If you like gaming and if you are the kind of person who doesn’t want to miss gaming even on the go, you don’t need to buy a dedicated portable gaming console for gaming. Nowadays, mobile phones are getting so powerful, that they can handle better graphics than last gen dedicated gaming consoles such as PS2 or Nintendo Wii. High end smartphones are now offering multi core processors, high-end GPU and large multi-touch screens. Even big-name game production houses like EA, Activision, Bungie Games and CAPCOM have started releasing games for smartphones such as iPhone and premium Android/Windows phones. Even Nvidia, which only manufactured GPUs for PCs and laptops, now have a dedicated line-up of processors (SoC) known as ‘Tegra’ for the smartphones. This goes on to show that not only casual but even hard-core gaming can happen on smartphones nowadays.
Here we have short listed top 5 smartphones for gaming which are also brilliant smartphones in general.
The first phone that comes to mind for mobile gaming is the iPhone. Apple really pushed hard for promoting games on iOS and smartphones in general. Not only Apple designed a good portable gaming hardware platform , but even promoted portable gaming and tied up with game developers and publishers. Their latest smartphone, iPhone 4S has one of the best screen from current mobile phones with a size of 3.5 inch and pixel density of 326 ppi. All the heavy pixel pushing is processed by the dual-core custom designed A5 processor with SGX543 MP2 GPU which handles every graphically intense game with finesse. Apple claims that this new processor gives up to 7 times the graphics performance than its predecessor, the iPhone 4 but they haven’t compromised on battery life which is still about the same as iPhone 4. iPhone 4S has the best collection of games compared to any other smartphone and the games like Infinity Blade II, Riptide and Nova 3 will blow your mind away with graphics as rich as top gaming consoles.
The iPhone 4S is priced rather steeply starting from INR 40,799 for 16GB version and ending at a whopping INR 54,500 for the 64GB version but if you are a kind of person who don’t want to compromise on gaming quality and satisfaction, this is the phone to look out at.
Samsung’s latest flagship phone, Galaxy S3 has the most raw-power compared to any other Android smartphone till date. This is second only to iPhone 4S that too, not because of the hardware deficiency of any kind but due to the lack of gaming titles compared to iPhone. It runs on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich and is powered by a quad-core 1.4 GHz Exynos processor with Mali 400 GPU which has insane amounts of graphical processing power. The 4.8 inch Super AMOLED HD screen with pixel density of 306 ppi compliments the powerful Exynos processor to make gaming more enjoyable. Some game developers on Android are making special versions of their games optimized for the Exynos processor which are available in the ‘Game Hub‘ in the phone.
This phone is priced at INR 36,999 for the 16GB version which is better value for money compared to the iPhone 4S and you get to expand its memory using a Micro SD card slot.
HTC One X packs everything a game lover could ask for, a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor with a 12-core ULV GeForce GPU and 1GB of RAM. The HTC One X has the best screen ever on a mobile phone as of now with 4.7 inch Super LCD2 screen and pixel density of 312 ppi. Nvidia has tied up with many game developers to make optimized titles for their latest, Tegra 3 processor so that they can fully utilize its power in their games. Some of such Tegra 3 optimized games are ShadowGun, Dead Trigger and Max Payne. You can find all those games on the special website dubbed as ‘Nvidia TegraZone‘
The phone is priced at INR 33,390 for the 32 GB version which makes it the cheapest quad-core smartphone in the market. But note that this phone does not give the option to expand the memory as it lacks the memory card slot.
This Phablet by Samsung is certainly a capable device that won’t disappoint the gamers with its jaw droppingly large 5.3 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. The dual core 1.4 GHz Exynos processor is not the best processor but still fast enough to play every game ever made for the Android platform. It has 1 GB RAM along with the internal memory of 16 or 32 GB internal storage space. The phone has a stylus too, an S pen stylus which gives it an edge over the others for writing and sketching purposes. The S-pen has already spurned off some interesting apps and games exclusive to the Samsung Galaxy Note. One such game aims at tickling your imagination while being a little puzzling.
The phone is no less a beast for the regular smartphones games either. Gigantic screen and incredible processing capabilities make playing games on the Samsung Galaxy Note an experience of its own.
With a huge battery backup of 2500 mAh, you can expect to spend long hours gaming on this phone. Galaxy Note price at INR 31,700 makes it more value for money than the similarly priced Motorola Droid Razr.
Samsung Galaxy S2 has a 1.2 GHz dual core processor which was the first phone to be launched with the ultra-powerful Mali 400 GPU making it one of the fastest dual core smartphone available in the market. The gaming experience is enhanced by a 4.3″ Super AMOLED display with the deepest black levels on any phone. The phone was released with Android 2.3 Gingerbread which now has been updated to Android 4.0.4 ICS. The phone has inbuilt Gaming hub which in itself is divided into social games hub and premium hub. Social games hub lets you play games while interacting with friends while premium hub is for the hardcore gamers exclusively. Priced at INR 26,790, Samsung Galaxy S2 is one of the best and value for money Android smartphone for gaming.
These top smartphones offer the best possible gaming experience a hard-core gamer could ask for. Higher processing capabilities, better and larger screen sizes along with highly involved games make for great gaming experience on these smartphones. While Apple would continue to rule the top segment of gamers, there is serious competition from the Android phones such as Samsung Galaxy S2 and HTC One X. If you have a desire to get quality gaming experience on the go, you may want to choose the one from the above mentioned smartphones. Which phone would you buy?