jamesh wrote:There's a big difference between Made in China, and Designed and made in China using the minimum priced components to actually make it work.
Well, in many cases Chinese companies don't want to be described as crap producers. They do really want to compete with non-Chinese companies in terms of quality/price. You still can buy crap, but if you don't want to you can pick the right items.
Let see - I've paid 160 PLN for a Raspberry Pi in a local shop. That's around 38,5 EUR. For almost the same price I got a MK809 III Android dongle (RK3188, Android 4.2) and thanks to Picuntu and Linuxium I could play with plain Linux on it and install Android 4.4 ROM too. Right now I'm just using it for QPython hacking on Android. I also have a "AmTech" tablet with a quad Allwinner. I paid like 220 PLN, so 1,37x Raspberry Pi. As any tablet it's a ready to use stand-alone device in a small form factor. I use it mostly to play games, watch Youtube from time to time and stuff like that. It works.
My mostly used Android is the Phone, Jiayu G3T which at the time of buying was priced at 3,25 Raspberries. Now it's rather "old model" replaced with something newer in the same price. It handles two SIM cards so one is the "phone" card, and the other one is 3G/4G internet oriented (much better plans/$). It has a quad Mediatek SoC, 1GB RAM, 1280x720 touch screen and Miumi 4.2 Android with options for 4.4. It can easily run Chrome with multiple tabs, Facebook, Google+, Youtube and many many other services and apps. And that phone is the only device that isn't 2 years old - and after 2 years warranty for products would end anyway so there would be no difference if it's an iPhone, Samsung or Chinese no-name
As a Python developer I like everything that is Python related - GPIO on Raspberry and other boards or Python on Android, but also I like it to be really usable. Not just to blink a LED, but to create a given device/project at a sane cost, low complexity and with not to many parts. Raspberry or other SBC with OMG amount of addon boards is rarely the best choice. Classical Linux on ARM (including Picuntu/Linuxium) is quite boring and aside of specific app development it sucks compared to Android in terms of end-user fun with gaming and multimedia. So it's good to notice Android and use its strengths and popularity