Hands-on: NVIDIA Shield Android gaming handheld [VIDEO]


The time has come, ladies and gentlemen. We, at Phandroid, have officially gotten our hands on the Nvidia Shield and to put in plainly: I’m feeling a bit like the Kelly Clarkson smash hit, “A Moment Like This.”

The one handheld that’s set to put Android gaming on the map, the Nvidia Shield takes everything you love about Android — stock Android experience, multitasking, social networks — and combines it with a world class gaming experience. Powered by a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 processor (based on A15 architecture, and 72 GPU cores), the Nvidia Shield ain’t no joke. This is a serious gaming machine. ‘Course, we told you guys all about the device multiple times in previous posts, so for now, we’re going to get straight to our sweaty hands-on video, shot only moments ago. Take a look.

Overall, I’d say the device felt solid. Top notch controls, solid build quality, sound rumbled in your hands, gorgeous display. Combine that with top of the line specs, a stock Android experience, and more ports than you can shake a stick at and the Nvidia Shield is sure to be on everyone’s birthday/Christmas/wish lists. In short, the Alisha Keys’ chart topper “This Girl Is On Fire,” was inspired by Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun. The man has struck Android gold.

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. DAT FACE!

    1. Looks like I shat myself, right? I did. O_o

      1. I told you, don’t eat the food at the Spearmint Rhino !!

      2. Looks as though you needed someone with seven years+ professional controller handling skills.

        1. Pshhh.. Seven years… Pshhh


    2. You mean…DAT HAIR!

  2. Alicia Keys you meant right

  3. You looked pretty excited holding that thing

    1. That’s what she said.

  4. You should find out if it has Miracast.

  5. Way to much background noise with that video I could not understand either of you 2. But there are plenty of people putting videos out about the shield so yeah there is plenty of info about it already.

  6. “You can feel the volume in your hands!!”
    Chris your videos are just naturally great. Good job Phandroid, great video

  7. i swear.. companies should make sure their reps actually know how to play the games when showing products..

    1. lol grenades galore

    2. I was thinking the same thing.

  8. Battle of the hair dos!!!

  9. Why doesn’t Apple have anything like this? Oh yeah, that’s right, this hasn’t been out that long for Apple to “iMproved” on it and patent it.

  10. if this is priced similar to the ps vita it has a chance of success, even though they are following 2 different business models. sony makes money through software while nvidia through hardware.

    1. Buying this could also get some people to buy a kepler GPU, meaning the Shield could very well stay in the PSV price range or below. I really hope it is priced somewhere around there, since it’s their own SoC and all, they could keep prices down I suppose, but until we know, I’ll stay pessimistic.

    1. To be announced at a later time :/

      1. Yeah they wanted to see how much buzz it creates so they can apply that to their porfiterator machine to see what the acceptable markup in gonna be.

  11. It’s funny how he talks about the device having stock Android and that they didn’t mess with it at all. Then he shows off the Nvidia button. Last I checked, stock Android doesn’t have an nVidia button :P

    1. * face palm *

    2. The “:P” indicates that this was a bad attempt at trolling, and I really hope it was. You know that Android is an OS, right? And the last time I checked, they don’t come with hw-buttons at all. You could also argue that my PC doesn’t run stock Windows, even though I downloaded Win8 stragiht from Microsofts own website, because, you know, stock Windows doesn’t come with custom media buttons on the keyboard ;)

  12. Hey Chris, what’s the brand of that jacket you’re wearing? I’m feelin’ it.

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