Power A’s MOGA controller is one of the best Android controllers available, at least the controller itself is. While the app you use to connect the MOGA to your Android device is highly disappointing, the controller itself is of the utmost quality. Power A released the MOGA controller on October 21st of 2012 for a whopping $49.99. While it’s not a bad price for what Power A claims the MOGA controller offers, the problem is that what Power A claims the MOGA controller to offer just isn’t there. Enough setup, let’s get to the review!
The overall build quality of the controller is fantastic. It’s very durable and if it’s accidentally dropped on the floor or even the cement, it is not going to break and half. Albeit you may find a few scuffs on it as with anything you would drop on cement or any hard and scratchy surface for that matter. Aside from accidental incidents, the overall grip feels outstanding and it does not have that cheap plastic feel to it. On top of that, Power A includes a leather pouch to store your MOGA controller in to keep nice nice and safe. Power A has by far, outdone themselves in build quality.
The design of the MOGA controller isn’t bad, but it’s not great either. As you can see in the picture to the right, it basically looks like a square. It’s understandable as to why they chose this design route, as they needed to somehow add a clip into the controller to hold your fun, but it still feels a bit blocky, so to speak. Other than that, the controller has a very sleek black finish to it. Regardless of my complaints, I like the controller. Sure, it might feel very square, but it’s definitely one of the more unique controller’s out there.
Some of the buttons are placed very awkwardly, specifically the triggers. They are actually placed behind a strip of plastic along with the bumper of the clip that holds your smartphone. I found it to feel a tad awkward, but it is fairly easy getting used too despite not being like the standard controllers where the trigger buttons are often at the tip of the controller. The other issue I had with the controller were the analog sticks. They are almost a struggle to move with. I can easily move the analog sticks, but they almost feel sticky, which almost makes it feel like the analog sticks are hesitant to move with your finger.
My overall opinion of the controller? It’s extraordinary. My huge problem lays with the MOGA Pivot app, which is what you use to connect to your Android device, but I’ll dabble into that more in part two of the review. As for my concluding thoughts, the controller is extraordinary, but I do not think it’s worth the $49 that Power A wants for it. As an observation, it seems like they are selling the controller as a package almost. They throw in two free games — Pac Man and Sonic CD — while also offering you access to the MOGA Pivot app.
When it comes down to it, I see this more as a $30 controller. It’s definitely not worth $50.