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MOTOROLA CommandOne Bluetooth Headset with CrystalTalk / MotoSpeak / Caller ID / Advanced Multipoint
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Have a Nexus 4. I mostly use it to listen to music while I walk around and this headset works great. I can switch between ears easily and the music is crystal clear. Haven't used it to talk.

Battery has lasted many days.

Cons: You look pretentious.

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NVIDIA® SHIELD™ Controller
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggs Epic Fail 08/04/2014

This review is from: NVIDIA® SHIELD™ Controller

Pros: It has all the functionality that gamepads have had for the last twenty years.

Not that heavy.

Cons: I was excited about the included touchpad so as to have a convenient way to move the mouse remotely but it is totally worthless. First, it's a triangle and the screen is a square so you're going to have geometry issues. That wouldn't be that bad except the cursor either doesn't move with your finger or stutters around the screen. Then when you push down harder to try to control it better--oops, the touchpad is also a flimsy button--so now you've pushed it and you're dragging the cursor rather than moving it. So trying to do something as simple as move the cursor across the screen ends up swiping the home screen away.

The capacity Back/Home buttons also suck. You can't find them by feel and it takes two or three pushes to get them to actually activate.

There's not battery life indicator.

The Shield button also has the worst design every. You press it once to open the Shield Home app, you hold it "some" to pair/unpair the controller with the tablet, and you hold it "more" to turn it off. So sometimes when you're trying to open the app you hold it too long and unpair the controller, and then when you're trying to re-pair it you hold it too long and turn it off.

This was barely worth $60 if everything worked, so it's basically a ripoff at any price.

Other Thoughts: Why wasn't how bad this is in any of the reviews?

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet (WiFi)
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs What it portends to be. 07/31/2014

This review is from: NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet (WiFi)

Pros: So first off let me say that I have the Shield "Portable" and the Tegra Note 7. The Portable I liked a lot and it did what you expected but I stopped using it as a game machine and only in console mode because the screen was too small to play much of anything [in my old age] and I have a nice monitor on my gaming machine. The Note 7 is really nice and I use it every day for radio, podcasts, music, general internet (mail, txt, web), and watching Netflix or videos in bed. I got the Shield Tablet so I could finally combine the two together using the Wifi controller (which hasn't arrived yet).

The Shield Tablet is noticeable bigger than the Tegra Note 7. That means the screen looks a lot better. You could conceivable play games or watch videos on it comfortable, but it also makes it bulkier to carry around and to use for casual reading, web browsing, and typing. Though on the plus side, the external speakers are very nice. They sound much deeper and louder than the Note 7, probably due to the dual bass chambers, and I'm probably going to us it mostly as a music machine when I'm not gaming on it.

The Steam/Gamestream works pretty smoothly. Using the screen as a mouse is awkward but usable, so it's best used for controller games or if you have an OTG hub connected with a mouse and keyboard. Which comes to the main problem, 5Ghz channel wifi tends to only work a room or two away, so it's not all that convenient to take it across the house, plug it into a tv, and use it to stream your game library. You probably already have a nice monitor or TV plugged into your gaming computer. Though Gamestream works beautifully, it's ultimately a fail functionally because of the limits of physics and you already have a sweet game station set up. On a positive note, it does work for "casual" PC gaming functions; for instance I've been using the tablet to watch DOTA 2 replays from my couch rather than have to sit at my computer desk for 30+ minutes.

Where it does work very well is in pure Android gaming. Playing GTA III on it hooked up to my TV was as smooth as way back on the PS2. It also--and here's the golden goose--makes the best console emulator you can have. I haven't had time to test many, but if you look at how well the Shield Portable works as an emulator, the Tablet with a controller should be able to handle most any game.

Cons: Gamestream isn't mature enough yet to be really functional. You'd be better off getting a small Windows HTPC style box and using Steam Sharing.

There's not a lot else that's bad about the tablet. The Controller and Cover being another $100 on top is bad..

Also LTE isn't out yet.

Also, the Pen is mildly usable but miles behind anything with Wacom on it. I can swipe the Google Keyboard ten times faster than writing with this thing.

Other Thoughts: If you have a Note 7 or Shield Portable and are happy with them then this is a minor step up that you don't need to buy now. Wait till they go on sale like the Tegra Note did.

If you want a really good looking and fast Android tablet that's on par with the iPad in style and functionality then this is it.

If you travel a lot and want a machine that will do it all (Music, Web, Games) and only weighs 1.28 lbs then this will beat anything else.

Lastly, you have to get the cover because it fits and not being able to prop it up and protect the screen is worthless.

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Date Joined: 05/22/07

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  • First Review: 07/17/14
  • Last Review: 11/08/14
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