If you're looking for a controller for your Android phone to game with, the SteelSeries Stratus+ is a good choice. It uses Bluetooth to connect, has a rechargable 90+ hour battery, and can also hook up to your PC via USB-C.
- 1.8m USB-C cable
- Bluetooth LE 4.1
- Phone mount and 1-month GeForce Now subscription in box
Since it's designed for a phone first, the Stratus+ comes with a detachable phone mount. It's quite a simple design really — two metal rods that poke right into the controller itself. It's also good enough to not block the buttons at the back as well as the USB-C port. Weight-wise, the controller is light, but the addition of a phone will somewhat tilt it downwards. You'll have to grip it a bit tighter.
Design-wise, it's very Xbox-ish, though the thumbsticks are more like a PlayStation controller. I do wish they used a rubber cover for the thumbsticks though, the plastic feels a bit flat otherwise. The XYAB buttons are clicky and feel responsive. The triggers are easy to press, and come with Hall Effect magnetic sensors for long term use and smoothness.
There honestly aren't a lot of fun Android games (at least to me) to use the controller with, though Minecraft players will appreciate controller support. Games such as Apex Legends Mobile and Wild Rift don't support controllers, so you're outta luck. However, if you're using Nvidia's GeForce Now, then this controller is perfect. I tried out games such as Jedi Fallen Order and Ghostrunner, and they worked great. The Stratus+ comes with a one-month free subscription (worth S$20) to GeForce Now, too.
Retailing at S$119, the SteelSeries Stratus+ Wireless Controller is a decent buy for Android users. iOS users can consider the Nimbus+, which comes with four months' worth of Apple Arcade. Get it from Shopee or Lazada.
Note: Review unit provided by SteelSeries.
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