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GameSir recently launched the Lightning version of its X2 mobile controller for iPhones. It’s a solid product, but far from perfect, as it can’t handle the iPhone 13 Pro Max’s camera bump.
GameSir recently launched the Lightning version of its X2 mobile controller for iPhones. It’s a solid product, but far from perfect, as it can’t handle the iPhone 13 Pro Max’s camera bump.
The GameSir X2 exists to facilitate mobile gaming. Whether we like it or not, gaming on smartphones is a major pastime for a lot of people. With the arrival of Xbox Cloud Gaming on phones, there’s a market for external controllers. You can go with an Xbox or PS5 controller and a phone mount, or something more integrated like a Razer Kishi.
In fact, the Kishi is my default recommendation for people who want a controller experience on their phones. I have a USB-C Kishi and use it very frequently, despite a physical fit issue with my Pixel 6 Pro. But GameSir, another mobile gaming accessory maker, recently launched the Lightning version of its X2 controller for iPhones.
It’s obviously an attempt to challenge Razer, but the GameSir X2 fails to match the Kishi. The X2 feels cheaper in many ways, such as in the button clicks and the size of the thumbsticks. And, considering that there’s now a Lightning variant of the Kishi, competition for iPhone controllers is pretty fierce.
Read on for our full GameSir X2 Lightning review.gamesir x2 lightning closed in handThe GameSir X2 looks pretty good and functions as you’d expect. My iPhone 13 Pro Max had no trouble recognizing it and accepting its input. I played through several hours of The Ascent on Xbox Game Pass and Pascal’s Wager (a Souls-like for iOS) with the X2, although I had some connectivity issues.
I’ll address the negatives in a bit, but the X2 feels pretty sturdy and supports passthrough charging. Some gamers might appreciate the X2’s very clicky buttonsas opposed to the softer actuation on the Kishi. To me, though, the X2’s buttons felt cheap.
GameSir added rubberized grips to the back of the X2, as well as where the phone sits to ensure your device doesn’t slide around.
While it gets some things right, the GameSir X2 Lightning has its faults. First, the Lightning jack feels very flimsy. It swivels on an axis to ensure easier phone installation and removal, but its lack of strength leaves me very concerned. The X2 is also not long enough to work with most iPhone 13 Pro Max cases I tried.gamesir x2 lightning closed on tableGranted, the Kishi doesn’t work with most cases, either, but the X2 could have solved that problem. I had hoped to see this notable Kishi weakness addressed in what amounts to GameSir’s attempt to replicate it.
Speaking of the iPhone 13 Pro Max, because of the X2’s flat-backed, extending arm design, the phone does not sit flush in the controller. It comes down to the camera hump. The right side of the X2 has trouble gripping the top of the iPhone. This led to the controller losing its hold and the whole thing snapping closed, startling me and stressing that poor Lightning connector.gamesir x2 lightning holding iphone 13 pro max showing that the phone doesn't sit flushIn fact, if you have an iPhone 13 Pro or iPhone 13 Pro Max, I strongly caution against the X2 Lightning for this reason. I did not think it was a good experience, and it turned me off of using the controller altogether.
Although the Razer Kishi has trouble with my Pixel 6 Pro’s camera bar, the controller hasn’t ever seemed like it would come loose. Furthermore, the Kishi doesn’t sport a spring-loaded grip design like the X2 does.
My iPhone 13 Pro Max simply stopped recognizing the X2 sometimes, too. I’d be in the middle of a game, Game Pass or local, and the phone wouldn’t register any controller inputs. I’d have to disconnect the X2 from my phone and try again. It’d work for a little while, then stop again. I encountered this problem on iOS 15.1 and iOS 15.1.1.
I wanted to like the X2 Lightning, but the flimsy connector and the inability to handle the iPhone 13 Pro Max’s camera bump soured the experience for me. The connectivity issues also lowered my opinion, but I’m willing to give the X2 the benefit of the doubt and consider that iOS was the culprit.gamesir x2 holding iphone 12 pro laying on tableAs it stands, the X2 Lightning appears to be fine for phones other than the 13 Pro. I tried an iPhone 12 Pro and didn’t have the fit issue, even though I still had trouble with inconsistent connectivity and the the flimsy connector. With a big phone like a Pro Max, the spring-loaded grip design concerns me a bit, as it takes some effort to install the iPhone in the controller.
The GameSir X2 Lightning isn’t a bad product. In fact, I’d consider it merely average. But I would still suggest a Razer Kishi Lightning instead.
Jordan is the Phones Editor for Tom’s Guide, covering all things phone-related. He’s written about phones for over five years and plans to continue for a long while to come. He loves nothing more than relaxing in his home with a book, game, or his latest personal writing project. Jordan likes finding new things to dive into, from books and games to new mechanical keyboard switches and fun keycap sets. Jordan tends to lurk on social media, but you can best reach him on Twitter.
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A smartphone’s camera details are usually plastered front and centre in the promos, and for good reason. Our phones have become the de facto tool to click photos and store our fond memories digitally. Understandably, the quality of the photos goes up a notch if the user spends top bucks on a brand new phone. To that note, 2021 saw the launch of a slew of camera-centric flagships with incredible features, but which one is the best? Enter, the Best Camera Phone of 2021 – Premium award. In this category, we’ve ignored the price tags and have picked all the smartphones that we thought offered the finest overall camera experience in 2021. But the award will only go to one phone, so to ensure absolute objectivity, our nominees were thoroughly inspected by the Indian Gadget Awards jury of over 40 experts from the Indian tech media community, and the results are in. Check out the winner of the Best Premium Camera Phone of 2021 award.

