Pandora (OpenPandora): Tiny Linux QWERTY gaming palmtop
- By default, runs the Angstrom Linux distribution.
- This replaced my Zaurus SL-C1000.
- Old blog
- IRC -- EFNet #pandora and #pandoradev
- Angstrom - http://pandorawiki.org/Ångström
- ARM® Cortex™-A8 600Mhz+ CPU running Linux
- 430-MHz TMS320C64x+™ DSP Core
- PowerVR SGX OpenGL 2.0 ES compliant 3D hardware
- 800x480 4.3" 16.7 million colours touchscreen LCD
- Wifi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth & High Speed USB 2.0 Host
- Dual SDHC card slots & SVideo TV output
- Dual Analogue and Digital gaming controls
- 43 button QWERTY and numeric keypad
Around 10+ Hours battery life
I first heard of the Pandora palmtop when I was using my Sharp Zaurus SL-C1000. The OpenEmbedded was something I was sortof looking into. Since its efforts were meant for developers and not for consumers, I never really got into that.
I found a connection to the Angstrom linux distribution and I would later learn that some or all of the OpenEmbedded, OpenZaurus and OpenSimpad developers joined that project.
From Ångström I bumped into the Pandora. At the time nothing had even been produced, but I followed it. I missed my chance to buy a unit from the original run. Now that they're in their second run I'm saving up for one. I hope I can get one.
Getting, maintaining ∞
They had some serious issues with receiving poor quality parts and such, and the manufacturing costs skyrocketed. People who purchased early had to RMA their unit for repairs. At that point anyone who had not received their unit was put on a waiting list so that the parts could be further-tested.
People who purchased at the original price do not have to pay extra, but they do have to wait for their unit. People who purchase now seem to be unable to pay the old price and are paying a "premium" price and are also getting expedited shipment.
So basically.. all the new expensive purchases are helping to fund the company and to recoup costs for all of the old inexpensive purchases.
A summary of the last few weeks (2011-05-26) has some background.
- youtube has some good old demo videos.
- Pandora stalker
- See also /tag/pandora-distributions. The Pandora comes with Angstrom.