The best gift for mobile gamers

Mobile gaming accounts for 43% of all smartphone use — there may be more mobile gamers out there than you thought.
Mobile gaming accounts for 43% of all smartphone use — there may be more mobile gamers out there than you thought. (BestReviews)

Mobile games and the number of gamers have increased over the past few years, with console games even transitioning to mobile with games like Fortnite, Minecraft and Player Unknown’s Backgrounds. It's easier than ever to be able to take your favorite games on the go, but without several accessories, the gaming experience can be lacking.

The best gifts for mobile gamers improve the handling of a smartphone and improve the immersive feel of playing a game. If your gamer is looking for an easier way to control all aspects of the game, the Razer Kishi Mobile Game Controller should be atop your list.


What to know before you buy a gift for a mobile gamer

Operating system

There are three operating systems for most phones in the US: Apple iOS, Android (used for most smartphones including Samsung and Google Pixel) and OnePlus OxygenOS (a hybrid of Android). Pay attention to what operating system a mobile gamer has before buying their gift. Not all phone accessories work across all operating systems.


Because mobile games are so often played on the go, any gifts for mobile gamers should be looked at through a lens of convenience. Is this gift making it easier to play mobile games? Is it easy to carry around when not playing? Mobile gaming accessories are usually small in size.


Game type

Not all games need fancy accessories to improve gameplay. Candy Crush, one of the most popular casual mobile games, doesn’t really need any accessories to improve gameplay experience. However, any online multiplayer or first-person shooter games like Fortnite and PUBG, and especially games adapted from consoles, can greatly benefit from a controller-type phone case.

Gifts for mobile gamers features

Improved handling

Holding a phone for an extended period of time can be uncomfortable and using your thumbs to control a character with a touchscreen can be clumsy. With the rise in mobile gaming, companies have started creating controllers that work with your smartphone to improve handling and in-game control. The use of these controllers can also prevent hands from developing cramps or carpal tunnel from long gaming sessions.

Better audio

Audio contributes to a more immersive gaming experience. A pair of wireless headphones can improve your enjoyment during gameplay, but also improve performance as many games use audio to hint at enemies in your surroundings. Not only are headphones a great gift for gamers, but they can be used in situations outside of mobile gaming, adding to the value of this gift.

Longer battery life

Mobile games are best played with full brightness and take up extensive RAM but can overheat your phone and take a massive toll on your smartphone’s battery life. Nothing is more irritating than seeing that low-battery warning pop up in the middle of gameplay. Connecting to an external battery source can allow your phone to last longer during a mobile gaming session. A high-quality portable battery can charge your phone between 2-3 times from empty to 100% or sustain battery life when in use.

Portable batteries are one area you do not want to skimp out on. Many cheap portable batteries will not provide sufficient power to mobile phones during gameplay and make little impact on battery life.

Gifts for mobile gamers cost

Gifts for mobile gamers can be quite expensive, sometimes more expensive than accessories you might purchase for PC and console gaming. Portable phone chargers, wireless headphones and smartphone controllers all have wide price ranges — starting around $15 for the least expensive versions and going up to $150 for premium gaming products.

Gifts for mobile gamers FAQ

Which kind of phone is most likely used for mobile gaming?

A. Android users are far more likely to also be mobile gamers, but Apple's release of Apple Arcade has made iPhones more widely used for casual gaming.

What are the most popular mobile games?

A. Candy Crush and Homescapes are the top casual mobile games, with Roblox and Clash of Clans being the top competitive mobile games.

Which gift should I get for mobile gamers?

Best of the best gift for mobile gamers 

Razer Kishi Mobile Game Controller: available at Amazon

Our take: Easier to control, easier to hold — this controller makes handling in mobile games comfortable and more precise.

What we like: There are versions available that are compatible with both Android and iPhone and work like a typical console controller with joystick and directional buttons. The controller connects directly through the charging port resulting in zero-latency gameplay, unlike Bluetooth devices and allows for charging through the device when in use.

What we dislike: It does not work with all mobile devices, double check compatibility before purchase.

Best bang for your buck gift for mobile gamers

Anker Portable Charger: available at Amazon

Our take: This is the best quality portable charger for an all-day and on-the-go gamer who is always running out of battery.

What we like: Designed with a slimmer design than other available chargers on the market. It has a battery capacity of 1000mAh which can charge an iPhone battery from empty to full 2.25 times. The PowerIQ adjusts power strength to suit high power and low power devices. Comes with microUSB cable and travel pouch.

What we dislike: Its slim frame makes it a little less durable than other portable chargers.

Honorable mention gift for mobile gamers. 

Beats Powerbeats Wireless Headphones: available at Amazon

Our take: These high-quality wireless headphones create an immersive auditory gaming experience on the go

What we like: Designed with secure fit earbuds with ear hooks to keep headphones stable and in place. Its fast-charging capabilities only take five minutes to charge for a full hour and can last up to 15 hours of use.

What we dislike: May require some troubleshooting with the fit of the earbud to ensure a comfortable fit over long-term use.

Daisy Kelly is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.

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