Just as promised, the Nvidia Shield Tablet with LTE and double the storage space is now available. The $400 tablet, which impressed for its gaming prowess in our review, bumps up the storage from 16GB to 32GB and is unlocked for use with T-Mobile or AT&T.
Why this matters: Unlike other Android tablets that focus on their productivity capabilities, the Nvidia Shield is aimed right at gamers. It's a showcase for Nvidia's Tegra K1 chip and includes other impressive hardware specs. This is the fastest Android tablet you can buy, and the increased storage and connectivity addresses a shortcoming of the earlier 16GB, Wi-Fi only model.
It's certainly aimed at gamers, with a 1920x1200 resolution that performed well in our gaming sessions, though it's not necessarily optimal for productivity tasks. The capacitive stylus was also rather hit-and-miss—it's better than most, but not nearly up to par with active, pressure-sensitive styluses as you find on a Microsoft Surface, for example.
The Shield ships with Trine 2: Complete Story, Twitch, and productivity apps like Evernote. The Nvidia site sells several different accessories, including the wireless controller for $60. If you plan on streaming games from your PC to the tablet, which is possible if you have an Nvidia graphics card released in the last couple years, this may be an essential add-on.