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It's no big secret that I'm a huge fan of NVIDIA's SHIELD. In fact, I believe I called it my favorite device from last year on a recent podcast, a claim that I readily stand behind. To me, it shows how versatile Android can be, despite the fact that the unit itself is essentially a one trick pony (it's damn good at that one trick, though).

Then there's NVIDIA's second foray into device design, the Tegra Note 7. Unlike SHIELD, TN7 is actually just a design that other companies can use as a base to release their own hardware from. The tablet's highlight feature is DirectStylus, which brings active-like features to a passive stylus. The device itself, however, falls a little bit short with the display – the 1280x800 panel is just lackluster in basically all aspects. The subpar 1GB of RAM is also disappointing, but the unit's performance doesn't really suffer from the lack of additional RAM.

SHIELD Tablet is a marriage of these two products, bringing the best of each to a perfectly-sized eight-inch form factor. It combines SHIELD's controller (though now it's a separate accessory instead of being attached) with TN7's DirectStylus, and brings all the software from both – including the DirectStylus launcher and navigation enhancements from TN7, as well as SHIELD's GamePad mapping software, GameStream, and Console Mode.

But it's not just about bringing these features together, it's about making them better. SHIELD Tablet features better hardware, including the crazy-powerful Tegra K1 processor and a full HD display, as well as improved software features across the board. Console Mode is 4K ready, the microSD card slot supports cards up to 128GB, and to keep things running smoothly for the foreseeable future, updates are coming directly from NVIDIA. The company has done an excellent job of keep SHIELD up to date, so I expect nothing less with SHIELD Tablet.

After spending a bit of time with SHIELD Tablet, one thing's for sure: this is so much more than a gamer's tablet – it's a power user's tablet.

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Specs
  • Display: 8-inch 1900x1200 LCD
  • Processor: 2.2.GHz 32-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16/32GB
  • Cameras: 5MP rear shooter, 5MP front
  • Ports: microUSB, microSD (support for up-to 128GB cards)
  • Wireless: 802.11a/b/g/n 2x2 MIMO, Bluetooth 4.0 LE; NA LTE Bands 2, 4, 5, 7, 17 (1900, 1700, 2600, 700)/HSPA+ Bands 1, 2, 4, 5 (2100, 1900, 1700, 850) (32GB model only); ROW LTE Bands 1, 3, 7, 20 (2100, 1800, 2600, 800)/ROW HSPA+ Bands 1, 2, 5, 8 (2100, 1900, 900, 850)
  • Battery: 19.75 Watt hour
  • OS: Android 4.4.2
  • Dimensions/Weight: 8.8in. x 5in. x 0.36in./390g (13.7 oz.)
  • Price: 16GB – $299; 32GB – $399 (also includes LTE)

Pros
  • Blazing fast. Tegra K1 is an extremely powerful processor, and SHIELD Tablet takes full advantage of it. No lag. No slowdown. No stutter. Just pure speed, all the time.
  • Fantastic form factor. I may be a little biased here, but eight inches is my favorite size for a tablet. It's small enough to take basically everywhere, but still plenty big enough for gaming and watching movies.
  • DirectStylus and SHIELD Controller. It's like the perfect marriage of SHIELD Portable and Tegra Note 7. It's a beautiful, beautiful thing.
  • Direct-from-NVIDIA OTAs. The company has done an excellent job of keeping SHIELD up to date, so I'm happy to see them handling OTAs on SHIELD Tablet as well.

Cons
  • Limited storage. 16GB isn't enough for a gaming tablet, and those who opt for the 32GB model have to also pay for LTE connectivity in the hardware, making the price a bit higher than a 32GB Wi-Fi only model could've been. NVIDIA has done a good job of making apps2SD a thing on SHIELD devices, but that of course adds to the cost because an SD card is basically requisite. I would liked to have seen a 32GB base model and 64GB option.
  • SHIELD Controller is sold separately. I would really like to see a bundle that puts the tablet and controller together with a slightly lower price.
  • The power button and volume rocker are squishy. It's hard to tell when the button is pressed just based on feel, which can get pretty annoying.

Hardware

Build Quality and Design

I think SHIELD Tablet is gorgeous. Its soft-touch flat black exterior and glossy black logo create a beautiful contrast not unlike that found on the 2013 Nexus 7, which is ultra-clean and classy looking in my opinion. It doesn't scream "I'm a gaming tablet!" to me – it's actually the opposite. It's sophisticated, and definitely not something I'd be ashamed of busting out at the coffee shop (or anywhere else).

The front of the device offers up the sound – two front-firing speakers flank either end of the tablet, much like HTC's One M7/M8. (Seeing a trend here? Looks like NVIDIA's taking notes from other devices, which is excellent.) There's also a 5MP front shooter that can be used when streaming gameplay to Twitch, but we'll get into that later.

The sides of the unit are pretty standard, save for a couple of small additions: each side has bass reflex port for enhanced audio, and the bottom of the unit (it's designed to be used in landscape mode) houses two small openings and magnets for NVIDIA's SHIELD Tablet Cover. There's also a stylus bay for, you know, the stylus.

While I wouldn't call SHIELD Tablet a tank (like its little brother), it's still built really well. It's fairly lightweight at just 390g (that's about 100 grams heavier than the 2013 Nexus 7, for comparison), but everything feels well put-together. There's no creaking anywhere on the unit, and everything is incredibly flush. The only complaint I have with ST's external hardware is with the power button and volume rocker: they're a little too squishy for my taste, and sometimes it's difficult to tell when they're actually pressed (by feel, of course – the on-screen action makes it clear when you've actually hit the button).

Display

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SHIELD Tablet's display is basically dead center in quality – it's not awful, but it's nothing to write home about, either. Colors are nice and vibrant, but whites are dingy and bordering gray/yellow, and blacks aren't super dark. It's actually somewhere between the 2013 Nexus 7's display and a Super AMOLED panel in terms of the white/black reproduction.

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SHIELD Tablet, 2013 Nexus 7, Samsung Galaxy Tab S. Note the difference in whites on the display.

