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Which smartphone platform is best for gaming?

Which smartphone platform is best for gaming: Android, iOS, Windows Phone, or BlackBerry 10?

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Feb. 4, 2013 at 11:41

Well, the obvious first: Blackberry 10 is hardly out the gate. We simply don't know yet how good it is for gaming. And I'm sure many developers will wait and see how many BBs sell before they put effort into developing for another platform.

As to the other three OSs - obviously, there are more apps and more games for iOS and Android than for WP. Also: There are more iPad specific apps and games than there are tablet specific apps for Android. So, in that regard iOS "rules". However: quantity and quality don't matter if games you really like simply aren't available for your device.

Also: even if you just decided for a device because it has what you want, tomorrow, or the day after that all time favourite game of yours may just arrive on that other OS... ;)

For casual quick fix games all those platforms will do. And all will have a game or 1000 exclusively. Heck, even the neglected webOS has exclusive apps that can wipe the floor with anything iOS or Android have to offer. You just never know.

Another issue is hardware: storage specifically. Many new console ports are over a GB in size. Android may be the better choice because, often, storage is cheaper via SD card support. iDevices and many WP devices have fixed storage. And though 16GB storage is plenty for apps and music etc, they are used up in no time if you load GTA and GTA Vice City and some of the other chunky games...
However, if you're more into the likes of Angry Birds and endless running games, or the odd wordgame or puzzler, 16GB is plenty.

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2013 at 11:41

Well, the obvious first: Blackberry 10 is hardly out the gate. We simply don't know yet how good it is for gaming. And I'm sure many developers will wait and see how many BBs sell before they put effort into developing for another platform.

As to the other three OSs - obviously, there are more apps and more games for iOS and Android than for WP. Also: There are more iPad specific apps and games than there are tablet specific apps for Android. So, in that regard iOS "rules". However: quantity and quality don't matter if games you really like simply aren't available for your device.

Also: even if you just decided for a device because it has what you want, tomorrow, or the day after that all time favourite game of yours may just arrive on that other OS... ;)

For casual quick fix games all those platforms will do. And all will have a game or 1000 exclusively. Heck, even the neglected webOS has exclusive apps that can wipe the floor with anything iOS or Android have to offer. You just never know.

Another issue is hardware: storage specifically. Many new console ports are over a GB in size. Android may be the better choice because, often, storage is cheaper via SD card support. iDevices and many WP devices have fixed storage. And though 16GB storage is plenty for apps and music etc, they are used up in no time if you load GTA and GTA Vice City and some of the other chunky games...
However, if you're more into the likes of Angry Birds and endless running games, or the odd wordgame or puzzler, 16GB is plenty.

Pondlife  Feb. 4, 2013 at 12:55

Actually from what I've read bb10 has some of the more demanding gamestitles on it's list of 70,000 apps that haven't reached wp yet, so might put that ahead. Easier to port games/apps to maybe. But yeah they are both a long way back overall.
As the question was smartphone not sure the brief waffle about tablets was relevant :-P
Ios probably had more games on the whole but judging by Lewis's reviews android isn't missing much.
Tbh would say the actual phones in question is more important than platform, i5 gaming certainly better than on Galaxy Ace, Note rather better than the i3gs.

TJ Skywasher  Feb. 4, 2013 at 12:58

I would say iOS has the most and better titles available. In terms of gaming performance iOS devices, ie. iPhone and iPad typically outperform Android devices in the graphics department.

Pondlife  Feb. 4, 2013 at 13:02

Yes it's always been fairly clear you would say that.

mrew42  Feb. 4, 2013 at 13:15

I would say iOS has the most and better titles available. In terms of gaming performance iOS devices, ie. iPhone and iPad typically outperform Android devices in the graphics department.

Interesting point and perhaps valid a year or two ago.
Care to provide examples, both in volume, better-ness and 'typical' performance?

Caffeine  Feb. 4, 2013 at 13:25

GrowUP OS

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2013 at 13:26

Actually from what I've read bb10 has some of the more demanding gamestitles on it's list of 70,000 apps that haven't reached wp yet, so might put that ahead. Easier to port games/apps to maybe. But yeah they are both a long way back overall.
As the question was smartphone not sure the brief waffle about tablets was relevant :-P
Ios probably had more games on the whole but judging by Lewis's reviews android isn't missing much.
Tbh would say the actual phones in question is more important than platform, i5 gaming certainly better than on Galaxy Ace, Note rather better than the i3gs.


What kind of OSs do tablets run then? Oh, right: smartphone OSs :p

Pondlife  Feb. 4, 2013 at 13:38

What kind of OSs do tablets run then? Oh, right: smartphone OSs :p

Yeah yeah doesn't make them any more relevant. Any more than a desktop pc would be in question about ultrabooks. :p

Thought you might be more interested in bb seeming to have head start on wp.

CTPAHHIK  Feb. 4, 2013 at 13:41

Considering what was mentioned already, I would say for tablet games iOS is better and for phone games I would go with Android.
Android still does not have compelling tablets to stand against iPad. iPad still has a very big lead over anything Android has to offer.
For phone gaming you have a better selection of devices with Android. Anyone serious about gaming will not be very impressed with 4" screen iPhone offers.
Android games are generally cheaper than iOS ones.

VERY IMPORTANT: Don't think that you can go with Android, because devices are cheaper. You get what you pay for. There is no way you can get £250 - 300 Android device to win against Apple. You have compare oranges to oranges and don't look at anything below £400 mark.

