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BARCELONA, Spain -- Samsung's new mobile Gamepad turns your Android phone into a portable console. We had a play with it at Mobile World Congress here.
Its glossy black plastic looks durable and the unit itself is light.
Clip in a phone though, and it becomes pretty cumbersome. Classic arcade shooter Metal Slug 3 is the ideal kind of game for this, with the d-pad and face buttons the Gamepads best features.
The S Console app lets you pick from the games you have, or download compatible games from the Play Store.
You can still use the touch screen for menus, of course.
The Gamepad holds your phone in place with this clunky plastic clip, which extends out the back.
It works with all Android phones, not just Samsungs.
Don't leave him down there, he'll drown!
The analogue controls are better than using your touch screen for 3D racers like Asphalt 8, but they're not a patch on a proper console controller.
Samsung promises 40 hours of battery life before you have to recharge.
There's no physical connection between the phone and Gamepad, with all the data going via Bluetooth.
You can plug your phone into your TV via HDMI and use the Gamepad like a normal console controller.
You can use an HDMI adaptor like this to stream your games to a big screen, or use Miracast wireless streaming if your TV supports it.
The Gamepad charges via Bluetooth.