When it comes to sharpness, however, ST's 1920x1200 eight-inch panel is solid. At 283PPI it's not the sharpest thing you'll see on the market, but it's still great for reading, web browsing, social networking...all the stuff that people use tablets for. Even compared to the Tab S' 2560x1600 display, it's extremely difficult to pick out individual pixels (though the Tab S does show quite a bit more info on the screen, which is nice). And of course games look great on it, which could probably go without saying. But I said it anyway.

One shortcoming of the ST's display is brightness – even at max, it's just not as bright as other tablet displays I've seen. The ambient light sensor works well enough, but I still feel left wanting more fluctuation between dim and full brightness. I generally use my 2013 Nexus 7 at about 30% brightness during the day (automatic at night), and ST has to be set at around 70% to achieve the same level. At max, it's roughly half as bright at the 2013 Nexus 7. I don't find myself in a lot of situations where I need more than this, but if you plan on using your tablet outside very often you'll probably find it to be bothersome.

Speakers

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Bass reflex port

NVIDIA took a page from HTC's playbook and added a couple of front-facing stereo speakers on SHIELD Tablet (Tegra Note 7 actually did the same thing, but it's a lot more refined on SHIELD Tablet). This of course points the sound directly at your headface while playing games, watching movies, and listening to music, which is far superior to any other potential speaker placement. To give it that extra oomph, there are also two bass reflex ports – one per side in landscape mode – though I'm not entirely convinced they make a huge difference. As far as uses, they're great for gaming and watching movies...but I wouldn't use them for music. I mean, you could, but they're not really made for that and the experience isn't ideal.

For a pair of tablet speakers, they get plenty loud and work very well for their intended use. I appreciate the fact that NVIDIA pays a lot of attention to the audio on its systems, because that's absolutely clutch for a good gaming experience. Of course, you can always throw a set of earbuds in if you really want to get immersed in the game, but for times when that's not practical ST's speakers are great.

Cameras

SHIELD Tablet's 5MP front-facing camera makes a lot of sense, because it's great for Twitch streaming and screencasting. Its 5MP rear shooter, on the other hand, is eh. It's not terrible, but it's lacking a flash so it's not great in low-light; well-lit/outdoor shots look pretty good. On a different note, this is one of the fastest cameras I've ever used on any Android device – even in low lighting, it focuses almost instantly and grabs the shot as soon as the button is pressed. I wish my phone took photos this quickly.

Anyway, here are some test shots. You be the judge.

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Storage

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This one is a killer for a lot of people. This base model ST only has 16GB of internal storage, and the bump up to 32GB is an extra $100 because it also adds LTE functionality. Since most modern high-quality games can easily be upwards of 1-2GB, that 16 goes away quickly – hell, I nearly filled my review unit within the first hour with about five games (Portal, Half Life 2, The Cave, Rochard, and Reaper). I believe it had just under 2GB remaining at that point.

Fortunately, NVIDIA brought the apps2SD feature found on SHIELD Portable over to SHIELD Tablet. This allows most apps – including all data – to be moved to an SD card. I promptly dropped a 32GB card in my ST review unit and moved a handful of games over to it, which opened up around 7GB or so.

While I would liked to have seen NVIDIA make 32GB the base storage with an optional 64GB LTE model, I'm actually OK with how this works. Transferring games to the SD card shows no real performance differences over having them stored locally, though you'll definitely want to get a good, speedy SD card, and not some knockoff garbage that's on sale for $0.04 a GB at your local mom and pop shop.

SHIELD Controller

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ST's controller is a lot like the one found on SHIELD Portable, though there are a few minor differences, like the addition of a small touchpad, and capacitive (instead of physical) navigation buttons. It's a solid piece of gaming equipment, and easily the best controller available for Android today.

The "downside" of that? It'll only work with SHIELD Portable and Tablet for now, as it works over Wi-FI Direct instead of Bluetooth. This, of course, raises the question why Wi-Fi Direct? A few reasons, actually:

  • Lower latency. Wi-Fi Directly actually has half the latency of most Bluetooth controllers, resulting in a better experience.
  • Multi-player. You can connect up to four SHIELD Controllers to ST while in console mode for multi-player fun.
  • More data throughput. SHIELD Controller features a headphone jack, which allows audio to be transmitted from the tablet to the controller, thus eliminating the need to be tethered to the tablet itself. It also offers headset support for multi-player gaming and Twitch streaming.

As you can see, NVIDIA really thought about what they wanted from this external controller. The result is a fantastic experience.

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Now that we've covered what's different about this controller, let's talk about the controller itself – build quality and feel, you know, the important stuff. To put it simply, I'd put SHIELD Controller up against official Playstation or Xbox controllers any day of the week – when NVIDIA guys say it's "console quality," they mean it. The build quality is excellent. All the buttons are extremely tactile and have a comfortable amount of travel. The shoulder buttons are nice and clicky, while the triggers are springy and responsive without feeling spongy.

The top portion of the controller is where you'll find all the navigation buttons – home, back, and pause, as well as the connect/pair button – all of which are capacitive. The D-Pad is off to the left, and the ABXY pack to the right. Both joysticks are found down below, a la Sony's DualShock. Just below that is the touchpad area, which is incredibly handy if you need a mouse while playing a game (over GameStream or in console mode, for example). The volume rocker is just below that. It's a useful layout, though there were times when I dropped my thumb off of the right joystick and hit the trackpad; fortunately, it's not incredibly sensitive, so it doesn't really get in the way.

Overall, I love SHIELD Controller. I can't imagine owning SHIELD Tablet without having it. And for those wondering, yes, it's worth the $60 asking price, and is substantially better than any Bluetooth controller I've used to date.

SHIELD Tablet Cover

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This is another carryover from Tegra Note 7, and once again it's something that has also been improved. On TN7, the cover uses a spine that slides into a groove on the tablet – the design is OK and worked well enough, but it could've been simplified. And that's exactly what NVIDIA did. SHIELD Cover attaches to the tablet with a couple of magnets and notches on the bottom/side (depending on how you're holding it) of the tablet. It's easy to add/remove from the device, but also holds tightly once it's on.

When in stand mode – which is achieved by flipping the cover backwards and attaching it to the back using the built-in magnets – it's incredibly stable. Surprisingly so, in fact. You can tap-tap-taparoo all over the display without a care and it'll be fine. It's great.

