NVidia SHIELD tablet

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Experiences with Nvidia Shield Tablets

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Specifications

 NVIDIA Tegra K1
 192 core Kepler GPU
 8" full HD LCD
 2GB RAM
 16GB+microSD
 5MP auto focus HDR rear camera
 5MP user facing HDR camera
 http://shield.nvidia.com/ 

Development

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Personal Experience

I have been given nVidia Shield tablet by Martin in the perfect timing when thinking about to by a tablet but wondering of the brand and of course the price. Looking forward like a kid to fulfill my dreams this device was the perfect adept.

Honestly, I was really impressed by the design but the sharp edges of the front side of the tablet made me thinking if it has been done by a purpose in present ergonomic days. I was not aware of the older brother nVidia shield gaming pad but then I got familiar with Gaming as a Service (GaaS) cloud service provided with GRID functionality by nVidia company and realized that this device is something like a gap between the gaming console and standard tablet. That’s why this device is not provided by gaming pad and it is up to the end user to buy or use compatible one like from Xbox or Playstation ? I have a quite fast internet connection (150Mbit) at my place however my Access point does not have IEEE 802.11ac protocol that is recommended for fully usage of the GRID service and that is not so cheap thingy :-( Testing some online games was pretty impressive also it is for free till next year but without proper wireless access point was sometimes lagging so in this case the device was faster than my internet connection. Playing the fancy games without power supply takes you up from the sofa and search for AC adapter that is cause by high consumption of CPU, GPU and wireless adapter. The last source is not so critical but assuming very but very impressive graphic quality and performance this device is waiting for new battery technology but for standard usage as a tablet device it lasts for 3 days swapping the mobile and wireless connection to the internet. Anyway with this battery is little be more heavier than other tablet fellows. After successful unlocking “Lollipop” that stands for the latest Android 5.0.1. version I was able to do more things like using my external SD card not only by applications saving media files but also standard file management copying downloaded files because internal storage is quite small and only 16GB is little bit less even for smart phone . Unlocked system gave me more possibilities to tune up the device to the limit and when enabling Developer mode I rather gave up do so to prevent broking this powerful toy that is the winner of every benchmark test that I have tried and provided to Martin. When you have programming skills in Android then I believe you can modify the relationship between the application and hardware behavior according to your needs but that is not my case. I was happy when I used this device as a midi controller for DJ set up but my controller started to be very confused of the huge communication from the tablet and sometimes I had a feeling that is just because of the wireless network stack so I focused to make some art using the stylus that is not so perfect as Samsung has but touch sensitivity was really good and the hand writing recognition impressed me as well however there is still a lot to improve ;-) From tablet end-user I would commend to replace the rear camera for example with Sony lens cause the device has all requirements to edit 4k pictures for instance using wireless display option but then it needs at least 64GB of internal storage even it has a extension slot for external memory card (this interface is slower but..)

The environment of Android related to tablet its self with navigation buttons within has dependencies when you turn the device and you have to wait till the screen comes to proper position otherwise you are not able to work and sometimes when using application you got a feeling you are missing some of help that means when you don’t know what/how to do and you start searching for them and only power and volume buttons are present . The only way how to force them appear on the screen is to slide down from the top easily to pop up the notification bat with them. All other browsing, navigating and over all using was very intuitive for the new Lollipop environment.

Conclusion is very positive for the price and is much more higher comparing any other well-known brands like Samsung or Apple but for industrial environment Tegra CPUs are not familiar with Windows platform and we have to wait for Silicon valley orcs to release Windows versions for 64bit tablets but this might sounds like a science fiction. There is no industrial platform for nVidia shield so far but there are other options how to lock and prevent customizing Android system to use it according company’s security standards.

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