I have heard about these before a few weeks ago, they look interesting. Its some what cool that there is a PowerVR gpu since they left the consumer and professional pc/power pc graphics sector a decade ago.
honestly, i dont see the point in one considering my HTC Incredible can do most, if not all of those things. On the other hand, if i didnt want to get stuck on a contract/pay $50 a month, i could see myself buying one of these for on the go stuff.
The specs seem very underwhelming but consider that this product has been in the works for years, and faced several delays. Had this product been completed when it was supposed to, just owning one would put you into somewhat of an elite category.
That being said, this product was designed to accommodate a small niche of a niche market. Originally it was limited to just 3000 units for it's investors, but by popular demand was extended to 4000. Who knows if they'll even make any more.
Even at this point of time where the specs seem so dated, this product will still be one of the best, if not the best, devices for what it was designed to do. For instance, I'm one of the first people in the US to have an HTC T8282 (Touch HD) and this phone has served me very, very well. Aside from making phone calls, checking my e-mail, and browsing the web, I can also run a multitude of games and emulators. Problem, I don't have any hardware buttons, and even if I did, would they be located in such a way that makes my phone comfortable and practical for such an application? How about any other phone out there? Even the "devine" Apple phones are not practical for such applications. The best games that can be run on our phones are touchscreen based.
As far as the Skype arguement goes, Pandora can do it. When I make my international calls with Skype on my HTC T8282, I specifically use a wifi connection. Using the Pandora would be no different.
This device is for a niche market, and not only will it not appeal to everyone, but it won't be understood by everyone. It's the same thing as 3dconnexion devices. I always found it humorous to read comments about these devices asking what the point was for having a supplemental $600 trackball. Of course it's not for games, but as an engineer I can't live without one.
Now I only wish I was one of the few proactive people that pre-ordered this device...
Seem like it could be a fun little device, as long as they don't overcharge for it. Might even be a nice portable replacement for the old PC I'm using to run Puppy Arcade 8 (a Linux distro that is geared towards emulating all kinds of systems)
It's not underpowered, it's comparable to an iPhone 3GS and the specs leave the DS and PSP out in the cold. It should be far better for emulation than the PSP homebrew scene and the hardware keyboard makes it totally viable to emulate old computers, even 386 systems with DOSBox. You can use it as a handheld gaming console, PMP, or run a full-fledged desktop-style OS. Would it have been more impressive if shipped a year ago without the crazy production delays? Sure, but there's still nothing else like it on the market today.
I was waiting for the second production run but now I wish I'd pre-ordered from the first batch, back when I had money.
It's been nice. But Toms has finally driven me beyond returning. Just had an advertisement take over the screen I was reading. I'm all for ads, but please. This is almost as bad as a porn site. I've been reading Tom's since the days of the days of 486's and pentium 75mhz bus speed tweaks. It's been great, but I just don't see as much useful info anymore. First publication to bench the Atom series against each other will be my new diggs for tech savy reading! Thank you for the years of good stuff!
I am surprised people are complaining it is so much underpowered.
It's the same OMAP3 Chip as in the Nokia N900. Do you consider the N900 so much underpowered ?
It might not be the fastest chip out there but it's still pretty good IMO. Beside the OMAP3 DSP and GPU is just beginning to be exploited properly.
Also with over-clocking most should probably be able to run @700 or @800mhz without much trouble and that's without changing the voltage.
What's true however is that the ARM market is evolving very fast. Just because you see a announcement for an OMAP4 chip doesn't mean it will be in device straight away. Especially with TI it can take about 1-2 year from initial sampling to device shipping.
This device is mostly aimed at ppl who what to have proper gaming control and are into emulation. It's very open nature might also inspire some hacker.
So if you really want a Smartphone buy one, the Pandora will probably not be for you.
It just shows that the guys at Open Pandora made a very good choice of hardware. The A8 Cortex is now used in countless devices (iPhone, N900, Droid/Milestone etc) and they're all powerful devices. Difference is the Pandora has proper gaming controls making it perfect for....gaming.