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The phone holder really helps out, as when playing games you'll have both hands on the controller and won't be able to hold your phone. You would need to prop it up somewhere (if you could find a spot). The arm can fit phones up to 9 centimeters wide. This means anyone with a device that size or smaller can clip it into the controller, making for a convenient form factor while gaming. Because of the width, it can even fit small phones with a case on it. See More
The MOGA Pro Power is a full sized controller, just like a PS3 or XBox gamepad. Most Android controllers are smaller, which makes them more cramped and uncomfortable for longer use. A larger controller fits your hands better, making it more comfortable. Since you can place your phone on the unfoldable arm, it helps balance the phone's weight better so it isn't as top-heavy. See More
The Sminiker Gamepad can hold onto 4 device's pairing status and switch between them with the click of a button. Most controllers need to be un-paired, and then re-paired each time you switch devices. This helps make the Gamepad more attractive if you have both a phone and a tablet, or wish to share your controller with your kids/friends, or anyone else. See More
Instead of an incorporated battery which can be recharged via a cable, this controller uses disposable batteries. You'll need to keep some on hand, and this will add to the overall cost over a length of time instead of simply being able to recharge the controller. See More
The SteelSeries Free has a built in rechargeable battery that is charged through a USB cable. This makes it more convenient than a AA or AAA battery powered controller, as you won't have to worry about always having extra batteries on hand. Also, a rechargeable battery is cheaper in the long run. See More
Typically, you will want to stay in Game/HID mode - this is the standard Bluetooth controller mode. iCade mode can be used for games that don't support Bluetooth controllers, although the Android recognises it as a keyboard instead of a gamepad. This trick allows you to use the controller where you wouldn't be able to use other controllers, however you will be missing out on the full experience as some of the controls may be wonky or simply not usable depending on the app. Mouse mode doesn't help much as far as gaming goes, but for navigating the UI it works well. The last mode is App mode which allows remapping of the buttons (requires root access). See More
The Nyko PlayPad Pro lasts about 30 hours of gameplay per charge, and uses an internal rechargeable battery that is charged through a USB port. This is cheaper in the long run, and also generally more convenient than worrying about disposable batteries. See More
Old Xbox One controllers and Elite controllers are no more supported by third party USB pairing apps, making them incompatible through USB with recent or current versions of Android without the use of a custom kernel, including use via a wireless dongle or OTG cable. See More
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