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Anyone looking for a solid Android gaming controller need look no further than the MOGA series. The original controller launched a year ago, and while there were and remain some drawbacks to the bundled software, the hardware itself is top notch. The latest generation hopes to address a fundamental drawback to gaming on a smartphone, the inescapable battery draining forces at work whenever you fire up a graphically intensive game and attempt to play it using a Bluetooth controller. Both the MOGA Hero Power and the Pro Power controllers let you recharge your handset as you game, and they're now available for anyone raring to give them a go.

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Both controllers come with a micro USB port from which a cable extends to your device. It's not an elegant solution, and depending on how long the cable is, it could even hinder gameplay. But if your gaming addiction regularly inhibits your handset's usefulness as an actual phone, this might just be the remedy to your problem. Just be cautious. Both gaming and charging cause phones to heat up more than usual, and combining the two may not make for a good long-term habit.

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The MOGA Hero Power, which debuted early last week on Amazon, retails for $59.99, and it's matured since the release of the original controller. It now has actual thumbsticks, a thicker d-pad, and a more solid feel overall. The MOGA Pro Power controller, which has also been redesigned but remains largely the same as the pre-existing MOGA Pro controller, costs $79.99.

While both may be on the expensive side as far as Bluetooth gamepads are concerned, they're priced competitively with console controllers, and they have the build quality to match. With one of these in hand, a mobile game's graphics aren't the only aspect that may lead you to forget this isn't a console experience.

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MOGA Hero Power on Amazon

MOGA Pro Power on Amazon

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Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. He now lives in the City of Bridges, adjusting to the presence of actual snow. His phone of choice is the HTC One.

  • Spoony IV

    id give this a spin if it wasnt for the looming release of the PS4/XB1

  • David Marion

    I would order a Power Pro if shipping to Canada wasn't so damn expensive.

    EDIT: Looks like they added some cheaper international shipping options.

    • Matthew Wright

      I spent about $100 on my moga pro when you take into account shipping and duty charges. Also Power A customer service is the absolute worst. I could go on and on. I'd recommend trying to get one elsewhere.

      • David Marion

        I was actually thinking of just buying a PS4 controller. Still haven't decided what to do for a clip, or if I really need one at all.

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    What's the difference between the two?

  • Hugh Johnson

    I had the Moga Pro and honestly a PS3 contoller is the way to go. The analog sticks on the moga are very unresponsive and make playing games like modern combat 4 unfun and frustrating, the PS3 controller(although i prefer the xbox 360 layout) works great using the sixaxis app for bluetooth connectivity.

  • psuedonymous

    I'd definitely go for the GameKlip and a DualShock over the Moga. While the internal battery is a nice touch, all the other downsides (nasty mushy buttons, wobbly analog sticks, fragile-feeling case) aren't worth it.

    It's also that weird 360 stick layout (I'm either using both sticks, or face buttons and dpad, rarely a mix of the two), but that's probably personal preference for some.

    • Paul

      The downsides you mentioned, are they about last year's model or have you tried the new versions?

    • Cat Astrophy

      GameKlip requires that tacky strip on your phone or a second case to take your phone out of and into (a massive PITA if you use something like an Otterbox daily). Huge minus.

      I prefer the PS3 controller by leaps and bounds, but am quite content with a case that has a built-in kickstand to prop up the phone.

  • Ricardo Neves

    Does anyone else think that charging the phone while playing games on it is not a good idea?

    • bobEveryman

      I would be plugging my phone in to the wall charger if I were playing graphics heavy games on it anyway, so why not plug it into the controller?

      • Bronislav Shtrom

        see above

    • Bronislav Shtrom

      i have

  • calvin

    I will buy it if it's compatible with 10.1 tablet!