Not everyone will share my opinion, of course, but to me this was an easy trade-off to justify.

That means I'm essentially left with the console itself and the new gamepad and controller to tell you about, as well as the Android 7.0 software experience.

Smart Things support isn't live, either, so I can't really tell you about that. The new SHIELD console is about the size of a 6" smartphone, but still sits comfortably in the previous-gen SHIELD's little display stand.

I hate this volume control system on the remote, and I hate it on the gamepad. It's terribly imprecise, easy to accidentally trigger, and just generally makes it feel like you're drunk when you're operating your television.

I so hoped this was going away, but NVIDIA's doubled down on it.

The joysticks generally feel good to use, the buttons have decent action, and the triggers are smooth with good, firm recoil.

I don't expect to do a ton of gaming on the SHIELD (I never did on the old one), so I'm afraid my thoughts don't extend too far beyond that on the gamepad.And the SHIELD's new NVIDIA Spot companion device has an as-yet unknown launch date, so there's nothing I have to say about that. It uses the same power supply as the old version, too.This will be a short[ish] review, in case that wasn't getting obvious. The diminished size does mean a couple of small feature deletes, however.And this brings me to the second major point of our review: If you already have a SHIELD, there's no reason to replace it with this refreshed version.It shouldn't be any faster (or slower), it has the same overall set of capabilities, and all of the software features* will come to the existing console anyway, because NVIDIA is cool like that.The remote senses when it's been picked up to turn itself on, which seems to be a bit hit or miss if I'm honest.