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Moga Pro Review

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Moga Pro Review
Introduction:

Mobile gaming is increasingly becoming fierce as traditional gamers are making their smartphones as their gaming console of choice. Obviously, most of the current titles for mobile have been optimized for touch, but as some hardcore gamers can attest, sometimes they don’t quite provide the same level of enjoyment and control – even more when touch controls occupy the majority of on-screen space. Well, here comes the Bluetooth enabled Moga Pro to the rescue, as it intends to give us mobile games that console like experience with its ripe control and ideal button layout.

Box and contents - Moga Pro Review
Box and contents - Moga Pro Review

Box and contents



Design:

No need to agonize over the cramped confines of your smartphone’s display, mainly because the Moga Pro is a console quality controller. Yes, you heard right folks, it’s a gamepad that’s ideal for all of our gaming requirements. Looking at it, one can’t help but think about some of the distinct console controllers out there – like the XBOX 360 and PS3 ones. In fact, it looks and feels like the PS3 controller, but its control layout takes its cues from the XBOX 360 one. Surprisingly, it’s extremely comfortable to hold and use over an extended amount of time, as its plastic body helps to minimize its overall weight. Indeed, it might seem hollow, but its construction seems solid to endure some of the punishment we sometimes give our gamepads over frustration in playing a game.

The Moga Pro is extremely comfortable to hold and use - Moga Pro Review
The Moga Pro is extremely comfortable to hold and use - Moga Pro Review
The Moga Pro is extremely comfortable to hold and use - Moga Pro Review

The Moga Pro is extremely comfortable to hold and use


Armed with dual-analog sticks for precise controls, they have a solid amount of resistance as we move them around – while at the same time, they’re outfitted with a rubbery soft touch feel to give our thumbs a good grip. With the directional pad, we can’t complain too much about it, since it’s raised and responsive too. Rounding things out on its façade, we have four circular sized action buttons that have a fair amount of travel, but even better, they have some backlighting so we’re able to see them even in the dark – albeit, it’s activated by pressing the recessed button on its underside.

Controls on the Moga Pro - Moga Pro Review
Controls on the Moga Pro - Moga Pro Review
Controls on the Moga Pro - Moga Pro Review

Controls on the Moga Pro


Around its shoulders, we have two analog triggers and two shoulder buttons – just like the XBOX 360 gamepad. Smacked in between them, is the Moga Pro’s microUSB port to charge its internal battery. Now, the unique aspect of the Moga Pro is uncovered as we lift the central front panel, which introduces us to the adjustable Moga Arm. Essentially, we’re able to place our smartphones in it, which is nice and all, but it’s wonderful because it firmly keeps it in place as well. Naturally, we can use the Moga Pro independently if want by using the included stand, which can accommodate tablets.

Shoulder buttons - We’re able to place our smartphones in the adjustable Moga Arm - Moga Pro Review
We’re able to place our smartphones in the adjustable Moga Arm - Moga Pro Review
We’re able to place our smartphones in the adjustable Moga Arm - Moga Pro Review

Shoulder buttons

  
We’re able to place our smartphones in the adjustable Moga Arm - Moga Pro Review
We’re able to place our smartphones in the adjustable Moga Arm - Moga Pro Review
We’re able to place our smartphones in the adjustable Moga Arm - Moga Pro Review

We’re able to place our smartphones in the adjustable Moga Arm


Overall, this is without a doubt the best designed gamepad we’ve seen thus far for mobile. Heck, it’s nearly identical to the ones used by traditional consoles, so that we’re quickly able to adapt and use it comfortably with a bunch of games right out of the box.

The sides of the Moga Pro - Moga Pro Review
The sides of the Moga Pro - Moga Pro Review
The sides of the Moga Pro - Moga Pro Review
The sides of the Moga Pro - Moga Pro Review
The sides of the Moga Pro - Moga Pro Review
The sides of the Moga Pro - Moga Pro Review

The sides of the Moga Pro




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posted on 24 Apr 2013, 05:05 3

1. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3006; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I don't have a high end phone but i would like to keep this!! :D

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 15:05 4

11. valapsp (Posts: 473; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


Man look at that 9.5 score!!! Impressing.

posted on 25 Apr 2013, 18:30

15. thelukewarm (Posts: 18; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


so you have a octa-core smartphone that is not the s4.................
by the way this is made of plastic because of his huge processor, just think a bit

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 05:06 1

2. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


This gives the best glimpse yet on the future of gaming.

A phone docked and connected to a tv, playing a free/sub ten dollar game over the Google games service, using the wireless controller such as this one

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 19:32

14. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


I'll stick to pc, these will eventually replace consoles but I would rather have a real gaming machine.

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 05:11 1

3. Katrina (Posts: 65; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


is it just me or it looks like the PS4 controller lol.

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 12:03

9. diego9016 (Posts: 4; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


Just you

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 05:32

4. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 309; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)


I gotta pick one up. This is looking like a must have.

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 07:58

5. ghostkilla1388 (Posts: 50; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


But will it hold a Galaxy Note 2, with a Otterbox Defender?

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 23:22

18. Twashbush (Posts: 47; Member since: 08 Jun 2011)


no because that is one step from carrying the 1980's Bag phones around with you!

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 10:28

6. valapsp (Posts: 473; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


Can the battery notification be added by a software update?

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 10:30

7. Matt89 (Posts: 6; Member since: 12 Apr 2013)


Hi all ! how are you? :D

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 10:31

8. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5563; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


wow, i checked this out just because of the 9.5 rating.
i think i'll pick one up after they cheapen a little. o:

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 12:37

10. downphoenix (Posts: 2295; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Looks to be much better than the regular Moga controller. I understand its a lot more compact, but when a controller is that small with that many buttons, it is virtually unusable. This on the other hand looks like a solid controller. I wonder if it will work with other stuff like PCs as well.

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 15:53

12. amats69 (Posts: 1020; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Im getting this!

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 19:27

13. monomilkman (Posts: 25; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


got this at PaxEast, love it

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 02:47

16. pastech (Posts: 3; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)


I really want one of these, but I can't seem to find any place to buy one in South Africa...

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 04:24 1

17. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


Nice! I know the One is not for everyone, but I'm getting it, and I think the front facing speakers, with the fullHD display plus this controller will make a great mobile gaming experience, at least for me.

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