Conclusion: Nvidia has made something truly unique with the Nvidia Shield, it’s an ambitious device and one that I feel has a place in the market, although I’m not sure there are many consumers out there who think they need it. The range of features on this device is nothing short of staggering, compared to your average tablet or competing Android gaming devices from the likes of GameStick, Mad Catz and a few others, the Shield is in a completely different league.
Pros: Class leading performance, Extensive feature set, High-quality touch screen, Powerful speakers, Extensive connectivity options (although many require 3rd party adaptors), Console mode, Impressive battery life, Customisable covers, Google Play offers hundreds of thousands of apps from day one
Cons: Its unique approach may put off many consumers who want something more “simple”.
Summary: A Shield to marvel at. This isn't Captain America's shield and unfortunately not made of Vibranium either, but we'd be damned if it isn't the best Android-based gaming platform currently in the market.
Pros: Solid build quality, Fast 1.8 GHz Tegra 4 APU and system performance, Responsive controls and comfortable grip, Android KitKat and consistent software updates from Nvidia, Nvidia GameStream, Grid and Gamepad mapper, High capacity battery for longer battery life, Bright display for outdoor use and high contrast, Native support for Bluetooth and USB mice and keyboards for games, Low surface temperatures under heavy load, Dedicated HDMI-out and MicroSD for better multime...
Cons: Landscape mode is largely impractical, Web browsing, emailing and other related tasks are easier on a tablet or smartphone, Analog sticks and directional pad can feel small compared to console counterparts, Display bezel could be narrower without decreasing screen size, Glossy surfaces scratch easily, Lack of exclusive Android titles, Inaccurate color reproduction, Minor bugs in GameStream and GRID, No dedicated volume or brightness toggle buttons, Very poor bass repr...
Summary: The NVidia Shield is a dedicated Android device for gaming, and can be polarizing — either you will love it a lot or find it excessive for your needs. It’s great for voracious and a great alternative for people who’ve been so used to the likes of the PSP or a Nintendo DS.
Summary: Last summer, I bought an iPad 3. I convinced myself I’d use it for everything: showing off wedding photos, reading all those neglected articles I save to Pocket, and as a second monitor for my laptop. The only time I actually pick up the iPad, sadly, is to play video games. Perhaps the saddest part is that my iPad isn’t a very good game system. It’s bulky, the touchscreen controls are pretty crappy for navigating 3D worlds, and the graphics are merely okay.
Pros: Excellent screen, Killer controls, Solid battery life, PC gaming anywhere in the house
Cons: Android isn't a great gaming platform, PC streaming requires expensive hardware, How do you hold it for anything else?
The Nvidia Shield runs performance rings around all previous mobile devices
23 September 2013
Summary: The Nvidia Shield brings console-level quality to portable Android gaming, but it needs a higher quality list of compatible games before it can truly rival the Vita or 3DS.
Cons: There aren’t enough games that take advantage of the Tegra 4's processing power. The system is heavy and interaction with the touch screen is awkward compared with standard tablets. The PC streaming feature requires high-end hardware investment.
Summary: The Nvidia Shield isn't going to be for everyone - the price tag alone will be enough to put off many potential buyers, and the lack of truly killer games on the Google Play market rather limits its appeal with hardcore players. However, if you value raw power, brilliant controls and like the sound of being able to mirror cutting-edge PC games to a handheld system, then the Shield could be your dream portable.
Summary: While the Nvidia Shield may have a tough time finding its audience, it is an excellent portable gaming device. Yes, you can play games on your iPad, but not with this level of sound quality, and certainly not with the precise control offered by dual joysticks and plenty of face buttons, triggers, and bumpers.
The Shield would be perfect for someone who is a hardcore gamer first, second, and third, and only peripherally interested in general tablet functions.