• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not worth it

    • Written by from Elmhurst

    I bought this primarily to play GTA San Andreas. Initially it worked fine on my iPad Air. However now it does not connect to my new iphone 6 plus or iPad Air 2. I have updated the drivers and yet I have been unable to connect it to my devices via bluetooth. This happened after the bug riddled ios 8.4 update. Right now this $80 game-pad is sitting in my drawer gathering dust.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely not worth the price.

    • Written by from Evansville

    This item is of ludicrously cheap build quality. It is flimsy, poorly manufactured, and a terrible failure for an otherwise fine company. I actually can't believe the other reviews. They are far too generous and understanding. I RMA'd mine literally the same day that I received it.

    Upon unboxing, both of the sticks wobbled noticeably. There was a considerable zone of zero responsiveness wherein both sticks would rattle back and forth if the controller were lightly shaken. Both of the shoulder buttons (L2 and R2) were mushy and unresponsive. Upon depressing either, after an audible click and actuation of the mechanism, neither button would respond. Both needed significant manual pressure past the point of actuation before they would perform the programmed action. In most games, this is shooting, acceleration, or an otherwise utterly important function.

    The controls, otherwise, work. That is expected. Nothing to write home about, and not worth anything if several of the buttons DON'T work properly.

    The only upside to this item is its portability. It is very compact, and even comes with a protective plastic casing that snaps onto the front of the pad to protect it, or the rear of it to serve as a makeshift grip. The plastic casing, however, as others have noted, is useless. It does not sit in place, despite the obvious clip on either side of it and on the controller. In fact, it moves during use, very slightly, and does not securely fasten to either side of the pad. One user recommended using a rubber band to keep the cover on.


    Who in their right mind would design this and sell it for $80? This item is of questionable value at less than half of that price.

    You are not paying for a quality item. You are paying for Apple endorsement. It is preposterous.

    I would pay $80 for an extremely well-crafted (read: metal & dense plastic, mechanical keys with responsive actuators, no frills, lights, or other gimmicks) controller.


    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Must get for mobile gamers

    • Written by from Hamilton

    This device is the ultimate gaming device, I really love using this thing.

    The only con I can really give it is that it's case is hard to use-when you get the controller it comes with the case on the front when I pulled it out of the box it stayed on, but when I took it off and tried to put it on the back of the controller (for optional grip) it would just not stay, after tampering with it for a while it started to stay on, and now after having for a couple of months never have any problems with the case and it clips on firmly front and back. Can't play some games without it. Awesome 5 stars

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    I doesn't work with IOS 8

    • Written by from 京都郡みやこ町

    I played monster hunter on iPad. After I updated my device to IOS 8, it got bad lag. I can't play that game any more.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    We'll laugh 10 years from now, but...

    • Written by from Princeton Junction

    While paying $80 for an iOS game controller will be hilarious in a decade (or less), for now this is the best you can do as far as iOS controllers go. It's totally fine. Completely adequate in every way. Build quality is fine. Responsiveness is fine. Packaging is fine. It's all fine. Not great—but fine. Acceptable.

    Still, it hurts that an Xbox One controller which is phenomenal in every respect and a true masterpiece of industrial design goes for $50 while iOS gamers pay $80 for "acceptable."

    If you have truly gigantic hands it may be a bit small for you.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Greatest Controller you can get!!

    • Written by from Klang

    This controller is good for Monster hunter FU for ios & alot of supported games that you can find in their official website.
    The protective cover is good when you place the stratus in your pocket or bags without worrying the buttons being hurt by your pants.

    Forget about the protector cover that you can mounted on the back, you dont need it, i thought it would be great if the cover can be mounted behind the stratus controller. but it seems like it is best to use the controller without it. just use the cover to protect the buttons. good to go.

    I am basically playing games on my TV (lightning to HDMi) then with stratus i can comfortably sitting on the sofa and playing games with larger screen.

