Those of us who can still remember the glory days of playing Snake 2 on a Nokia (did anyone play the first Snake game?!) have witnessed a seismic shift in the mobile gaming landscape over the last couple of decades. Just as mobile gaming was finding its feet on older mobile phones, along came the iPhone and completely shattered the existing paradigm.
Mobile gaming is now something that can rival the experience on consoles. Developers have found innovative ways to take advantage of the touchscreen format, as well as the plethora of sensors, to create games that handle quite unlike anything else. However, to appreciate the best of what the mobile gaming world has to offer, you will need to be willing to invest in a phone that can handle the demands.
Apple iPhone X
Whatever any of us might think about Apple as a company, and the iPhone as a phone, the Apple app store is still unrivalled. Google’s Play Store is great, but Apple’s curation, love it or hate it, has created a more reliable app store. From this, everything else flows. The iPhone X has the technical specifications you would expect of a flagship smartphone; it’s big and it’s powerful. Apple’s long overdue introduction of an OLED screen seals the deal as far as this phone’s gaming capabilities go.
Samsung Galaxy S9+
When it comes to display technology, no one comes close to Samsung. The Galaxy S9+ is a strikingly beautiful piece of technology. Its curved display allows for an almost completely bezel-free design, while the OLED screen underneath is by far the best on a phone (presumably until the Note 9 hits stores). With 6.2” of screen, this phone is big enough to allow you to appreciate the more graphics-rich mobile games out there. Underneath the hood, things are just as impressive. The S9+ will be able to handle anything that mobile gaming throws at it.
Sony Xperia XZ2
You would expect the company behind the PlayStation to know a thing or two about gaming. Featuring the same Snapdragon processor that gives the latest Samsung flagships their kick, the Xperia XZ2 marks Sony’s most capable smartphone yet. While not as high in resolution as the Galaxy S9+ or iPhone X, the XZ2 features a beautiful HDR display, and at 5.7”, it offers plenty of real estate. The XZ2’s stunning performance as a gaming device is helped in large part by the inclusion of the latest Qualcomm system-on-a-chip.
The Razer phone is unique in that it has been designed specifically for gaming. Any gamer will be able to tell you that few names carry the same weight or pedigree as Razer. The company is known for its high-end computer peripherals, and its first foray into the smartphone market has been a great success. As you would expect, this is a fast, powerful, and beautiful looking smartphone. It might be overkill for live casino games like roulette and blackjack, but it is perfect for intense gaming.
Now that smartphones are so powerful, and their displays so much more advanced, gaming on them has become a joy. The three phones above all sit at the higher end of the market, but if you want an optimal gaming experience that is where you will find it.