You deserve the best Android controller out there, and here’s why.
Understand this – Gaming on a smartphone is everywhere. It’s in the guy beside you in the bus, the person sitting in the queue, the teenagers grouped together in a table; when you see them holding their phones in landscape orientation while swiping and tapping constantly, you can be sure that there’s a game being played. But we must also understand that gaming, in the purest of forms, deserves to be played using the controls that have become intuitive through our years – by flicking analog sticks and mashing buttons.
Fortunately, there are game developers out there who have made their games available to be used by, yes, a game controller. Even more fortunate for Android users is that there is a growing library of downloadable games that are compatible with game controllers. There is a definitive “want” for this, which is why I am here to tell you why you deserve to have the best Android controller in your hands and for your games.
Let’s keep your fingers where you can see them.. away from the screen.
Over the years we have seen a number of Android phones that boast of larger screens capable of displaying visual content at both 720p and 1080p at absolute clarity and vibrancy. To go with that, the screens of Android phones have also increased wider to the point that front panel buttons have been pushed to the edges of the phone to give way to these glorious displays.
Yet at the same time, we cannot deny that we all have different-sized fingers, all of which, by virtue of finger width alone, will almost guarantee that 20-30% of the screen will be blocked by a finger to execute a specific command in-game – which could ultimately be a deciding factor as to why something we just did in-game may have been done wrong.
I say, let’s set those fingers somewhere else so you can see what’s going on and act accordingly.
When you have a game controller connected to your Android phone, you won’t need to block out screen real estate with your fingers. Instead, you have your fingers planted on the controller inputs and keeping your screen clear to see what’s happening in-game (and not to mention bask in your game’s full graphic glory!).
Having your fingers on the Android controller effectively increases your reactions in-game, too. The amount of travel time between your fingers’ original placement and your Android device’s screen is much shorter compared to the conventional configuration for Android games – an almost half-second disparity that makes a significant difference in gameplay execution and getting more wins in-game. The least visual distractions that you can have while you play, the better the results you will have in your smartphone gaming experience!
Our hands look like claws during and after we play!
The most optimal position of our hands when playing games on a smartphone is with the space between the index fingers and thumbs propped on the four corners of the device in landscape orientation. We use our remaining fingers in a loose grip behind the smartphone as a means of support for the makeshift “frame” that we have in our hands. And while this is the most conventional way to play on a device, there are downsides to it.
First, the adhering to game controls – depending on the game, the frame you’ve made with your hands will likely be compromised either by overextending your thumbs across the screen or by removing a hand completely from the device to use your index finger for a more precise, pen-like swiping motion. Because of this, you will lose stability in holding your device, which would also compromise what happened in-game.
Not only that, but after numerous hours of gaming, that grip is going to wear out – let’s face it, whether there’s a housing installed or not, your grip on your Android phone is not the most comfortable one for your hands as their positioning is not ergonomically designed one.
One gaming controller for your device is the stone that kills these two birds.
How so? Well for starters, a controller for your Android phone is designed in a similar vein as a gaming console’s – they have rounded grips to prop your fingers around as you play. This design provides a more comfortable grip that curls your fingers around in a more natural way compared to the claw effect that comes from holding your Android device on their corners.
Each input on the controller is meant to exactly capture in-game controls, and coupled with the way these inputs are positioned on the controller, gives your fingers a more defined purpose as you play. No need to overextend your fingers anymore, as directional movement and commands are constrained to respective analog stick and buttons.
As you get more used to the gaming controller with your device, you will find that with less strain on your hands while you play, the more enjoyment you get from gaming on your Android device for extended periods of time.
No more unintended drop tests!
One of the more unbearable experiences with smartphone gaming is that, after long periods of playing were sweat starts to come out of our fingers’ pores, things get slippery. And when our grip starts to take in the moisture, chances are the smartphone’s gonna fall out of your hands. Either that or you will find yourself constantly trying to wipe the sweat off your hands and frantically trying to continue your progress (you could probably pause the game first, but yeah more or less).
With an Android phone, it’s an investment. There’s a labor of love that comes with purchasing our Android device, so imagine how much heartbreak comes with each drop of your device. Imagine more grief when you see chips on the edges or the teeniest of cracks on the screen. It’s because of this that we find ourselves buying screen protectors and ultra-durable cases to ensure that it’s safe from any accidental drop.
Reality check: get an Android gaming controller. You’ll never have an accidental drop test while aiming for level 99.
Android gaming controllers have ways of securing your device using high-quality material to clamp it in place while you focus on gaming. There are a couple of variants – one where the clamp is slightly elevated from the controller, and another where it locks on either end of the device (which makes it resemble a Sony PSP, actually).
For instance, you could check out the Razer Serval – this product was once bundled with the Razer Forge TV, but has been released separately and yields amazing results!
The beauty of this is that the controller becomes an extension of your Android device, and it also brings about a great deal of stability like I had mentioned earlier. Most of all, you protect your device from moisture. Nothing like having a clean and moist-free Android phone in all its vibrant glory!
There are several varieties to choose from, and I hope you will continue to tune in here so you won’t miss out on my recommendations for what could potentially be the best android controller for you.
What do you guys think? Do you agree with me? Let me know through the comments section!