The 10 Best Android Controllers

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1. Xbox Wireless

2. SteelSeries Stratus Duo

3. 8Bitdo Sn30 Pro Plus

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.

Special Honors

GPD Portable Consoles Those looking to take their mobile gaming to the next level should consider one of GPD's highly capable handheld devices. They're slightly more expensive than most portable consoles but offer significantly increased versatility due to being full-featured PCs with surprisingly powerful hardware inside.

4. Nyko Core Wireless

5. 8Bitdo Lite

6. Nyko Core Mini

7. Flydigi Wasp 2

8. 8Bitdo SN30 Pro Original

9. Coobile W10

10. 8Bitdo Zero 2

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