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You can now vote for your favorite products of 2012. This is your chance to be heard! Voting ends on February 4th.


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View Poll Results: Open Source Hardware Product of the Year
Arduino 33 10.68%
Beagle Board 2 0.65%
Bug Labs 0 0%
Pandora 29 9.39%
Raspberry Pi 245 79.29%
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Old 01-01-2013, 05:22 AM   #16
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I was an early pre-orderer of the OpenPandora console in 2009 and I finally got my unit after all the production issues. Now they are shipping regularly and production is stable.
It's an awesome device and the build quality is great. For games on the move, nothing else beats it. So that's what I'm voting for. Even though the unit probably costs more than all my SNEs, GB, Sega, Playstation consoles and games combined. Hopefully with stable production we'll see this price come down.

However the Pi will probably win as it's been taken in by so many people, giving them their first taste of Linux. I've got a few embedded system projects that I'd love to build with a Raspberry Pi if I ever had the time.
 
Old 01-01-2013, 06:37 AM   #17
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I voted Pandora since 2012 was the year it finally became available in-stock. Price for a refurb unit starts at 280.

It is the product of the year because it is the most audacious linux product around: nothing does more and does it portably with 10+ hour battery life. The Angstrom OS packs an amazing amount of functionality into less than 512MB NAND, plus it runs android and slackware as well.

Remember the Psions and Sharp Zaurus? Well this continues in that tradition of ultra-pocketable with incredible versatility. Now that they are in stock, there is no reason not to get this amazing piece of kit. The classic edition is a steal.

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Old 01-01-2013, 12:48 PM   #18
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My experience with my pandora has been excellent, from customer support to software customisation
Having said this, its not a device for the technophobic. Don't buy a pandora if you don't know what a terminal is!
 
Old 01-01-2013, 01:18 PM   #19
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My experience with my pandora has been excellent, from customer support to software customisation
Having said this, its not a device for the technophobic. Don't buy a pandora if you don't know what a terminal is!
The community is brilliant and the work that people have done to get such a large amount of software across is amazing.

But I agree, it's not as consumer friendly as say a PSP or NDS or Apple Mac. The Raspberry Pi would probably be more intimidating for a non-Linux person though.
 
Old 01-07-2013, 04:37 PM   #20
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OpenPandora - without a doubt. It was the reason I joined this forum and installed my first linux distro in readiness for the awesomeness that the Pandora is. Wonderful little machine. Don't be put off by the high price of the larger editions (1GHz/512MB) - the original 256MB 600MHz machine is very, very capable and overclocks to around 800MHz (mine goes to 950 without a hitch).

Love it.

That said, the Pi is also a nice little machine and well worth a dabble.

D.
 
Old 01-08-2013, 03:17 PM   #21
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i know pandora and raspberry pi but I checked others and they seem as interesting as raspberry pi
 
Old 01-19-2013, 04:07 PM   #22
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pwnpi-3.
 
Old 01-19-2013, 09:00 PM   #23
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even although its not in the poll I thought I'll mention the Milkymist in case theres someone here who haven't heard of it. And no I don't own one, I do wonder about if it could had came with firewire for DV input but thats only a minor nitpick overall!
 
Old 01-21-2013, 06:35 PM   #24
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Thumbs down

OP looks to try and be too "ea$y" (like a ma) is that why its so god awful expensive and for what a game-pad and pre-install? The Pi goes up to a gigahertz with 512 megabytes FOR $35 +Linux is FREE (its math). Put a touchscreen or any size one or two screens on an OP oh wait you can't USB and SD only. Netbooks and phones have Linux now why aren’t they on the list? lol
Give to One Laptop per Child or somes#!t instead!

Even the Life of Pi was better than Avatar.