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The iQOO 7 Legend is a fantastic gaming phone and one that really pushed the boundaries with its long list of features. While the smartphone’s headlining feature is undoubtedly its SD888 SoC, the device’s 48MP main sensor deserves some credit too. To that note, the shooter excels at delivering great photographs in all lighting conditions. Plus, its Ultra Stable Mode combines  OIS and EIS to give the gimbal-esque stabilisation when recording videos. The smartphone’s assisting shooters are no slouch either and the unit’s 13MP ultra-wide camera (that doubles up as a macro lens) and its 13MP telephoto shooter click quality stills as well. There’s even an Extreme Night Mode on this device that offers amazing low-light shots, and a Video Pro Mode that gives users granular control over their video settings.

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is truly an ‘ultra’ in all regards. The device’s main sensor is a 50MP 1/1.12″ unit which is the biggest sensor on any phone to date, offering a pixel size of 1.4 micrometres. As capable as the main camera is, the snapper is accompanied by a 48MP periscope telephoto camera that offers up to 120x digital zoom, and a 48MP ultra-wide camera with a 128-degree FoV. Pictures clicked from the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra have a remarkable amount of detail in them and the shots also have great dynamic range. What’s more, the phone also supports 8K video recording, aside from offering a host of other photography and videography focused features.

No surprises here. Apple’s latest top-end flagship, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is also a nominee for the Best Camera Phone of 2021 – Premium category. The larger sensors on this year’s iPhones have enhanced their photography performance even further. The iPhone 13 Pro Max gets a trio of 12MP sensors, with one of them grabbing a wide lens that makes use of the company’s sensor-shift technology, another utilising a telephoto lens 3x optical zoom shots and an ultra-wide angle sensor, which allows users to paint on a larger canvas. What’s more, the company’s upgraded Smart HDR 4 leads to stunning photos no matter what kind of scenario they are clicked in. This device also comes with the Cinematic Mode, which offers professional-grade video effects and there’s even support for capturing RAW video.

The Vivo X70 Pro+ is among the most impressive phones of 2021 and the smartphone offers a ZEISS-backed camera setup with ZEISS T* coating to avoid lens flare. The phone comes with two main cameras – a 48MP gimbal-stabilised snapper and a 50MP Ultra Sensing GN1 sensor that has regular OIS. While these are able to dish out spectacular photos and videos, the phone also offers two telephoto cameras of 8MP and 12MP resolutions, which together provide up to 60x digital zoom. Suffice it to say, the photography and videography experience of the Vivo X70 Pro Plus is as diverse, as it is fulfilling.

As is customary with any Samsung flagship, the Galaxy S21 Ultra also snaps gorgeous stills with plenty of vibrancy and details in the frame. The device ships with a 108MP f/1.8 wide camera which works alongside a pair of 10MP telephoto cameras. The assisting sensors allow users to snap photos at up to 100x digital zoom, a feature aptly dubbed ‘Space Zoom’ by the company. And, then there’s the 12MP ultra-wide camera that also returns stunning images. All said and done, the phone offers a complete camera setup with plenty of incredible features like support for 8K video recording, a Super Steady mode to mimic gimbal-like shots, and much more.

OnePlus is the go-to brand for performance-fiends, however, the company’s OnePlus 9 Pro managed to sway a lot of budding photographers to the company’s doorsteps too. To that note, the brand partnered with photography-giant Hasselblad in an attempt to finetune the phone’s colour science. The partnership worked brilliantly as the OnePlus 9 Pro delivers natural-looking photos with realistic colours under all kinds of light. The phone’s camera setup includes a 48MP main camera, a 50MP ultra-wide snapper, an 8MP telephoto sensor, and a 2MP monochrome sensor which, when put together, offer a complete camera setup.

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Kodak has launched magnetic wireless chargers in India that are compatible with Apple iPhone 12 and Apple iPhone 13 series. While one is for use in the car, the other one is for juicing up an iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 series handset at home or office. Both of the chargers offer 15W maximum charging power. Kodak announced a licensing agreement with Bengaluru-based Georgian Enterprises to sell such consumer electronics in the Indian market. The US-based photography company also said that it will launch more exciting products in future.
As per the company, the Kodak Magnetic Wireless Charger for car (15W) and for home (15W) is available for an introductory price of Rs. 2,499 on Amazon. As per Kodak, the charger will be soon be available on Flipkart as well.
Kodak Magnetic Wireless Charger for car (WCM101C) can be fitted onto a standard Car AC vent with easy to detach vent hook and grip-locking ring. It features a square body with neodymium magnets around its edges. As per the company, the charger keeps the iPhone safe from scratches, and prevents it from slipping while the user is driving. It sports a 360-degree rotating ball mount allowing users to stick the phone in any orientation.
Kodak Magnetic Wireless Charger for car is equipped with an intelligent charging chip and offers a maximum power of 15W. It is certified with high protection features such as over-voltage, over-current, over-temperature and over-charging, Kodak says.
Meanwhile, the Kodak Magnetic Wireless Charger for home or office (WCM201) also offers a high-speed 15W desk chargercum-stand. It comes with the similar neodymium magnets for a secure hold as the one in the car charger, however, it has a compact kickstand allowing users to position the phone in upright position.
The Kodak Magnetic Wireless Chargers for car and home are compatible with Apple iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 mini. Kodak is offering a bundled wire, and a compatible USB car or wall charger with up to 20W power is needed to get the chargers running.

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