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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller Review

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With the Android platform continuing its growth, mobile app and game developers, as well as hardware manufacturers, are all looking to slice themselves off a piece of the pie. NVIDIA, known for their long history in desktop computing, has always seemed highly focused on mobile gaming on Android, going back as far as the release of the Tegra 2 processor which powered the DROID X2.

Now, NVIDIA has the Tegra K1 quad-core processor, capable of running PC grade games on mobile devices. Not only are mobile processors stronger than ever, but the hardware game has changed significantly in the past few years, with the company releasing the SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller as of this morning.

Both devices broaden the newly-named “SHIELD Family,” which also includes last year’s SHIELD Portable, previously known as just SHIELD. This new tablet and controller are NVIDIA’s commitment to make mobile gaming on Android an experience like you have never had on Android. I’m not sure anyone could have imagined when we all got our first DROID devices back in 2009, that this is where we were headed in terms of mobile gaming. Below, we take a look at NVIDIA’s new Android-powered gaming offerings, putting them to the ultimate Android fanboy gaming test.

This is our SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller review.

The Good


Specs

Featuring a Tegra K1 processor clocked up to 2.2GHz, 192-core GPU, and 2GB of RAM, the Tegra K1 is essentially unmatched in performance potential among other Android-powered tablets. Built with gamers in mind, NVIDIA has delivered a tablet that can stand up to any type of usage, whether that be PC game streaming, Netflix HD streaming, web browsing, local game playing, and much more. The SHIELD Tablet also features an 8″ Full HD display (1920 x 1200), 5MP front-facing camera, 5MP rear-facing camera, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, 16GB or 32GB of onboard storage (depending on which model you buy), dual front-facing stereo speakers, microSD slot for up to 128GB of storage, 4G LTE connectivity (available only with compatible model), 19.75 watt hours battery, mini-HDMI out, and runs stock Android 4.4.2 out of the box.

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Hardware / Build Quality

As we saw with last year’s SHIELD Portable, NVIDIA has a knack for making good hardware. The SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller keep this young tradition alive, as NVIDIA is still relatively new to the consumer hardware scene. To me, it seems the company has no problem sparing any expense, concluding with two devices that can stand up to the harshest of treatment. Sure, I wouldn’t drop either of these units off of a building and expect them to survive, but I can easily see the tablet and controller taking a good beating over the course of a couple years.

The SHIELD Tablet is semi-heavy, weighing in at 13.7oz, which makes it feel very durable and sturdy. It reminds me that I would rather have a tablet built for the long haul instead of an insanely light tablet that I constantly feel as if I’m going to snap in half. The SHIELD Controller is made of a hardened plastic, weighing 315 grams. It features console-grade controls, capacitive touch buttons, and an excellent in-hand feel. I would compare it to the SHIELD Portable’s controls, but it is much lighter given that it doesn’t feature a built-in display and a ton of additional hardware inside.

Gaming

Having been built specifically for gamers, there is no doubt that NVIDIA knocked it out of the park with the SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller when it comes to gaming. Suitable for hardcore players to the more casual gaming enthusiasts among us, there really isn’t a game that this device can’t handle. Given that the SHIELD Tablet has full access to Google Play, you can use it as you would any other Android-powered tablet, downloading all of your favorite games to play whenever you would like.

Sending your gaming experience over the top is the GRID Beta application and the GameStream platform. With GameStream, owners of a GeForce GTX-powered PC rig can stream their PC games over a WiFi network directly to the SHIELD Tablet, giving you an awesome gaming experience from anywhere in your home. NVIDIA does a great job at making the setup process for the platform as easy as can be, while also making sure to visually “green light” your rig when it is hooked up properly with the correct drivers. Not only can you stream over 100 compatible games to your tablet over WiFi at 60fps in HD, but you can then hook the SHIELD Tablet up to your HDTV in the living room with Console Mode, which allows you to play your PC games at up to 60fps in 1080p right from your couch. It should also be noted that SHIELD Tablet allows for multiple SHIELD Controller devices to be hooked up to it simultaneously, meaning you and your friends can have fun at the same time.

