Wow, yet another thread risen from the dead.
jamesh wrote: ↑
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:02 pm
... everything on the Zero is down to cost. This will be the cheapest option.
Yup, but the trade off is that the user who wants to use it with a keyboard, mouse and screen will need to buy additional accessories, which is why the Pi0 is recommended for end projects, while the Pi3 is what everyone should get as their main learning or working Pi (not to mention the Pi3 is 8X faster, has 2X the RAM, etc.).
I also suspect it would have been more difficult to squeeze a full size HDMI port onto the tiny and crowded Pi0 PCB.
As for the mini vs micro debate, they are just your typical planned obsolescence progression of popular product standards.
- HDMI > mini-HDMI > micro-HDMI
- USB > mini-USB > micro-USB (and now of course, USB-C)
- SD card > mini-SD card > micro-SD card
I have owned both phones and tablets with mini-HDMI, then I got a convertible ultrabook with micro-HDMI, and now newer devices are being equipped with USB-C ports, but let's not forget the previous generation of smartphones with micro-USB MHL ports that can do HDMI over micro-USB.
My mind is like a browser. 27 tabs are open, 9 aren't responding,
lots of pop-ups...and where is that annoying music coming from?