NVIDIA SHIELD TABLET LTE
|Operating System||Android 5.0 (Lollipop)|
|Dimension (in)||5.0 x .36 x 8.7|
|Resolution (px)||1920 x 1200|
Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi/LTE connectivity; Micro-SIM; DirectStylus 2; Front- and rear-cameras; HDMI port; MicroUSB; MicroSD; Accelerometer; Gyroscope
|Battery Life||7 hrs|
The original Nvidia Shield Portable was an endearing, oddball product that resonated with gamers, but had limited appeal with mainstream audiences. The more conventional Shield Tablet casts a much wider net. Though it's still a gamer's device at heart, even non-gamers should take note of the 32GB, LTE-equipped Shield Tablet. The raw power, sharp display, and gaming features of the Wi-Fi-only model are all present and accounted for. The real kicker? At $399 (unlocked), it severely undercuts every comparable, LTE-equipped tablet out there by a wide margin.
One of the greatest things about the Shield Tablet with LTE is that it is in every way identical to its Wifi-only counterpart. From the hardware and design to the software and experience, everything that you can do on this tablet you can do on the first model that was released a couple months ago. You have a blisteringly powerful Tegra K1 processor, 2GB of RAM and of course a stylus in tow. There really are just two changes to be had here — an extra 16GB of storage, and a cellular radio system.
NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet works with an 8-inch Full HD (1920 x 1200 pixel) IPS LCD Display. Inside you’ve got 32GB of storage (while the Wi-Fi version has 16GB) and you’ve got a microSD card slot with the ability to add 128GB more..
The reason I call this one possible future for gaming (and not the present) is that cellular data caps rear their ugly head. I used up half a gigabyte of my 5GB of AT&T data after just half an hour of play, and nearly cross the 1GB threshold by the time I left the cafe. Unles you're made of money, you're simply not going to be able to enjoy LTE game streaming on a regular basis, especially if you're paying $10 a month to share your smartphone's data plan with your tablet.