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Review of the 5 Best gamepads for iPhone

iPhone perfectly suited for gaming – smartphone has powerful hardware, high quality display and excellent optimization software. Most of the games are in range of $5, which is quite a bit, and of course there are many free ones. Also the device is very portable and the ping in-games is under 100 ms in the 3G/4G networks. In general – great conditions for the gamer. The only inconvenient thing is the limitation of the touch screen. When you can easily play some strategy with touch screen, it turns really hard to play some shooter or platformer without buttons. You need a game controller or the old gamepad.


Most of compatible with iOS games controllers offer a standard set of control elements: one or two sticks, cross, buttons A, B, X, Y, two or four triggers and some function keys. But the devils, as they say, in the details. Gamepads are different in size, each with its own grip characteristics, materials are also different. Ideally is to play with several suitable controllers and choose the best for yourself. However, if this is not possible, check the 5 best gamepads for iPhone below.

Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i


Many foreign publications considered controller from Mad Catz as the best. It earned such fame thankfully to the excellent materials and built quality and even ergonomics. Buttons and joysticks are made of durable polymer, which is very important for hardcore gamers. Also, this controller has an optional holder for your phone, which is absent in competitive models. Place your iPhone into the Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i and you will be able to play in public transport or on the move. The price is around $50.



The stationary solution from the known Japanese company Hori that produces gaming accessories for most platforms. Gamepad is not equipped with a special holder for your phone, instead, the bundle includes a small stand for mounting your smartphone or tabled on a table. Horipad is small, very similar to PlayStation joystick. The controller will especially please platformer fans – D-pad and ABXY buttons are optimally located directly below the thumb, sticks are lower on a separate site. Four trigger buttons. Unfortunately, there is only one color available – black and white, the price tag is also $50.

SteelSeries Stratus


According to some claims, it is the first Bluetooth MFi (Made for iPhone, iPad, iPod) controller. A big plus in Stratus is its compactness – it fits easily in your pocket. On the other hand, the buttons and joysticks are substantially less than competitive solutions. And this constructive nuance is affecting the ergonomic. In hands, this controller feels like a joystick from old school 16 bit consoles. When you work with cross and buttons, everything is fine, but the triggers are not very convenient. Thumbs are touching each other and you will have to get used to this controller. Two colors – black and white, the cost on the official website – $50.



If the accessories described above were similar to the typical gamepads, the model of Gamevice is more like a transformer. The controller encloses the iPhone ends; the screen is in the focus of attention. A folded device reminds and a washboard – that’s how folds the central part of the device. Despite the artful design, joystick is fully functional and seemingly comfortable. Sticks, cross, buttons and triggers are on the place. Even though, they are relatively tiny. All of the iPhones starting from the 5th version are supported. Also, even the upcoming iPhone 7 should be compatible. And this is important point – Gamevice costs almost $100.

Logitech PowerShell Controller


Authoritative Logitech Powershell Controller sacrificed its compactness in favor of autonomy – an accessory not only adds mechanical controls to the smartphone but also supplies it with power. The battery is small, only 1500 mAh, but it is still useful. It’s funny that this controller has become very popular among gamblers, poker players to be exact. One poker site called Logitech Powershell the most convenient device to play poker on mobile device.

There are not sticks, only ABXY buttons, D-Pad and two triggers. Not enough for games that use very diverse management. For 70 euros you get a good ergonomics and conditionally compact design and a small additional power bank. Unfortunately, the controller is only compatible with the iPhone 5, 5S and iPod touch of the 5th generation.


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