Appfinity AppDrive smartphone gaming device by Spin Master Ltd.
$19.95 at Kmart.com
I’ve never been much good at videogames that involve driving a car. But I’m even worse when the game’s running on a smartphone. It’s just too hard to work the accelerator and brake by fondling a touchscreen. Which is why this cheap gadget is such a good idea.
The AppDrive is shaped like a racecar’s steering wheel. At its hub is a plastic frame,designed to hold a variety of Android or Apple smartphones. First you download a compatible driving game from your phone’s app store. The system only works with Appfinity’s own games, alas, but some of them are free. Now snap the phone into the AppDrive frame.
The wheel sports a set of pushbuttons that fall comfortably under your fingers. Use them to speed up or slow down your digital car. Of course, you steer by rotating the phone, but that’s a whole lot easier when the phone’s mounted inside a steering wheel.
If the producers of popular driving games like Need For Speed would make them AppDrive compatible, this might become a major hit. But even with its limited roster of games, the AppDrive’s low price and good performance make it a welcome smartphone accessory for racing game buffs.
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