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on 21 October 2013
There's a lot of negative reviews here saying the joypad doesn't work or that it's flimsy and cheap. Don't put too much stock in those highly negative reviews - this isn't a perfect product but it certainly does the job as intended and isn't as flimsy as I thought it would be from the reviews already posted. Don't buy this thinking you're getting Xbox 360 or PS3 controller quality and you may be pleasantly suprised.

The iPega is essentially a small bluetooth joypad that you'll pair with you phone or tablet to play games with. Before you buy this the first thing you need to realise is the NOT ALL ANDROID/iOS GAMES SUPPORT JOYPADS. Check the support ofor external input devices for your favourite games before you buy and you'll avoid the disappointment that others may already have suffered.

The iPega has 4 modes of operation, allowing it a reasonable chance of working for a game that won't directly support it. It can act as a keyboard (allowing you to map keyboard bottons to your game/emulator and use the joypad that way), it can act as a joystick/pad (for those games directly supporting joypads), it can act as a mouse/trackball (for games using the touchscreen like a mouse), and it can act as a native iCade controller (for those of you that spent money on the iOS iCade application). You have to set which mode it will operate in when you're pairing it. If you have no joy once paired, unpair it and try a different mode to see if that works for you.

Pairing it is simple. Turn it on, hold the joypad button matching the mode you want then press the HOME button in the middle of the pad. An orange light flashes on the pad. Once the light is flashing, scan for bluetooth devices from your phone or tablet and select the joypad to pair with. As I said, simple.

The joypad itself is designed along the same lines as a third party SNES controller with a couple of analog sticks thrown in. It's lightweight (good for portability) and about the same size as an old Sega Master system controller (although it is thicker). The face bottons feel solid as does the body of the controller but the shoulder triggers are a little 'clicky'; and feel less solid than the other control buttons. If any buttons will break first, it'll be these shoulder triggers.

The iPega has an intenal battery, charged via a standard micro USB port. That's handy as it means no carrying batteries for it. On the flip-side it does mean if you're out of charge on the go then you're out of luck.

Another feature of the controller is that it includes an extendable arm that clamps around your phone handset to attach your phone to the controller which folds neatly away when not in use. This is a good idea but by far the worst feature of the iPega. The spring load on the clamp arm is weak, the plastic feels a little flimsy and the balance of the phone when it's in the cradle feels odd, as the joypad is very light compared to a modern smartphone giving the whole unit when connected together an unbalanced feel. This is the result of the lightweight controller design and is where the budget nature of the controller clearly shows.

So far the iPega has coped with every app I've thrown at it, sometimes on the 2nd or 3rd connection option I've tried. It's best application is on emulators so if you have an old SNES, Megadrive, GBA, NeoGeo pocket or similar knockling around that you never carry this controller can help turn your phone into an all-purpose portable gaming device. I've used this on a Sumsung Note 2 (Android 4.1) and a Galaxy S3 (Android 4.2) with no difficulties.

One last note of criticism: The manual is TERRIBLE. It's clearly a bad translation but it does point out that the joypad can also be used on PC. Could be one for the laptop bag then :)

CONCLUSION: The iPega is a cheap and cheerful joypad best suited to emulators but capable of much more. As a pad it feels light yet sturdier than the price tag (and some reviews) suggests but it's phone clamp is clearly a weak point. Overall this is well worth £16 and was just what I needed to prevent me carrying my mobile gaming platforms as well as my phone. Check compatibility with your games before you buy and you shouldn't be disappointed.
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on 7 April 2014
Why has this got negative comments? It's friggin brilliant!! For using on the bus, or sat in living room while the Mrs is watchin vampire diaries or the voice or sommat equally as s***e... It does the job! I love it! For £15 it's a bloody bargain! Stop your whining and get on your Xbox then if you wanna moan!
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on 13 December 2013
The D-pad is a little stiff and not very accurate, I'd also have liked if the analogue sticks were a little less stiff too. It works well though, took about a minute to connect to my Nexus 7 and Nexus One devices.
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on 30 December 2013
Works well with iphone5.
Stops unintentional screen touches and is very comfortable to use - great product.
Would recommend it
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on 9 August 2014
its nice and usable and cheap. what else can u expect. Although the 4 buttons r pretty good. the trigger buttons are cheap but usuable and the analog is a cheap version of the nintendo 3ds.
Only prob is u might have to set the gamepad to be recognise as a "keyboard" for it to be recognise. a bit of a hassle but once its up its all ok.
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on 1 February 2015
To be honest, as an Iphone user i was a little worried when it arrived. Aside from the general feel of the product, the button mapping didnt work very well with iMame, and the button arrangeent on floppy cloud (snes emu) was entirely illogical.

After spending a bit of time with it, its actually quite a nice bit of kit. I had to change the button arrangement in floppy cloud to The "steel series" mapping and manually remap the buttons in iMame, but it works like a charm in both. It definitely isnt the best controller money cam buy (buttons feel cheap and stiff) but for the money i wouldnt complain.

I would say, however, that as it isnt an official MFI controller you'd be better off getting it if you knew you had a collection of titles that were already icade compatible, rather than relying on compatibility of future releases.
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on 9 February 2014
Bare in mind that this gamepad has 4 setup modes, and 2 of them are the ones that interest us. One is 'keyboard' which works flawlessly and lets you map your keys into emulators, and the other is 'Gamepad' which doesn't work. Maybe my unit was faulty. Anyway in 'gamepad' mode I cannot map keys in emulators and any android game with real gamepad support will not take it.

In conclusion: great for emulators, but Android games will not take it. I understand only 10% of the games out there have gamepad support, well these games will not take this controller. Any other controller will work but not this one.

Again, maybe I got sent a faulty unit. Im sending it back
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on 31 October 2015
This item is a total waste of money!!
It states on the box and on the ad that it works with iPhones 5,5s and clearly this is not the case it will pair up with your iPhone but that's as far as it goes in no matter what key you press nothing happens at all I phoned "Apple" today and they confirmed this with me!! As for the instructions inside the box they were not much help this is the second one I bought now from two different dealers and I am stuck with the same problem they won't Play games on my iPhone once they have paired up!! I'm not a happy bunny! :(
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on 15 September 2013
Analogue sticks are a little firm but overall a great device. Works with most apps out of the box in gamepad mode on nexus 4 stock and aosp (4.3)
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on 13 June 2014
All of the reviewers posting one star reviews must not have read the instructions (which I found straight forward enough despite the standard of english) as I had this thing working exactly as I wanted it to within five minutes of taking it out of the box! I have a variety of emulators on my phone (Sony Xperia Z1) and this thing works like a charm with all of them. The sticks took a bit of getting used to but I found they loosened up after a little use. Overall very happy.
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