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Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Deadlyraver, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. brandonwh64

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    I am still surprised someone has not fully ported atleast 2.1 android to this device yet and that is the only thing holding me back from getting one.
     
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    That would be pretty sweet, especially if you had a touchscreen monitor
     
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    There is at least one person working on this. Here is the forum.
     
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    Looks like availability in USA is still limited. Also, good cases for it are more expensive than it. XD

    I think I'll have to wait a while before I buy it. Not having wifi and SATA/eSATA is a real downer. What I envision using this as is an Android powered Bluray player/HTPC.
     
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    I see a lot of people waiting for this, and a lot of suggested uses for Raspberry Pi that might already be filled by devices that are already out there.

    So of you might want to look at this little device.

    It has some advantages and disadvantage over Raspberry Pi, but might suit some of you better than Raspberry Pi.

    Mainly for people just wanting to get something to run Android to use as a HTPC type device attached to a TV, I think this is better suited for that than Raspberry Pi. It is more expensive, but it already comes in a nice neat case, with all the accessories you need, it has built in WiFi, and it already runs Android 4.0. Plus it has the option to boot from the SD slot, and there are already Linux distros available for it. And it seems to run a smoother thanks to the 512MB of RAM compared to the 256MB of the Raspberry Pi. The downside of course is that it is more expensive, won't be as flexible in the long run as Raspberry Pi, and it doesn't have an ethernet jack(though Raspberry Pi Model A doesn't either).
     
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    Raspberry Pi B version is $35 and a respectable case costs at least $35 (at least until they put one of their own out). You're already talking $70 excluding shipping across the Atlantic, and by virtually all accounts, is inferior. You've successfully diverted my attention elsewhere. :D

    Edit: Looks like it has some pretty bad design flaws according to the sole review. I'll have to look for something similar.
     
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    If you've ever used android on an older phone, its slow and i doubt there will be graphical acceleration if android is ported to the Pi. In their budget they could only afford H.264 license for hardware decoding, so it probably wont make a brilliant media device.

    Really the Pi is meant as an education tool and hobby computer. Eben Upton the founder explained a lot about why they didn't do this and didn't do that.
     
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    Amazon has a version with 1GB of RAM here, but of course it is more expensive.

    There are some more reviews on Amazon about it too, most seem to like it, but the heat issue does seem to be a common complaint. But then again, my Android phone gets really hot too if I'm using WiFi and watching video, so I'm sure it is just a common thing with theses ARM devices, considering the chips don't use any heatsinks at all.
     
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    Neighbor just dropped off a raspberry pi! Loading Debian onto SD card now. He ordered it in Feb, and got just got it. Anyone seen alternative images to use, besides android?
     
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    Pi's in Space!

    This link was in the Linux Foundation Breifing Book7/16/12...

    Pi's in space!

    Thought youse guys might like it, it's at least an interesting read...
     
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    I now that Fedora and Gentoo support ARM CPUs too. Getting Gentoo to work can be pretty tricky though (their goal of having a very customisable OS leads to the point that the entire installatuion procedure is CLI/TUI based).
     
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    I live in Denmark - so no neat case - Lego all the way :laugh:
     
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    If I had bought a RasPi, I would have considered Lego as well (or Meccano, but that stuff is harder to work with because of the higher electrical conductivity than the ABS Lego is made of).
     
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    Here is a search results page on distrowatch.com that shows (all?) known distros that support the ARM arch.
     
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    I've been waiting for one of these for 5 months... impossible to get ahold of.
     
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    Look at those signature specs... I haven't been here in yeaaars, but I guess the forum look hasn't changed a bit either
     
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