The one feature which really blew me away was Stream to Twitch. While playing any game on your tablet, NVIDIA has built in the ability to livestream any gameplay to Twitch, for everyone to watch. So, you are streaming your PC game to the SHIELD Tablet using GameStream, streaming your gameplay up to Twitch for people to enjoy, and you can then also overlay a video of yourself using the tablet’s front-facing 5MP camera at the same time. It’s just like all of the gaming pros that you watch on YouTube and Twitch, minus the pain of setting all of the hardware up. To livestream, make sure you are signed in to Twitch on the tablet, pull down the notification shade, hit “Share,” then select “Broadcast to Twitch.” I livestreamed a little Granny Smith and Batman Arkham Origins (PC version) to test it out, and I came away very impressed with how easy it was to set up and control. If you enjoy watching a few YouTubers as I do that livestream their gameplay and commentary over it, you will have a blast trying it out for yourself.

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In addition, if you live in a supported area, don’t forget about the GRID Beta application. With GRID Beta, NVIDIA gives you access to multiple PC titles, without the need to buy anything. Games are streamed directly to your device over the cloud, meaning that you can get a lot of usage out of your SHIELD Controller, playing games such as Borderlands, Dead Island, Red Faction: Armageddon, Darksiders 2, and Alan Wake American Nightmare. Given that you have a decent router, gameplay streams phenomenally with no lag at all. This is most apparent when playing the racing game GRID, which calls for precise controls or you will end up going off of a cliff. Lag-free gameplay is thanks to the WiFi Direct connectivity between the SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller, which is a much more powerful option for gamers over Bluetooth, with a direct data rate of 24Mbps versus Bluetooth’s 3Mbps.

To wrap this section up, I want to emphasize that NVIDIA does a great job at showcasing compatible games for the SHIELD Tablet paired with the SHIELD Controller, while also making players aware of Tegra exclusive titles that are available. While we don’t always agree with the “Tegra exclusive” game plan from NVIDIA and publishers, you might as well take full advantage of it if you own a compatible device. Owners of a compatible device can browse games through the Shop section of SHIELD Hub, which is an app downloaded from Google Play. Inside SHIELD Hub, you can see detailed descriptions for each game, including whether a title features full Controller support, “controller required” support, or partial controller support.

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Display

The SHIELD Tablet features an 8″ Full HD display, with a resolution of 1920 x 1200. Unlike the issues I had with SHIELD Portable last year, with its 5″ 720p display, the SHIELD Tablet features a gorgeous panel, capable of reproducing all of the stunning graphics that you would see on your HD computer monitor while playing games. That fact is important, given that streaming PC games to the Tablet is such a big selling point of the device. The overall size is quite nice as well; not too small like a Nexus 7, and not too big like a 10.1″ display. The 8″ allows for clear visuals, as well as an ultra portable experience. The display can get very bright, as well as extremely dark. It might actually get lower on the brightness scale than any other tablet I have seen to this date. This is good for me when I am laying in bed and don’t want to be blinded by a backlit display.

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Macros for fun.

Battery

Given that I have only had the tablet for less than a week, and that time was spent constantly streaming content, I can only give a partial review of the battery life for the SHIELD Tablet. However, even though it was a short time, I came away very impressed with how long this tablet can stay alive while gaming and outputting Full HD content to my HDTV in Console Mode. Since last Wednesday morning, I have charged the device twice, but it never got lower than 15%, and I used the Tablet each day for a solid amount of time. I played local games from Google Play, streamed over GRID Beta, and used GameStream to play Batman Arkham Origins while livestreaming to Twitch. I never ran into any battery issues during this time. To me, that is most impressive.

As for the SHIELD Controller, I still have yet to plug that device into the wall for charging, since I haven’t needed to yet. Given that I haven’t needed to, and all you do is plug in a microUSB to charge it, I can give the SHIELD Controller a solid A+ in the battery department.

Once I have spent more time with the SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller, using them as I would during a regular time (and not a reviewing period), I will report back with my findings if I feel the need to. For now, you can expect no type of battery issues from either device.

