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Story: Review: PocketCHIP—Super cheap Linux terminal that fits in your pocketTotal Replies: 11
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dotmatrix

Jan 13, 2017
9:23 AM EDT
I've been looking for something just like this for forever.

Placed an order... errr.... a back order.

It will be really useful for ultra portable code testing as well as some gpg crypto development I'm working on...
seatex

Jan 13, 2017
12:21 PM EDT
I just wish it had a higher rez display,
dotmatrix

Jan 14, 2017
10:13 AM EDT
I can write up my own review on this product after I receive mine [whenever that may be with the backorder status] and play with it for awhile....

if anyone is interested.
penguinist

Jan 14, 2017
3:39 PM EDT
I'm interested in seeing your review dotmatrix. At that price point it looks interesting.

One thing I like about this device is that we have some GPIO pins and an ADC pin brought out. This opens up the possibility of using this as an RPi replacement for projects that might benefit from a local display/keyboard. My wife has been complaining that all our RPi home automation elements are configured over ssh, and she refuses to learn the command line. I've been thinking of giving the RPis a web interface for her, but a local display/keyboard might also be a solution.
seatex

Jan 14, 2017
4:19 PM EDT
Just another possible ultra-portable Linux solution on the horizon...

GPD Pocket will be a 7 inch touchscreen laptop with Windows & Ubuntu support,

7 inch IPS touchscreen display with Gorilla Glass 3, Intel Atom x7-Z8700 Cherry Trail processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, 7,000 mAh battery

https://liliputing.com/2017/01/gpd-pocket-will-7-inch-touchs...
flufferbeer

Jan 20, 2017
4:08 PM EDT
@penguinist

> I'm interested in seeing your review dotmatrix. At that price point it looks interesting.

Me too! That "price point" is just about the cost of two RPi's, not including S+H and taxes. When the physical PocketCHIP actually ships out to buyers and gets mostly positive reviews, then it seems to me the onus really goes on small device competitors (:cough::cough: setex's GPD Pocket :cough::cough:) to offer a VASTLY, HUMUNGOUSLY better Bang For The Small Buck$ for THEIR Linux-specific pocket products!

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mbaehrlxer

Feb 17, 2017
2:20 AM EDT
the funraiser for the GDP Pocket is now live: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gpd-pocket-7-0-umpc-lapto...

cost is about USD 400

it's already got backing for more than 2000 devices

greetings, eMBee.
seatex

Feb 20, 2017
5:40 PM EDT
Quoting:the funraiser for the GDP Pocket is now live: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gpd-pocket-7-0-umpc-lapto...

cost is about USD 400

it's already got backing for more than 2000 devices


Update: GPD Pocket Crowdfunder Passes $1 Million Mark

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2017/02/gpd-pocket-crowdfunder-pa...
flufferbeer

Feb 21, 2017
7:57 PM EDT
> cost is about USD 400

But you could array less than a handful of RPi3's into a MUCH more powerful cluster for MUCH less cost than that USD 400. Check out http://makezine.com/projects/build-a-compact-4-node-raspberr...

If it's specific Linux portability you want, then for less than HALF that USD 400 cost, you could MAKE your own Raspberry Pi-Powered Linux laptop (some that fit in your pocket too!). Check out makezine.com/projects/build-raspberry-pi-powered-linux-laptop-that-fits-your-pocket/ and http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Ultimate-Raspberry-Pi-La...

Besides, who knows? By the time GPD Pocket comes out with its next "vastly improved" PocketCHIP 2.0+ versions, Raspberry Pi Foundation or some other maker company will come out with ITS "vastly improved" competitive product to Beat the Pricepoint Pants off of it!

2 more c's
penguinist

Feb 21, 2017
8:15 PM EDT
Yes and let's not forget the Odroid-C2 which runs a full 64-bit Linux OS (the RPi runs 32-bit, even the RPi3) at a price tag of $40, only $5 more than the RPi.

The only reason to use the RPi these days is because of its support for a camera, support which the Odroid-C2 lacks. Other than that, the Odroid has more memory (2GB vs 1GB on the RPi3), higher ethernet speed (1Gb vs 100 Mb with the RPi), more advanced cpu architecture (armv8 vs armv7 with RPi3), higher speed cpu (1.5 MHz vs 1.2 MHz with RPi3), and hdmi 2.0 support (2160p/60Hz vs 1080p on the RPi).
mbaehrlxer

Feb 21, 2017
11:07 PM EDT
flufferbeer: the GDP pocket has 8GB RAM and a 128GB SSD. i don't see how any RPI solution would even compare.

greetings, eMBee.
dotmatrix

Feb 22, 2017
12:48 PM EDT
eMBee:

The markets are different. The RPi computing market is an entire order of magnitude lower in cost.

On the $400 laptop, netbook market:

Been there done that. My old netbook is still running just fine... as a DHCP server and backup storage solution with external USB hard drives.

There used to be product called the OQO. Here's an article from somewhere on it:

https://www.wired.com/2009/04/oqos-brutal-les/

I like these tiny computing systems. They are fun to play with for awhile, but for me I have found that I require two kinds of systems:

1... a 'macro-sized' computing system.

2... a very micro-sized computing system.

If I need the power of 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD, I usually require a large sized --not just resolution-- screen, as well as an easy to type keyboard. Maybe that's just me...

I'm getting old and my fat fingers have never really worked well on those new fangled touch screen phone thingies. My thumbs are much more capable of hitting the space bar or guiding my soldering iron or wood stock into my bandsaw than typing on a Blackberry --- that was terrible, but a long time ago. And I always seem to accidentally start a game on my wife's Android phone when I really wanted to tap on the settings icon.

Anyway... I have not heard yet from the PocketCHIP company about shipping... and it's now past the middle of the first quarter.

Hopefully I get the little devil and my fingers are better at the keyboard than prior tries on other devices.

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