    Just buy it.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Viking

    Paired in seconds and was ready to use within an hour I left it to charge overnight and started using it the next morning well built protective case could've been better but it was definitely worth for all the games with the annoying and impossible touch controls I would recommend it to anyone who is deep into gaming and has an ipad

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Returned it Because of the Cover

    • Written by from San Francisco

    For $80 I expect perfection, the cover does not stay on, either on the top or the bottom. If they couldn't get the cover to work properly they should have not included it. This left a very bad impression with what would otherwise have been a good product, although the build quality over all could be better...either that or charge a lot less, like $30, and I could have forgiven it. Also, keep in mind that it does not work with anything older than a iPhone 5. If I could have gotten beyond the cover and cost you would have found a fairly responsive and well layed out controller.

    3 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Joystick is NOT 360 degrees

    • Written by from Walnut creek

    Although it looks like it has dual joysticks, the left one (which is used for moving a character in a game I'm developing) is not 360 degrees. Instead it seems to have maybe 36 positions. Rather than a smooth rotation, it gives a jerky rotation, which looks terrible in the game and makes it difficult to move about properly.

    The Moga joystick works fine, but of course is only usable on the iPhone 5. XBox controllers, while playing the same game on the computer, work fine as well.

    I've submitted a support ticket just in case this is an issue only with this particular gamepad, but I'm guessing it's a design flaw. Not worth $80 if it's not as good as a $35 gamepad for consoles.

    4 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Ultra portable and high quality

    • Written by from Scarborough

    Soon after I bought this item, found out that steelseries has announced a full sized controller. So, I repacked this and was ready to return it as I was within the 14 days returning policy. However, as soon as I put this in the box I started missing it as I was staring at my xbox 360 controller. I thought, I bought steelseries controller essentially for my iPad. I am not going to carry a console around with me when I am on a business tour, I just want my iPad to give me a one hour break from reality. And it is not necessarily important that the controller has to be as big as my xbox 360. Portability and responsiveness to gaming made me not return this product. That being said, I wished the controller should be well within $40 as it looks like a toy. However, this controller beats the other controllers in the market in looks and practicality.

    I am surely expecting to use it a lot in the long run.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    so so !!!

    • Written by from London

    I bought this controller last week and I was excited finally I can use my iPad as a console, but that was not the case.
    the controller is poorly built for the price offered, a ps4 or an xbox one controller's quality is far better than this controller.
    surprisingly the size of it was not a problem for me and I have big hands, its responsive and cool to use, but my biggest problem with it was the limited number of games you can play using it, I was exited cause finally I can play Final Fantasy Tactics and The world ends with you using this controller but it was not the case cause it does not support them which was a big disappointment for me, in the end I returned it cause I have no use for it as I mentioned before it does not support the games I have.

    4 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Small, a little cramped, but worth is for portability and convenience

    • Written by from San Francisco

    I have average sized hands for a 6 foot tall guy. Can't palm a basketball, but close. Can palm a size 5 soccer ball no problem.

    That said, I really like my Stratus. Love playing GTA San Andreas with it, with a clean GUI on the screen, precise driving and looking control. The iPad suddenly feels like a home console plus more.

    I really like the controller. Sure, the cover is loose, but I put a rubber band around it and throw it in my bag. Easy. This thing goes where I go. Very convenient. I don't think I want a larger controller, but I'm not doing long gaming sessions on my iPad. I can use all the buttons without issue; took a little time to adjust.

    Tried Knights of the Old Republic too. Works great!

    Wish it was cheaper so more people would jump in an enjoy.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It will not pair

    • Written by from Milwaukee

    I have now tried for nearly an hour to get this controller to pair with my iPhone 5. I even upgraded the firmware on the controller with a download from the SteelSeries website. It did not help. I cannot even use the controller to determine if it even plays games well.

    7 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Expensive, but worth it

    • Written by from Montreal

    When first announced i was excited about the controller support on iOS 7 ( too bad for my 4S phone) but never the less I was waiting for a gamepad compatible with my iPad mini retina and this is the first trully universal controller. The small size of the unit makes it ideal for childrens, if you have larger hands, then you may want to wait for another bluetooth controller, because this one is really small. But other than that the whole thing works like a charm. This unit have L1/L2, R1/R2 shoulder buttons which is great for GTA San Andreas, Jet Set Radio, Real racing 3 and Asphalt 8.

