Review: Game on the Go with This iOS Game Controller

The touchscreen interface is great for many things, but sometimes games need a physical joystick, buttons, or other controllers. That's why Nintendo has been able to hang around. If you're feeling a little jealous of Nintendo Switch owners then the GoPlay Sidekick ($59.95) from Kanex can iPads and iPhones a better gaming platform. 

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The GoPlay Sidekick is a well-built and comfortable game controller that works with hundreds of iOS games. There is an abundance of buttons and triggers to control even the most complex games.

The GoPlay Sidekick doesn't come with a charging cable; but on the other hand, it uses Lightning-based charging so you only need to carry one cable for the controller and your iOS device. The controller comes in a clever case that closes magnetically and doubles as a stand. The whole experience is really well thought out. 


  • Well-built and comfortable to hold
  • Lightning-based charging
  • Clever case doubles as stand
  • Numerous buttons and triggers
  • Support for hundreds of games


  • No cable included

Final Verdict

If you suffer from you have "Switch Envy" then the GoPlay Sidekick from Kanex can give you some relief! 

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP,,, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.