Updated May 31, 2020 by Christopher Thomas

The 10 Best Android Controllers

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10. 8Bitdo Zero 2

9. Coobile W10

8. 8Bitdo SN30 Pro Original

7. Flydigi Wasp 2

6. Nyko Core Mini

5. 8Bitdo Lite

4. Nyko Core Wireless

3. 8Bitdo Sn30 Pro Plus

2. SteelSeries Stratus Duo

1. Xbox Wireless

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Editor's Notes

May 27, 2020:

First of all, because they primarily use Bluetooth and often USB connections, most of these are also perfectly suited for use with a variety of platforms including PC and some consoles, notably the Nintendo Switch. In fact, some of the best, such as the Xbox Wireless and SteelSeries Stratus Duo, were originally designed with a focus on Xbox and PC usage, and just so happen to work swimmingly with Android devices. The Nyko Core Wireless and Nyko Core Mini were also built with the Switch in mind, and many users find them superior to the original JoyCons, which should tell you something about their build quality and precision.

We also want to take a moment to highlight one of the most well-known and reliable manufacturers of third-party controllers. The 8Bitdo Sn30 Pro Plus takes all the functionality of the 8Bitdo SN30 Pro Original and adds ergonomic grips that significantly minimize discomfort over long periods of time, while the 8Bitdo Lite packs plenty of versatility into a small form factor. Even smaller is the 8Bitdo Zero 2, which weighs next to nothing and is suitable for casual use when you're on the go, although its limited buttons and control axes make it unsuitable for more complex games.

If you'd rather not deal with a separate controller, the Coobile W10 offers a pair of grips and mechanical triggers that turn any phone into a handheld console without requiring a Bluetooth connection, and the Flydigi Wasp 2 connects to one side of a smartphone for an especially compact solution. Flydigi does also offer a right-side trigger as well as a mated fan for keeping high-performance devices cool while running processor-heavy titles.


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on May 31, 2020 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.


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