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Phonejoy Play Bluetooth Game Controller Review

I love playing games on consoles. In fact I remember when I was a kid I was already playing NES games which was back in the 80’s. Now that I’ve grown up I still play games however I do it on my mobile device due to my busy schedule. The best part about playing games on a smartphone or tablet is that you can do it anytime and anywhere. The downside to this is that if you are used to playing with physical controls then the touch based control system can sometimes be frustrating.

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Phonejoy’s Play Bluetooth game controller which will become available in the market this coming April 8 is one of the best solutions in getting physical gaming buttons to any smartphone. It works for the Android, iOS, Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux platforms. Its use of a spring-loaded slider mechanism allows it to fit most smartphone models with a display of up to 6-inches. It can also be used remotely to work with tablets or laptops.

Technical Specifications

  • DIMENSIONS:  3.43 ( h) x 4.02 (w) x 1.46 inches (d); 102 mm (w) x 87 mm (h) x 37 mm (d)
  • WEIGHT: 0.39 lbs / 176 g
  • GAME BUTTONS : Directional Pad, 2 Analogue Thumbsticks, 4 Shoulder Buttons, 4 Action Buttons
  • SYSTEM BUTTONS : Start + Back Button, Invert Analog Switch, Power ON/OFF Switch
  • BATTERY: built-in rechargeable Li-Ion Battery 8h
  • SUPPORTED CONTROL MODES: HID Gamepad, TV/Android TV Navigation, HID keyboard, iCade
  • SUPPORTED DEVICE SIZE: up to 6.1 in / 15.5 cm
  • SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Android 4.0 or higher and Bluetooth 2.1+ capable device (phone or tablet)
  • SUPPORTED VIEWING FORMATS: most Android smart phones in landscape direction, specific tablets or phablets can be used only in portrait mode.

I was able to get this game controller courtesy of Phonejoy founder Martin Kessler. The device ships in a nice looking brown box that’s packed with useful information. There’s even a measurement scale on one side so you can just place your smartphone against it to see if it fits the controller.

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Inside the box there’s the game controller, micro USB cord, charging adaptor, audio adaptor, soft pouch, and a protective carrying case. There’s also the usual documentation, stickers, and a thank you card.

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The Phonejoy Play controller has a nice feel and weight and has an ergonomic design that makes it suited for use in extended gaming periods. Its buttons have a nice tactile feel to it and are rubberized on top allowing your fingers to have good friction.

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I used an LG Optimus L7 Series II smartphone to test out this controller. What I did first was to download the Phonejoy app from the Google Play store which allows for the easy setup between the smartphone and the controller. The process of linking both devices via Bluetooth is easy since all you need to do is follow the on-screen instructions. One other useful feature of his app is that it lists over 150 games that are compatible with the Play controller. Once you click on a game you like you will be sent to its Google Play store link. This way, you won’t have to manually search for the games that are compatible with this controller.

The first game I used to test this controller was Super Mario Advance 4 using a Gameboy Advance emulator. This game was originally designed to run on a GBA but has been ported to run on Android devices. It’s quite difficult playing the game with precision using the touch display of a smartphone however using the controller it becomes quite easy. I was able to finish the first few stages without losing any life.

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Overall I am very pleased with the Phonejoy Play and would recommend it to anyone who loves to play games using their mobile device. If you are interested in getting this device then you can head out over to the Phonejoy website to order it. The basic package costs $69.90 while the advanced package costs $79.90.

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