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Nyko Playpad Wireless Game Controller for Android Tablets and Smart Phones
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- Easily control your favorite tablet games with console like precision
- Optimized HID protocol for Tegra 3 based devices and games
- Includes Nyko's free Playground app with the ability to customize controller layout and download game profiles for older titles
- Playground supports the following controller input: Keyboard Mapping, Mouse, Touch Event Mapping
- HID, Keyboard mapping, and mouse emulation make PlayPad compatible with 100s of titles
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1) Good value - price is reasonable and includes a hard case
2) Rechargeable battery lasts a long time
3) D-Pad and buttons respond well.
4) Supports multiple operating modes for good compatibility
5) Compact and light weight
1) Shape and placement of controls is reasonable, but not ideal
2) Difficult to pair/connect via bluetooth. Some of my Android devices connect to it and others don't. Once it's connected, the connection is very reliable
3) Analog nubs are a bit stiff and uneven
Next, I decided to load up Nyko's Playground software from the Google Play Store. Terrible, terrible idea.
Nyko's Playground software is meant to allow you to program your Playpad for any games that don't natively support their controller. It does nothing of the sort. Not only is the app very unnecessarily confusing, but it doesn't work. At all. Nyko doesn't even deny this fact. Their app is officially in BETA, but as far as I'm concerned it shouldn't even be considered an alpha build at this point. It just doesn't work, period.
So after realizing that the software didn't work, I decided to go ahead and continue to use the Playpad and use the controller on games that DO natively support it. I powered the Playpad on, and it wouldn't sync via Bluetooth any longer. I tried every conceivable trick or workaround to get it to work again, but no go. A quick Google search revealed that this is a common problem after loading the Playground software with MANY android devices, and the only satisfactory resolution is to do a full factory reset of your Android device. That's what I ended up having to do. Worked like a charm again after a factory reset but I'd be EXTREMELY hesitant to load up the Nyko Playground software ever again. Even when it's out of Beta and is supposedly 'officially' working.
If I never bothered trying to use the Playground software I would've given this controller 4/5 stars. It's solidly constructed and works very well for games that natively support it. Because of the headaches caused by the Playground software, however, I can't feel comfortable rating this higher than 2 stars.
That is what I sent to Nyko If they can't make a working product then Amazon needs to pull this item from inventory. AS a customer I don't need or want JUNK and that's what this and its white twin are!!!
For those that don't want to read a wall of text I'll say this; that $20 I spent on this, well, I could have bought a relatively nice dinner for myself with it. I could have rented some movies. I could have put it in my savings account. I could have flushed it down the toilet! These would have been better options for my money than having this shipped to my house.
If I could, I'd give this a zero star review. This controller charges through micro USB, which is nice in our world of smart phones setting this standard. The "charger" that comes with this is a joke. If you still do not heed the warnings of all these reviews and buy this controller, get yourself a longer charging cable, or else you'll be stuck with a turd. What am I saying though, you bought this so you are stuck with a nicely packaged turd anyway.
Since I cannot give a zero star review, I'll try to give it some justice for it's one star; the form factor of the controller is actually nice. In fact, this WOULD have been perfect for the big trip I've been planning and was hoping to have this around to emulate SNES games or something on my Windows tablet in between waiting for flights and the boring end of traveling, and I'm sure it would have felt GREAT... if I could have used this controller.
The damn thing refuses to charge. I've had it charging for the past two days *just* to make sure it was in fact, charging. Never changed from the orange charging light, and when I try to press the Home button to power it up, absolutely nothing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a bad purchase, I have the same answer to the others review I am sad to say. When I unpacked it, it even felt like a cheap plastic toy. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
it was broken when i got it. I returned it but it ended up costing me money in shipping.Published 4 months ago by Derek Thiemann
I bought this play-pad as a portable controller for my tablet. The controller itself feels awkward in the hands because of how small it is which makes playing games with it... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Austin
Somethings wrong with mine i put it to charge in many different charges this thing never charged or worked even once for me i was really fooled buying thing i just dont know to buy... Read morePublished 6 months ago by O. Arias
Stay far away from these pieces of crap. I bought two, a black and a white one. The white one arrived dead wouldn't charge wouldn't turn on even while plugged in. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Cecelia M. Perry
In a nutshell: NYKO'S BUSINESS IS REAL SHADY!!
You should take the bad reviews VERY seriously! Read more
Just thought I would add to the list of unhappy buyers. Bought mine at Gamestop on sale for $12. The left joystick was off center, but worked fine. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Inverse
Does exactly what it's supposed to do, and does it well. If you've ever used a PS2/3/4 or Xbox game controller, it'll feel perfectly natural to you in no time. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Joseph D. Molion