reiuyi wrote:A direct comparison between Raspberry Pi and the Allwinner A10 is unfair, though.
There are quite of few people here reporting power supply and SD card compatibility issues (although the last seems to be solved with the latest firmware).
It would therefore make sense for an average person wishing to avoid that, to play safe, and order a known good PSU and SD with their Pi.
If you do so at Farnell or RS you will end up paying a total amount that is in the same price category as an A10.
I do not think it is unfair to compare similarly priced toys.
(Shipping might currently make it slightly more expensive, but if they were to offer a cheaper method, or if you had a need for more than one, that becomes a non-issue as well)
You got lucky with customs, otherwise this development board would have been easily twice the retail price of raspi.
Might differ by country.
But customs seldom bothers to inspect small electronics from China here.
If it was a 10" tablet coming in a fancy box, instead of a bare PCB, it would have been different.
As far as I can tell the onboard wifi is an amazing advantage.
Actually, I do not really like wifi, and bought the board for the LAN instead
Already had a A10 based tablet with wifi.
The size is a lot bigger than raspi. I must ask if it's some sort of ITX-compatible size?
Not sure about ITX compatibility.
Size is about the same as my external laptop USB hard disk.
What's the unpopulated position next to the sd card reader (maybe another usb)?
Are those really mounting holes? They look more like holes meant for injection-molded plastic sticks to hold the thing in place in a cheap casing.
I am more a software guy, and do not work in electronics.
If it is a hole in a pcb and there are no nearby components in the way, I call it a mounting hole, not sure about the proper term.
Could you perhaps provide all the names of the chips on the board? (like the exact ram modules, flash, lan controller, wifi module, etc).
Memory (of my early 512 MB model): Hynix H5TQ1G83DFR
Flash: Micron 29F32G08CBACA
USB HUB: GL850
Wifi: think RTL8188CUS (hard to read)