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About the product
- Compatible with iPhone 7, 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, iPhone 6, 6 Plus
- CLASSIC HARDWARE CONTROLS - Dual Analog Joysticks, ABXY Buttons, D-Pad, L1/R1 Bumpers, L2/R2 Triggers, Menu Button
- INPUT/OUTPUT - 3.5mm Headphone Jack, Lightning Receptacle, Lightning Connector, 4 LED indicator
- Over 850 compatible games and growing!
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The current iPhone range is just about the most powerful handheld gaming device you could put in your pocket. Retina display for super crisp graphics and A9 (iPhone 6s, 6s Plus) / A10 (iPhone 7, 7 Plus) processors for mega fast game play. Gamevice and iPhone pack the same punch as your console with all of the triggers, buttons and joysticks you need for the ultimate mobile console experience.
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Originally, I thought I just got a bad controller, so I exchanged it at the store (I bought it from an Apple Store), but the replacement has the same problem.
I contacted Gamevice and it took them 4 days to respond but they have indicated they will replace it. I'm hoping these were just a bad batch run or something, because I'd really like to use this controller. I'll update this review once I get the replacement from Gamevice.
- There's no battery to charge or maintain. While it does use your iPhone battery, I've not noticed any real drain.
- Easy to attach and no need to pair with the phone. Just clip it on and play.
- The phone sits between the controls, makes it feel like a Nintendo Switch. I personally like this better than the phone sitting above the controllers.
- The Analog sticks are accurate, sensitive and generally awesome. I like them better than any I've used before (including even the PS4 controller).
- D-pad is accurate. This sounds obvious, but the d-pad has frequently been an issue with other controllers.
- Separate headphone jack... useful for iPhone 7/7+ when you want to use a regular headphone sans adapter.
- Uses a Lightning port for pass-though charging. Saves me from carrying a separate cable.
- One of the most portable controllers I've used. Gamevice shows them stacked and they attach to each other via magnets. However, you can also easily store them side-by-side so they don't bulge in a bag. Really big plus for me as all other controllers have always been too bulky.
- As mentioned above, the L/R buttons don't work properly. Something I should add is the ABXY buttons actually have the same problem but only barely. It's possible to press the button down without triggering it but you really have to try (press very lightly). In practice, it doesn't pose a problem to me. I had to explicitly test the buttons to notice. I never noticed an issue with the ABXY buttons while gaming.
- You can't use a case with the controller. If you have one, you'll have to take it off before you use it. Not a biggie to me, but if you have a case that's difficult to remove/attach, it could be an issue.
- The lightning port does not transmit audio. If you bought an iPhone 7, you got lightning headphones. You won't be able to use those with this controller. You either have to use BT or a regular headphone jack. Not a big deal in my book, but you should know the limitation.
- This will fit the current generation iPhones (from 6 to 7+). It probably won't fix the next generation.
I really want to use this controller. It's pretty much everything I want in an iPhone controller. If the issues with the LR buttons are fixed, this would be the perfect controller and I would have no problems giving it 5 stars.
** UPDATE **
I got the replacement controller from Gamevice. While it does have the same problem with the L/R buttons, I will say that it's not as bad as the original. I do believe that the problem is a result of design decisions Gamevice made. It appears that they're using the same pressure sensitive buttons on the L/R paddles as they did on the ABXY buttons. This makes the paddles less of a paddle and more of a pressure button. Most other controllers have Paddles that are analog through the motion, meaning they register the full range of motion of the paddle. The Gamevice paddles only register pressure. This makes the paddles harder to use. However, I have learned that if I press the button on the inside tip of the paddle, it's much easier to get it to register. It appears the "button" is on the inside of the paddle.
Despite the issues I have with the paddles, I find myself using this controller more than any other. For one, the analog sticks are awesome. I have a hard time using other controllers now with sub-par sticks. And the controller is very convenient. No battery, no pairing, no wires. Just plug it in and play. For that reason, I'm giving it 4 stars. Wish I could give it 5 stars but the paddle issue is too much to ignore.
The buttons do work but they do not register if you tap ever so slightly. Meaning if you're playing a game and when you require just a quick slight press of a button it might not register and your gameplay experience will be ruined.
I was hoping to use this to shift my gaming needs towards portability with the iPhone 7 Plus but I don't think anyone can make it happen yet.
The case also requires you to remove all cases and having a glass screen protector only makes it a tight fit (it got me worried like it could crack my sp).
This is for the gamer who really want to try out something new with ther iPhone. But no, you will not use it for long. Unless,
- Gamevice really fix their buttons registry. Perhaps I received a bad batch.
- The Gamevice is designed to fit iPhones with cases somehow (maybe with stretchable high quality rubber)