Originally Posted by groove93
Its' the lack of processing power which is giving people a bad experience with Android TV. These Mediatech processors are the same ones we hear about with Cheaper and affordable Smartphones. I can imagine what a SnapDragon processor could do with Android TV, as the case with Nvidia Tegra Processor for the Nvidia Shield, which is pretty much, night and day.
If true, this review of the shield is pretty ugly.
ByFlorida Manon January 13, 2018
Edition: SHIELD with remote|Configuration: Streaming Media Player|Verified Purchase
I really wanted to like the Nvidia Shield TV. It’s easily the most powerful streaming box out there. However, major dealbreaker features prevent me from recommending it. It feels like, once the engineers were finished with the design of the machine, they completely forgot to design the user experience (UX).
I won’t rehash all the wonderful things about the Shield TV. Here are the dealbreakers:
The remote is a disaster. I can’t imagine what genius thought it would be okay to completely omit fast-forward and rewind buttons. That’s right: you can’t directly fast-forward or rewind through movies, shows, or songs. You have to hit the big Select button at the top, which gives you some transport features to choose from. You navigate, for example, to the onscreen fast-forward icon, then click that. To do something as simple as skipping back 10 seconds can take three or four clicks, the entire time forcing you to watch what you’re pressing on the screen instead of feeling it on the remote. To add insult to injury, there are no Play or Pause buttons either. Or Stop. Or Skip.
In place of where you normally would find the transport buttons, instead they placed the Google Assistant microphone button. That’s the button where your thumb naturally falls — so you’ll find yourself activating voice command in the middle of a movie, which took me out of the movie and into some kind of search nearly 100% of the time — you just can’t cancel midway.
The remote also has a volume touchstrip that takes up the bottom half of the remote, down the center. No mention of this is made on Nvidia’s website, the online setup tutorial, or the included manual. You will discover it when you maddeningly keep inadvertently changing the volume when you’re simply handling the remote. You can disable this in the settings, but you’ll still get the occasional error message telling you that you’ve disabled the volume. Duh. Plus, it means you’ve disabled 50% of the remote’s real estate, which makes the lack of UX features on the remote stand out even more.
The Shield TV is an Android TV box, which means you get the Google Play Store. However, you’ll get very few of its apps. Any apps that don’t have an equivalent for big-screen TVs are disabled. Curiously, that omission includes Google Photos. Outside of video, a native photos app is one of the biggest reasons to buy a separate streaming box. Amazon’s Fire TV, for example, features the excellent Amazon Photos app, while Apple TV features the iOS photos app. There’s a workaround to get a substitute for Google Photos on the Shield TV, but it’s a hassle. And don’t even think about sideloading conventional Android apps. If you could get them to work at all, they’ll be virtually unusable. They're optimized for phone navigation (touch and swipe), not a D-pad (directional arrows) — and certainly not for the big-screen experience.
If you’re accustomed to watching the Golf Channel via the NBC Sports app on Fire TV, you can forget about that with the Nvidia Shield TV. The Google Play Store doesn’t have an equivalent that works on the big screen. You can download and install Kodi and get the NBC Sports app there, but it stutters and glitches (on any device, not just the Shield TV) to the point of “why bother.”
The Shield TV has the new YouTube app that includes 4K HDR, but it never lit up the HDR indicator on my TV even once, no matter how many HDR videos I played. Through other means, YouTube HDR works perfectly on that same OLED 4K TV.
Another dealbreaker comes courtesy of the Shield TV's Amazon Prime Video app. The app is the creaky old legacy app, which isn't unusual. Only Fire TV devices get the cool new app. Here's what unusual: When you're browsing movies and shows, and want to add one to your Watchlist, you just...can't. At all. Seriously, you have to go to the freaking Internet on another device to add shows. Epic fail, and inexcusable. It's Nvidia's fault, because you can add shows with other devices using the same legacy app.
You may have already read on the forums that the remote buttons hang a few times per viewing session. You’ll hit a button, nothing happens, you hit it a few more times, nothing happens — then all the commands flood in at once, taking you where you don’t want to be. They improved this with a firmware update in late 2017, but it still happens. It’s a jarring experience, especially when you consider that none of your other remotes do this — ever.
If you’re thinking you’ll just migrate the remote commands into a programmable remote, that ain’t gonna happen. This non-Pro version of the Shield TV doesn’t sport an infrared remote, so that won’t work (you have to spend another $120 for the Pro to get IR). And there are no replacement Bluetooth remotes that work any better. The Nvidia forums are thick with people trying and failing.
The remote's magic button is supposed to be the voice button, which summons Google Assistant. The "assistant" stuff works well (checking the weather, time, or facts; controlling smart lights, etc.). However, when you buy a media streamer, you want the voice search button to search for, uh, media. Well, it can't do much of that — unless you only want to search for media from Google's own apps — and paid media at that. Forget voice-searching free media, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Vudu, or within any app you install yourself. If all you need is the Google Assistant experience, just buy the far-better Google Home Mini, which cost me all of $29.
Video purists won’t like the fact that the 4K output is always 60 Hz, even if the source is natively 24 Hz (which nearly 100% of Hollywood movies are). There’s also no Dolby Vision HDR; if the source is recorded with Dolby Vision (Netflix Marvel shows, for example), the Shield TV downgrades them to regular (static, not dynamic) HDR.
Those are just too many negatives for a streaming box, especially one that costs almost $200. However, all the streaming boxes have their problems. Roku doesn’t have Dolby Vision or a true voice assistant, and it has that hideous remote. Apple TV, among many issues, is another company that turns fast-forward, rewind, and skip into a treasure hunt. The new 4K Fire TV dongle is a bit like the old Fire TV 4K box, only without all the good stuff (USB storage, USB keyboard input, micro SD storage, wired Ethernet jack, an actual chassis, etc.).
You should go to Nvidia TV's help forum first, before you lay down your $179 for this thing. People have been asking for updates and improvements for more than a year. They get nothing from Nvidia. Rather than believe the glowing reviews here, believe what you hear from folks who have owned this device for a long time.
I’m glad I didn’t sell my old Fire TV 4K box. Even though it doesn’t have any form of HDR, user experience-wise, it’s still the one to beat.