TL:DR version skip to the numbered questions. Everything else is backstory for those who care, I did search the forums, but I didn't know what category and when I said search yes I mean I used the search field. Spent the past couple of hours trying to figure things out.
So tried going to the minecraft site official forums couldn't find anything. Tried searching for top 10 lists, wasn't as helpful as I hoped. Especially since I found 1 review that seemed like the better together update made a change and a controller that used to work, worked no longer for it, and so I decided it's best to ask real world people with real world solutions.
Here's the thing, I'll be playing Minecraft on the PC with mouse and Keyboard, and maybe sometimes with my tablet, and maybe once in a while with my phone. All android devices for tablets and phones. Kindle Fire 8HD (using Google Play store version) and Moto G5 Plus (Play Store version) a hand built computer that is decently powerful but no 4k machine for sure.
My coworker will be using IOS and MAYBE Fire TV stick? Not sure to be honest. He sold his Xboxs on the night before he sold them we tried out the Better Together Update. He had only played Minecraft once with other coworkers and they greifed him but with me he had a blast digging holes in a village to create a basement, while I created mine shafts, killed a ton of enemies, and riddled the world with giant explosion holes thanks to the dozens of creepers that kept spawning every night. He sold his Xboxs to pay off his Iphone X or 10 or what ever it is. (he is gonna buy new ones when he gets his new job that will pay roughly 3x what he's making now he's also a weirdo and has done something similar before)
1. I have an OTG cable, PS3 controllers, and PS4 controllers. I can't get PS3 or PS4 controllers to work on either phone or tablet via OTG. So I need some controller solution for Android, and I'm considering buying the Skylanders mobile games as cheap as I can find them, but what controllers would work for my Android needs? This needs to be answered without rooting a device, or jailbreaking.
2. What controllers should I buy him as a Christmas Present so he can play with controller support on his IOS?
3. Is there any way I can host a game on my netbook without a character showing up. Like a little mini dedicated server.
4. Freebie, anything you thing you think I should know that isn't covered by the above, would be wonderful down here.
i cant answer the controller questions sorry but I can answer no. 3:
in short - no, there is no server host package available because then Microsoft wouldn’t be able to charge you a monthly subscription charge for realms, this is something I have had to come to terms with also, really sucks but of course microsoft were always going to turn the game into a cash cow, that seems to be the way games are sold to us these days, pay once then pay many more times in continuum
if you get a “made for iPhone - mfi” controller then it *should* work fine, I prefer to stick to using a keyboard and mouse on my Xbox and not really use my phone version for a whole lot other than having a nosy on our realm while I’m out and about, it’s not really overly playable on touchscreen but I can’t really warrant the money half decent iPhone controllers cost as for Android I don’t have one so have no clue sorry
hope at least some of this answer is somewhat helpful to you