Moga PRO Power Review
Last year, one of the most notable gaming focused accessories that we reviewed was the Moga Pro Controller – a Bluetooth gamepad meant for serious gamers. It was something we regarded as a must-have item for anyone sporting an Android device, seeing that the gamepad eliminated the need to rely on a games’ on-screen controls. Well, its popularity eventually brought on the development of its successor, the Moga Pro Power Controller. This year is looking to be a banner year for mobile gamepads, so will this one continue Moga’s success in the space?
The package contains:
- USB charging cable
- MOGA Boost charging cable
- Tablet stand
- Owner’s manual
Unchanged for the most part, but it still has a home console-like controller feel.
Following after the success of its predecessor, the Moga Pro Power’s design for the most part remains identical – save for a couple of minor aesthetic changes. Quite frankly, it looks like the XBOX 360 controller, which is a good thing because it has an ergonomic feel and an ideal button configuration layout. It’s still constructed out of plastic, but there’s enough weight to give it a very sturdy build quality.
We’re sad to know that the rubberized grips on last year’s Moga Pro have been removed, so the handles of the controller don’t have as much of a grippy feel in the hand. Instead, it feels a bit more slippery due to the bare plastic casing of the controller. Aside from that, we have no other major complaints, mainly because it’s exactly like a home console controller.
Just like before, it features two full-sized analog sticks that are precise and have great snapping feedback – the kind of thing we want to feel when moving around in a first person shooter. Additionally, its directional pad and 4 action buttons have the elements, like being raised and offering tactile responses when pressed, to enhance the gaming experience for mobile so that it’s similar to a home console. Rounding things out, two shoulder buttons and two analog triggers are positioned in familiar areas so our fingers are able to quickly wrap around them.
Keeping our smartphones in place, its updated “SMRT Lock” arm is now able to accommodate larger sized smartphones – like the HTC One max and Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 to name a few. On top of a microUSB port that allows us to charge its internal 2200 mAh battery, there’s a full sized USB port nearby to enable the charging of other devices using the appropriate cable.
1. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 400; Member since: 24 May 2011)
Its great but expensive. Wonder how this will fare against the Samsung controller.
2. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1392; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
I have the Mega Pro (no Power), and I do enjoy my mobile gaming much better with it. I mainly use it for FPS game and it makes the game easier to control. I don't have to bother by my fighter on the screen anymore while I play
3. geodude074 (Posts: 67; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
I have the Moga Pro Power. It may be pricey at $80, but it's still cheaper than the $100 Moga Ace for iOS and all the other $100 iOS controllers that aren't even Bluetooth.
You aren't just paying for a controller - you're also paying for Moga's ever growing library of Moga optimized games.
And since Nvidia just released their TegraZone app to be compatible with all devices, you have even more controller optimized games for Android.
Moga Pivot + TegraZone = Huge library of controller optimized games for Android. Tons of fun, and well worth the $80!
5. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4336; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
You JUST SOLD ME!!!
+1 to you. :-)
6. peteJ (Posts: 4; Member since: 13 Aug 2014)
This controller sucks. It is not the same as previous models internaly as the compatability is not the same and some games that worked with the previous model no longer work and people do not seem to update their apps to work with it. Sure it works for the small list of titles in the moga aproved library but trying to make it work in hid mode is near impossible with most games. It is not compatible with "The universal moga driver" app which helps people use their moga to play any game. It does not work woth netflix, it does not work with reicast it will not let you navagate your phone while your phone is plughed into a tv it only works in game on that list of games. Your better off with a ps3 controller.