there is my quick preview (first impression)
I get surprised in good way with this device. time ago i read some forums (chinese) where they talk about this device with many kind of oppinons, then i figure the device will be a complete disaster and, i lower my expectations about this, but when i get the device i feel impressed. the device bring to me a very good feeling.
The DPAD is a little strange to use. In my opinion is better than the X360 controller DPAD (for me, is the worst DPAD i used). This DPAD is better, but not the best of the best. simply is enought.
I figure there is a lack of membrane that soft the use of dpad and make it less noise. I will try to do some sort of modding to add a membrane or similar, and reduce the "clicks" of the dpad. In my case, is no problem really, because i always use headphones to play. ^_^
I grab a video with a failed first boot (failed because the system come with an gmail account configured, then the device was used i figured in the manufacturer before sending to me). The video is a very bad quality (not focus. I?m working in getting a better camera for grab videos), but i played Street Fighter and most "complicated" movements are easy to do (haddokens, shurikens, etc). i think are easy to play with this.
The shoulder buttons are comfortables, but i think L2 & R2 may be a little bit raised may be more comfortable (may be for the next version). Sorry if my english cannot explain myself with this point, but i do my best to explain this.
These shoulder buttons are comfortable, more than any other android device i tested, but they are a little "strange" to use at beginning...
The reason is:
As you can see, X360 controller are less raised their shape for L2 and R2 buttons, and GPD-G5A is more raised in this point.
I think lowering these buttons to this level (aprox) may be a good alternative
even so, these buttons are comfortables. more than JXDS7800B or other device of this kind. (except NVidia Shield, may be). I need to play more to get a real feeling about the analog buttons, and their precition.
The screen is a normal TFT device. We cannot compare this with an IPS screen, but is enought for this kind of device (a handheld game device)
Buttons Start and Select are in the bottom border. they are a little strange to use, but with some practice will become normal. (Yinlips device usually put some buttons in the top border, and users get usual with these controls)
Analog sticks, are similar to X360 controller. I don?t know if hese sticks are the same parts than X360 controller, but i think may be easy to fix, if the case.
Both sticks includes buttons (L3 and R3)
The own mapper include ALL the device game controls. This mapper is the common we know from JXD devices, but evolved and now includes:
- Left Stick
- Right Stick (witht the common Stick and Point of view modes)
- DPAD (as 4 separated buttons)
- Frontal buttons 1, 2, 3, 4
- shoulder buttons 5, 6, 7, 8
- L3 and R3
- Select and Start
There are not included Volume buttons.
This mapper may probably will be enought for most games that need simple mapping functions.
Speakers have normal quality sound, with good stereo relief and good volume.
Is so comfortable to get in hands. weight is only 303gr
The device itself is not bigger (not much) than JXDS5110B or a PSVita
there is a global comparative:
Is so comfortable. (i said it ?)
In general, i have a very good first impression about this device. I need to use more to get a more in deep opinion about this, but the little time i get playing with this device i feel comfortable with this. The device performance is what we want from a device with these specs (even using an official firmware).
The controller is recognized directly from some games such MC4, but the button layout is strange (they are not in the position that we expect they must be), in example, button "4" (square in a sixaxis layout) must be to recharge weapon, but there is in button "3" (cross in sixaxis)
and last... the device is so comfortable. (i don?t remember if i mention this) XD
I?m working in my preview article, and of course in my review.