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Best Mobile Gaming Controller for Android in 2021

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Many years ago, the title of ‘gamer’ was reserved for console players and PC lovers but, ever since mobile gaming controllers were first introduced, mobile players have been added to that esteemed list, and it’s very easy to see why. We all live busy lives and gaming on the go is sometimes the only option we have.

Thankfully, the technology is improving at a rapid rate and controllers are getting better and better as the years go by and thus we have a new list for 2021 to showcase which controllers I think can stand out from the crowd and deliver on the promise to take mobile gaming to the next level.

Mobile gaming controllers come in all shapes and sizes but the factors are portability, functionality, and ease of use with the latter being one of the most improved aspects over the years. No more convoluted instructions and extra apps to download, we’re at the stage where plug-and-play is the absolute norm.

Whether you’re a fan of the telescopic controller design that’s become increasingly popular over the years or you’re a bit more old skool and prefer the standard controllers we all know and love, there’s a mobile gaming controller that’s right for you. So, without further ado let’s take a look at the best mobile gaming controller for Android in 2021.





Razer Kishi


Product: Mobile Gaming Controller

Model: Kishi

Brand: Razer

Price: $99.99

Best Place To Buy: Amazon


With the rise of mobile gaming and the epic console experience that comes with Xbox Cloud gaming, the Razer Kishi has been thrust into the spotlight as the best mobile alternative to the standard Xbox One controller. Its telescopic design allows it to easily wrap around your phone and plug directly into your Android Device.

The direct connection virtually eliminates input lag and you can start controlling your phone as soon as it’s connected. Plus, it effortlessly contracts into a much smaller and more portable form whenever you’re not using it. It’s easily none of the most convenient controllers you can get and is optimized for Xbox cloud gaming as well.

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Gamesir X2


Product: Mobile Gaming Controller

Model: X2

Brand: Gamesir

Price: $69.99

Best Place To Buy: Amazon


Easily the Razer Kishi’s most lethal competition, the Gamesir X2 is another telescopic controller that separates itself from the competition with a unique design that closely resembles the Nintendo Switch but the controller’s overall performance is almost identical to the more Xbox-centric variety that is available.

While It may not be as compact and portable, there are almost no restrictions on the width of your device since there are no rounded edges, making it ideal for anybody looking to fit a small tablet into this controller instead. Plus, version 2.0 has been released with a much more ergonomic D-pad that gamers were begging for.

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Mobile Gaming Controller

Model: XP5-X

Brand: PowerA

Price: $38.89

Best Place To Buy: Amazon



Now, if telescopic controller designs aren’t your thing, then the PowerA MOGA XP5-X is right up your alley. It is almost identical to the original Xbox One controller except it comes with a whole lot of added features that I wish were standard on an Xbox controller. Except for the ability to actually connect to an Xbox console of course.

Yes, as cool as those remappable buttons would be, this controller will only connect to your Android device or PC. The great thing about it is the fact that you have the option of having a word connection via the USB cable or a wireless connection via Bluetooth. It will even charge your device while it’s connected as a bonus.

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iPega Red Knight

Product: Mobile Gaming Controller

Model: Red Knight (9087s)

Brand: iPega

Price: $26.99

Best Place To Buy: Amazon


Coming in on the more affordable side of the spectrum, we have the iPega Red Knight. A controller that we’ve reviewed extensively on this site and for good reason. It easily one of the most beginner-friendly controllers on the market with it being easy to set up and use while still going easy on your wallet.

That being said, I call it a great beginner controller because, if you take your mobile gaming seriously enough, you’re going to want to upgrade to something a little more premium in the future. But, for your first time using a mobile gaming controller, it’s simply one of the best.

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Xbox One Controller

Product: Gaming Controller

Model: Xbox One v2

Brand: Microsoft

Price: $64.99

Best Place To Buy: Amazon


All those fancy new controller designs aside, this list would not be complete without the one and only original Xbox One Controller. A few years ago, it was upgraded to connect strictly via Bluetooth which allowed the controller to connect to any android device as easy as any controller specifically designed for mobile gaming

Once you download and update the drivers on the controller using your Xbox console, you’ll be able to play any controller-compatible Android games as well as Xbox Cloud Gaming, the ultimate addition to the mobile gaming scene. Remember to get yourself a mobile phone clip as well and nothing is stopping you from taking mobile gaming to the net level.

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Which One Would I Choose?

Although I’ve been using my Xbox One controller to play mobile games for a while now, there are a lot of complications when you don’t have a phone clip. Trying to find a flat surface for your device to rest on completely removes the portability and that’s why my ideal choice would be a telescopic controller for mobile gaming.

That being said, the top spot has to go to the Razer Kishi. Even though it limits the size of the device that you can use, it’s the one that most resembles the Xbox controller that I’m used to and, by relying on the phone’s power instead of its own internal battery, nothing is stopping you from gaming anytime and anywhere.

But, on the more affordable side of the spectrum, I’d have to vouch for the PowerA MOGA XP5-X. That standard controller design is made even cooler by the remappable buttons on the back and I can easily see it taking being the main controller I use for at least a few years.

Do you use any of these controllers? Which one would you pick as your main mobile gaming controller? Let me know in the comments section below.


-Stevius Maximus

4 thoughts on “Best Mobile Gaming Controller for Android in 2021”

  1. Kwidzin says:

    This does sound like a good controller. But I think that all of these consumer technology companies should be made to make their products universal. So that you would then be able to play an Xbox with the same controller you use to play the PlayStation or PC or Android. Chance would be a fine thing

    1. StevieMAX says:

      You’re right, Kwidzin

      We almost have that. It’s just the consoles that have to start agreeing with each other. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Cogito says:

    Thank you for very interesting article. With great Xbox ultimate offer I was looking for mobile controller recently but its not easy to choose with so many options on market. But looking on your review it seems that Razer Kishi will be best option form me. Its great company, I love controller design and there is no input lag. Looking forward to test it in practice.

    1. StevieMAX says:

      Nice! I’m sure you’ll have a lot of fun with the KISHI as well. Glad you found this article useful.

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