Summary: As of now, sales of the Shield Tablet have started at a recommended retail price is of 299,99 EUR for the Wi-Fi model with 16GB of flash memory. For those who need a cellular modem will have to pay 379,99 EUR, but then the tablet will feature 32 GB of memory. The iPad mini starts at 389 EUR for the Wi-Fi version with 16GB, the LTE version with 32GB costs at least 599 EUR.
Pros: high performance of the SoC, large battery, controller optional, speakers facing the user, gaming features (Games Stream, Twitch.tv, screenshots)
Cons: slightly thicker and heavier than tablets of similar size, graphical advantages of Tegra K1 only in customized games
Summary: The Nvidia Shield Tablet LTE is a faster Android device with a flash memory of 32 GB. The Stylus and the Game controller make the gaming experience an exciting one. However the Wi-Fi capability of the tablet could have been upgraded to support new AC Wi-Fi standards. The plastic casing of the tablet is also prone to damage which does not make a good impression.
Conclusion: The Nvidia Shield Tablet boasts high-end specs and incomparable gaming features. It’s a rare thing to find an Android tablet this powerful, especially one that’s just 8 inches big. Nvidia also priced the Shield Tablet at just $300, $100 less than Google’s Nexus 9. With the Shield Tablet, you get a thickset tablet that’s sturdier and has a slightly less high-resolution screen. However, it’s got the same powerful processor.
Pros: Powerful processor, Android 5.0 Lollipop, Lots of ports for connectivity, Sharp front-facing camera, Great for gamers
Cons: Chunky and slightly heavy, Battery doesn’t last long while gaming, Limited storage options
Nvidia Shield Tablet review: Great gaming, great price, terrible battery
10 December 2014
Conclusion: We couldn’t determine the actual cause for this drain, and this has been a complaint among Shield Tablet owners since its summer 2014 launch, so it’s sad to see the upgrade to Lollipop didn’t address this drain issue. Worse, the Lollipop update appears to have removed options in the “Shield Power Control” menu to reduce power use and block background processes from running.
Pros: Stellar gaming specs for the price, Stylus option adds surprisingly solid sketch and handwriting options to vanilla Android, Bright, sharp screen matched with solid speaker-subwoofer combo, Built-in Twitch streaming functionality is first of its kind for a tablet, Free cloud-streaming game options work with minimal latency issues
Cons: Stuttering and pauses between app switches are too common, Twitch functions hog system resources, are particularly finicky, Unremarkable all-black, mostly plastic design isn't ugly but won't turn any heads, Not all apps disable touch sensing during stylus mode, Touch-to-press power button makes us miss the Nexus 9's tap-to-power function, Your gaming rig and Wi-Fi router must play nicely with Nvidia's recommendations, What's with the battery drain, Nvidia?
Nvidia Shield Tablet is perfect for everything but gaming
21 November 2014
Excerpt: Tablets are losing their luster to smartphones. The bigger the smartphone you own, the more reason to say “why bother?” to the larger, almost always identically-powered slate that’s just a bigger screen with better battery life, sans cellular data. And while we’re now using computers more with great machines like inexpensive Chromebooks , the same question applies: Why bother with a tablet at all?
Nvidia’s Shield Tablet Is A Whole New Device With Android 5.0 And Grid Streaming Games
21 November 2014
Conclusion: If you were looking for a reason to pick up a Shield Tablet, this update is it. The Grid gaming service alone, with a subscription that’s free for device owners for around the next seven months, is worth the price of purchase if you’re looking to get caught up on some gaming classics without the cost of purchasing each, or if you’re just looking for something that offers plenty of choice and minimal commitment.
Conclusion: Overall, the Shield Tablet has seen some incredible upgrades from Android 5.0 Lollipop, as well as a few tweaks and adjustments from Nvidia in their update, which brings the Shield up to spec 2.0. We’ve got a much more fluid UI that brings a more practical and functional experience that is pleasing to the eye. We’ve got great improvements to the notifications system. There are updated versions of Dabbler, Gmail, Calendar and more. The list goes on and on.
Summary: The original NVIDIA Shield was an ambitious step by the company into the handheld console market. It had originally promised remote streaming of PC games, but fell slightly short when the limitations of the feature were made known. This second attempt is something completely different. The NVIDIA Shield Tablet makes people wonder just where this whole thing is going, and if tablets really are the future of mobile gaming.
Conclusion: If you're looking for the best Android tablet money can buy, look no further than the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet. With a Tegra K1 processor and NVIDIA's constantly evolving SHIELD platform, which includes such great features like GameStream and Gamepad Mapper, there's a lot to love. In fact, the only tablets that truly surpass the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet are a few high-end tablets running Windows 8.1, but you're also talking about ones that are more than double the price.
Pros: Powerful Tegra K1 processor, More user-friendly form factor than its predecessor, Ready for the upcoming Android 5.0 Lollipop, Easily plays buttery-smooth 1080p videos, Pre-installed premium apps add value, including, NVIDIA GameStream (if your PC supports it), NVIDIA GRID Cloud Gaming (if you live close enough to the servers in San Jose), NVIDIA ShadowPlay with Twitch streaming support, Console Mode with support for up to four controllers, Can increase storage via mi...
Cons: NVIDIA GameStream requires a GeForce GTX-equipped PC, Glossy screen (problem for some people), Using a separate physical controller isn't always feasible