There isn’t any scarcity of Android gamepads lately, at costs starting from simply round Rs. 1,000, to between Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 10,000 for worldwide manufacturers like Steelseries and Mad Catz. A lot of the gamepads obtainable on-line are both tiny controllers (that are actually not probably the most comfy to make use of), or – as is far more frequent now – roughly the dimensions (and form) of an Xbox One controller, with a flip-out deal with within the center the place you’ll be able to connect your cellphone.
It is a good resolution, for probably the most half, since you do not want a separate stand to prop up the cellphone when taking part in, and the massive measurement additionally signifies that the controller tends to be comfy to make use of throughout lengthy gaming classes. The catch is that many of the controllers of this model are typically somewhat cumbersome – you’ll be able to’t precisely slip one into your pocket and carry it round.
A great compromise between portability and luxury is the Phonejoy Gamepad and an improved model of the gamepad goes to be obtainable quickly. The Phonejoy appears like a miniature controller – and can be utilized like one, should you’re gaming on a pill or a wise TV – however it really splits down the center and might be stretched like an accordion to wrap round your cellphone. The result’s one thing like a PlayStation Transportable, and should you’re a fan of the concept, you’ll be able to set up a PSP emulator from the Play Retailer, assuming you might have a stash of authorized PSP video games obtainable, in fact.
In our assessment of the unique Phonejoy gamepad, we might famous that we actually appreciated the little gamepad, and located it comfy to make use of with (and with out) a cellphone. There have been just a few points although – the shoulder buttons had been spongy, and the analog sticks had been too brief to make use of comfortably, and worst of all, there have been some fairly critical compatibility points.
The brand new model of the Phonejoy, which we have been utilizing for per week now addresses all these points, and the result’s a controller that may be a delight to make use of with a battery that’s nonetheless going robust after 10 hours of gaming. Compatibility can also be not as a lot of an issue because it was final 12 months, although the credit score for that lies with Android.
The small, but chunky Phonejoy Gamepad 2 is nearly unchanged by way of design, and whereas it is somewhat too thick to only slip into your denims, it is sufficiently small to place right into a jacket pocket or cargo pants. The interlinked steel part within the center is reassuringly strong trying, and comes again with a snap – this would possibly change over time, however one 12 months down the road, the Kickstarter version of the unique Phonejoy remains to be feeling fairly strong.
The LG G3 nearly matches into the Phonejoy Gamepad 2, although the perfect measurement is somewhat smaller – round 5-inches. In case your cellphone is greater than six inches then it will not match within the controller – you will should prop it up on a stand whereas gaming as a substitute.
The buttons all really feel very strong, and clicky. The D-pad remains to be somewhat spongy although – it is higher than final 12 months, however that is one space the place there may be nonetheless room to enhance. The identical is true for the analog sticks – they are a particular enchancment over the unique, however in comparison with the total controller model gamepads just like the Amkette Evo Gamepad Professional, that is nonetheless fairly brief, and never as satisfying. It is a obligatory compromise to will let you slip your Phonejoy into your pocket, however it does really feel somewhat stiff consequently.
Connecting the Phonejoy Gamepad 2 alarmes to your cellphone is actually easy, and the companion app lets you discover video games you’ll be able to play simply. It divides video games into completely different genres, and likewise exhibits the costs, so you’ll be able to scoop up the perfect free video games if you need. The Phonejoy app additionally features a part for emulators, in case you need to have some retro enjoyable.
The general expertise of utilizing the brand new Phonejoy Gamepad 2 is nice, and by now, the library of video games that make the most of this peripheral additionally appears fairly good, over and above the ever current emulators. The catch is the value – you may get a Phonejoy for $69.90 (roughly Rs. four,600); that is a excessive value contemplating that you could get a branded gamepad like Amkette’s for somewhat over half that value. Alternatively, in comparison with Steelseries or Mad Catz, this looks like a steal.
In fact, there’s additionally transport – you will have to purchase it from Phonejoy’s web site, after which transport will value you further. This additionally additional tilts the worth equation.
When you’re comfy with the value, then the construct high quality of the Phonejoy Gamepad 2 is high notch, simply competing with the opposite worldwide manufacturers. And its design is the perfect mix of portability and gaming consolation that we have used up to now. We really feel that in India particularly, the price of transport coupled with cheaper native options (which may be much less moveable, or much less sturdy, relying on what you purchase) make the Phonejoy a tough promote right here, however it’s nonetheless a fairly good purchase. Is that value paying a premium for? Solely you’ll be able to resolve.