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Moga Pro - My High Expectations were Almost Met,
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I'm a relatively new owner of a Galaxy S4 and was extremely excited to finally have a phone with a large enough screen to do some serious gaming on the go. Only issue is that a lot of games I enjoy are seriously hampered by using the touch screen. There is nothing more annoying than using the virtual thumb controller while trying to play a good first person shooter or a rpg such as RavenSword. I still cannot believe Galaxy on Fire 2 HD does not even support a hid controller, but I digress!
Before Deciding on the MOGA brand of controllers, I had read a lot of articles about using PS3/4 controllers and even Xbox controllers for the newer android phones. I looked into the official samsung controller but was turned off by its appearance. All roads lead to rome right? Well everyone and everything was hyping up the new generation Moga Controllers as THE controller to get for mobile gaming. So I bit and spent $78 on amazon and purchased a Moga Pro controller.
Packaging and Aesthetics:
The controller box and packaging materials were top notch and well thought out, it was professionally designed by a marketing department and you can tell a lot of time and energy was spent to make you say "wow this is cool". Kudos for getting me excited unwrapping the contents Moga!
The controller itself is very much like an updated Xbox controller, if you like the xbox ergonomics than you will like how this controller feels in your hands. It is also heavy and feels well made and strong (However I had an issue with build quality 3 days into using it, more on that later)
The controller is great because it has a 2200 battery built in, letting you extend your play time by about 80%, after 80% of the charge is gone it no longer will "charge" the phone. Charge is a tricky word, because on my galaxy S4 the controller never charged the battery, but instead prevented it from losing juice. Let me repeat that, on a S4 it will prevent the battery from draining, but it has yet to "charge" mine.
Setup was easy enough, just download the pivot app and follow the instructions, takes less than 2 minutes.
Real world Use:
I've had some issues with gaming, RavenSword often takes up to 10 restarts in order for the controller to work, even though it is recognized by the game. Also even though there are 170 games in Moga's library, only two on my phone are compatible, and I have around 50 games installed. Hopefully going forward this will change.
Overall things are still a little buggy, and feel like their software is still in a beta phase. Sometimes buttons do not respond in game, requiring multiple presses, sometimes the app crashes, and often i have to restart the game and app multiple times for the controller to work at all.
Also just to let you know, the software leaks your unique phone ID and the email address you setup for your account in plain txt to their servers. Moga's Pivot app is the only one out of around 100 apps that scores an "extreme risk" with my mobile bitdefender av software. I sent an email and tweet to the developers asking them to fix the issue... no response yet. This is a pretty big privacy issue in my opinion and I got around it by adding their "marketing servers" to my adblock list. THis has not altered the way the app works in anyway, this info seems to be purely used for marketing/tracking information by them.
Another big problem I have is that within 2 days the "Smart Lock" bracket that holds the phone began to slide freely, no longer clamping down on the phone holding it in place. The controller is basically unusable now, I've contacted support for a warranty replacement and will update this review with the outcome. I did not damage the controller in anyway and if they deny warranty do to "wear and tear" I will be extremely unhappy.
So overall I give this controller 3 stars, its almost there software wise, still needs some tweaks. They need to fix the phone identifier and email leak issue and also take a look at the build quality of the "Smart Lock" bracket which holds the phone in place.
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Initial post: May 14, 2014 6:46:15 AM PDT
Vitorio M. Rodriguez says:
thank you.i thought it was just me.i have the m8 and getting a hadoken is a task on this thing.and megaman i cant shoot rapid fire shots.but i can when i use just the screen
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