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Old 01-22-2013, 02:20 AM   #25
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OP looks to try and be too "ea$y" (like a ma) is that why its so god awful expensive and for what a game-pad and pre-install? The Pi goes up to a gigahertz with 512 megabytes FOR $35 +Linux is FREE (its math). Put a touchscreen or any size one or two screens on an OP oh wait you can't USB and SD only.
Hehe - I'd love to see how much it would cost to build a Pandora using the Pi as the baseboard. You'd need a custom-designed keyboard, LCD (800x480 in the Pandora surely that could be better), gaming controls built into the keyboard - full set of facebuttons, D-Pad and nubs obviously. Then of course there's the injection moulded case... Oh yes, I'd prefer at least a cortex-a8 in there, as the Pandora at 1GHz is a hell of a lot faster than the Pi at the same speed.

So seriously, how much for a small run of say... 10,000? Anyone hazard a guess?

D.
 
Old 01-22-2013, 04:53 PM   #26
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Check the "or" link in my last post or thrift stores++...if I add a GPS+ I still wont be at $250 I've got: Pi-$35, T-Cobbler Breakout Kit-$7.95, Miniature Wireless USB Keyboard with Touchpad-$49.95, NTSC/PAL (Television) TFT Display - 1.5" Diagonal-$39.95 (for the end of my hats visor ), $11 for a Pi's clear case (fits in the hat with), Energizer To Go-$48(OfficeMax) Miniature WiFi (802.11b/g/n)-$11.95 and found a iMode portable DVD player with an iPhone dock at $26 from a thrift store plus a cool old Samsonite briefcase-$8.65 for a secret agent looking fully modifiable laptop setup...if I spend $600 I’d cluster 10Pi's! My Pi only has the 256ram but runs fast games and on and on...
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Pandora at 1GHz is a hell of a lot faster than the Pi at the same speed.
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Maybe slightly but I doubt and if you have money to through away get both. My laptop was $650 (i5 and 4Gs of ram) its as "open". :O

Last edited by jamison20000e; 01-23-2013 at 08:36 PM. Reason: QUOTE + succeeding (PS: OP and its OSs-(moreSo) look cool. But (in my uoıʇpǝɔɹǝp) like a mac or win is for $uckers, sorry :P)
 
Old 01-23-2013, 03:18 AM   #27
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I won't vote for the Raspberry Pi. Even if it's a great product for many reasons, the fact you can run only Linux on it and the lack of specifications put it in the closed hardware category. Blame Broadcom (haha).

It's kinda a "secure boot" like, if you ask me. A UEFI system designed to boot only Linux. As I said, it's a great product, but does not deserve to be in a poll which features the word "free". When I see some BSD running on it, I might consider changing my opinion.
 
Old 01-23-2013, 03:21 AM   #28
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Check the "or" link in my last post or thrift stores++...if I add a GPS+ I still wont be at $250 I've got: Pi-$35, T-Cobbler Breakout Kit-$7.95, Miniature Wireless USB Keyboard with Touchpad-$49.95, NTSC/PAL (Television) TFT Display - 1.5" Diagonal-$39.95 (for the end of my hats visor ), $11 for a Pi's clear case (fits in the hat with), Energizer To Go-$48(OfficeMax) Miniature WiFi (802.11b/g/n)-$11.95 and found a iMode portable DVD player with an iPhone dock at $26 from a thrift store plus a cool old Samsonite briefcase-$8.65 for a secret agent looking fully modifiable laptop setup...if I spend $600 Id cluster 10Pi's! My Pi only has the 256ram but runs fast games and on and on...
Maybe slightly but I doubt and if you have money to through away get both. My laptop was $650 (i5 and 4Gs of ram) its more "open". :O
I understand all that, but how much would it cost you to put all that together and mass produce it? And would it fit into a case the size of a Nintendo DSL?

The cost of the Pandora is the production - case moulding, PCB manufacturing (8 layers) etc - It's all very well to list a lot of cheap components, but let's see how much it would cost you to build something the size of the Pandora with them!

Any ideas?

D.
 
Old 01-23-2013, 05:26 AM   #29
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When I see some BSD running on it, I might consider changing my opinion.
Look here:
http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/3094
 
Old 01-23-2013, 05:45 AM   #30
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Nice! Now, let's wait until OpenBSD is safely ported...
 
  


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