosystem
It’s not just the ecosystem, though - the iPhone 5s features a desktop-class 64-bit chip that delivers smooth performance with the top score in on-screen benchmarks. In addition to that, the iOS ecosystem can brag about having custom-made accessories, gaming stands, joysticks, joypads, and everything to satisfy gamers.
The only slight downside to all this richness? The humble, 4-inch iPhone display might look great, but it is a bit too small to fully please most gamers.
2. HTC One (M8): gaming sound-ified
The cherry on the top of it all, however, is the combination of a large and vivid, 5-inch display, and industry-leading loud and clear stereo speakers that make for a truly memorable and immersive gaming experience.
3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3: large display and plentiful storage for your full game collection
Samsung has crammed in a powerful Snapdragon 800 chip with 3GB of RAM (so you can multitask better) and Adreno 330 graphics, so games run buttery smooth. Moreover, even the basic Note 3 comes with 32GB of storage, allowing you to have your full collection of games on your device without worrying too much about free space.
4. Sony Xperia Z2: hook up a PlayStation controller and enjoy
Not only does the Xperia Z2 have the latest of system chips with the Snapdragon 801 and 3 gigs of RAM, but it also (finally) fixes the curse of sub-par displays on Sony flagships - the Z2 screen has great viewing angles and looks nice and vivid. Sony also packs stereo speakers for a crisp sound epxerience.
A nice bonus to that whole package is support for the PlayStation controller in games. Pairing it is not easy on the Xperia Z2 (pairing happens via a physical cable), but it is much simpler than on other smartphones, and gamers will definitely enjoy mobile gaming with the PlayStation gamepad.
5. Nexus 5: the budget option
The Nexus 5 also has a very-well calibrated display that makes gaming a pleasure, and even though the sound experience on it lags, it’s the best budget option for gamers out there.
6. The ones gamers should avoid: Smartphones with Windows Phone
Why do we condemn the whole platform for gaming? Simple, the app gap feels particularly sore when it comes to Windows Phone games. It’s a sad, sad situation, if we had to paraphrase the popular song - the latest games that everyone is talking about arrive months after their iOS/Android launch, and sometimes they don’t arrive at all.