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Android phone vs. handheld gaming console: It’s not an easy decision

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With the rise in popularity of gaming handhelds, you might be wondering as to which is better between your Android phone vs. handheld gaming consoles. There are definitely pros and cons to both, with varying considerations and concessions to make.

As someone who has been diving headfirst into the world of gaming handhelds, I’ve often wondered this question. If you’re on the fence, I’m going to do my best to try and break it down to make your decision just a little bit easier.

Reasons to stick with your Android phone

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The most obvious reason why you might want to use an Android phone for mobile gaming is that, chances are, you’re reading this on one. The Play Store is full of different retro emulators, not to mention having the ability to download remakes of original classics. Frankly, it’s nice being able to have a single device for everything you need, especially if you have a Samsung phone, complete with DeX.