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One massive improvement over Tegra Note 7's cover design is how this one works when folded over the back magazine-style. On TN7 the cover just kind of flaps around, which is pretty annoying. SHIELD Tablet has magnets on the back corners, however, which allow the cover to be held securely in place regardless of where your hand is positioned. Oh, and if you need quick access to the rear camera, the first "crease" in the cover easily folds down to allow the camera to be exposed. It's very well designed.

Stylus

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I'm going to keep this section short and sweet, because there's not really a lot to talk about here, but still a couple of things I want to point out. Firstly, those who already have a Tegra Note device are probably wondering how ST's stylus compares (if at all). There are some differences here, mostly in the way the stylus fits in the bay, as well as how it feels.

For starters, the ST's stylus is lightly larger than TN7's, but only in diameter – it's still about the same length. It also has a smaller "lip," which prevents the stylii from being interchangeable. It does have the same chiseled tip, however.

One major thing I noticed with ST's stylus over TN7's is the fit inside the bay – it's much more snug. It's slightly more difficult to remove as a result (though it will likely get "broken in" over time), but I feel more confident that it won't accidentally come loose.

It's yet another small improvement made on SHIELD Tablet from previous devices.

Battery Life

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I'm going to be completely honest here: I've only had SHIELD Tablet for about five days (two of which were the weekend and I was out about 85% of the time), so I don't feel like I've had enough time to accurately report battery life. Early use shows about 4-5 hours of screen-on time (depending on processor load, of course), but I will update this review when I've had more than a full week to gauge what I feel is real-world usage.

Update: OK, so I've been using SHIELD Tablet as my main tablet for about two weeks now. In short, the battery life is pretty fantastic. It enters deep sleep mode as it should, so it's incredibly efficient when not in use - idle time could go for several days, and if you're not a heavy tablet user, you may only need to hit the charger once a week or so.

If, like me, you use the tablet every day, then you'll probably need to charge it once every couple of days. It gets a solid five to six hours of screen-on time, assuming you're not constantly gaming (or running it in Console Mode without external power). In extreme scenarios, you're looking at quite a bit less - I easily killed 40% of the battery in one hour-long session of playing Trine 2 in Console Mode. For casual browsing and whatnot, you can count on around six hours of display time, which should translate to at least a day's worth of use for most users.

Software

NVIDIA Add-ons

NVIDIA does a good job of keeping a fairly stock system and just adds some tweaks here and there to support the various hardware add-ons (like the stylus and controller), as well as a few processor/power tweaks. Most of these things are already available on other NVIDIA devices in one form or another, but we're going to take a look at them here for the sake of completeness.

DirectStylus and NVIDIA Dabbler

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For those who may not be aware, DirectStylus is NVIDIA's technology that brings active-like features – such a pressure sensitivity – to a passive stylus. It was first introduced with Tegra Note 7, and I'm so glad it made its way into SHIELD Tablet as well.

Essentially, not much has changed with DirectStylus from the TN7 – the DS Launcher is still part of the system, as are the navigation bar tweaks (which I find to be incredibly useful). All the options for DS are still found neatly tucked away in Settings, and are basically identical to those found on TN7 (save for the option to disable the Quick Access settings in the navigation bar, which doesn't seem to be present on TN7).

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One thing included on SHIELD Tablet that you won't find elsewhere, however, is a new drawing app called Dabbler. This app's use is two-fold: 1) for those who like to draw on a digital medium, and B) to show off the power of Tegra K1. Dabbler is pretty awesome in itself – it brings realistic water color and oil painting to the digital canvas. It's so realistic, in fact, that it uses the accelerometer to duplicate watercolor on an actual canvas – move the tablet in any direction and the paint will move with it. The colors will also blend with each other in a very natural way. While I'm no artist, I find it incredibly lifelike for both watercolor and oil painting.

GameStream

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Up until now, GameStream has been SHIELD Portable's flagship feature, as it was the only device available that allowed streaming of games from a desktop PC to a mobile console. Naturally, SHIELD Tablet also has this feature, and it works beautifully.

We've already covered GameStream pretty extensively in the past, so I'm going to keep this short and to the point. GameStream is a killer feature, and having it on SHIELD Tablet is freakin' awesome. It works pretty well most of the time, though I did experience a couple of random disconnects and SHIELD Hub couldn't find my gaming rig on one occasion. I've been having intermittent issues with my home network over the last week or so, however, so I'm going to say that's the culprit here, as I've never had issues with GameStream on SHIELD.

Gamepad Mapper

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Another SHIELD-specific feature, Gamepad Mapper allows non-controller compatible (touch-only) games to be mapped to the controller for better gameplay. Like on its little brother, this works exceptionally well on SHIELD Tablet, and the addition of the touchpad on ST's controller further improves playing touch-only games with a controller.

GamePad Mapper is incredibly simple and intuitive: fire up the game you want, long-press the start button on the controller, and map the keys. Over time, GM has gotten much more efficient at being able to cover most types of games, so you should be able to find a way to get the majority of things done without needing to touch the display.

It also includes a built-in cloud sync, which will automatically download key mappings when they're detected. This means you get to spend more time playing and less time figuring out where to map the buttons for the best experience. These pre-made mappings can also be edited if you want to tweak the layout.

ShadowPlay and Native Screencasting

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NVIDIA is all about gamers, and if there's one thing gamers love to do, it's show other users how well they play games. For this, NVIDIA created ShadowPlay, an application that allows PC gamers to record themselves playing games and/or stream to Twitch. For the first time ever, ShadowPlay is available on Android, and it's exclusive to SHIELD Tablet.

The inclusion here is absolutely brilliant, and launching it couldn't be easier. ShadowPlay is hidden away in the right panel under the "Share" option. It allows you to quickly and easily enable the feature, as well as toggle options for the stream or recording. For example, you can choose to stream to Twitch, auto-record a video, manually record a video, or take and share a screenshot. For each of these options, you can also enable/disable the microphone or front-facing camera overlay, as well as the chat for Twitch streaming.

You may be wondering how the chat and video overlay options work while playing a game. ShadowPlay's settings allow each "bubble" to be resized independently, and the opacity can be set for each, as well.

