SMART-GAMING ON THE GO. This year, smartphones and gaming go together like coffee and cream
- LEADER OF THE PACK
When it comes to gaming on smartphones, nothing really comes close to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4. This is in large part due to generous screen real estate and incredible display qualities— which is superior to just about every dedicated portable gaming device at the moment. It also helps that the Note 4 has a superb battery, as video games, especially those with 3D graphics, tend to drain phone batteries like there’s no tomorrow. The proverbial icing on the cake, however, is the Gear VR virtual-reality headset, which is designed specifically to be used with the Note 4.
- GAME ON
Building on its already impressive predecessor, the LG G3 introduces an impressive 5.5-inch IPS liquid crystal display and a QUAD HD Display for superior image quality. More importantly, the G3 has ample horsepower and memory capacity to handle even high-end gaming apps, including crowd’s favorites like “Asphalt 8: Airborne” and ports of hardcore PC/console titles such as “XCOM: Enemy Within.” Those looking to pick up the G3 as a gaming platform, however, are highly advised to opt for the beefier version with 3GB of RAM for the best possible experience.
- STREAM AND PLAY
The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact packs quite a lot of processing power within its slim frame and is also completely waterproof. On the flip side, its relatively larger screen isn’t matched by a suitably high resolution. Still, whatever the Xperia Z3 Compact might lack in visual pizazz, it more than makes up for in being able to stream and play your favorite PlayStation 4 games (provided that you also own the console, of course) via PS4 Remote Play. Sony has even introduced a special mount that clips on a DualShock controller, so gamers don’t have to fiddle with clumsy touch controls.
- ONE VOICE
If we were to go by looks, then the HTC One (M8) could well hold the title of “most attractive smartphone on the market.” Beyond its looks, the HTC One (M8) is also an impressive piece of tech. Although users might see significant performance-drops when playing certain games, this is more a case of many apps having not been optimized for the phone’s Snapdragon 801 chip yet—a problem that plagues many other high-end smartphones. What truly sets the HTC One (M8) apart, though, is the phone’s Boomsound speakers that truly heighten the sense of immersion as you game on the go.