Jul 162012

Raspberry Pi, Mele A1000, MK802, and … . the market is getting filled with these low price geek toys. I personally see a lot of potential here. These “devicelets” can do to hardware what apps did to software. Some readers may remember that I posted a tutorial to create a simple evaluation board out of a iPhone 3GS last year. Back then, Pandaboard was the only choice to get an ARM computer in the market and it was never available. Now there are so many vendors and sellers that it has become difficult to chose. This post is just a concise summary of all the available choices I have come across so far.

Comparison data
(also available as a google spreadsheet):



Disclaimer: This is just the result of my informal research. Please let me know if I am missing your device or have gotten some detail wrong.

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  16 Responses to “Which little PC should I buy? Raspberry Pi? Mele A1000? or …”

  1. Also beaglebaord, beagleboard-xm, beaglebone, GTA04, arduino due, guruplugs, kontron ktt30, … Some more listed at http://elinux.org/Development_Platforms

    I guess it depends a lot on what you want. rasberrypi wins if you want cheap and small, but pandaboard would be better if you need more CPU power. Do you want an opensource graphics driver? or do you want have the same graphics chip as a specific phone/tablet.

    A more comprehensive table like yours could be a very useful resource.

  2. Honestly, you should consider these too: http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/motherboards/desktop-motherboards/desktop-board-innovation-series.html

    At around $100 a pop, with external DC power supplies, they’re great value for the money.

  3. You’ve missed one of the important things in your comparison – the number of GPIO ports available for user. Raspberry has many of them. Do other devices has those ports at all?

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  5. There are another option: pcduino, which provide Arduio type coding.


  6. There are several errors in your table concerning RasperryPi. The B models have 512MB of RAM. They have RCA composite connection but no VGA.

    • Hey, sorry. I must have made an error. I am a proud owner of Raspberry Pi B though. Unfortunately, I bought it but never had a chance to play with it. Can you please point me to a good reference, I would like to fix the errors. Thanks for your comment, really appreciate it!.


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