The downside, however, is that there's a very noticeable sync issue between the video and audio. The video looks good, but the audio seems to "chop," causing it to get ahead of the video:

I've been in contact with NVIDIA about this issue, and we should see a fix on the way soon.

Console Mode

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Another feature also found on SHIELD Portable, Console Mode does exactly what the name suggests: turns ST into a TV-connected console. Once a miniHDMI cable is inserted into the tablet, it gives the option to either mirror the display or enter console mode, which disables the tablet's internal display and reformats the layout to better fit a TV. It can handle anything up to 4K, so don't worry about throwing it up on the big screen – it can handle it.

With SHIELD Portable, there are times when things get a little wonky in Console Mode, like when there's a touch element on the screen that the controller can't seem to find. This has been fixed with SHIELD Controller's touchpad, as it essentially allows all on-screen elements to be accessed at any point. Console Mode is basically perfect now, for everything from gaming to watching videos or movies. I just want a dock that offers the HDMI connection as well as power. Someone get on that, please.

Games

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We actually have a good write-up of SHIELD Tablet's launch titles – most of which aren't out yet – so I just want to talk about Trine 2 for a minute. This game ships with the tablet (a $14 value), and it's beautiful. There's so much going on here, it really shows what the Tegra K1 is capable of – I'm not sure that any other processor on the market right now can handle this. For reference, here's the Play Store video:

Now, for a bit of fun, I recorded a video of Trine 2 directly from SHIELD Tablet, so you can see exactly what it looks like on the device.

Please ignore the fact that I'm not actually playing the game and just look at how pretty it is.

As you can see, the video in the Play Store is spot on – what you see is what you get.

Performance

Two words: beast mode. SHIELD Tablet is an insanely powerful device with a blazing fast processor. In fact, I'm going to say it's the fastest Android device I've ever used. Nothing leaves you waiting on this tablet – from launching apps to playing games and everything in between is buttery smooth and fast as hell all the time. NVIDIA's Tegra K1 is amazing.

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NVIDIA also packed some performance enhancements under SHIELD Tablet's hood, which tweaks the processor and apps accordingly. For example, the device ships in "optimized" mode, which automatically calibrates specific applications for the best performance – games and the like are allowed access to all four of the K1's cores, while less resource-hungry apps will only get access to one or two of them. You're free to tweak these settings as you see fit as well, though I think NVIDIA has done a pretty dang good job of optimizing everything out of the box.

There's also an option to automatically switch the device into a "battery saving" low-power state at a certain percentage. Additionally, all of these settings can be tweaked individually to create your own power setting.

Benchmarks

We've gotten a few requests for benchmarks, so here are the results of some of the most popular ones.

Note: These were all done with the device in Maximum Performance mode.

AnTuTu

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Geekbench

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3DMark

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Ice Storm Extreme, Ice Storm Unlimited

Lightmark

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Conclusion

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To me, SHIELD Tablet is the culmination of what NVIDIA has learned from its short time making Android devices. The company has clearly gained quite a bit of knowledge from SHIELD Portable and Tegra Note 7, and this is the result. This tablet takes all of the things that could've been improved on the aforementioned devices and makes them better.

Given how much I like SHIELD Portable and the idea of Tegra Note 7 (the execution could've been so much better), I had high hopes for this tablet. Generally, when I have high hopes for something, I'm nearly always let down. That's not the case with SHIELD Tablet – it's everything I hoped it would be. The display could be a little bit better and I would like to see more storage options, but overall I think this is extremely well executed.

This device says that NVIDIA is paying attention to what its customers are saying, and it knows what improvements need to be made. It's been a long while since I've personally seen something like this manifest – generally, companies only want to give consumers what the companies themselves want to build or offer. In my opinion, NVIDIA didn't skimp here. It took a hard look at its current market status and what SHIELD Portable/Tegra Note 7 owners were saying, and used that as ammunition to build a better device.

And a better device is exactly what it built. Better than its predecessors, and better than the competition.

Buy: Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Blane Stroud

    The (p)reviews for this thing are making me consider getting one. Admittedly, I don't think Android gaming is there, but I've been unsatisfied with my LG G Pad 8.3 so far. The stock software was terrible, and I don't much care for the performance on custom roms. They are better, but still a lot of stutter. Love the feel of it, but god do I hate the experience. Opposite problem when I had a Nexus 7. Experience was great, but I felt like i was going to break the 2013 N7. It felt so dainty.

    Besides, I'm envious of the Nvidia exclusive stuff.

    • Pootis Man

      Why didn't you get the g pad 8.3 Google play edition? It has much better software since it's stock Android.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Because it's only available in the US, maybe the dude is not american, plus it's out of stock if you didn't know

        • Pootis Man

          That sucks. I have seen plenty off them for sale on eBay though.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Well, yeah, that is an option. I'm still waiting for Google to open up the Google Play Devices in more countries, at least in more European ones so that I could get my hands on GPE easier.

          • someone755

            Meanwhile, I'm still waiting for Nexus ;-;
            You could just buy the real thing and convert it into a GpE tho...

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            The GPE port on XDA is stuck at 4.4.2, I'd rather go AOKP/PA/CM and 4.4.4

          • someone755

            If you'd rather get a custom ROM, why not get one then? xD

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Because I don't own G Pad.....yet

          • someone755

            They're really cheap even compared to the N7 where I live -- 300€ for the 32GB version (while the 32 N7 is 340€ lmao).
            Yes, this country is fucked up beyond repair. xD

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            I'm waiting on Google to put out a Nexus 8 first. If that's not happening - I'm going for G Pad. OR Shield Tablet. We'll see.

          • someone755

            The Volantis is said to be $500 in the US -- that means like 600€ for us! D:

      • Blane Stroud

        Just happened to find a good deal on eBay. It was like $230 when I got it.

    • Matthew Merrick

      Without going the full custom ROM route, you can convert your g Pad into a Google Play Edition. Fairly straightforward, and the performance is way better.

      • Blane Stroud

        Well, it's super easy to root/unlock these things. No reason not to just install Slimkat or SmoothRom. It's like 10 minutes worth of work.

    • EH101

      This is the exact opposite experience I've had with my GPad, and N7 2013 was a pos (multi-touch bug ruined it for me).

