I bought the Vero 4k about 13 months ago and liked it from the start. The Shield TV I used before quickly was out of use.
Two days ago I dusted off the Shield TV and installed my current Vero 4k backup on Kodi and SPMC… SPMC is not no longer maintained and some addons even refused to install from the backup, so concentrated on Kodi.
Ok, then I started to slowly remember why I gave up on the Shield TV. No auto resolution switching means running GUI on 4k. And it seems the shield upscaler is still crap. Yeah ok, let‘s move on and watch how bad it really is. Started a nice 4k movie with Dolby TrueHD (dumped down Atmos because I have not yet updated my speakers setup to Atmos) and then it hit me again… that inconsistent and unstable passthrough on the Shield TV… with Dolby TrueHD it takes 10 seconds until it is really stable, until then the sound drops in and out… and if you fast forward, it drops in and out again for 5-10 seconds. Makes you want to disable PT. But I stomached it out but after some minutes I noticed something is wrong with that HDR picture. Oh yeah, BT2020 is fcking broken on the shield tv even after the Oreo update. It is dark and colors are terribly washed out.
After that, I knew again why I retired the Shield TV. The hardware is very powerful but it simply wants to be a console, a game streaming service device and a media player in one but fails to deliver a worry free performance on way too many fronts. I think most of the blame has to be put on google because Android TV is just a step child for them.