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Mobile gaming has slowly but surely taken over the internet and these days, the sophistication of mobile devices has finally reached a stage which makes fully enjoyable online gaming possible. Online poker players have long played from mobile devices, and even as you’re reading this, PokerStars, the biggest online poker room in the world is pondering new apps and ways of bringing real money mobile online poker to as many users as possible.
No longer do players have to settle for less when it comes to gaming experience if they choose mobility. Trading in graphical sophistication and overall gaming experience for mobility doesn’t happen anymore. iPads and iPhones bring state of the art graphics to mobile users as well as sophisticated controls and sounds. Despite the capabilities of these mobile devices, still more can be done to refine the overall experience.
Battery life is always a problem for mobile gamers. Games – yes even those as simple as online poker user interfaces – tend to sap power from the batteries faster than other applications. What can you do to conserve power? Go to your iPad or iPhone settings menu and adjust the brightness of your screen. The dimmer your screen is the less power it consumes. You should also shut down applications running in the background and use Wi-Fi whenever possible. Wi-Fi is not only more battery-friendly, it tends to be much faster and it is certainly a much handier option for going online. In some mobile games, players can play away offline just as well, unfortunately, for online poker players, that is not an option: the bottom line: try to find a Wi-Fi connection and if you can’t, go for 3G as a last resort.
When it comes to controls, things can indeed be improved in mobile gaming. By picking up a device like the iCade, one can turn his iPad into a genuine gaming center. Obviously, while in the case of an action game such an approach will have a huge impact, for online poker, the on-screen controls provided by the application are more than decent-enough, so only those should opt for an iCade-like solution who play other games too or those who are really keen on actually feeling the button pressed when they hit that call or raise.
Sound isn’t considered particularly important for the online poker experience, but it can in fact make or break the game. Mobile devices like the iPad do have built-in speakers, but the quality of sound through these speakers leaves a lot of room for improvement. The interesting thing is though that iOS allow for more than decent sound-design, a feature which gets lost through the speakers completely. The way to take advantage of the sound output by your device is to acquire a pair of decent-quality headphones.
Taking advantage of the social nature of the game is pretty much a must in online poker – whether you’re playing mobile or not – so there isn’t really a point in listing that factor here. Mobile online poker apps will allow you to take notes on your opponents and to take advantage of your notes. You will also be able to use a plethora of social interactions, only limited by the capabilities built into the app.