Games, baby

Which screen does your gaming thing?

I made myself a little New Year's resolution that I'm going to make sure to have some fun with my work at least once a week. Sometimes that could involve the band saw, other times playing some of the great games we find in Google Play. Phil put the kibosh on the band saw, so this week I wanna talk about games.

We all play at least a few of them. (You, in the back. Quit lying.) Some of us play a lot of them — maybe too many. There are loads of different types, and the Play store has filled out nicely compared to where it was even a year ago. Open the Google Play app on your Android, and you'll find a game you want to play.

I'm curious what you guys are using to play them. Is your phone your lifeline and your game center? Or do you need the real-estate that only comes with a tablet? Thus, a poll was born.

You'll find it in the sidebar to the right, or after the break for mobile-friendly-loving. Fill it out and let us know.

Me? It's hard to beat the Shield, but since most games aren't optimized for the controls, I'm all about the 7-inch tablet.

There are 52 comments

SpookDroid says:

This should have been a multiple-choice poll... I do my gaming on phone and tablet! :) Actually, a deciding factor to buy a game has become cloud saving; if it doesn't support it so I can play on any device wherever I left off on the other, I just don't buy it (I'm looking at you, The Cave ¬¬ )

Psyclone says:

Agreed. I commute on a train for 45 minutes each way for work every weekday. During my commute my Note 2 does the gaming but when I'm at home my Note 10.1 does the gaming.

mwara244 says:

I strictly play certain games on my phone, and play FPS and pinball and others on my N 7 at home. Although My phone used to cover all my games, my N 7 is better just for the larger screen. As soon as I get an allshare cast I'll be playing with a controller to my TV screen.

I wish chrome cast would just mirror the entire phone to your TV like a miracast, HML to HDMI. or allshare cast.

Would be great if Google made an Android dongle that would turn your TV into an android tablet with a keyboard/ controller remote.

TenshiNo says:

Agreed, but I also have certain games that only played on my phone. Mostly, however, that's just because I only play those games to kill a few minutes of time.

Cloud saves have become a huge deal for me, especially moving across several different devices over the past few years.

And, game dev's, don't *ever*, *EVER* "lock" a game to one device so that I can't take it with me when I upgrade, even if I know how to do it the long way. Especially, if you've got one of those "Freemium" game models that you've convinced me to buy into. I'm looking at you, Galaxy on Fire 2.

captain_dl says:

My Galaxy S3 handles my gaming during lunch at work and my Nexus 7 handles my gaming tasks when at home (or while waiting on personal appointments).

Mtn_Scott says:

I use my Note 3 for almost everything now. The Nexus 7 functions as a nice desk clock on its stand.

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I find I am using my Note 3 more and more over my Nexus 7 2013. Wish more games would cloud sync to give me options.

luvboox says:

What if we don't game on Android at all...? If I'm going to game, it's gunna happen on my gaming PC.

SpookDroid says:

That should qualify as a dedicated gaming device, maybe?

mlbyanks11 says:

what game is that in the picture above? looks quite interesting !!

That's Tiny Death Star. A star wars themed Tiny Tower. It's pretty great

emayekayee says:

The question is specific to Android games.

Pugz3D says:

My G Pad 8.3 is much nicer to game on than the Nexus 7 2013 I had.

Tyler Paul says:

Play Ingress a fair bit. 2013 Nexus 7 and LG G2(CM11) are equally awesome.
But for all my other games, I prefer my N7 just for the bigger screen.

jbrown1114 says:

9" tablet... Am i the only one? Okay then.

hmmm says:

Nexus 7 (2013), nVidia Shield and Nexus 5. All equally pretty much.

Ronnie2 says:

I gotta say, it's fairly even between my LG G2 and my Nexus 7 2013. Although I think I use my N7 with my Moga Pro Power the most. The only way to play San Andreas is with a real controller.

dalight13 says:

On my BlackBerry Z10 :D

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BriniaSona says:

Z30 Here

NoNexus says:

which one of the 2 that BB world has do you play more?

sequoia462 says:

On my poor old, slow Nexus 7 (2012)... only because I can't transfer my game data to my phone.

Hey does rooting my Nexus 7 erase it?

hmmm says:

If you have not unlocked the bootloader it will since unlocking the bootloader is the first part of rooting nexus devices and that is the part that wipes the data.

