MOGA Controller Hands-on at CTIA MobileCON 2012 [Video]

We recently reviewed an accessory called GameKlip, which allows you to clip a PlayStation 3 controller to a device for gaming. If you read our review, you found there are definitely some complications that come with it, though. It is complicated to set up the wireless connection, you need to have a PS3 controller before hand and some devices simply don’t fit very well in it.

We have found a solution that is similar but much more full-featured and convenient. The MOGA controller is manufactured by PowerA and is pretty much a bluetooth controller with a dock for placing your phone. Since it is features a vertical clip, it can fit any device regardless of width, size or any other physical factors.

You don’t necessarily have to use it with your phone. The controller’s clip can fold in and hide inside the controller. The user can then simply pair the controller with any smartphone or tablet. We are rather impressed by the controller’s performance by its own. It has a rubberized back, the buttons and dual joysticks are placed very comfortably and it is very responsive.

We consider the device holder to be simply an extra; a major one, but still simply a cool addition. If you were interested in the GameKlip but don’t have a PS3 controller, or simply don’t want to deal with the pairing process, this might be the controller for you.

To make it more convenient, the MOGA will be available at T-Mobile stores. It is also available on Amazon, though. It does cost $50, which seems like a lot compared to the $15 GameKlip, but keep in mind this is a full-featured controller and not just a clip. Many of us don’t have PlayStation controllers laying around, and if you add up the costs it would end up being about the same (PS3 controller + GameKlip).

It is fun, it is comfortable and it is easy to pair. What more can you ask of a good mobile controller? Check it out and let us know what you think!

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TAGS: CTIA , hands-on , MobileCON

  • 84guy

    shut up and take my money!!!!

  • John Wentworth

    This is a very polished and good looking device, I already have a iControlPad, unfortunately I upgraded phones and my new galaxy nexus doesn’t fit in it with a case, I’ll probably be picking one of these up

    • acey_zero

      How did you like the iControlPad? I am backing the iControlPad 2 on kickstarter. It says it will fit phones up to Galaxy note size, so you might want to check it out, though it is a bit pricier than this one.

  • ZzBallykingzZ

    Here’s another option at the same price and available now on Amazon. This is made by Gametel. I don’t know if it is any good or not but I do prefer this option over the Gameclip.

    • ViolinistMD

      why when i went here the most common thing bought along with this was the Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test 20 Count lmao weird

  • Itchy_Robot

    Wow, this looks great. Any idea on a release date in the USA?

  • acey_zero

    Looks good, but I am going for the iControlPad 2 which is ending on Kickstarter in a couple days. It includes a full qwerty keypad :)

  • evilFlexo

    Can this be paired with multiple devices?

  • Michael Thompson

    Gamestop makes a decent BT controller as well.
    Good luck convincing many store associates that they do though. Wow.

    • Robb Nunya

      A lot of the stores apparently don’t carry the tablet accessories. Make sure you’re in one that does before blowing the others’ little minds.


    Shut up and take my money!

  • Pnutt916

    I want now!!

  • Jok3sta

    what racing game is that?

    • Jok3sta

      nevermind .. its need for speed: most wanted

  • Steven Gaultier

    I would like to know if there are any of these that will fit a GS3 with an extended battery. Any ideas?

  • Ben Kapferer

    You think this could fit the Nexus 7?

  • AMbro86

    This is freaking awesome! I think it has a better form factor than the gamerclip too. One thing I’d love to see on these though is a dock or connector so the controller could act as an extended battery, which we all know suffers with gaming, and saving power by not using bluetooth might help a little, but an extended battery make the most sense for having a cable or dock connection.

    Now games! We need some sick ports from the dedicated consoles!

  • UMA_Fan

    Will this work with a case on the Note 2?