Stripped down Pandora "light"?

Coldbird

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I'm just stating my oppinion that is all.


OpenPandora went through a long development time as is already... and now that they finally have a good concept that works great (love my unit) people want it to get redesigned again?


Just makes no sense to me, especially when you consider how much the enduser might be able to save... give it an estimate... what? 100 bucks?


It will still be 400 bucks then. For those that want it the difference will be minimal...


It's like looking at those weird Kindle Bookreaders Amazon is selling... Oh yes, there is a 3g-less version for what... oh yes 30 bucks less. xD


I just think the money people would be able to save by crippling it wouldn't be worth it...


Besides there really isn't too much you could cut... touchscreen and bluetooth maybe... cause if you were to remove something critical like the Keyboard then honestly this wouldn't be a Pandora anymore at all...
 

Blue Protoman

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As I've said, removing the keyboard would need a redesign of the entire case and the entire board!
 

Nardella

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Upon consideration it shouldn't be super hard to make a tablet style device that could serve as a "Pandora Light"


Why not just put a touch screen on top of a beagle board in a case, do some coding to make an app that will simulate nubs and buttons and keyboard with the touch screen and call it a Pandora Light. What else needs to be done?


And yes that was a semi serious question.
 

WizardStan

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1) I think you are seriously overestimating the cost of the nubs and keyboard, or severely underestimating the cost of the OMAP, battery, and touch screen.


2) Been done: the tablet version is still $300.
 

may88

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Back in the days when we still thought that two months TM was still funny and a possiblilty albeit with some optimisum, Craig was looking for another market for the pandora's motherboard. His idea at the time was to drop the screen, controls, battery and keyboard. This is a major change in form factor, so if there was sufficent interest then it may have been viable. A glut of motherboards has never been a problem so far more's the pity.


The spec originally suggested here is too similar to a full Pandora and would involve new boards. it's a new product, a commodore C14 if you will, with no market.
 
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