Mobile gaming is no longer a fringe market — it’s big business. In fact, it’s the biggest market in all of gaming. Mobile gaming overtook console gaming revenue in 2015, and there are no signs of it slowing down. From “Angry Birds” to “Infinity Blade,” smartphone owners are all about gaming on the go. If you’re in the market for an upgrade, or even if you’re shopping for your first smartphone, these are the best devices if gaming is a top priority.
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
Android fans and spec-heads may lose their gears over this top choice, but the supporting evidence is too much to ignore — the iPhone is the best mobile gaming device on the market. For starters, iOS is the first platform of choice for developers when creating new titles. It even hosts some of the best exclusives, such as “Device 6” and “Oceanhorn.” As for the engine under the hood, the iPhone isn’t as powerful as most popular Android phones, but it doesn’t have to deal with fragmentation because iOS is designed for iPhone hardware only.
Samsung Galaxy Note5
The premium Android phones are no slouches either. While fragmentation was an issue with Android in the past, the latest OS (Marshmallow) runs like a champion on the Note5. This phone’s hardware produces stunning graphics on the oversized AMOLED display, and the included stylus is handy for some of the more casual games, even though there aren’t any titles in development made specifically for a stylus. This just goes to show that thumbs will always be number one.
Samsung Galaxy S6
The Samsung Galaxy line is often considered the flagship Android phone, and Samsung packs its latest and greatest hardware inside. The S6 boasts an 8-core processor, 3GB of RAM and a gorgeous Quad HD display. The statistics under the hood don’t make everything in a great gaming smartphone, but the Galaxy S6 makes those numbers impossible to ignore.
Google Nexus 6P
If iOS was made for the iPhone, then Android was made for the Nexus 6P — Google’s flagship smartphone. The Nexus packs the same powerful hardware as the Galaxy S and Note phones, but it runs a pure, non-bloated version of Android Marshmallow. If you want the pure Android experience, this is the phone for you.
Motorola Moto G
If you’re a budget-minded gamer, the Moto G starts at $179 and plays most of America’s most popular smartphone games. It’s a quality option at a low price. As an added bonus, the phone is durable and waterproof.
After you invest in a smartphone, there’s not much that is more devastating than a crack down the middle of the screen. The V10 is one of the most durable phones on the market as well as one of the most powerful. It features a six-core CPU and 4GB of RAM to handle any games and graphics you throw its way, and it’s one of the most shatter-resistant phones you can buy. Combine that with eight hours of active battery life and a 5.7-inch screen to see every pixel of the action and this could be the phone that lasts for you.