//Creative Machine


The Nvidia Shield Tablet is one of my favourite new companions, as it's an incredibly powerful and versatle piece of tech. Creatively it's useful for music production, photography and digital arts. It features a Tegra K1-optimized processor, an 8-inch 1920x1200 screen, GRID service streamed games, Nvidia Direct Stylus 2 and so much more (For full specs refer to the bottom of this post). In this blog post I will be going over the apps I use on the Shield and why I find it so useful from a creative perspective.

Music Production

The Nvidia shield features a micro USB port and thanks to MIDI support, you can use any MIDI device right on the tablet. This means I can use my Oxygen 61 MIDI keyboard through my Shield Tablet. This process is completely portable, with no wall sockets necessary. This is thanks to the tablet being powerful enough to run the necessary software and hardware on it's own power/battery. I can also plug in my DJ controllers and mix/produce music anywhere I go. Essentially anything that is MIDI can work and from a musical perspective this comes incredibly handy as you can produce anywhere you go.

Key Software: Fl Studio Mobile, Perfect Piano, Soundcloud


Thanks to the usb port you can also plug any camera you own directly into the tablet. This means on the go all I need to bring is my DSLR and my light weight tablet. I take photos, transfer them to the tablet and then edit/share them. The stylus comes in handy when editing photos as well. There is software on the Google Play Store that also allows you to wireless connect to your camera from the tablet and control it as well, making for some interesting artistic possibilities. 

Key Software: Pixlr, Snapseed, Instagram, Vscocam, Lightroom Mobile, PS Touch

Digital Arts 

The Nvidia Shield Tablet features a powerful Tegra-accelerated stylus technology. It is a super sensitive, low latency digital pen that features a complex design. The pen itself is regular plastic with an angled rubber tip, however the magic is in the software and algorithms calculated by the Tegra core. The Shield Tablet can differentiate between the stylus and your finger, allowing you to rest you palm on the screen while drawing. Direct Stylus 2 can also detect pressure sensitivity, through measuring the contact point and how much the tip deforms against the screen. Nvidia also bundles the powerful Dabbler art software that is created exclusively for this stylus and technology, for free with the tablet.

Key Software: Nvidia Dabbler, Artflow, Autodesk Sketchbook, Infinite Painter

At a price point of just $299 this tablet from just a creative stand point is incredible. However when you throw in it's powerful gaming capabilities I havn't even discussed and how well-rounded it is; you can't help but admit the Nvidia Shield Tablet is a steal.


Image courtesy of Nvidia.
Nvidia Shield Tablet Specs

Processor NVIDIA® Tegra® K1 192 core Kepler GPU
2.2 GHz ARM Cortex A15 CPU with 2 GB RAM
Display 8-inch 1920x1200 multi-touch Full-HD display
Video Features 4K Ultra-HD Ready
Audio Front facing stereo speakers with built-in microphone
Storage* 32 GB (WiFi+4G LTE) / 16 GB (WiFi-only)
Wireless 802.11n 2x2 MIMO 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi,
Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS / GLONASS, 4G LTE (Optional)
Interfaces Mini-HDMI output, Micro-USB 2.0, MicroSD slot
3.5 mm stereo headphone jack with microphone support
SIM Card Micro-SIM
Motion Sensors 3-axis gyro, 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis compass
Gaming Features SHIELD controller compatible
NVIDIA GRID game streaming service
NVIDIA GameStream
Console Mode
Gamepad Mapper
Cameras Front: 5MP HDR; Back: 5MP auto-focus HDR
Weight and Size Weight: 13.7 oz / 390 g, Height: 8.8 in / 221 mm
Width: 5.0 in / 126 mm, Depth: 0.36 in / 9.2 mm
Stylus DirectStylus™ 2 with 3D Paint (Included)
Software Updates SHIELD software upgrades directly from NVIDIA
Battery 19.75 Watt Hours
Operating System Android Lollipop OS
Included Apps Google Play, NVIDIA SHIELD Hub,Trine 2: Complete Story
Multi language Handwriting Recognition, NVIDIA Dabbler
JusWrite, Evernote, Adobe Reader, Camera Awesome
Cellular Connectivity North America: Unlocked (compatible with AT&T, please check bands supported) LTE, HSPA+, 3G, 2G, GSM, EDGE
Outside-North America: Unlocked (please check bands supported) LTE, HSPA+, 3G, 2G, GSM, EDGE
Cellular Bands North America:
LTE: Bands 2,4,5,7,17 (1900, 1700, 850, 2600, 700)
HSPA+: Bands 1,2,4,5 (2100, 1900, 1700, 850)
Outside-North America:
LTE: Bands 1*,3,7,20 (2100, 1800, 2600, 800)
HSPA+: Bands 1,2,5,8 (2100, 1900, 850, 900)
*In certain regions, band 1 and voice support are enabled

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