iPega PG-9025 Gamepad / Controller Test

by 12. August 2015
Controlling smartphone games only with the touchpad is becoming increasingly difficult as the games become more sophisticated and extensive. Some of them already have mature games, for which a controller is a must. A controller with integrated smartphone holder is then always the best choice. I took a closer look at the iPega PG-9025 Bluetooth Gamepad with smartphone holder for you and tested it in detail.
Review of the iPega PG-9025 Gamepad / Controller

What's in the box

Included were the iPega PG-9025 gamepad, a USB charging cable and two manuals in English and Chinese. Why two manuals? One explains how to put the gamepad into operation, the other advertises its own application to make it easier to use the gamepad. An additional battery is not included. Also, this is firmly installed in the device.

Optics and workmanship

The iPega PG-9025 Gamepad is roughly like usual gamepads, slightly crescent-shaped and thus lies neatly in the hand. The matte rubberized surface gives enough grip and looks great with the red buttons. All keys are tight and have a good pressure point. The analog sticks have a good resistance and feel valuable. The holder for the smartphone works by means of a tensioner, which provides sufficient support. The gamepad has in addition to the already mentioned buttons still a few more, which are shown in the attached pictures.


Now for the most important part, the commissioning.

The gamepad has 5 modes to connect to an Android, iOS device or PC. ATTENTION: The controller does not seem compatible with the Fire TV! At least I could not connect to the Fire TV in all modes.

1. GamePad Mode: Mode that recognizes the controller as a true gamepad.
2. Keyboard Mode: Controller is recognized as a keyboard.
3. iCade Mode: Special Mouds for iOS devices
4. SPP Mode: Serial Port Profile, which uses the serial port of the device
5. Ipega Gaming Desktop: Specially designed for the Ipega Game Center app

All modes can be activated by means of the different action keys + Home key. To find the right mode for your device, it's best to try it all out.

The iPega PG-9025 Gamepad also comes with its own apps therefore. Unfortunately, you can not download them from the Play Store, but you only have them via a link in the manual. Also, these apps are not available for iOS devices. With the Android Gamepad Assistant you can manage the controller and adjust the key assignments accordingly. The Game Center offers several profiles for key mapping as well as downloadable games.

If everything is set up properly, you can actually start right away. Only the smartphone has to be clamped. It should be noted that devices can be clamped up to a width of 9cm. The clamping can initially be somewhat difficult because the spring mechanism of the tensioner is quite stiff. Especially children could get in trouble. The advantage, however, is that even the smartphone sits rock solid.

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First impression
everyday practicality
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The iPega PG-9025 Controller has a large number of buttons, making it ideal for all popular mobile games. In addition to the usual buttons, which are also known from console controllers, there are also special buttons for media playback. All buttons have a good pressure point. The transmission of key strokes is accurate and I could not detect any delay. The matt rubberized case and the reddish keys I really liked. In addition, the gamepad is also very good in the hand and feels valent.

With the 5 Bluetooth modes should actually be able to connect any device. I did not notice problems in games. All the games I've tested (including Asphalt, Real Racing and Dead Trigger) recognized the controller without any problems. Also in Mupen64 the gamepad could be adjusted without problems. The recommended apps are very comprehensive and make setting up the gamepad easier. Unfortunately, there are no comparable applications for iOS. Also, the apps are not available in the official Play Store.

The tensioner to clamp is unfortunately a bit stiff. However, I would not know how to solve this problem better. In any case, the smartphone must be firmly in place to prevent it from falling out. It could also cause some problems with the buttons of the smartphone and the holder, as they rest. The keys were on my Nexus 5, but they were not pressed. Unfortunately, the battery is not replaceable, but an operating time of 20 hours is promised. I have the gamepad now running 6 hours. I did not have to recharge yet. Before the battery of the gamepad makes it limp, anyway makes the first of the smart phone limp.

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