Gamepads galore: 7 wireless game controllers for smartphones and tablets

Gamepads galore: 7 wireless game controllers for smartphones and tablets
There are two kinds of smartphone users: those who play games on their mobile devices, and those who say they don't, although they're way past level 700 on Candy Crush Saga. Lame jokes aside, this post is all about gaming. About gaming accessories, to be more specific – about gamepads designed specifically to be used with smartphones and tablets. Because when it comes to real gaming, nothing can beat the analog feel of buttons pressing against your fingertips.

So yeah, the slideshow below will introduce you to some of the better controllers made for smartphones and tablets. Priced between $35 and $70, compatible with iOS or Android, there should be something on the list that will suit your needs. Just be aware of one thing – not all mobile games are compatible with gamepads. Before you pick a gamepad model for yourself, make sure that it works with your particular device and can get along with your favorite games and genres. That said, let us show you the Android and iOS gamepads we've picked.

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16 Comments

1. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I use my ancient PSP 2000 to control games on my Surface Pro 2...

6. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

How bro?

16. thowersome

Posts: 34; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

nicoblog.org/psp/guides/psp-wireless-controller/ This is one method that should work, alternatively you could use a ps3/ xbox 360 controller with ds3tool.

2. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

It would be nice to mention the 8bitDO as a whole category on its own for retro gaming. Theyre amazing including the Nes controller.

4. rsiders

Posts: 1886; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Ever since I had my Sony Xperia Z3 I have been using my PS3 controller for my Android phones. Only difference now is that I can't play wirelessly on my LG V10 without rooting it I believe so I just play via USB OTG.

12. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Same here with my Z3V the PS3 controller collects dust though, I play on my Shield portable still

5. cleatglitch

Posts: 157; Member since: May 25, 2013

i'm in the market...narrowed down to steam controller, l.y.n.x.3., or s.u.r.f.r.

7. Bogdan86

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

ipega 9025 (costs 17$ including shipping) and works perfect, build quality is amazing (for 17$) and the battery lasts around 12-15 hours for me.

8. HR_19

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 09, 2014

I'm actually really disappointed you mentioned the Moga Rebel for iOS but not the Moga Pro Power, which is a very similar controller for Android, but has a cool feature where it has a specific "Moga" mode so the commands don't have to run through the Android OS and just directly through the game (in addition to standard gamepad mode).

9. HR_19

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 09, 2014

I have one, and is amazing. Plus 2200mAh backup battery you can charge your phone with.

10. Nick_T

Posts: 184; Member since: May 27, 2011

Unfortunately, both POWER models are listed as "no longer available" on Moga's web site.

11. Cyberthing

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

I was thinking the same thing. I have the hero. Very reliable but that charging feature is not that great on the hero if you have a large capacity phone battery.

13. jamesbradley

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

Both should be listed.

14. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I do like my Shield TV's controllers. Its viable for people that want a 4K media box that can play android games and steam PC games to their big screen TV.

15. JasonX

Posts: 54; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

I used a Red Samurai for my old Nexus 7 and it worked great. Now I can't get it to connect to my Nvidia Shield K1. I'm thinking of getting the Shield Controller.

17. thowersome

Posts: 34; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Has anyone tried SixAxis Controller? It's pretty good and "technically free" if you have a ps3/ ps4 controller and root.

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