ENR Technologies Bluetooth GamePad
Have you ever wanted to play a game on your
PDA, but found that the controls are too awkward to use?
With the ENR Tech Bluetooth GamePad, that will never happen
again. The GamePad works as a replacement for the built-in
buttons on your PDA and mobile phone, and are arranged
on the GamePad in a fashion that is more suitable for gaming.
The GamePad is made by ENR Technologies, a company that
has designed PDA accessories since 2001. Their product
lineup includes not only the GamePad, but other accessories
such as keyboards, modems, and other accessories such as
the wireless camera and RF modems. We reviewed their Pegasus
III IR 56k Modem and their BlueGate
56k Modem for Palm and PPC. This
is the first GamePad available that is compatible with
all Windows Mobile
2003 Pocket PCs and
Smartphones, as well as Symbian
is small enough to carry around with you, while also
being large enough to be comfortable and ergonomic
at 145mm x 127.3mm x 30.5mm. You should be able to
fit most smartphones in the center of the GamePad,
however, most Pocket PCs will be too large to fit.
While you can use it without having your device in
the GamePad, it is hard to play games on a larger
device unless you have a stand which enables you
see the screen. The GamePad is compatible with all
Pocket PCs and Smartphones running on WM2003 or higher,
as well as all Symbian Series 60 and Symbian UIQ
devices with Bluetooth. The driver installation is
very simple, as it will just install through ActiveSync
to the Pocket PC like most other software for Windows
Mobile. The driver makes installation of the GamePad
very simple. When you open up the driver software,
Bluetooth will be initialized on your Pocket PC if
it isn't already on. From there, you turn on the
GamePad, and check the "Active Gamepad" check
box. The connection will be initialized, and you will
be able to use the GamePad. On the same screen, you
can change the button assignments for the GamePad.
To set the button assignments, you simply tap on the
button you want to change, and tap the hardware button
you want to assign it to. If you want, you can also
set it to the default settings. The driver/Bluetooth
setup is very easy to use, and you will be able to
get your PDA working in a very short time!
The GamePad is definitely designed
with portability in mind. To open up the GamePad,
you simply pull on either side, and both of the sides
will open up. There will then be a space in the middle
for your PDA or phone to fit. To make the space smaller
to fit your device, you place the device in the center
and push the button on the bottom side of the GamePad,
which will make the GamePad close to fit your PDA
or phone. There is also a lock switch on the top
of the GamePad to keep it in the correct position.
If your PDA doesn't fit inside the GamePad, you simply
keep it opened all the way, which I found to be the
most comfortable for gaming. The button on the bottom
is also used for closing the GamePad all the way.
The power switch is on the top of the right
side, and there is an LED light to indicate if the GamePad
is on and in use. The button layout is very similar to
that of the Super Nintendo controller. It has the D-Pad,
the A, B, C, and D buttons (like the A, B, X, and Y buttons
on the SNES), the L and R buttons, and a Start button above
the C button. This design is easy to use though it's a
little awkward to use the L and R buttons. While it's very
nice to have a full set of button controls, there aren't
many PDA games currently on the market that would use all
of these buttons at the same time. The GamePad is available
in black or white, and it comes with a strap to carry it
with if you need to.
To use the GamePad during your games, you
simply press the button on the GamePad you have assigned
to replace your PDA or phone buttons. You can also go into
the options menu in most games, and reassign the buttons
in the game to your liking. Since the GamePad simulates
the buttons on your PDA, you can also use it for web browsing,
or any other task on your PDA that may use hardware buttons.
The GamePad fits comfortably in your
hands, and the buttons work well. They are fairly springy,
(except for the L and R buttons) and all of them are
responsive. Once the GamePad is locked, it will stay
locked until you unlock it. The GamePad uses 1 AAA battery.
The battery life is decent, and you should get around
three and a half hours of use, depending on the battery
If you've ever wanted to use a GamePad to make gaming
easier on your PPC, Smartphone, or Symbian S60/UIQ device,
this GamePad is perfect for you. Since the GamePad is Bluetooth,
you will be able to use it with multiple devices. This
is helpful if you use more than one device to play games,
or upgrade your devices frequently. The GamePad is very
easy to set up as well, so you can game with it almost
as soon as you take it out of the package. It fits well
in your hands, while keeping the factor of portability.
The layout also works well for pretty much any game. The
fact that it can also be used for many other tasks on your
PDA is also a great bonus. The only bad thing about the
GamePad is that it cannot be used with a PC/Laptop!
Package includes: Bluetooth GamePad, 1 AAA battery, installation
CD, quick installation guide and carrying strap.