Software

There is no doubt that NVIDIA loves Android. Why else would they ship their hardware running stock Android, coupled with minor proprietary tweaks? Android as an OS is a strong mobile gaming platform, with NVIDIA only looking to make it stronger, while also capitalizing on it a bit. While keeping all baked-in applications to a minimum, the ones that NVIDIA does include are quite useful, including all of the SHIELD applications, a free copy of Trine 2, handwriting software for DirectStylus 2.0 (which we get into below), and the built-in Twitch integration. The software on SHIELD Tablet is an awesome package, full of value, which is also easy to navigate since it is stock Android. Everyone knows we are quite fond of stock Android, but there are certain companies that add in functional tweaks – such as Motorola – which make stock Android even better. NVIDIA has done that on the SHIELD Tablet. For that, we congratulate NVIDIA with a heartfelt golf clap.

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Updates from NVIDIA

Just like the SHIELD Portable, OS updates for the SHIELD Tablet are sent straight from NVIDIA, and the company is awesome in terms of turnaround time. With the SHIELD Portable, large Android updates took 4-6 weeks to be pushed out to all users, with NVIDIA expecting the same update times with the SHIELD Tablet. Quick update times are important for Android users, as it makes us feel like our devices are very important to the company which makes them. If a company releases an Android device, only to let it die with no updates after a year, then you should know not to buy a device from that company again. The SHIELD Portable is still receiving updates from NVIDIA, bringing more features, and of course, the latest versions of Android. If NVIDIA treats the SHIELD Tablet as they did the SHIELD Portable (which they will), buyers can expect a long updating life from their tablet.

DirectStylus 2.0

Before I dive deep into DirectStylus 2.0 talk, please make yourself aware that I am not an artist. I can draw a solid stick figure, and maybe a dog and cat, but that’s about it. With that said, I am the last person you want to explain the benefits of having a stylus coupled with this tablet, but I will try my best.

Built into SHIELD Tablet are a few apps which will help you get the most out of your stylus usage, these are NVIDIA Dabbler, Write, Evernote, and JusWrite. My favorite is NVIDIA Dabbler, which is basically a full painting studio inside of your tablet. Dabbler is the world’s first GPU accelerated 3D Painting application, which features gravity simulation, dynamic lighting controls, smart shape recognition, color mixing, and a ton more. As I mentioned, I can’t possibly explain these features in depth, but NVIDIA’s video on the software can give you a great look at it. Given that I had fun drawing my favorite Cartoon Network character (Clarence) with Dabbler, I can say that I actually had fun using DirectStylus 2.0.

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Dual Front-facing Speakers

The SHIELD Tablet comes with dual front-facing speakers, capable of awesome audio output. While playing my games, bumping my heavy metal tunes, and watching Netflix content, the speakers were always delivering good sounds for my ears to take in. While I noticed that they are not the loudest speakers, but are still plenty loud, and the sounds that are created by the speakers are clear, full, and controlled. At no point were there signs of peaking or crackling, something which I would find unacceptable for a luxury device such as this. Given that I consume a ton of content that requires good speakers every day of the week on my devices, it is nice to see that NVIDIA put special thought into the design (front-facing) and overall audio quality outputted by the SHIELD Tablet.

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Pricing and Availability 

The SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller are available through NVIDIA’s own website, starting July 29. The Tablet with WiFi + 16GB of storage can be purchased for just $299, while the 4G LTE + 32GB model is listed at $399. They can also be purchased through Amazon and other select retail locations. The SHIELD Controller is priced at $59, and the SHIELD Cover/Stand is priced at $39. To me, these prices are very reasonable, considering the functionality and power you are getting. Not only are you getting an awesome tablet, but you are opening yourself up to a ton of great content to consume from GRID Beta, GameStream, NVIDIA Dabbler, and Twitch.

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Camera

While I don’t think insane mobile photography was exactly what NVIDIA was looking to accomplish in creating the SHIELD Tablet, they didn’t do that bad of a job. The SHIELD Tablet features two shooters, one rear-facing 5MP and one front-facing 5MP. The front-facing shooter looks very good when livestreaming to Twitch, but besides that, I never have much use for a front facing camera. Maybe the occasional Snapchat, but I use my phone for that. The rear camera is not the best shooter I have seen on a tablet, but since it is a tablet, it gets the job done just fine.

The only downer is that instead of Google’s camera application, NVIDIA partnered with Camera Awesome to have their application preinstalled on the SHIELD Tablet, which I don’t really care for. Camera Awesome tends to be a bit bloated in my opinion, so I would rather have a plain point-and-shoot experience, especially since this is just a tablet. Regardless of software used, the pictures come out looking fine as long you can find some decent lighting and an object that stands still, unlike my dogs.

