You may be shocked if you counted the number of ARM devices which you encounter during your daily life. I would wager that ARM devices would probably out-number any other processor you have contact with (and you can combine Intel and AMD), the difference is they often do their job without a sticker on the box.gritz wrote:ARM get more widely adopted by more mainstream hardware and software developers...
I do agree about the penny pinching mentality to some level, but cheap hardware does still open up new applications where expensive items just wouldn't be placed (price is always a key factor). There simply is no magic combination of kit, as every need is unique, but for learning there doesn't always need to be a perfect fit, as long as the value can be gained through the learning possible with it.
Granted, the out of the box experience toll is always a high price to pay, and this is something which is always being worked on to improve, perhaps TI will help this too by raising the bar.
You can learn a lot more by using an LED and a resistor with the Raspberry Pi than you would doing a 100 rounds of CandyCrush on an iPad, even if it is easier. So ultimately it really does come down to what you do with it anyway.