Moga Pro Review

Performance:

Testing out the Moga Pro with a handful of games that include modern 3D titles such as Dead Trigger, SG:DeadZone, N.O.V.A. 3, and Vendetta Online, we’ll be the first ones to vouch its undeniable usefulness. Instead of using those pesky touch controls, which clutters up what we can see on screen, the Moga Pro frees things up – giving us enough real estate to enjoy the action on our smartphone’s display. For first person shooters, the Moga Pro shows its worth as we’re able to rely on the dual-analog sticks for precise controls. To tell you the truth folks, first person shooters benefit most using the Moga Pro, as one analog stick controls our movement, while the other lets us rotate our view. Even better, the various main buttons, shoulder buttons, and analog triggers help to keep it simple and clutter-free most of all!

Conversely, the Moga Pro also works well with old school games – such as PAC-MAN, R-TYPE, and Another World. Yet again, it’s the benefit of having that uncluttered view with the interface that really proves to us the timely worth of having a gamepad.


In order to make the most out of the Moga Pro, you’ll need to check out the optimized games that are recommended by the Moga Pivot App. There’s a switch hidden under the Moga Arm, which allows us to place it in either off, A, or B modes. Placing it in A mode enables us to use the Moga Pro with the handful of titles that have been optimized by the developers – whereas B modes places it into the Human Interface Device (HID) profile. Using this particular mode broadens the Moga Pro’s worth to other gaming titles that haven’t been necessarily optimized to make use out of the gamepad. Sure, there are some challenges in getting it to work on other titles outside of the ones mentioned in the Moga Pivot App, but it’s nonetheless possible.


We’ve always dreamed about transforming our smartphones and tablets into home gaming consoles, especially when they have the hardware and growing ecosystem to appease hardcore gamers. Well, the Moga Pro does just that because we’re able to connect to a Samsung Galaxy S III through Bluetooth, which is connected to an HDTV via an MHL adapter. With this specific setup, we’re able to sit back on the sofa and enjoy everything on the big screen – though, the only issue that we find is with latency. Specifically, we notice delays in registering our controls from the Moga Pro, which isn’t surprising considering it’s something we expect with an MHL connection to the television set.

Battery:

Battery life is superb with this thing, considering that we’ve gone well over 10 hours of game play without having to charge it. And considering that this is super lightweight, it impresses us that we’re to get a fair amount of game time with it. However, it would’ve been nice if there were some kind of indicator built into the Moga Pro, to allow us to visually see how much juice is left. Regardless of that, there are no concerns about much else.

Conclusion:

Absolutely something that’ll surely keep hardened gamers content, the Moga Pro is affordable enough to own at $50 a pop. Sure, it’s slightly higher than some of the console gamepads out there, but considering the benefits that we get out of it in the mobile front, it’s a cost that we believe is justified in more ways than none. For starters, this is the gamepad that we’ve been waiting for – it’s lightweight, has great battery life, and most of all, it gives us an uncluttered experience with our mobile games. On top of all of that, the control scheme is familiar to what we’re used to having on a traditional console, so there’s very little adjustment needed in getting comfy with it. Ultimately, if you’ve agonized over touch controls on several titles, you’ll be ecstatic that it’s going to be a thing of the past once you start using the Moga Pro. So if you’re serious about gaming, don’t hesitate to pick up this essential piece of gear! You won’t be disappointed because it moves mobile gaming towards the correct direction.

Moga Pro Video Review:



Pros

  • Ideal control layout
  • Solidly built & lightweight
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • No way to check how much battery is left

PhoneArena Rating:

9.5

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18 Comments

1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

11. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Man look at that 9.5 score!!! Impressing.

15. thelukewarm

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 18, 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

2. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 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

14. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

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

3. Katrina

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 17, 2012

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

9. diego9016

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

Just you

4. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

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

5. ghostkilla1388

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

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

18. Twashbush

Posts: 47; Member since: Jun 08, 2011

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

6. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Can the battery notification be added by a software update?

7. Matt89

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 12, 2013

Hi all ! how are you? :D

8. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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:

10. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

12. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Im getting this!

13. monomilkman

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

got this at PaxEast, love it

16. pastech

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 14, 2012

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

17. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 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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