      • Blane Stroud

        My N7 didn't have the multi-touch bug. Though my N7 2012 had severe touchscreen issues at first. My G Pad just feels sluggish, and I don't enjoy using it as much.

        • EH101

          You're a lucky one. I went through 3 32gb N7 2013s before giving up and getting a GPad. All 3 were terrible and unusable and 1 of them had a defective power button. I likely won't ever buy or recommend a Nexus again.

          I've not had any issues with my GPad, possibly due to the ROM I'm using. Mahdi ROM or something like that. I've not tried any of the AOSP ROMs since none were stable when I switched to Mahdi and I'm just too lazy to set everything up again. Lol.

          • Blane Stroud

            I don't mind resetting. I had a Galaxy S2, and I'd have to flash a new rom on that like every couple of days with how fast the development cycles were. Then again. that was like THE device when it came out.

          • EH101

            I had a Fascinate (GS1 variant) and man I can't tell you how much I miss how easy everything was back then. Just Odin'd everything. Good times.

        • Patrick Smithopolis

          I have to agree with you. The stock experience on the GPad is atrocious and I wouldn't recommend the tablet to anyone. My GPad was collecting dust for months until I rooted it and installed a custom rom. It's still not on par with the Nexus 7.

  • bL4Ck

    I like the idea, and this feels like a pretty solid product, but i'm still kinda biased against Nvidia effort in the ARM chips market, all felt kinda subpar compared to the major alternatives on the market (Qualcomm and Exynos mainly). My 2012 Nexus 7 aged quite badly, stutters here and there and everything takes a lot to load, while most Qualcomm S4 tablets still have pretty solid performance on daily use.

    • Adrian Meredith

      the tegra 3 mostly gets a bad rap because of Asus and their cheapo internal storage something pretty much all of the transformers and nexus 7 2012 suffer from. the k1 is at least 2x faster than everything and often 3-4x faster. Make no mistake, this chip is a game changer.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

        I agree with this. Even if it were a fair comparison, NVIDIA has come a long way since Tegra 3.

        • NvidiaFan

          I heard that the K1 processor from MiPad overheats and then throttles the speed after an hour. I hope they managed to fix this...

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

            The Shield Tablet has a magnesium heat shield with the surface area of the whole tablet, basically, dissipating heat. I'm guessing they figured out K1 runs hot early on. I'm betting Denver will run much, much cooler.

            If I was a betting man, a 64GB K1 Denver (64-bit) Shield Tablet running L this holiday season or early next year would sound like quite a strong possibility.

          • Anonymous

            It would probably be released in July, as both the Shield Portable and Tablet have been released in July.

        • stewartsoda

          Or since the Tegra 2 in my Atrix, I hope. :(
          Once bitten, twice shy.

          • http://twitter.com/ryocoon Kurtis Whittington

            Actually, Tegra2 in my Transformer TF101 was pretty rock solid. I'm still using it. Less buggy than my TF701t which has Tegra4. I also have a Shield portable. I would have loved to have this tablet about Christmas last year... Would have saved me two purchases and gotten a superior one in general.

            That said, I love my Shield Portable. It is rock solid and has really good battery life. I do wish more games natively supported game controllers though, but they screen mapper is a good alternative in some cases.

      • nofearofimaginarymen

        Didn't they have problems in the past for not releasing code and updating drivers on their arm chips? I know they weren't incorporating lte radios and that's why they have lost most of the phone market but I could have sworn they were not supporting their chipset (Tegra 2) for very long. I could be wrong.

      • deltatux

        This is seriously the problem. My old LG Optimus 2X P999 (runs a Tegra 2 processor) runs perfectly fine while the Tegra 3 powered Nexus 7 is lagging like crazy while I'm typing this. ASUS did really screw the pooch here, formatting the tablet with F2FS does alleviate the lag, but just a bit. It's still usable but it is laggy.

    • Scott

      Adrian said it right. The Nexus 7 2012 has a major storage hardware flaw, unrelated to Nvidia, that causes it to grind to a halt once you get down near 4gb of storage remaining. The only way to speed the tablet back up is a to factory reset it and avoid dropping that low on space ever again.

      • Brian

        ...or change the file system to f2fs. Works wonders. Effectively a factory reset, too, since you have to hard format the /data partition. Something about f2fs works around the bottleneck.

  • Mayoo

    The tablet cover is what the N10 cover should have been

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    Just got mine this morning. Where is that Shield Power Control menu that I see in this review? Do I have to install the OTA first?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Probably so. I had an OTA on my review unit as soon as I took it out of the box, but I'm not sure what it added.

      • Matthew DiGiacomo

        Cool, hopefully it adds it. Great review.

      • Jesse

        Small typo with "The subpar 1GB of RAM..", at least I hope so.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

          wat

          That was referring to Tegra Note 7. No typo there.

          • Jesse

            I'm tracking now, my bad. I was so focused on the new one.

        • j__h

          Nvidia shield tablet has 2gb.

          The 1gb reference is to the older Tegra note 7

  • http://www.techreviewshop.com/ JP

    I need this, but I can't find a buyer for my GN 10.1 2014 32gb :(. I think Nvidia finally found their niche in mobile devices.

    • edude03

      Is it up on swappa? I'd be interested

      • hkklife

        I hope Nvidia sells a s***load of these just to show Google that they cannot get away with neglecting their N7 and N10 for so long and dragging their feet on the Volantis/N9 launch.
        Also to show Samsung that people will pay more for a 32GB storage option (even though I agree that 32GB should be standard and 64GB should be the option) and that there's room for high-powered SoCs and not just rehashed Exynos and Snapdragon 400s in smaller Android tablets.

      • troysyx

        Mine is on swappa :)

  • Jason Bell

    This review is pretty much telling me, "Sell your TN7 for whatever you can get, and buy this tablet!"

    • Hobie Helbich

      That's exactly what I was thinking!

  • Denis

    "yellow" tinted screen :(

  • KarimMunir

    Damn you Cameron! Now I can't stop singing it.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      <3

      • Sigmund

        Aperture Sience, we do what we do, because, we can... ♪ AGH! I'm at work and can't stop thinking and singing that!!!

  • strauzo

    The problem is that Nvidia does not know how to develop good Android firmware and the updates are very slow. Considering that you can do, from a long time, everything that Nvidia offers with any Android device and a generic controller, I think I will buy a new Nexus device.

