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Daily Authority: 🎮 Skip this Android handheld
☕ Hey there! I ended up at a German-themed restaurant this weekend to watch the last race of the Formula 1 season. Here’s hoping for a much closer title fight next season. Our main story today is our Logitech G Cloud review, but we’ve also got a few more stories worth checking out.
Logitech G Cloud review: One to avoid
Android Authority colleague Ryan Whitwam bought the $350 Logitech G Cloud Android handheld roughly a month ago, publishing his review over the weekend. So what did he think of the cloud gaming machine? Well, let’s start with the positives.
- Ryan praised the design of the G Cloud, saying it was a little more comfortable than the Nintendo Switch and had a grippier back.
- He also noted that the analog sticks and triggers were decent enough here.
- Finally, our reviewer also felt the 7-inch 1080p screen was a “reasonable” choice, although it tops out at 60Hz.
- That’s about all the positives he had for the Logitech handheld.
- Ryan had plenty of complaints about the device, starting with the lack of Wi-Fi 6/6E support.
- This is a strange omission in light of the cloud focus.
- He also lamented the lack of mobile data connectivity, meaning you can’t always play cloud games on the go.
- The Logitech G Cloud also comes with an old version of Android (Android 11), but there’s more bad news for software.
- Our reviewer called the default launcher “clunky,” owing to the software hiding features like the notification shade.
- You can’t even multitask with this launcher.
- Thankfully, there’s a tablet mode UI too, but this makes the physical controls useless and has several UI glitches.
What’s the conclusion?
- Ryan concluded that you’re better off getting the Steam Deck for $50 more or a Nintendo Switch for $50 less.
- He also pointed to the upcoming Razer Edge handheld, offering much better specs for the price.
- Then again, you might not need a dedicated handheld in the first place.
- You can also pair a Bluetooth controller to your existing phone to enjoy a powerful, well-rounded experience.
- We’ve previously looked at the best Bluetooth controllers, and there’s certainly no shortage.
- Overall, my AA colleague felt Logitech should’ve stripped things back even more in the name of a cheaper cloud experience.
- I can see the logic in doing so, as a basic OS with a low-end chip and reduced specs could theoretically sell for much cheaper.
- We’ve seen smaller players like Retroid and Anbernic offer sub-$200 handhelds by taking this approach.
- Either way, there are better options out there.
- Me? I bought a dedicated Android handheld a few years ago but found that pairing an old phone with a Razer Kishi was better.
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