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83 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The Shield is a pleasant surprise and quite an impressive device. It's not the portable console you're looking for, but it's also so much more than that.

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Pros
  • Fast and powerful
  • Gorgeous screen
  • Excellent media player
  • Impressive battery life
Cons
  • Heavy, not very portable
  • Gamepad needs work, thumbsticks too low

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79
 
Average Critic Score
Critic Reviews 20

85
 
Average User Score
User Reviews 15
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Specs

Key Specs

Game format
Downloadable, Built in
Screen size
522
Touchscreen
Yes
Online features
Multiplayer, Store, Browser
Direction control
D pad, Thumb stick
Camera
No
Game format
Screen size
Touchscreen
Online features
Direction control
Camera
Downloadable, Built in
522
Yes
Multiplayer, Store, Browser
D pad, Thumb stick
No

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83 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

83
 

User Reviews

90
rkarolak
Overall a great dedicated Android gaming device, and platform for streaming...read more
80
ddunham
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
90
KevinChristley
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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