Problem is at this rate (being almost half way through 2021), that first 500 queue could stretch us into Q4 2021 or even 2022 if slowdown..Progress has been slowed due to obvious reasons, so unless you're a pre-pre-orderer (in the first 200), then don't expect an email for at least 8 weeks, then it will be the first early pre-orderers who will be getting theirs from the first 500 units. Unfortunately, it's a tough waiting game for most of us, but the processes are being gradually refined I believe.
My fear is that the rollout is TOO slow too late, and that without a massive rollout the community will be extremely small and little hype will be created.
I mean jeez, there are ~100 people out there with Pyra's and there is basically nothing out there at all about it. No reviews, no hackers / modders doing projects with it on YT, even the forums are looking sad...
The massive issue is that basically all aspects of the device are EOL and significantly out of date as of like 2015. When now we have multiple real UMPC makers that make nice desktop performance platforms (Aya, GPD, One Notebook, etc) it's going to be a hard sell for many.
Writing on the wall is looking bleak for the Pyra in my eyes outside of a niche collector piece -- but please don't take this as anything other than honest criticism. Time to shat or get off the pot if we want a vibrant community like the Pandora.