Smartphone gaming has come a long way. We now have heavy-duty games on our smartphones and equally powerful processors and graphic processing units for support.
But playing a game on a touchscreen display can be a little tricky. The best gaming experience one can get is on a gaming console. Period.
But, there are aftermarket controllers available as well, to give you console gaming feel on your smartphone.
Amkette recently released their smartphone game controller calling it the Evo Gamepad Pro. For Rs 2,799, this falls in that sweet price range. But is it really that good?
I am a PlayStation person, and the Evo Gamepad Pro is close to the old 6-axis controller on the PlayStation 3 in terms of design.
The two analog sticks are a little out of place for people used to a PlayStation, but for gamers who are Xbox lovers, this is the controller for you.
The build quality is good and the fact that you have an inbuilt smartphone mount on the controller helps.
To connect the Evo Gamepad Pro to your smartphone, you need bluetooth and the Evo Gamepad app. The app is like a tutorial and gives you suggestions of over 300 games that are compatible with the Evo Gamepad Pro.
The 400 mAh rechargeable Li-Polymer battery on the Evo Gamepad Pro is good enough and lasts for about 4 hours of gaming. Games like Need for Speed, FIFA 15 and Asphalt 8 were a treat to play on the controller.
Even low user engagement games like Auralux and Granny Smith were fun to play on the controller.
Evo Gamepad Pro supports games from genres like RPG, racing, FPS or arcade, and a wide host of games that are available on the Google Play Store.
If you’re feeling like nostalgic, games like Contra or Mario are also easy to play on the Evo Gamepad Pro.
There are small niggling issues with the Evo Gamepad Pro like if you try and fit a smartphone that is slightly bigger than 5 inches, it makes the controller go off balance.
Tablet compatibility is good but the tablet stand that Amkette bundles with the Evo Gamepad Pro is not sturdy enough.
Yes there are over 300 games to choose from, but in many games you still have to touch the display to enable a few functions. That was a little off putting.
Why Buy it?
Overall, the Amkette Evo Gamepad Pro is a brilliant gaming controller for your smartphone.
For Rs 2,799, the Evo Gamepad Pro is a steal if you’re a smartphone gamer. It’s currently only available on Flipkart and we say go for it, you won’t regret it.
Buttons: 2 Bumper Buttons, 2 Analog Sticks, 2 Analog Triggers
Battery: 400 mAh Rechargeable Li-Polymer Battery
OS Supported: Android Operating
Range: 5 m