Shield Tabletby Nvidia

  • Shield Tablet
  • Shield Tablet
  • Shield Tablet
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
83%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • Drawing on the strength of Nvidia's Tegra K1 processor, the Shield Tablet offers enough horsepower to handle even the most graphically advanced games -- Android and PC alike.
  • The Shield runs Android 5.0 Lollipop. It delivers all the advantages of Google's latest operating system and the goodies found in the Google Play Store.
  • Unlike a lot of modern tablets, the Shield includes a microSD slot.

CONS

  • Weighing just over a pound, the Shield is heavy for an 8-inch tablet, and therefore uncomfortable to hold for long periods when playing games, watching movies, and reading books.
  • You'll need a controller for most games, and it's sold separately. For $60.
  • Although most of the hardware is solid, the Shield Tablet suffers in two areas: camera quality and battery life.
Nvidia, a company best known for making graphics chips, ventured into the tablet world with the game-friendly Shield. At first blush, this second-generation model may look like any other 8-inch Android tablet (it certainly functions as one), but it packs powerful hardware under the hood and a few tricks up its sleeve. Among the highlights: support for streaming desktop games from your PC.
NameShield TabletShield Tablet K1Nexus 9Galaxy Tab A 8.0Predator 8
ManufacturerNvidiaNvidiaGoogleSamsungAcer
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List Price$299$199$399$230$300
90%

Google's influence is clear in fact as the Shield Tablet is running a pretty stock version of Android, with the main difference being that N…

Google's influence is clear in fact as the Shield Tablet is running a pretty stock version of Android, with the main difference being that Nvidia has pre-loaded the tablet with its Shield Hub, which is a 10-foot UI for you to purchase, download, and launch your games.

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90%

It hasn't quite got the punch and contrast of a Super AMOLED display, but when you're runnning Tegra-optimised game you'll notice the detail…

It hasn't quite got the punch and contrast of a Super AMOLED display, but when you're runnning Tegra-optimised game you'll notice the detail and finesse of the Shield Tablet's display. Also, that 8-inch size makes the Shield the perfect size for gaming on the go -- as well as everything else an Android tablet should be used for.

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86%

The Shield Wireless Controller is a solid gamepad in its own right, outfitted with plenty of useful bells and whistles for interacting with …

The Shield Wireless Controller is a solid gamepad in its own right, outfitted with plenty of useful bells and whistles for interacting with your NVIDIA devices. But the high price tag leaves a sting since you can't use it with anything but those NVIDIA devices.

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80%

In addition to keeping the PC game-streaming functionality, it can be connected to a TV for big-screen gaming or be propped up on a table wh…

In addition to keeping the PC game-streaming functionality, it can be connected to a TV for big-screen gaming or be propped up on a table while using an optional wireless controller. Or, you can just use the Shield Tablet like an 8-inch Android Lollipop 5.0 tablet: download apps from Google Play, watch Netflix, or pop out its side stylus and paint or use Evernote.

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80%

It's a bit pricey for a small tablet, but its performance and design make it an attractive tablet for gamers.

It's a bit pricey for a small tablet, but its performance and design make it an attractive tablet for gamers.

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70%

Nvidia’s Shield is one of the few high-end 8-inch tablets currently on the market, and it’s one of the only ones in that category running An…

Nvidia’s Shield is one of the few high-end 8-inch tablets currently on the market, and it’s one of the only ones in that category running Android. To top it all off, the Shield Tablet is designed with gamers in mind.

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All tablets can run games, but the Nvidia Shield Tablet ($299 list) was built to do them justice ... this tablet can play games not just fro…

All tablets can run games, but the Nvidia Shield Tablet ($299 list) was built to do them justice ... this tablet can play games not just from the Google Play store, but from your PC as well—even when you’re not at home.

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The Nvidia Shield Tablet is still mostly plastic (don’t let those chamfered edges fool you) but it’s plastic used properly, as with the matt…

The Nvidia Shield Tablet is still mostly plastic (don’t let those chamfered edges fool you) but it’s plastic used properly, as with the matte, slightly rubberized back that lets you keep a grip even while in the most white-knuckle gaming sessions.

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Nvidia's Shield tablet was made for playing games. That's what it's best at. But it's also much more. In fact, it should probably be your ne…

Nvidia's Shield tablet was made for playing games. That's what it's best at. But it's also much more. In fact, it should probably be your next Android tablet no matter how much button-mashing you do.

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So long as you can stomach the thickness and hold out hope for a patch to resolve its slight performance issues—and hellish battery drain—th…

So long as you can stomach the thickness and hold out hope for a patch to resolve its slight performance issues—and hellish battery drain—this is your best 2014 bang-for-the-buck tablet option by a long shot, whether you game or not.

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The Shield Tablet is even heavier than the 7.9-inch metal-clad iPad Mini Retina, which weighs in at 331g. Front-facing speakers, heatsinks f…

The Shield Tablet is even heavier than the 7.9-inch metal-clad iPad Mini Retina, which weighs in at 331g. Front-facing speakers, heatsinks for a powerful processor and magnets for the Shield Tablet Cover all add weight. I understand why the Shield Tablet weighs this much, but that doesn't make it any easier to hold.

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The Shield is 13.8 ounces of metal bliss, accentuated by the beautiful 8-inch widescreen 1,920 x 1,200-pixel resolution display, perfect for…

The Shield is 13.8 ounces of metal bliss, accentuated by the beautiful 8-inch widescreen 1,920 x 1,200-pixel resolution display, perfect for a full HD movie without those nasty black bars. With the powerful (albeit tinny) stereo speakers, the Shield is more of a proper tablet than Apple’s.

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As someone that has spent the past few years never considering a tablet purchase at all, the Shield Tablet is the first ARM tablet that I wo…

As someone that has spent the past few years never considering a tablet purchase at all, the Shield Tablet is the first ARM tablet that I would seriously think about buying.

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