    One last thing... It has it's own rechargeable battery so you don't have to feed it alcaline batteries!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Rancho Cucamonga

    This thing is VERY small. It "unpairs" itself for no reason while in use. Possibly I received a bad unit but this thing is just awful. I am using Apple's own example to test functionality, and it lights up player 1 (but in code it connects player, then disconnects player) LEAVING the player 1 light on... so the player has no idea why the controller isn't working. I was excited for this, but it just isn't working.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Philadelphia


    - Great for Platform games like Floyd's Worthwhile Endeavor
    - Unlike the PowerShell, you won't have to upgrade your controller when you upgrade your phone.


    - Small: Might not be suitable for folks with large hands.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Better than the rest....BUT! (3.5 Stars)

    • Written by from Toronto

    General Review:

    I bought this about 2 days ago, and got it yesterday. First off, lets get down to the good.
    With the release of iOS 7, Apple has finally made supporting controllers easier for developers, so we are likely going to see this type of technology sticking around. The controller does what a controller should do. It's responsive, has it's own rechargeable battery via a micro USB port, two nice analog sticks, a d-pad, 4 buttons (A,B,X and Y), 4 triggers at the back of the controller and a pause button. It also has an LED indicator as to how much battery you have left.

    Now for the bad...It's horribly designed. As in, it feels like it's from the dollar store. It's light, full plastics, and honestly doesn't seem extremely durable. This is the main reason for my rating. If it had some decent weight to it, and at least felt like a controller and not a toy, I would rate this 4.5 stars.

    Personal Experiences:

    The controller feels okay in my hands. People with big hands may have trouble using it as it is very small. The main issue is it's weight, it honestly is way too light for my preferences. But then again it is meant to be portable which I do understand. The placement of the analog sticks, d-pad and buttons are great. My hands can easily reach them. My only issue is the triggers. Now I may have gotten a defective product and plan to go to an Apple store soon to check, but the triggers seem to be less responsive...it's kinda strange. But again this may just be a defective product.


    So far I've played GTA: San Andreas and Asphalt 8. By far GTA has the best implementation for the controller. I can literally play on my iPad Mini as if I were playing a real console. On the other hand while Asphalt 8 does have some implementation, you can only control the actual driving, but not the menus with the controller. However both games are great with a controller and have a completely different feel to them.

    Worth it?

    For 60$, maybe, but not for 80$ or 100$. If you want a controller experience and you were waiting for the "right one", then you should buy it now while it's at a promotion price of 80$. If you were just looking at this as a toy, or something you would only seldom use, I would suggest waiting until they fix some of this aesthetic issues.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Exactly what I was waiting for

    • Written by from Sandy

    I'm delighted with this little controller. It's exactly what I've been excited about ever since Apple announced MFi controller support in iOS 7. It's a delight to use with the compatible games (GTA and Call of Duty are fantastic with this) and it has the appropriate "ease of use."

    I won't be marathoning with it, given its size, but that's not the goal of an iOS accessory anyways, is it? It's for 15 to 120 minute sessions when you have down time, and this controller is perfect for that.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    High quality MFi controller

    • Written by from AUSTIN

    This controller is an excellent accessory addition for your iOS 7 device!
    Well constructed
    Pairing with my iPad was seamless
    Rather comfortable in the hands, more so than it would seem (feels like a GameBoy Micro)

    Does not work with the Mac at all (even though it is not advertised as such, it simply won't connect)
    The so called "cover" that is included with the controller simply will not stay on. This is the reason for 4 stars and not 5. It will stay on the back side barely, and function to add grips to the controller, but it will not stay on the front to protect the buttons.

    All around, I would recommend this controller highly! I look forward to giving it plenty of use down the road.

    49 of 69 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The final piece of the puzzle!

    • Written by from Orlando

    - Build Quality
    - Dual Analog Sticks
    - Compact Size
    - Comfortable Design

    - Protective cover simply non functional
    - No AC Adapter
    - Non intuitive battery indicator

    This was exactly what the iPad was needing to make it the ultimate mobile gaming system. What sets this apart from the other two controllers in the market is the dual analog sticks which makes twin stick shooters a pleasure. The smaller size makes it very portable as well. Although the protective cover that it comes with does not attach to the device as advertised. This would be a big issue if not were for the zippered bag it comes with. Also it comes with an USB charge cable but not an adapter. Of course I had one, but still would have been nice.

    82 of 99 people found this useful