Sorry, but I suck at explaining stuff :P
Maybe, but Craig got the original idea in his head from the feedback etc. that the GP2X got on the forums. Some of his choices were purely down to what parts they could afford and what parts weren't copyrighted too. The finished Pandora is a mash up of all these sources.Exophase said:Yes, there was a lot of discussion on what Pandora should be. Most of it was summarily ignored. Most of the design was decided long before the discussion even began. I know this because I've talked to craigix several times about Pandora before people even knew there was going to be one, much less what it was going to be called. And craigix had in mind a device with an 800x480 screen, clamshell, keyboard, usual gaming controls, USB, SD, etc. Originally MMSP2+ was going to be used, but it was dropped because OP realized its performance was not very good. The decision to move to an OMAP3 based handheld didn't come from community decision but because TI contacted craigix directly. And although craigix did relate this option back to the boards it wasn't to get their input on the platform but to determine if they'd be willing to buy a $300+ handheld. That's all, not a design decision.
I think the only really big contribution the boards had was the dual analog nubs, something craigix wasn't really intending at first (but warmed up quite a bit to). Some aspects were voted on by users, but more in a manner of "pick from one of these similar options" than actually coming up serious design.
This isn't the community having some well defined vision and a guy coming along and thinking it'd be nice to make someone else's dream come true. This was craigix's dream; that it happens to align well with what this community wants is just a nice coincidence. But actually, if it were designed by this community at large I have a feeling it wouldn't have had a keyboard and it wouldn't have been a clamshell.
The volume wheel was definitely asked for due to the 2X not having one.
So was a dedicated menu button.
The clam shell is common sense.
The touch screen was asked for and bought because it didn't cost much more than the normal screen and it offered more choice. Craig was never really that keen on a touch screen IIRC.
Due to it having a touch screen, it also needed a stylus and a place to put the stylus.
The battery wasn't originally going to be easily removable either, but M.Weston made it so after a lot of requests.
The forum has guided the software side of things more though IMO.
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