Unless there is some other way to back up data I am unaware of I think you would be out of luck.

It's too bad because with titanium backup it is super easy to do...

sequoia462 says:

A Nexus 7 has a locked bootloader?

dnalevelc says:

Yes it does, but it's easy to unlock. All you need to do is boot it up to the bootloader and run this command, "fastboot oem unlock."

luke31 says:

It's locked when you take it out of the box, but ridiculously easy to unlock. In other words, there are purposefully no barriers to unlocking it. Unfortunately, unlocking the bootloader wipes all data on the device.

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rampage1979 says:

You can using helium/helium pro to transfer game data to other devices.

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sequoia462 says:

I've tried, it never works. It only works for a few apps, but not the games I play.


Note 3, handles everything thrown at it.

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ProfMike says:

Galaxy Note 2. If they came out with a Galaxy Note Mega I'd switch since I can't run the Note 2 one-handed anyway. I'm hoping the Note 4 ups the ante quite a bit since the incremental update to a Note 3 wasn't in the best interests of my eyesight or my pocketbook. And yes, #Ingress is an awesome game as long as you have the battery power to support it (or a 12,000mAh portable pack like I do)! Go #Resistance!

NoNexus says:

Does the Note 2 have one handed mode?

Kegman says:

too complicated to answer cause tablet at home on wifi, phone on the go

sibeans says:

It really depends, some games I prefer to play on my phone and other games I prefer to play on my tablet; and some rare games I enjoy on both.

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miknxn says:

Moto G until the N5 gets here!

via ACapp/motoG

montecarlo48 says:

Play one my HTC one max

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Phone or tablet, it doesn't matter to me. There were times where I used the 7 inch Nexus every day. At one point the Asus Transform Prime with the attached dock was a favorite. But, now I find that only my phone needs the games.

Suntan says:

None of the above.

8.3" LG tablet.

8" > 7"


lucas710 says:

My GS4 has better graphics and weighs nothing compared to my Asus Eee Pad Transformer (tf101). But sometimes I blow the dust off and play certain games on it mainly to see how well it performs. Plus I got 4.4.2 KitKat on it now so I pick it up a little more these days.

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vividrich says:

Both phone and tablet but mostly the Nexus 7

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BCKurth says:

OK more importantly, Jerry... What case are you using on you Moto x as shown in photo ;-) ...inquiring minds want to to know. Or... at least... I'd like to know. Cheers!

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drazum77 says:

I do all my gaming on my GT-N7105 Galaxy note 2. Latest fave is carmageddon. Oldies are the best!

Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7105

bumpandrun says:

My answer right now is my phone (HTC One) but I plan on purchasing the next Nexus 7.

I didn't vote because I play games on both. Games like Candy Crush, Angry Birds and Where's My Water tend to get more play on my One because they're good on the train or while waiting on an appointment. For RPGs, shooters, tower defense, etc. I usually prefer my 10" tablet when I'm at home.

NovaSS369 says:

Damn flappy bird

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keith2k1 says:

Good ole Nexus 4 with CSR Racing getting the most play.

ki11ak3nn says:

Nvidia Shield FTW!!

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zackmack7 says:

Recently started playing Flappy Bird on my phone. Games annoys the hell out of me yet I can't stop playing

Denashi says:

Mostly my Galaxy Note 10.1 for now, but I'm getting an HTC One very soon, so I'm guessing that's going to be my main mobile gaming platform from now on! :-)

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JobiWan144 says:

Temple Run 2 is loads of fun and looks incredible on my 2012 Nexus 7.

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pac0naut says:

Less intensive games on my phone (VZW G Nex) like Temple Run, Trap, etc. etc. Games like Reaper, Modern Combat 4 and NBA Jam on my 2013 Nexus 7.

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Wow. Now i dont feel bad for being the only person that still plays Tiny Tower:) (the game in the picture)

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ryco1008 says:

Most games are split between my nexus 10 and nexus 7 2013. I like the 10 better though because of the speakers and size. My moto g gets used sometimes as well when I'm not home.

TopTomy says:

Well, I have a Nexus 5 and a Nexus 7.
I mostly play on my Nexus 5, simply because the Nexus 7 not always with me...
And of course, I like to play everywhere and not only when i'm home.
Never found any real logic playing on my tablet, because most of the times its not on me.