[quote]Quote from radu on December 24, 2011, 10:21
Not everyone needs GPIO, not everyone has a compatible TV, not everyone has reliable power supply, the RasPi doesn\'t come with wifi, power supply, case, any input devices, and can\'t be used by itself. A tablet can.[/quote]
GPIO: Don\'t need it? Don\'t use it!
But it does remind me of the \"User Port\" concept on the back of micros like the Vic20, C64, BBC B, etc etc. It was there, it didn\'t have to be used, but it was surprising how many useful things were hung off it.
Compatible TV: You still using a TV with just an antennna socket on the back?
Most functional TVs at least have sound/composite video inputs on the back, or a SCART plug that provides the same facilities. Anything from the past five years will have HDMI too.
Reliable power supply: \'tis true, you need power for the TV too.
Though if you live in such dire straits, then a tablet will be definitely out of your reach.
Wifi, PSU, Case, Input devices: Not needed, cheap or you\'ve got one already.
Not everyone needs or wants \"Wifi\", its an expensive extra on a static device (edit:
and if you really need it, suitable wifi dongles are cheap and will plug into a USB hub). PSU. suitable 5v psu\'s are bloody cheap. Case, well the series 1 boards donb\'t have a case, true BUT the ones for schools will have cases and, I hear, the option to buy cheap suitable peripherals like, for example a keyboard and mouse fot those who don\'t have access to one already.
It can\'t be used by itself. Of course it can!
I think you mean that it isn\'t portable, and that\'s a different matter.
Tablets are designed for one market segment, the Raspberry Pi has been designed for another. There are overlaps in technology but that doesn\'t mean that one can function just as well as the other in an alien niche. Its just a surprise that there are other functions that the Pi can fulfil as well as providing a cheap computer for schoolchildren (esp those in the UK) to experiment on without buggering up the family PC.
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