    Try to connect a multi-touch touchpad on the Nvidia Shield and move two finger and you can understand the quality of the firmware. crash, crash and crash.

    • Matthew Merrick

      You really didn't read the article, did you?

      • strauzo

        Paid article as many other.

        • Sean

          Are you actually joking?

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

            The NVIDIA check hasn't cleared yet, so yes.

            [THIS IS SARCASM FOR ALL OF YOU WHO WILL INEVITABLY READ WAY TOO FAR INTO THIS]

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

          Do you have any idea how disrespectful that is? We work our asses off using/testing products (which takes up more of our time than you know), then spend hours writing these reviews. Not because they're "paid" articles, but because we want our readers to know the real deal. I'm getting so sick of seeing this type of comment on reviews just because they're positive.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

            That's exactly what someone getting paid a lot of money to do a painstakingly long and positive review WOULD SAY!

            HANG THE SHILL

          • No name

            when you see this
            It's no big secret that I'm a huge fan of NVIDIA's SHIELD.
            and you see positive review you need to skip the product :)

          • strauzo

            Why the article does not say that most of the new ideas of Nvidia are ideas stolen from apps present in Google Play ? This is what the big companies are doing, steal from small developers peddling things like their inventions.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

            Are you suggesting that only one app of any type can exist and all the others are "stolen?" Because that's completely moronic.

          • strauzo

            Apple, because he has the money, start a legal action only if you are using a rectangular form for a phone. and I said all.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            STOP! Banhammer time

          • Matthew Fry

            Disrespectful? More like libelous.

          • someone755

            Heh, I waste hours when testing something as small as a kernel on a device/ROM combo I'm accustomed to.
            Makes one think about the hours you guys out into this.
            Now, as David was saying, CUE THE ANGRY MOB!

        • Spoony IV

          i don't doubt AP are subsidized by various developers, however i've found AP's reviews to usually be very accurate regarding hardware. This i expect to be a solid bit of kit and the reviews from not affiliated sites also given it rave reviews should tell you something.

          Cameron, i'd take these sorts of comments with a pinch of salt, just stare blankly and nod as if you care :)

        • stewartsoda

          Logged in just to downvote you.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          In that case, you're a paid shill for Samsung.

        • zerox

          @strauzo who paid you??

        • Nicholas Ruiz

          Screw you

  • troph

    Another great review by AP. I think you munch have sold me in this. Just waiting for next nexus tablet to make decision.

  • Spoony IV

    Fantastic writeup and very pleased AP has given this such rave reviews. I pre-ordered my 32GB model this morning along with controller and case, can't wait for it to be delivered on the 15th August....a true portable gaming console w/ all the things you need from an android tablet in the works, its a dream bit of kit for tech/gamer on the go.

    • DgitalD

      Where did you pre-order? I haven't been able to find the 32GB LTE model listed anywhere. Haven't seen a confirmed release date, either.

      Thanks!

      • Spoony IV

        Overclockers.co.uk, but you can also order through Dabs, ebuyer, PCSpecialist. They list resellers on the official nvidia site http://shield.nvidia.co.uk/buy-now/

        Release date in the UK is 14th August, Overclockers are shipping for the 15th.

        • DgitalD

          Ah. You're in the UK. As far as I've seen, none of the US resellers have the LTE version listed yet. Guess I'll just keep checking. Thanks for the quick response.

  • http://mekakiwi.blogspot.com.br/ ED-Z が あらわれた!

    For anyone doubting Shield success, NVidia is now proving that Shield Still Alive.
    But some questions remain. Is out of beta and releasing on time?
    They are serving delicious cake in the launch event?

    • someone755

      Why would they be serving lies?

  • stewartsoda

    Have you guys tried the new OneNote beta with inking support with the Shield Tablet? If that works well I think I'd go for one.

  • Phil

    This is the only device that has come anywhere near replacing my aged N10
    Seriously considering it, the question is:
    Shield now, or Volantis in November (if it comes then)?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      I would go for SHIELD Tablet, but I think 9" is just too big for a tablet...especially if it's 4:3. That's personal preference, of course.

      • Phil

        As i use an N5, I like having a bit of a gap in screen size between the two devices so I get the benefits of each.
        I used a friends N7 2013 when it came out for a few weeks and found I kept reverting to my phone as the difference between the two wasn't enough.
        As I'm in the UK, we never got to buy the OG shield so I'd like to have a go with the gamestreaming function, but i keep telling myself,

        "If its not a nexus, I'm not interested" which has worked well for me since the Galaxy Nexus, N7, N4, N10, N5
        First world problems!

    • Felix

      Thank you, exactly my thoughts!
      I bought a week ago and sold my N10 for just 300€.

      I really love it and hope so bad Volantis won't kick its ass in November.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    I can only say: HOLY SHIT Nvidia really did a good job on the tablet

  • Bud Lutz

    I've been in the market for a 7-8" tablet, and have been waiting for one with front firing speakers. I would have never considered this tablet before reading the reviews. I will probably wait to see what this years Nexus lineup looks like, especially if HTC is building one, but this is at the top of my list right now

  • WilliamSurname

    How well does it handle large, content-intensive PDFs? My main need for a tablet (other than web browsing and movies) is reading tabletop rpg rule books, and my Asus TF300 is woefully inadequate.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Define "large, content-intensive" and send me a link to a sample and I'll try it out for you.

      • WilliamSurname

        By "large" I'm talking in the range of 40-130MB, and by "content intensive" I'm referring to color images scattered throughout (which PDFs handle with absolutely terrible efficiency, typically).

        Things are complicated by the fact that use of these books during play for a pencil-and-paper RPG tends to involve lots of jumping around between different sections of books (most mobile PDF readers load the page you're going to and the ones around it, but then need to load other uncached pages when you jump to another section) or even between multiple different books. In my group's Exalted game, for example, we're routinely jumping between the core rulebook, the errata (itself a 204 page, 23MB content-rich behemoth), and various other supplemental books.