Photos below are unedited, but have been resized.

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Amount of Onboard Storage

The only real gripe I think anyone can have over the SHIELD Tablet is the amount of onboard storage that the WiFi-only model comes with. 16GB really isn’t all that much, especially when you consider that NVIDIA wants you to load this bad boy up with games and content. However, the tablet does feature a microSD slot for an additional 128GB of storage, but we all know that playing games from the microSD can sometimes be a bit hit and miss. From what I saw, after powering on the tablet, you are given about 12GB of storage to play with, which should be enough for a few big 1.5GB+ games from Google Play. Keep in mind, the SHIELD Tablet does come preloaded with Trine 2, which weighs in around 1.75GB on its own out of the box. With that said, this storage issue should really only matter to people who buy the $299 WiFi-only model, as I would assume that someone would never need to fill a tablet with 32GB of games. That’s just me, though.

SHIELD Controller


I wanted to give SHIELD Controller its own little section, given that it is its own little device. However, without a SHIELD Tablet, I don’t know how much fun a controller all by itself would be. Regardless, SHIELD Controller is a well constructed piece of hardware, featuring full console-grade triggers, bumpers, joysticks, capacitive buttons, a full volume rocker and a D-pad. I would compare it to the game controller that you can buy with the Fire TV, but much, much better. It is kind of small, easily handled with two hands, and you get the sense that you can really wrap your hand around it.

With the Controller, while playing PC games (or regular Android games, for that matter), you can hook up a full headset through the 3.5mm headphone jack, which also supports chat audio. If you play Call of Duty or a genre of game that requires a headset to chat with other players, you will know what I am referring to. When not using a headset, users can press the NVIDIA button and use Google Now, with voice commands such as “Open Netflix,” “Watch Godzilla,” and much more.

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Going back to battery talk, the SHIELD Controller is marketed as able to deliver up to 40 hours of gaming, taking less than 5 hours to go from completely drained to charged. Since the battery is not removable, all you do is plug the controller into the wall, which means you don’t have to worry about losing any parts since you are not removing anything.

All in all, the SHIELD Controller is a sweet little piece of hardware, perfectly paired with the SHIELD Tablet, but we do sort of wish that it was priced at $49.99 instead of $59.99. With a slightly lower price, people might be tempted to purchase more for multiplayer use cases.

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The Verdict


I think it speaks volumes that the SHIELD Tablet is the first device I have reviewed where I didn’t think anything belonged in a “Not-so-Good” section. During my time with the unit, I didn’t come across a single gripe or pain point, which seems so rare these days. There is always something that I don’t care for in a device, but the SHIELD Tablet simply delivers exactly what it was made to, with no gimmicks and no bullsh*t.

To me, NVIDIA priced the SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller as “affordable luxury” devices, meaning that you can get an insanely premium experience for the same price you would have with a watered-down Android experience from a competitor device. While I would normally always recommend a Nexus tablet over any other, the SHIELD Tablet will now replace Google’s offering in the recommendation category, given that you really get so much more value for your money.

The SHIELD Tablet coupled with the SHIELD Controller is the ultimate gaming package for Android lovers. All you have to do now is go buy one and see for yourself.

Amazon Links:  SHIELD Tablet ($299) | SHIELD Controller ($59.99) | SHIELD Cover ($39.99)

  • christopher miles

    Would you say the original shield is still a good buy at $200? I’d only really use it for gaming and it sounds a lot better than the full $400 package for the shield tablet.

  • http://blog.puleen.com Puleen Patel

    I dont see the 4G on their website. Has it been removed?

  • esc_sequencer

    Can you get default wallpaper out, they look so beautiful :)

  • trophynuts

    seriously the worst video review format. Kellen should only do the videos for DL….

  • trophynuts

    for goodness sakes dude…..you opened the box on it’s side…that is why the $hit was falling out. try opening it upright.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      We aren’t all perfect, sorry! :)

      • Grant Gregory

        Tim do you think you could port the wallpaper? It looks great and I’ve been dying to get it on my phone

  • Grant Gregory

    Can someone port that wallpaper? It’s awesome!

  • Solar

    Hi Tim-o-tato, I use an app called Lecture Notes for note taking. 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; and if you did how it performed vs an active?

