Gamepad manufacturer iPega have released the iPega PG-9087 – a Bluetooth controller for Android and Windows devices that boasts a landscape smartphone grip for a Nintendo Switch-style gaming setup – much like their unique Red Spider controller I reviewed a while ago.
As you’d expect from a modern gamepad, the iPega PG-9087 has a full set of buttons, four shoulder buttons, d-pad and asymmetrical analog sticks like the popular Xbox One controller. There’s even a turbo mode for fast inputs.
Connectivity is handled via Bluetooth 3.0 for a simple, wire-free setup. However, if your device doesn’t support Bluetooth, you can also connect it up using the included micro USB cable for a wired configuration. Whilst most users probably won’t use the wired option, it’s nice that iPega offer the choice.
It’s also got a built-in rechargeable 400mAh battery which should be good for around 6 hours of continuous use before you’ll need to reach for the micro USB cable.
Whilst this is all pretty standard, the smartphone grip is what makes the iPega PG-9087 really stand out. With its telescopic design, the controller’s grip supports smartphones up to 6.2 inches so most smartphones should fit. With a range of 77-170mm, it should also be small enough to use your smartphone in portrait mode for games that need it (think Nintendo DS emulation).
Inside the box, you’ll get the iPega PG-9087 Bluetooth gamepad, a micro USB cable and an English instruction manual.
If you’re wanting to grab one, you can buy it from GeekBuying for around $20 with free shipping.