Pondlife  Feb. 4, 2013 at 13:45

N4

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2013 at 13:52

Considering what was mentioned already, I would say for tablet games iOS is better and for phone games I would go with Android.
Android still does not have compelling tablets to stand against iPad. iPad still has a very big lead over anything Android has to offer.
For phone gaming you have a better selection of devices with Android. Anyone serious about gaming will not be very impressed with 4" screen iPhone offers.
Android games are generally cheaper than iOS ones.

VERY IMPORTANT: Don't think that you can go with Android, because devices are cheaper. You get what you pay for. There is no way you can get £250 - 300 Android device to win against Apple. You have compare oranges to oranges and don't look at anything below £400 mark.


Screensize - good point. I missed that earlier. Some games really suck on iPhone 5 - nevermind the smaller variants. I have no idea whatsoever as to why anyone would waste a GB for GTA on an iPhone. Yes, it looks great, plays lag-free, but it's un-controllable :p

Stelph  Feb. 4, 2013 at 14:00

External controller support is important too

For casual and games designed for touchscreens, yes iOS is the best, however FPS or action orientated games are rubbish on a touchscreen so in those cases you could argue that Android is the best as you can use a bluetooth controller or Xbox 360/PS3 controller to play games and also run emulators.

Persoanly I think the very best option is a jailbroken iOS, all the best apps and you can add Bluetooth controller supportwith Bluetrol (tho no analogue controller as of yet). It is a hassle tho

Amin  Feb. 4, 2013 at 14:40

Nexus 4

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2013 at 14:43

2 votes for N4.

Amin  Feb. 4, 2013 at 14:48

Lets not forget with nexus 4 you have SOOOO MANY OPTIONS!

Ex: every nes/snes/gameboy/gbc/gba /mastersystem/mame/megadrive/ ps1 n64 and maybe even ?dreamcast? game in your hand. bluetooth controllers with (PS3) - standard android games, many of which can be obtained for *free* (Mobilism/tpb) - great specs, lots of ram, low price and fluidly smooth.

I'd say N4 is a clear winner!

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2013 at 14:53

Lets not forget with nexus 4 you have SOOOO MANY OPTIONS!

Ex: every nes/snes/gameboy/gbc/gba /mastersystem/mame/megadrive/ ps1 n64 and maybe even ?dreamcast? game in your hand. bluetooth controllers with (PS3) - standard android games, many of which can be obtained for *free* (Mobilism/tpb) - great specs, lots of ram, low price and fluidly smooth.

I'd say N4 is a clear winner!


The naughty "obtained for free" 'bonus' applies to all OSs; not Android-specific, not legal, and not nice to the developers ;)

Pondlife  Feb. 4, 2013 at 15:01

2 votes for N4.

Mine wasn't a vote for n4 just a reply to no 250-300 phone standing up to iphone..

Note 2 would be the pinnacle for gaming atm I'd think..

CTPAHHIK  Feb. 4, 2013 at 15:03

Lets not forget with nexus 4 you have SOOOO MANY OPTIONS!

Ex: every nes/snes/gameboy/gbc/gba /mastersystem/mame/megadrive/ ps1 n64 and maybe even ?dreamcast? game in your hand. bluetooth controllers with (PS3) - standard android games, many of which can be obtained for *free* (Mobilism/tpb) - great specs, lots of ram, low price and fluidly smooth.

I'd say N4 is a clear winner!


Sorry, but for all of the above N4 is crap. Xperia Play is what you need. It's able to support most available emulators and play all games exactly how they were designed to play - with a proper gamepad.

Amin  Feb. 4, 2013 at 15:03

Jan, Perhaps with the iOS 6 jailbreak out tommorow the same maybe true for iphone. lets wait and see :)

Amin  Feb. 4, 2013 at 15:05

I had an xperia play
And an S3
and several other androids.

With an app called "SIXAXIS" you can use an actual ps3 controller via bluetooth to control your games. also the xperia play is VERY VERY bulky.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2013 at 15:11

Jan, Perhaps with the iOS 6 jailbreak out tommorow the same maybe true for iphone. lets wait and see :) Ahem... you do not actually need jailbreak to load a pirated app to an iPhone. It's not 2010 anymore.

Agree about the Play - bulky, wobbly slider. Nothing I'd want in my pocket/as a 'main' phone.

Amin  Feb. 4, 2013 at 15:12

oh really????? shows how long ive been away from IOS :)

CTPAHHIK  Feb. 4, 2013 at 15:15

N4

Ethernal Legacy - 1GB
Wild Blood - 2GB
Asphalt - 1.7GB
Nova 3 - 1.7GB
Most Wanted - 2GB
GTA 3 - 1.7GB
Order & Chaos - err out space

N4 is a great phone at even greater price, but not for gaming. If you have a few casual time wasters it will do the job, but when you want a few new games and at least a few albums to listen to you will be quickly out of space. If it would be just a matter of swapping SD cards to play different games it would be bearable, but 2GB download can be very painful.

Amin  Feb. 4, 2013 at 15:17

true, perhaps note2/ s3 in that case, s3 can be obtained for around n4 pricing second hand on smartfonestore

Amin  Feb. 4, 2013 at 15:20

actually i have 1 for sale, boxed with all bells and whistles, do you want it? (16gb blue S3)

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