Earlier this morning, NVIDIA announced the new SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller. These two devices are made specifically with gamers in mind, but the tablet itself should have any tech enthusiast most curious. Priced at $299 for the 16GB model, the SHIELD Tablet features a Tegra K1 processor with 2GB of RAM, a full 8″ HD display, as well as a complete stylus for any artists we may have among us.
Coupled with the SHIELD Controller, these units can provide an unparalleled mobile gaming experience, as well as a new way to play your PC games while hanging out on your couch, thanks to NVIDIA’s GameStream. The only downside to GameStream is that PC users will need a rig powered by an NVIDIA GeForce graphics card, but if you are already into gaming on your computer, there is a high probability that your rig already features one.
While last year’s SHIELD Portable didn’t quite take off as NVIDIA might have hoped, given its niche market of buyers (hardcore mobile gamers), we think that by NVIDIA essentially splitting that device into two separate products, the Tablet and Controller, they could see quite a bit more success among regular Android lovers who can choose to purchase only the tablet if they so desire.
Below, answer the poll question, then give us your take on the SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller. Was NVIDIA smart to introduce two separate products instead of an all-in-one, or should we hope that they also have plans for a “SHIELD 2″?
Choosing a wireless provider is important. Depending on where you live, you probably have multiple choices when making your selection, with most customers primarily concerned about pricing and network coverage.
From experience, we know that AT&T and Verizon offer the most in terms of coverage, but going beyond just having bars in your home, you want a phone you enjoy, too. Verizon is the exclusive carrier of the DROID lineup, while AT&T and Sprint have their fair share of exclusive colors and handsets gracing their networks. Many factors, including the ones we just listed, weigh in on a person or family’s decision to opt for a specific carrier.
The last time we asked this question back in September of 2013, Verizon customers showed up in force with 75% of the vote, beating out T-Mobile with 11% and AT&T with 6%. Surprisingly, only 4% of voters selected prepaid or other, which we hope has changed since September. After all, we have gone over the benefits of prepaid a few times.
Once you have answered the question, take a second to tell us why you are sticking with your current provider. Is it their coverage? Pricing? Device selection?
Even though the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live are available for purchase as the first ever Android Wear smartwatches, the majority of you have made it clear that the Moto 360 is all you care about. In fact, 70% of the DL community said in a poll that they are skipping the offerings from LG and Samsung to wait for Motorola’s circular wearable. That is a pretty astounding number, if you look at the complete results. Take a glance at that poll and you will see that more people (19%) said they aren’t interested at all in an Android Wear watch than the combined crowd that said they were buying either the G Watch (6%) or Gear Live (6%). It’s either Moto 360 or bust.
I can’t say I blame people for feeling this way. I shared plenty of my own thoughts on the Moto 360 earlier in the week, stating that it is the only smartwatch I am interested in because it looks like a beautifully designed watch first, yet has Android in the background as an added bonus.
As we have seen the G Watch ($229) and Gear Live ($199) go up for sale, we are potentially starting to get a feel for the price of the Moto 360. Well, we at least have a starting point, followed by a second level. We talked about this on the DL Show last night, but I am curious to know how much someone would be willing to pay for a premium Android Wear watch, with a circular stainless steel face and either a matching or leather band?
Motorola isn’t sharing specs or pricing, and as already denied that the $249 price point we saw through a Moto 360 contest is an accurate representation of the retail price. Does that mean we should go above $250, like $300? Or will it be even more pricey at $350 or $400? What would your max be?
*Note – I didn’t include a price under $200, because a price lower than $200 doesn’t seem realistic. The G Watch is made of pure, uninspired plastic and runs $229.
The first Android Wear watches are now available, so what do you think – are you buying one? As of today, you can pre-order the LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live and have them at your front door within a couple of weeks. Or are you holding out for the Moto 360, which Google would only continue to confirm is “coming this summer”? Or are you not interested at all?
It’s time for some I/O-related polls. First up – are you buying either the G Watch or Gear Live?
Manufacturers are showing no signs of slowing the trend that is increasing display size, with companies like Huawei now releasing phones that are blowing past the 6-inch mark. Current flagships from LG, Samsung, and HTC are all 5-inches and over. We touched on this a few weeks back. If there is any consolation, we can at least be thankful that companies are finding ways to decrease bezel size, meaning that even though displays are getting bigger, sizes of the phones are not changing too much.
In the end, though, do people actually need that much display? Well, you tell us.
For this poll, select your preferred display size range, then comment below with your perfect size. If you see your size posted already in the comments, vote it up.
Back in late 2012, we asked the community what the reason was for sticking with their current carrier. At the time, LTE networks and coverage dominated the vote, with a growing percentage suggesting that nothing was keeping them with their current carrier, and that they would be moving on as soon as their contract expired.
Here we are almost two years later, T-Mobile has gone all Uncarrier on us, smartphone payment plans are taking over, 2-year contracts are dying, and almost everyone claims to have a massive LTE network. So let’s ask again, to see if anything has changed.
Why are you with your current carrier?
Over the years, our favorite phone manufacturers have created specific lines or brands of devices that we continue to see new iterations of. Samsung has its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines. HTC has the One series. LG has the G series. Motorola has the DROID and recently created Moto lines. Sony has its Xperia devices. And Google has Nexus. We know when new versions of each should be released each year, what they should look and perform like (for the most part), and which carriers will likely sell them. Branding and familiarity has been a big part of the smartphone game. These lines have helped define not only our coverage of the industry, but also how we all feel about phone makers.
So, we want to know which is your favorite of all time. Forget for a second the phone you are holding right now and think about which line out of them all has been your favorite over the years. Have you been a long-time fan of all things Galaxy? Is HTC doing things with the One that have caught your eye? Do you wish Sony would bring its Xperia line over to the US? Or are you a Nexus fanboy, even though carriers like Verizon refuse to support them?
Feel free to backup your response in the comments.
Amazon announced today that its selection of apps in the Appstore has tripled in the past year and that “developers continue to report strong monetization” thanks to the apps they sell there. Rather than simply pass along that news, we thought we would instead see if any of you care.
Because well, Amazon used to grab our attention with free apps of the day, but even that train seems to have run out of steam over the last couple of years. In other words, we rarely talk about the Amazon Appstore unless they are bundling a whole bunch of apps together for free for a special occasion. In fact, I had to install the store this morning in order to take the picture at the top of this post.
So I’m curious – do you use the Amazon Appstore to download apps?