Ipega remote Bluetooth gamepad controller PG-9025 – this remote Bluetooth gamepad another Ipega product that me and my friend from Petiksmode.com will review. Well, we will show you how to setup this one of the best remote Bluetooth gamepad from Ipega PG-9025. Most new users finds it difficult to setup or configure Ipega gamepad controller – you are not alone. We also had difficulties at first when we first tried it on HTC. And because of that we are providing you this simple steps to setup your Ipega remote Bluetooth gamepad controller, PG-9025.
UPDATE: If what you have right now is the IPEGA PG-9028 remote Bluetooth gamepad then you should check my other PG-9028 configuration tutorial.
Last week, we featured here one of Ipega’s product for selfie enthusiasts called iPega Bluetooth Remote Shutter PG-9019. And now it’s time for gamer like me who’s not satisfied playing games on my smartphones and/or tablets like Android smartphones, iPhone, iPod, iPad with just using the on-screen controllers. The feel and touch of those buttons and/or joystick from the on-screen controller is nothing compared to the real gamepad. That is why we’ve tried using the IPEGA remote Bluetooth gamepad controller and test if that will give us that satisfaction while playing handheld games for Android and iOS.
We tested IPEGA remote Bluetooth gamepad first on Android smartphone – HTC One M7. And then on iOS device iPhone 4S (iOS7). Below are some of the details of our review.
IPEGA Remote Bluetooth Gamepad Controller (PG-9025) Specification
The IPEGA remote Bluetooth gamepad is portable and small that you can carry around anywhere. And if the device is fully charged then you can enjoy playing simulator games for almost 20 hours. Here are some of important details and specification of PG-9025:
MATERIAL: Plastic (but the touch and feel is like leather)
SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM
- Android 3.2 (minimum) and above
- iOS 4.3 (minimum) and above
CONNECTION: Bluetooth version 3.0 + HS
BATTERY: This device uses a built-in lithium battery where you can easily charge anytime through USB. The IPEGA remote Bluetooth gamepad charging time is up to 2-hours and can be used to at most 20 hours game time or 100 hours if on stand-by mode.
HIGHLIGHTS: PG-9025 sports a telescopic holder that can support any device with a max height of 5.5 inches. Also, you can check out 5 multimedia button controllers enabling you to remotely work with your multimedia apps like when you wanted to adjust to volume, play a song, and many more. Since PG-9025 also works with the use of Bluetooth, you can access your smartphone within 6 – 8 meters (I just wonder how are you going to play with your Android or iPhone with that far! LOL!).
How to setup your IPEGA Remote Bluetooth Gamepad Controller For Android
The steps and video below will provide you an overview and step-by-step guide on how you can setup or configure your controller with Android devices. The video from my friend Petiksmode.com used his HTC One M7 to pair with IPEGA PG-9025 remote Bluetooth gamepad.
- Install iPega Game Center English version from the links below. This will serve as your IPEGA remote Bluetooth gamepad driver for your Android device. The file is an APK file named “IPEGA Game Center_ENG.apk“. If you are not familiar with how to install an APK application on your device, you can check it from MakeTechEasier.com. The file size is 18MB so you need to check your Android phone if you still have enough space for the install file and installation process.
- Once you have installed the IPEGA Game Center successully you need to enable BitGames IME as default input.
- Then turn on the controller by pressing Y + Home button simultaneously. Wait until the red LED indicator blinks as it pairs with your device.
- Once the red LED indicator blinks, you need to open now your IPEGA Game Center application from your Android device. Go to mydevice and bind controller.
- A console will open. This will help you calibrate your controller. Try moving the joystick and the buttons.
That’s it! You are done. You can now open the supported games for you to start playing.
How to setup your IPEGA Remote Bluetooth Gamepad Controller For iOS
If you are using an iPhone, iPod Touch, and or iPad iOS devices then there’s no need for you to install anything. You just need to pair your IPEGA remote Bluetooth gamepad controller with your device.
- Turn on the controller by pressing B + Home button simultaneously and wait for the red LED indicator to blink.
- Go to your iOS device, then press Settings – Bluetooth.
- Swipe your Bluetooth to enable it.
- Wait until you see IPEGA Media gamepad controller. Eventually it will automatically pair with your device.
That’s it, you can now go back to Home and select the games you wanted to play!
The good and the bad story of using IPEGA Remote Bluetooth Gamepad Controller
Here comes the good and the bad part if you are planning to sport IPEGA remote Bluetooth gamepad controller (PG-9025) for your device. And before you even attempt to buy one for your device, I think you might want to read the following first.
[warning]DISCLAIMER: The following information was tested only on some selective smartphones which were readily available when the device was bought. So whatever we have here may be incomplete and we are most welcome for any contributions you may want to add by placing your comments below.[/warning]
For Android smartphone users…
Good news for you guys! It is because Ipega remote Bluetooth gamepad controller PG-9025 works like a charm for Android smartphone users. Most specially if you are using the latest model with more than one processor and faster GPU. When we tested it on HTC One M7, we were truly amazed because almost all of the available cool simulation games from Google Play works. You can select from a wide variety of Adventure, Racing, RPG, Shooting, and many more.
We will put up a separate post showing all the games we have tested using IPEGA PG-9025.
For iOS smartphone users…
There’s nothing really much to say on this end… I am not even jumping for joy since my primary smartphone is iPhone. And I envy my friend who’s using Android. LOL!
Why am I in despair right now and quite disappointed? It is because you can only play a handful type of games that will be compatible with iPhone. And to be honest I’ve tried some of the popular games from iTunes and from the 10 games I’ve downloaded only 2 of them actually worked – PAC-MAN and Temple Run. Well, for any consolation the 5 media buttons works remotely to adjust my iPhone’s volume and play music. 🙂
But Wait… iOS Users There’s Hope…
Although I haven’t tried it yet and I don’t want to do it, there’s actually hope for iOS device users. And that is to have your iPhone jailbroken and install an application called “Controllers for All”. This is an iOS Cydia tweak by cjori which will enable you to use the remote Bluetooth controller. This will work and tested on iOS7 however, you need to purchase it from Cydia at a cost of $1.99 USD. Not bad.. that is if you will Jailbreak your device first. Otherwise, you will be stuck with iCade games as this seems to be the only games supported by IPEGA for iOS devices.
In the end..
Well, in any product there’s always a good and bad side and it’s again proven for this product. I was completely amazed using the controller with Android device but that excitement suddenly dropped when I tested it on my iPhone. That is why I am only rating it with 3 stars.
How about your experience with IPEGA remote Bluetooth gamepad controller (PG-9025)? Unfortunately, I’ve failed to make this work on MyPhone Agua Rio. You can also read and try here another method to setup IPEGA gamepad controller without using any app.