The Shield has a bright, glossy 5-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.You can’t really view individual pixels on the display. It uses an IPS panel that offers great viewing angles and vibrant colours, especially suited for videos and games.
Shield has a microSD slot, mini HDMI, microUSB & 3.5 mm headphone jack. The headphone jack also has microphone support if you want to use it for VoIP calls.
Nvidia offers a stock Android 4.2 user interface on the Shield. However a dedicated Shield Dashboard is available for games. The dashboard shows you Shield games loaded on your device, the Shield store and a PC games section list of compatible games that an be streamed from your gaming PC to the Shield.
Inside is a Nvidia Tegra 4 quad core processor with a fifth power saving core. The fifth core is meant for power tasks like music playback, web browsing and basic apps – this extends the overall battery life of the device. Other hardware includes 2GB RAM, a 72-core GeForce GPU and with 16GB storage which is expandable via microSD card.The speakers are also good.
Wireless connectivity is taken care of by 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0. Using 2×2 MIMO dual band WiFi, it is able to transfer data over multiple streams simultaneously. Not bad at all!
Shield has dual analog joystick, a 4-way D-pad,left/right triggers & bumpers and X, Y, A, B buttons similar to a gaming console controller. It also has Android back and home, volume and a central start button. The central button with the Nvidia logo launches the Shield dashboard and doubles up as the power on/off button.
I really liked it and that is the reason why I am writing so much about it.