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You can look at NVIDIA’s excellent SHIELD Tablet through a few different lenses. One: as a cheap, (mostly) vanilla Android device that sports some predictably powerful specs. Two: as a gaming powerhouse stuffed into a tablet’s body—something that further pushes the boundaries of what’s possible in the mobile market. Either way you look at it, you’ll find NVIDIA’s new Tegra K1-equipped slate is much more nuanced than just black or white.





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Sony has never really been a tablet forerunner. The company has offered some decent slates in the past, but nothing you’d urgently recommend to a friend. The Tablet Z was good—but nobody remembers you for being mediocre. Example: we recognize the Kindle Fire HDX because it offers a solid experience highlighted by a unique service in Mayday; the Nexus 7, meanwhile, is important because of its affordability and powerful specs. The iPad is the obvious tablet emperor, but even that crown has lost some of its sheen, giving way to a relentless Android invasion. That said, can Sony’s latest tablet step up and finally cement its status as a bonafide competitor?