The GameSir Hybrid Game Controller Offers the Best of Both Worlds

I have reviewed a number of game controllers for the iPhone and they often fall short in one area or another. GameSir may have found the right mix with its interestingly named G6 Mobile Gaming Touchroller ($42.99). The company sent me this controller and right away I could see it was different. Most controllers are designed to mimic PlayStation and Xbox controllers with joystick or diamond pad buttons on each side. The "touchroller" leaves the right-hand side clear of such buttons. This asymmetric design makes it easier to use your right thumb or other finger to access the touchscreen. Plus it leaves the Lightning port completely open for charging or connecting a headset.

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This is a smart idea, as not all apps are designed to work with Bluetooth hardware buttons; so I'm glad they embraced this hybrid approach, leaving the touchscreen accessible. The device expands and contracts horizontally to accommodate different size iPhones leading to an overall compact design. The device offers up to 80 hours of battery life, is lightweight and has a soft rubbery surface for extended gaming sessions. It still uses microUSB to charge the G6, so that's another cable to remember to bring.

Pros

  • Touchscreen accessible
  • Hard buttons on left and back of unit
  • Lightning port accessible
  • Adjustable size
  • Compact design

Cons

  • Subset of games support Bluetooth hardware buttons
  • Recharges via microUSB

Final Verdict

At the list price price, the GameSir G6 Mobile Gaming Touchroller is a no brainer for any serious mobile gamer, and that's before the 10 percent discount offered on the website.

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.