TenorMan send TenorDad to Craig's place and we could sell the ring-side seats to help raise some cash for OPT.
@TenorDad - The Pandora is OpenPandora's first crack at a hand-held console. It comes with a few risks and issues but if you understand and accept these you will not be disappointed with the unit. It has a full Linux desktop and offers a excellent platform to learn Linux, various programming languages and tinker with many open source projects. Compare this with the closed hardware of an Apple product where you can run only what Apple allows you to download. You could jailbreak it but there goes your warranty.
The Pandora is unique. I'm buying one as a UMPC which happens to be good at gaming. I will use this thing for entertainment but the R&D options this thing opens up are endless, and it is here the educational value of the unit wins big time.
Get the iPad2, send it to me. I'll send you a Pandora. Seriously!
Is he paying for it? If so, not much you can do but try and convince him, but you could try this:
Compile a list of all the things you want to do with your mobile device (iPad vs. Pandora, maybe others). Make sure it's a comprehensive list of only things YOU want to do with it. Then specify on that list which device can do what without any additional hardware. If both can do one of the listed items, explain which can do it better and why. Be brief with these descriptions, and don't be biased.
Then show him the list and let him look it over.
If that doesn't work and your dad is rich, have him buy you an iPad, then complain endlessly about how it doesn't do what you want it to. Emphasis on 'endlessly'. Keep muttering under your breath about how a Pandora would have done what you wanted. Just make sure you're trying to make do, not just complaining to get your way.
If he isn't paying for it, I don't see what the problem is.
Tell him the Pandora comes with all the tools necessary to write software for it, onboard, whereas the iPad will require a huge multi-thousand $$$ investment just to get hello world written.
Jailbreaking is no substitute for a device that comes with dev tools. Plus as has been said, that voids your warranty(jailbreaking).
*Does* the Pandora come with development tools(gcc, as, ld, even NASM?)?
I'm surprised people are comparing a handheld with a tablet. Next thing you know people will be bringing in TVs for comparison.
Well, for one thing, there's tens of thousands more programs that run on the Pandora than the iDevices. Know why? Emulators. C64, various Apple computers, Oric, Tandy, Spectrum, Windows 3.1, so many more. So yeah, you can run Microsoft's word processor.
And I haven't even mentioned all the game systems you can emulate.