I took the plunge, preordered PocketCHIP. I saw some YouTube videos on it.Quite interesting device
I did interested in stuffs like Raspberry Pi, but I tried my friend’s and well it’s Linux. I might use it for daily, light computing needs, but I already got Windows desktop. I liked Pyra (pandora successor) but it’s expensive as hell. I’d better buy a full blown middle class gaming laptop with that kind of money.
The main charm of PocketChip is its portability and full QWERTY keyboard. It also got dedicated dpad I suppose so if emulator runs great on this, I probably can get over Pyra. I’m not a programmer, nor do I do hackings and such. But I’m a linux hobiist. Portability and Pico itself enough to make me take the plunge.
I could buy cheaper Android but I already have 5 Android devices at my disposal, and the apps are definitely intended mainly for consumers. So I figure why not try something new. I didn’t have the resources to experiments with Pi, like making it a portable handheld device like those in YouTube, so PocketCHIP itself is a plus for me. Can’t wait to get my hands on sunvox too. Anyway :
- HD(1080p and 720p) videos x264 don’t run well on this thing. Said the desktop don’t have good hardware accelerated driver yet, but pocketchip should run better. Can anyone confirm this? I might use it for client presentation on which I usually use HD videos.
- Looked into the forum here SNES emulator don’t seem to be working currently, as I’ve checked some of the threads here. This is kind of dissapointing, as this would be one of the major decision making point. GBA seems run well, but I don’t know any games on it. I grew up only with SNES, the only console I had as a kid. How about mame?
- Browsing don’t seem to be on comfortable side on this device, Saw some guy testing IceWeasel on YouTube on PocketCHIP and boy do that guy really having hard time with it. Some suggested Midori. I’ve used it before, and I can live with it. I use Dolphin on my second phone and it’s enough.
- How about LibreOffice, will it run comfortably on it? I know it got Abiword and Gnumeric, but I’ve tried those on Ubuntu but didn’t like it. I can live with it for sure, but if it able to run LibreOffice comfortably I’ll be very glad.
- Pico seems interesting enough, I bought a Voxatron license (which includes Pico) after I saw the videos. But I suppose currently it’s like virtual machine console where you play other creations within the software, more like GameMaker but you export the project instead of exporting standalone game.
- Might do some art on it too. With resistive stylus it will be like drawing on device like Galaxy Note. Will GIMP and inkscape run comfortably on this? Or any other lighter alternative than those?
- Doom with QWERTY keyboard seems like a deal. But how about Brutal Doom? Have anyone tried it?
Anyway, other than those please share your experiences on PocketCHIP daily use here? What are you mainly use it for? Thank you.