If you’re going for “tablet/phablet/phone with a controller” route be prepared to do some research to find a controller that’s actually worth having. Though I haven’t kept up with those mobile controllers lately, from what I remember from reviews in the first few years of that trend, it basically came down to “don’t bother buying anything cheaper than $50” because most of them were flimsy and uncomfortable.
PS I never actually tried any of those controllers myself, but there was an app (I don’t think it works on modern versions of Android) back in the day that allowed you to use a Wiimote and in the platformers I’ve tried the difference compared to on-screen controlls was staggering. So some controller is definitely a good investment if you’re going to play certain types of games. Although controller support in mobile games themselves can be rather spotty to my understanding, so controller might not actually be often useful outside of emulators.
I’m curious, how comfortable is it for playing for more than let’s say 15 minutes? I always found those things too tiny to be really playable for me and I don’t have huge hands, my fingers may be a bit longer than average but not by much.
“Had a feud with”… That’s a funny way of saying “had been stomped into ground”