Apple, You Have More Competition
While the iPad may be considered to be "THE" tablet to have, Nvidia's new Shield tablet offers an experience so similar, it's almost scary. First off, the actual feel of the tablet mimics that of the iPad. Everything from the curves to the edges takes influence directly from the iPad, and it's pretty plain to detect once it's in your hands. That being said however, the tablet itself is a bit bigger than the iPad Mini 3. The Shield tablet is a bit heavier, thicker, and taller than the Mini 3, but that doesn't REALLY matter in the grand scheme of things. The Shield comes with a full HD 1,920 x 1,200 resolution display and full stereo speakers on the front as well. In terms of consuming content and basic/light tablet use, it just might be better than the Mini 3
Nvidia is known as a gaming company, and they've even released a console (The Shield Portable). It would be easy to assume that the tablet that they've released would be best suited for gaming, simply by association and track record. The tablet itself can, in fact, game on the go much like the Shield Portable. The only drawback is all of the accessories you need to game properly. What accessories? Well a controller for one and a reliable network for the other. Then if you want to get into multiplayer, you can, even on the same tablet! The problem is that you're gaming on a tablet device with a touchscreen between 4 different people. If your network isn't working well enough, then don't expect to play any top level games either. Enjoying gaming streams works well enough, if you plan on indulging in basic gaming app play.
It Could Be The "Perfect" Media Tab
Being marketed as a gaming tablet could have it's drawbacks for the Shield. Reason being, that it is quite an excellent media tablet. One of the biggest reasons for this is the addition of a stylus with the tablet itself. As long as you have a strong enough connection, you can stream all sorts of software directly to your tablet. For example, Photoshop. Any artist that knows the program well enough has the perfect drawing tablet right in their hands, especially since the touch screen is pressure sensitive as well. Of course, streaming outside of your home might take a bit longer because of the lack of strength with the connection.
The Shield tablet comes with an optional magnetic case, which is highly recommended. It also costs only a fraction of the price of a Galaxy Tab or an iPad Mini 3. It gives the overall, same experience as any other top level tablet, and at only $300 starting price. It's definitely worth checking into.
If you're still having second thoughts about the Nvidia Shield, next year's model is said to have a 64-bit processor, making it even faster!