        Here's some links to some books that are legally available at no cost (although the first two links aren't technically "free" - the first is "pay what you like", which could be $0, and the second is published under Creative Commons with a non-commercial free-reshare clause which some people exercise to put up legitimate downloads):

        Fate Core Rulebook

        http://www.evilhat.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=79&products_id=223&zenid=prg52tm81len5ljbpjaddnole0

        Eclipse Phase Rulebooks
        http://robboyle.wordpress.com/eclipse-phase-pdfs/
        Creative Commons Licensing details:
        http://www.eclipsephase.com/cclicense

        Exalted Scroll of Errata
        http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product/84593/Scroll-of-Errata

        I'd say the Eclipse Phase rulebooks would probably give the most telling results, as their file sizes and non-text content are closest to the median of what can be expected of most RPGs.

  • Melissa V.

    How the the drawing app compatibility on this tablet? Need more tests please! I really want to get this tablet! It can be a budget alternative!

  • thakrisp

    Since I don't have a tablet myself I want to convince myself to get this so bad, but is 16GB really enough. Whether or not there is a SD card slot it shouldn't be my only option to get more memory. In my opinion should of been base 32GB. Then the how is Nvidia with updates when "L" releases how long am i gonna have to wait? Volantis looks likes great but that's if its an actual device that comes out this year.

  • Toasted_Cracker

    I would like to know more about the stylus. How accurate is it? How does it compare to the stylus on the note 3? Can it be used with Sketchbook pro?

    • Mo Yang

      The stylus is amazing! I have a Note 3 and the difference is like night and day. The Note 3 can somewhat discern between pressure and with Sketchbook Pro you can change the type of tip you use when doodling. The Nvidia Shield Tablet offers something that I prefer, because it is very similar to what you would experience using a real chiseled pencil/tool. It can discern between a hard press and light press as well as understand which part of the stylus you are using. This allows you to utilize the chiseled stylus tip. So for me, as an artist who started before drawing tablets, the ST emulates an experience that is as true to life as you can get. I am curious if they are going to make different tips that you can attach to the stylus. Which I think, would be amazing!

      • Toasted_Cracker

        That is very good to know! Thank you so much for the response!

        • Mo Yang

          No problem! I bought my ST on launch day at a local GameStop. I was a little unsure of a passive technology for a stylus, but Nvidia actually did a really good job with it!

  • black

    What a comprehensive review! You're a fanboy indeed. :)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Not sure if insult or compliment...

  • ccccc

    $299 for 16gb? FAIL. $60 for a controller? DOUBLE fail. theres some serious price gouging going on there.

    • Mexor

      Please learn what "price gouging" is before using the term. Something being overpriced does not make it "price gouging". If you think something is overpriced and therefore low on value, then just say you think it's overpriced and low on value.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Are you...serious? This is one of the most powerful tablets (if not (*the* most powerful tablet) I've ever used, and it's only $299. How is that overpriced?

      • jojoman

        Does it get warm or hot when playing games

    • TedPhillips

      implementation is everything.

    • A_Noid

      It's cheap compared to a high end Samsung.

  • Lucas Laws

    Dammit Cameron, I don't have the money to buy this and you're not making this any easier.

  • Tayyab

    DAMN! your review want to make me buy this even more!! :D

  • Baskey

    Nice Telecaster you've got there, Cameron ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      That's my #1. I love that guitar so much.

  • BoFiS

    If I didn't already have an LTE Nexus 7 I'd be more tempted, but reading about these just makes me wish the Shield Portable would get a price drop

  • sand

    would you recomend nvidia shield tablet over samsung galaxy tab pro 8.4???

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Yes.

    • just.one:truth,justice,love

      The galaxy tab pro 8.4 was my back-up option against the future Nexus 8 too...until this beast comes along. Now I'm waiting to see how the Nexus 8 play out against this.

      • Relocated

        I haven't kept up until now - - because my Nexus 7 has gone totally haywire. Trying to decide what to buy next. When is N8 due? Is the tablet reviewed here a good replacement for a non-gamer? I am a heavy user for web research, reading, other misc. apps. I've *loved* my N7 (2012). Cameron Summerson? Others?

        • just.one:truth,justice,love

          N8 or N9 is rumored to be released before Oct 9th, so it's best to wait until then. It's a beast too from what I heard. Acer and Sony and Apple also are releasing tablets too, so I'm waiting for the dust to settle before making a commitment. The waiting game is hard though.

  • TedPhillips

    ug, the blood pact i swore against nvidia-based android's because of tegra 2 is conflicting with how well they did on this.

    • stewartsoda

      I'm with you. The wound from my Atrix 4G runs deep. But this, this looks like exactly what I want.

      Well, mostly. I really want the international LTE version that can do voice, too.

      • Brian

        Hey, don't want to hear it. I have (well, my daughter has) an Acer A200. Thought it was going to be great...new processor, one of the first devices to get ICS (I think it may have been the first tablet to get it), unlocked bootloader. It never even rated a forum on XDA. It lags to the point of being unusable. That keeps me shying away from this. I think my six year old son would love the speakers, controller, etc.,but I am gunshy.

        • stewartsoda

          I also REALLY want a Padfone X, but I see the same problem there, too.

  • solar

    Hi Cameron,

    Great review by the way. Very in depth. I've got a quick query for you:

    I use an app called Lecture Notes for note taking and I use a samsung note 10.1 2014 with an active stylus currently and I was wondering if you had a chance to test the stylus with any 3rd party note apps like Lecture Notes; and if you did how it performed vs an active?

    I'd like to get this for the gaming capability but I still have to be able to use a good note program for my work :)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Just tested it out quickly, and it seems to work really well. Virtually no lag, so if you're already used to writing on a digital display it should work out just fine.

      • Solar

        awesome, thanks for taking a look at that for me!

  • jordonph

    Can you use touch controls with gamestream or is it controller only?

    It would be cool if you could use the touchscreen as a mouse for games like diablo.

    • JMTHEFOX

      I think you could use the right analoge stick or use bluetooth mouse and keyboard.

