There are several other mobile controllers we’ve tested that just missed out on a spot at the top, as well as a few we plan to review soon.
Turtle Beach Recon Cloud for $100: Here’s another Xbox-branded controller that supports Xbox cloud gaming and remote play, and includes a free month of Game Pass Ultimate. It feels good in hand, has a solid phone clip, and works with Android, Xbox, and Windows. It also features some audio enhancements (when plugged in), programmable buttons, and a handy Pro-Aim feature that reduces right stick sensitivity for aiming in FPS games. It’s a good upgrade choice over the PowerA controller listed above, but only if you want the extra features.
$100 GameSir X3: On paper, this is an upgrade over the X2, with refined buttons, more options for the joysticks, and a rear fan, but I recommend the cheaper X2 Pro listed above instead because the fan adds bulk and weight and requires power from a dedicated USB-C port. (It has a separate USB-C port for pass-through charging your phone.)
PowerA Moga XP7-X Plus for $100: This controller offers everything the XP-5 X offers, but you can also remove the center stand to slot in your phone (my Pixel 6 Pro fits just fine). It’s sturdy, offers plenty of buttons (only missing a screenshot button) and can charge your phone wirelessly. But it’s expensive, has a MicroUSB port when I’d prefer USB-C, and only has a 2,000mAh battery. So stick with the XP-5 X unless you really want that spring-loaded mount to fit your phone in.
8BitDo SN30 Pro for $45: This controller conjures up memories of the SNES and works with Android, Windows, macOS and Switch. It has built-in rumble, a solid d-pad, good battery life, and a USB-C port.
Razer Kishi V2 for $100 This popular expandable mobile controller is available in Android and iPhone versions. Both can stream PlayStation or Xbox games and also work with Windows. But we haven’t tested it yet.
Backbone One Android for $100: The Android version of our favorite mobile controller for iPhone is available now, but we haven’t had a chance to test it yet.