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NVIDIA SHIELD Initial Setup:

When you're done admiring the SHIELD's craftsmanship, you're obviously going to want to turn it on. You turn the SHIELD on by holding down the giant NVIDIA button for a second or two. If you do it correctly, you'll be greeted by a simple NVIDIA SHIELD graphic, followed by the green SHIELD icon we've now come to know and love. If the SHIELD doesn't have enough juice, you'll instead be greeted with a graphic of a large horizontal battery containing a sliver of red to the left.
















The first time you turn on your SHIELD – either out of the box or after a factory reset – you'll be greeted by a tutorial of sorts. It consists of four screens that essentially reiterate what the included poster showed us.




Next, you have to agree to the NVIDIA Software License Agreement, Privacy Policy, and Tegra Experience Terms of Service.


After you agree to the above, you're presented with some languages to choose from and then are asked to select your WiFi connection. WiFi is required to set up the SHIELD, so if you don't have WiFi at your house, you better have a friend's house or local hotspot you can use during the initialization process.



Since it's an Android device, you're asked to log in with your Google Account or create one and then agree with the Google Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, Chrome Terms of Service and Privacy Notice, and Google Play Terms of Service. Naturally I read every single one of those. You're then asked to join Google+ if you haven't already, prompted whether you want to use your Google account to backup and restore apps, settings, and other data, and whether you want to allow Google to access your location data when connected to WiFi. As I stated earlier, the SHIELD is my first Android device, so I don't know if this is all normal Android-setup behavior (editor's note: it is).





After all that, you're finally at the home screen, but not without another tutorial of sorts. This time the screens tell you how to access your apps and add them to your home screen, if you so choose.



That's basically it for the initial setup. Obviously you can play around with a lot more by going into the Settings app. But now it's time to get to the good stuff.

  1. NVIDIA SHIELD: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. NVIDIA SHIELD: Closer Look (SHIELD)
  3. NVIDIA SHIELD: Closer Look (Carrying Case)
  4. NVIDIA SHIELD: Initial Setup
  5. NVIDIA SHIELD: Specifications & Features
  6. NVIDIA SHIELD: Android Gaming & Gamepad Mapper
  7. NVIDIA SHIELD: PC Game Streaming & Console Mode
  8. NVIDIA SHIELD vs. The Competition
  9. NVIDIA SHIELD: Conclusion
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