  • Sootie

    Can you make me a phone pretty please Nvidia? I want one exactly the same as this only smaller, I can even live without the stylus if required

  • aenews

    Get this tablet for $399
    Use T-Mobile's $10/Month Plan (1GB LTE, Unlimited 2G)
    Ditch phone and get a fantastic device with data for a bazillion times less (and so far it seems a better processor)
    Stay ahead of the whole screen size trend too lol

  • KINQQQQQQ

    I dont know if i should wait for the new nexus 8 with a better Screen, slimmer design and less weight or should get this awesome power horse :/

  • William Dutil

    Could you please explain the apps2sd functionality further, because I want to get warthunder when it is released and that will be around 8gb so I don't want to get the 16gb if I can't expand the memory but you said you saved 7gb so I'd like to know how that works please.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      It moves the app and app data to the SD card. That's basically it.

      • William Dutil

        Does it move everything? Because on my note 3 the built in storage manager only allows about 20 megs max to be moved.

      • William Dutil

        What sd card were using? And can yoy put the pc ports like portal and half life 2 on it?

  • plzdonth8

    Meh, I know this is an Android blog and I will probably get bashed for this. I do absolutely love my Androids but I bought a Dell Venue 8 Pro and can play HL2, Trine 2, WoW, CS, Wildstar, and pretty much any current 2D PC game and any 3D PC game about 5 years or older on it just fine, and I bought it almost a year ago for only $199. Baytrail is a beast.
    Also, like 3/4 my steam backlog is playable on it, and I don't need to wait for devs to put games like Walking Dead Season 2 and such into the playstore. They come out on PC, I can play em on my tablet that same day. Gestureworks Gameplay lets you map/set up all the controls you need to and it works with any Bluetooth controller or even keyboard/mouse. If I want to use a tablet to play high quality games, I would take a Windows tablet over this any day. Theres just waaay more options for good games this way. I'll still stick with Android though for my casual gaming fixes and general use.

    • A_Noid

      I have that tablet, and all I can say is that ALL games on Android are optimised for touch, and almost none are on Windows. Also native full screen touch based apps are almost nonexistent on the Microsoft Store. Don't kid yourself. Also the screen on that Tablet is only 1280x800 I will admit the Atom processor on that tablet is better than I expected, but it's no K1 killer.

      • A_Noid

        A follow up on Anandtech they do full benchmarks on all mobile tablet platforms, and the K1's gaming performance smokes them all but the full Core i5 Surface 3 tablets, and even then, it doesn't lose by much. and as stated earlier, ALL games on Android are optimized for touch. You want a screamingly fast tablet, this is the one.

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    I'm keeping a close watch on this and can't wait for the nexus 8 or whatever new 8" tablet comes out soon. Let's hope Google is keeping note too of the Shield's performance AND price. Waiting for that "right" new gadget is a test of patience.

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  • troysyx

    Looks like i'll be selling my Note 10.1 2014 and getting this bad boy!! :)

  • deltatux

    Looks like I'll be getting this once NVIDIA launches the LTE version. I want the mobile data connectivity.

    • Marco Sobrevilla

      I've been looking for this info for a while and I've yet to find anything about it. Hopefully, It'll come out soon.

  • didibus

    @cameronsummerson:disqus I'd like to know if there is any difference between the LTE and non LTE in terms of weight and battery life?

  • William Dutil

    What SD card were you using?

  • Ganimoth

    That mapping sofware is working only with Shield controller or I can use it with xbox controller?

  • Da Fuq

    What do you think about the Mi Pad? It costs less and has a better screen and camera.

    • RC

      No stylus
      Not quite as powerful
      Overheats after a while because of no cooling
      No Nvidia features
      Costs a bit more right now for 16gb
      Apple-ripoff UI
      But it has it's points, so you can't really go wrong with it.

  • Random!

    I'll buy my first tablet soon, and being a power user on a budget left me wondering if I should get the ST or the N8.
    Being a N4 user, I acknowledge the N8 will probably be more powerful and have greater screen resolution, both of which are very important to me. However, the n8 might cost twice as much as the ST, has no stylus and no microsd card.

    Suddenly, I had made my mind. I want the ST. Not only because the price is lower than the N8, but mainly because FUCK YOU GOOGLE AND YOUR STUPID RESILIENCE AGAINST MICROSD. Oh, also having a pressure-sensitive pen is mandatory to take notes in the university.
    I'm a Google fanboy, and I'm not even ashamed to admit it. But I hate them so much for their shortsighted stupidity in doing something against public demand over and over again... this is so typical of Apple, that's the main reason I hate iThings, and nexus devices are going the same way to me.
    (Still, I hope to upgrade my n4 for the n6. Let's see.)

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  • Paul Deemer

    I just ordered mine from newegg along with a 128gb microsd card, 15 ft mini to hdmi cable, controller and shield cover. Total was about $530 before shipping. Now I want to find a small rugged carrying case for all the stuff above. But I do not want a big brief case or huge backpack or laptop bag. Just something decently sized that will accept everything above with quality leather. Any durable material is ok actually I just want something that's made to last. Too bad Nvidia didn't think to market a carry bag or I would get that.

  • ProtoKun7

    Styli, not stylii.

  • StarAccuser

    In terms of note taking, would this be better than the much more expensive galaxy note 10.1 2014 edition?

  • niklas_a

    I*m making a note here.

  • Paq

    Hello,
    Is this tablet doing a little bit better about audio latency in audio apps (like flstudio mobile)? I know is also an OS problem, but maybe there are some hope with Nvidia.

  • Head on Toast

    Thank you very much for your great review! Gonna buy this!

  • diego

    I have a question The apps 2 SD feature. Does it worm good?

    • Money Loo

      I think you mean does it worm well.

  • Fabrizio Degni

    The 1st Part of My Italian Review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z30favr_BlY

  • Mikael Chuaungo

    My Tegra Note 7 gets really hot while playing GTA San Andreas. After 10 mins or so its difficult to control since the screen becomes warm and uncomfortable. After 30min, its almost impossible to play any game, due to heat. And thats just Tegra 4. The K1 on the Shield Note runs at much higher freq and power draw, so i wonder if one can play on this for more than an hour.

  • Jon Langevin

    So why 720p for Trine2 playback? Isn't the tablet 1080p?

  • Antony Aj Chandler

    I've bought this+controller,instead of buying ps4,and I'm well happy😯
    PC games now on three screens,and thrown onto the 40inch TV,can't beat it IMO!...what I always wanted,to be able to play my whole PC games collection on steam too on any TV in da house nice bit of kit this is.5*