  • Oscar Garcia

    NVIDIA Nexus, please!

  • jmashis

    Never wanted a tablet with a mobile OS but I see myself ditching my Windows 8 tablet for this and just run Remote Desktop Connection to my HTPC if I need to. My Toshiba Encore isn’t holding up and this looks like an amazing value.

  • Zerox

    Point to be noted here, is that, shield is not just a gaming tablet. With that much amount of horse power, it can double up as a set top box, an every day mobile device and ultimately a rock solid gaming device. It currently lags in performance with the PS4, but it is a matter of time that NVIDIA will kick the asses of box, and PS and steam boxes..

  • BoFiS

    If you are getting this for gaming, I still don’t see how this formula is appealing compared with holding the entire console and screen and gamepad in your hand like with the SHIELD Portable…here’s hoping they drop the price on that or upgrade it also!

  • Milo

    Is there a list of 3rd party apps that support directstylus?

  • hoodieNation

    I like when a review makes me actually want to buy something. Good job :)

  • Tomek G

    I am trying to figure a use case for this setup. If I am on long commuter train, how can I play? Hold tablet on my lap (and hope that it won’t fall) and use controller, or zip tie it to controller so I can take it on the go? Seems like a very static setup. If I have to do all that, I may as well invest in a laptop

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      SHIELD Portable would probably be best for a commuter train. :)

      • Tomek G

        Hence why I cannot picture anybody really buying it combined. Tablet maybe, but controller?

        • Maybe?

          Well you could just stick with using tablet while on train, but once you’re at your destination with a table or something break out the controller.

          It would definitely work well for airplane or business class Amtrak.

          • Tomek G

            In all situations, I think PSP may be best solution overall. Maybe somebody will come up with bracket to attach controller to tablet but that will probably be too heavy for use. But if I could attach my 5.5″ phone…

  • M3D1T8R

    What does a 19.75 Watt hour battery mean in terms of Ah? I’m too noob at electrical and can’t figure it out. Don’t we need to know voltage or something? Anyone?

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      It’s about 5300mAh I believe.

      • M3D1T8R

        Thanks Tim. That would make it much larger than the N7 battery (3950), and even a bit larger than (similar sized) Gpad 8.3 (4600) and Tab S 8.4 (4900) as well. Sounds good.

  • trwb

    I am an artist and had the original tegra note 7. I returned it and got a Galaxy Note 10.1 instead. The stylus really sucked on the tegra note, not to mention it overheated and bezel popped apart.

    • M3D1T8R

      And now you got a job as an “artist” at Samsung, congrats!

      • trwb

        I am just trying to warn people not to buy this if they want a drawing tablet, because it may suck for that. I have no loyalty to Samsung.

        • M3D1T8R

          Gotcha. Sorry, there have been so many spam comments lately, I might have overreacted.

          • trwb

            No problem. Don’t worry I am not a Samsung shill.

  • Kaleb Crans

    ‘It’s worth it’- Clarence

    My favorite too…

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      It’s so worth it lol

  • Luke Tucker

    I run psp and ps1 games on my 2012 nexus 7 I can only imagine how many more systems you would be able to emulate on this amazing piece of hardware. I’m really glad that they made their own controller for this too because rooting a tablet to get sixaxis compatibility is tedious work. Nvidia has done a great job. And great review by the way

  • Omar Amer

    Biggest feature for me would be the gamestream. Instead of spending thousands on a lapatop desktop replacement, the shield is a fraction of the cost and I can steam my games from my rig to the tablet when I go to my friends house… which I do quite often. just bring a mouse and keyboard and im set.

  • rotard777

    this vs nexus7 vs gpe gpad?

    • Luke Tucker

      I’m not sure about the gpad because I’ve never handled one before but this definitely beats n7

    • Zerox

      if you are looking for sheer performance and not so bothered about PPI, then go for Shield

  • Jared Denman

    Can u use the controller on other devices besides the shield? I would love to pair it to my nexus 5 docked.

    • Defenestratus

      This. I would love to be able to pair it with my Galaxy Tab pro 12.2

      • zerox

        Currently I think, the galaxy tab pro is dumb to understand the wifi protocol that shield controller uses,

      • zerox

        Also adding to that, I heard a rumour that NVIDIA is working with google to integrate their support for the controller on all android devices. So, most likely , you will see android that supports the snappiest controller of all times.

