Can I replace my old iPad or Android tablet with a Nintendo Switch?
January 16, 2017 at 19:19
The Nintendo Switch It was presented at the end of last week and, like any product of the Japanese firm, it only has two options: "win or die", which Cersei Lannister would say. In the hours immediately after its presentation this hybrid between tablet and console has managed to plague the network of innumerable articles that augur either a monumental hit or a resounding sales success. Without going into prospects, we will analyze what the Switch has as a tablet.
There is no doubt that although it takes time without hitting a game device or system, Nintendo It is one of the most charismatic technology firms of the last 25 years. His career has been irregular and between triumphs and failures he has left for posterity not only games, but authentic icons of contemporary global culture, as (and it would not be necessary to mention them) Super Mario, Pokemon or Zelda. The Nintendo Switch is his latest creation. In it he tries to combine some of the traditional consoles with the overwhelming universe of tactile.
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Regardless of its virtues and defects, we would gladly sign what it points to our partner José Luis Sanz in Topes de Gama: The key to your success will surely reside in your ability to become attractive to studies such as EA, Bethesda, Ubisoft, RockStar, etc. This requires users and a strong initial impact is very important. We will see how the pre-purchases are going and if the titles announced so far keep the bellows before the big developers get involved.
From a technical point of view
If we attend only to the technical question, personally I would choose to talk about a Tablet, although with more peculiarities than usual. Its screen has a diagonal of 6.2 inches and although no data has been given about the processor, everything indicates that it is an evolution of the Nvidia Tegra X1, that is, a processor designed for tablets but with more turns, since the body of the Nintendo Switch (thicker) allows it, being able to better manage heat generated with its operation.
On the other hand, the resolution of your screen is low if we compare it with the iPad Pro, the Galaxy Tab S2 or even the new Huawei MediaPad M3. You have to go back to 2012 to find high-end tablets with 720p. On the one hand it is logical that it has been chosen to reduce the number and density of pixels to increase autonomy. On the other hand, since the processor will be subject to a high demand, it will not reach the battery data of a conventional Android tablet.
From the practical point of view
If we attend to the uses that we are going to give to the Nintendo Switch, the device is designed to run games, halfway between the console and the conventional tablet. That is, this new device will not reach the power of a PS4 or an Xbox One, however, we do not know if the developers of mobile games to take the new Nintendo platform as yours and to program for it. For now, we must rely on the signature hook to attract studies to an intermediate "unexplored" format.
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Of course, what it lacks to be a desktop video console (let's say it like that) is space. The fact of carrying the integrated screen and everything is put in a box that must be able to be held with the hands makes it impossible to use a more powerful processor or more cores of GPU. To be a tablet to use, however, it is left over in these lides. It will be more powerful than any Android or iOS on the market (not a Surface) and, we understand, the entire product design revolving around game optimization. That is, as it would have been a Shield Tablet X1 but taking the concept to the extreme.
My tablet is old, do I replace it with a Nintendo Switch?
As always they ask me «What tablet do you recommend?»The first answer is another question:«What do you want it for?»Or«What are you going to do with her?»Those who have bought a tablet mainly to play, will find in the Nintendo Switch a more advanced equipment, with greater graphic potential and with exclusive titles that will delight all good gamer. The counterpart is also clear, have access to the games catalog of the Play store Or the App Store On a big screen it seems equally interesting, even for some and some, maybe more.
If we use our tablet for other things, and also to play, the Nintendo Switch is not worth it. There are teams for 300 euros to which we can get a much bigger game. As we say, the games catalog of the official Android store or the ones we can download for an iPad are hundreds of thousands. The Switch will probably allow us to browse, consult and publish on social networks or watch videos from YouTube or Netflix but its screen is 6.2 inches, its resolution is four times lower than that of a good tablet and its body is noticeably heavier. In that sense, the shortcomings are obvious.