Nvidia Shield Tablet Review

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Nvidia’s Shield is more like small console than a big media streaming device, and it even comes with a free stand accessory that allows you to use it on your desk. The rectangular slab has some strong angles, but it is by far very slim, and very small compared to any PS4 or Xbox One. But it’s also double the size of a Roku player.

But it is no ordinary streaming device, it is able to generate 4K video at up to 60fps resolution. The Shield runs Android TV, which means it is very similar to other devices that do the same thing, for example like the Nexus Player from Google. But it is also a very diverse gadget in many aspects. There’s the above-mentioned 4K output support, which is more appreciated by gamers than the movie and TV-watchers.

Gaming PCs are rarely called to be small devices, so don’t be surprised that Nvidia’s gaming tablet is stronger than most other leading tablets. It still weighs just 388 grams and measures 9-millimeters thick, which is not a lot, even though it sounds huge compared to Apple’s latest iPad Air. The Shield tablet feels tougher than the Nexus 9, even though it is made up of plastic and does not have a metal frame.

The extra thickness allows Nvidia to feature in a few ports and vents around the edges that, includes a MicroSD card slot, SIM slot, headphone jack, mini HDMI output, and Micro USB. All the ports are a smart add-ons to the tablet experience. It also has a stylus to draw and take notes.

In terms of looks, the Shield Tablet is plain black. You will find two speakers on the front, along with a camera and the back is matte and rubbery, which will give you grip when you are playing games, watching movies, or reading.

The Shield Tablet comes with just 16GB of storage, which seems ungenerous, considering the space all the games and videos will consume. Fortunately, the MicroSD card slot makes up for the more storage options.

Nvidia has loaded the Shield Tablet with two 5-megapixel cameras: one on the front, and the other on the rear. The rear camera takes average photos, but that’s usual for a tablet. The tap-to-focus feature is sensitive and would sometimes lack focus. The front camera is extremely sharp by tablet standards. It is perfect if you wish to video chat with your loved ones.

The battery life is for 10 hours when you use it like a regular tablet. It will last more than a day of web browsing and video streaming. When playing heavy duty games, it lasts up to 6 hours.

The Nvidia Shield Tablet claims high-end specs and unique gaming features. It’s an exceptional thing to find an Android tablet this powerful. The tablet has awesome gaming features. It is great if you are a gamer but you will require a controller to have an optimal experience.

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by techtalks @TechTalks October 27, 2015 12:02 PM UTC

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