These days, everything seems to be going mobile, and online casinos are no different. But with a number of different operating systems, and different types of mobile device to contend with, mobile casinos can be very different from one another.
You might think the division between browser-based and app-based mobile casinos is quite clear-cut, but you’d be wrong. Originally, mobile casinos were trimmed-down versions of web-based online casinos, and you could visit them either in a WAP browser, or by following a link from a text message.
Now there are slightly more options to consider:
In general, when people talk about ‘mobile casinos’, they mean either a cross-platform website designed specifically for mobile devices, and accessible through your handset’s web browser, or a native mobile casino app designed specifically for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and so on.
|No software to download and install||Guaranteed compatibility with your handset|
|Can be reached via a link or URL||Can be reached via a menu link or tile|
|Often very similar to desktop version of the site||Bespoke interface for your handset’s capabilities|
|Should support most normal banking methods||May support in-app purchases of account credit|
|Normal account login can usually be used||Normal account login can usually be used|
It’s worth recognising that on this last point, there is often no difference between app-based and web-based mobile casinos; both should allow you to log in with your normal username and password that you use for the casino’s desktop website. Apps may remember your login for future use, whereas mobile browsers are often set up to ‘forget’ passwords for security reasons – but this depends on your particular handset.
So, what can you expect from a mobile casino? It depends in part on your handset, and on whether you’re using an app or a mobile site. Mobile sites are typically built using Java or HTML5; some might be Flash-based, but many handsets do not support this, so it should be pretty rare.
In terms of apps:
iPads are often used for casual gaming by people who might not normally play computer games, or who do not like playing on a small smartphone screen. Mobile casino apps for iPad often reflect this style of gaming, with features that add a little extra fun to the gameplay. You might find you have the option of spinning the roulette wheel yourself, for instance, or greater control over how the slots reels are spun.
As mentioned above, some mobile casino apps are available on all iOS devices, including smartphones and iPad tablets, and many of the biggest brands have an app available. SuperCasino have already been mentioned above, but there’s also Betfair Casino, 888 Casino Games, Spin Palace and William Hill Casino, among others.
Look out for apps that allow you to play for real money, as there are also many casual gaming apps that only allow you to play for fun.