  • Daistaar

    Problem with NVidia is pricing. Who’s going to pay 60 bucks for a shield controller when you can get a DS3 for about 30 bucks in most places? Also 40 for a cover? If they’re targeting PC gamers this is getting skipped for specs (which are not bad in actuality). If they’re targeting casual or mobile gamers, price will be an issue as there are cheaper comparable devices. This also won’t get the iOS crowd as the aesthetics are just plain not there. Maybe the Xbox crowd?

    • renz

      it might be a bit expensive but it also have few addition that is not available to other bluetooth controller. and you can still use your preferred controller if you don’t want to buy nvidia one.

    • Kaoruaoishiho

      Nvidia controller has much less lag and google now support. You get what you paid for

    • Luke Tucker

      Definitely not for iOS people no (ironic of me saying this from my iPhone 4 though) but what if apple ever considered making a gaming iPad/phone besides it being super expensive does anyone think that it would amount to anything?

    • j

      The tablet it priced very competitively IMO. Including the controller for the same price would be a STEAL. And they’re in the market to make money, so.

  • 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.

    • Mech_Engr_09

      I’ll consider buying it. How’s the condition and everything. Make a swappa listing.

      • troysyx

        Mine is on swappa :)

  • Chippah

    Come on guys, The OG Droid X was Texas Instruments OMAP powered!

    You know, the Droid X. The Phone that pretty much made Droid-life what it is today.

    • http://www.SkyCapture.net/ Ian Smith

      P.S. not everyone had a DROID. Some of us started with the G1.

    • Mike Aurin

      I’d argue to say the OG Droid was what made Droid-Life what it is today…

      • Mech_Engr_09

        Yeah the OG droid definitely got me into android. The slideout keyboard was awesome. I didn’t even know what android was when I bought the phone. I just thought it was really cool and I was upgrading from an enV 3 haha. Those were the days. I got it as soon as I started college.

        • M3D1T8R

          Ha, I had an enV1 and enV3 as well, but I passed on the OG Droid, held out for the HTC Incredible (Nexus One clone).

      • Chippah

        true it did start it, but the site really started crankin’ with the Droid X leaks in June-July of 07′

        • hkklife

          Droid X leaks in 2007? WTF? OG Droid launched in Nov 2009 and it had been rumored for a few months prior to launch.
          Droid X launched in June 2010. The DX leaks started around Feb or March of 2010 IIRC

          • Chippah

            Yeah, I meant 2010..

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      Sorry about that. Meant the DROID X2. :D

      • Chippah

        I knew thats what you meant!
        Let the Shwartz be with you.

        • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

          And the same to you!

    • http://androidintvfilm.tumblr.com/ wade_county

      Also, the Tegra 2 first powered the LG Optimus 2X (T-Mobile G2X)

  • James

    Looks like an incredible overall package, whether you’re a gamer or not. Too bad I doubt it will sell well…

    • Luke Tucker

      Why not?

  • ManBearPig618

    Great review. Also, cool dog.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      He’s pretty cool sometimes :)

    • Rover

      Only picture I clicked on was the dog.. haha :)

      But yeah, good review.

  • TSK

    Dat wallpaper…

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    Boom. I received mine from Amazon and am setting it up now. It is really awesome in the 10 minutes I’ve played with it lol Glad to see a great review from Droid Life.

    • hkklife

      Awesome review and a contender for the sleeper hit device of the year. Only things that would make it perfect in my book are Qi charging capability and 32GB storage on the base Wi-Fi model for the same price. I still may end up getting one, as the Nexus 9 is still a myth.

  • madduffy

    Any comments regarding emulators? I’d want to use this to play lots of console games, so I’m curious about performance and compatibility with the controller.

    • Gideon Waxfarb

      The Tegra 4-based Shield portable was a beast in this regard… can even play a lot of PSP games. I can’t imagine this thing being any worse :)

    • Alex Boro

      Should run great considering it has one of the best mobile GPUs

    • _Flip_

      Also like to add that the SHIELD’s built in game mapper allows for any on screen configuration. In other words, you drag and drop a command button (start, trigger, swipe command, etc) anywhere on the screen. Makes it easy to play most emulated games with just a controller.