Yeah, you might just have to get a touch screen device. You'll get used to it over time. And if your going to use a game pad, why does it matter if the phone is touch screen? Anyway, I'd recommend you get a Galaxy Note 2. It's around your price point (at least in my area) and it has a big screen.
Really informative post! In the Pacific Northwest, we may not get a whole lot of snow (Seattle area), but the amount of ice that accumulates on the roads always catches out drivers. http://m.youtube.com...h?v=rhZCyQ3emQg