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05/28/2013 07:22 pm ET | Updated Jul 28, 2013

Review: Moga Pro Game Controller for Android

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by Kent Foster

The Moga Pro game controller for Android devices aims to take mobile gaming to the next level, and with the exception of some minor inconveniences, it has.

The first Moga controller attempted to simulate a console experience, but fell short.

The Pro brings a more traditional-controller feel, with its dual analog sticks and rubber-like grip as compared to its predecessor.

Not every aspect of the new controller is a step forward, though. Holding it in my hands for the first time was really unsatisfying. As a Playstation gamer, I'm used to having my joysticks made of actual "rubber." It makes a big difference. The joysticks were also difficult to keep steady while I was playing the first-person shooter game Battle Bears.

The arm in the middle of the Moga Pro controller flips up, gripping your Android phone. It even adjusts to grip the bigger phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note II. The only problem with this is the weight of the phone throwing off the balance of the controller, but after awhile, you get used to it.

For those of you with Android tablets, the controller is Bluetooth-enabled, allowing you to play on a bigger screen. You can even connect your device to a TV for the ultimate gaming experience, giving it the same feel as a gaming system.

This is where I thought the controller shined. I played Grand Theft Auto Vice City on the Galaxy Nexus tablet, and the next thing I knew, three hours had flown by. Stealing cars with Tommy Vercetti on mobile was just not doing it for me until I tried it with the Moga Pro.

So all I need to get the same feel from the good ol' PS2 days, is the Moga Pro and my phone. It was really nostalgic.

The MOGA Pivot App enables gamers to easily browse, find and play a list of MOGA Enhanced Games in one convenient location. MOGA Pivot App is available free via Google Play. Its catalog of games is decent for now; I'm guessing they will continue to add more.

List of featured games:

-AVP: Evolution

-Grand Theft Auto Vice City

-Battle Bears

-Dragon Hunter 4

-Shadowngun: Deadzone

-The Dark Knight Rises

-N.O.V.A. 3: Near Orbit

So even though it took some getting used to, I had fun using the Moga Pro. It upgrades the mobile gaming experience by tenfold. If you have an Android tablet, I highly recommend you invest in one.

The Moga Pro gaming controller is now available online or at your local gaming store for only $50.

DISCLOSURE: a Moga Pro unit was provided to TurnstyleNews by Power A for the purposes of this review.

A version of this review appeared on TurnstyleNews.com