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espi

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« on: September 02, 2008, 03:13:49 pm »
Most of you have likely heard of this thing, but I'm really starting to become interested in it.

http://openpandora.org/

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http://openpandora.org/bigone.jpg
« Last Edit: November 04, 2008, 02:14:57 pm by espi »
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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2008, 04:29:55 pm »
I'd get one if:

-It had a better (eg, higher-res, sunlight-readable (already done?)) display
-I knew it would run Debian/other standard Linux distro with hardware graphics acceleration and mostly complete other hardware support

Other than those issues (IMO), it looks amazing.
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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2008, 04:47:22 pm »
From what I can tell it can run Ubuntu and it seems it may come with that installed.
The rez is greater than the Z but the screen does NOT ROTATE into tablet mode  
It is a touchscreen though.

Quick specs for anyone outside link adverse
    * 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

Distributor says it could potentially run Doom 3, for whatever that's worth (probably in wireframe mode) once it's open sourced.
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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2008, 08:24:41 pm »
Somehow I thought it had a 400x240 or 320x240 screen. My qualms are gone, if the above is true

On the Doom 3 front: I thought the engine was already open-sourced?
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« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2008, 02:17:12 am »
Just check out the videos on the blog page.

I think I like it !  
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« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2008, 08:47:14 pm »
It seems like they've toned down the keyboard a bit. Doesn't look as ugly as their earlier mockups. If only they could make a version with a Z like keyboard and remove the gaming controls then it really will be the Z replacement.
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« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2008, 10:01:23 pm »
Damn, I think I might be sold - held off on the gp2x, held off on the eee and all the other netbooks, but this is harder to resist...
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« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2008, 10:20:05 pm »
I'm actually sort of hoping to ditch my N810 for one. The N810's hardware is mismade in a good deal of ways that aren't readily visible (sound access, graphics acceleration, wi-fi drivers, power management, etc.), and the Pandora seems much better.
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« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2008, 12:27:43 am »
Quote from: Capn_Fish
I'm actually sort of hoping to ditch my N810 for one. The N810's hardware is mismade in a good deal of ways that aren't readily visible (sound access, graphics acceleration, wi-fi drivers, power management, etc.), and the Pandora seems much better.

lol.... you just convinced me not to get a N810 and wait for this
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« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2008, 06:12:59 am »
This Looks Interesting!
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« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2008, 07:35:39 am »
Quote from: harvell
Quote from: Capn_Fish
I'm actually sort of hoping to ditch my N810 for one. The N810's hardware is mismade in a good deal of ways that aren't readily visible (sound access, graphics acceleration, wi-fi drivers, power management, etc.), and the Pandora seems much better.

lol.... you just convinced me not to get a N810 and wait for this
While I'm not saying that's a bad idea, just remember that I tend to have a very different opinion on matters such as this than other people (nobody else has complained about the sound or power management, AFAIK, for instance).
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« Reply #11 on: September 09, 2008, 06:02:39 am »
if only it had no joysticks and more keys instead... The fact that it does not "look" serious means I can't use it many places.
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« Reply #12 on: September 09, 2008, 09:57:32 am »
Well also want it, but it takes some while to finish I guess
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« Reply #13 on: September 30, 2008, 03:48:12 pm »
Sooo... The pre-order sites are up. Anyone is going to jump in?

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« Reply #14 on: September 30, 2008, 04:13:54 pm »
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Sooo... The pre-order sites are up. Anyone is going to jump in?

Too poor at the moment, but I'd take the wait-and-see approach even if I had the money. The more practical aspects of a handheld platform like this seem to be secondary to gaming in the minds of the developers and the current community surrounding it.