LTolledo
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Suggestion for a Christmas Gift

Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:42 pm

Yes I know it still early....

but am doing some budgeting for my Christmas gift shopping....

am planning to give Raspberry Pi as a gift* to family and friends who are newbies to the world of SBCs but have shown interest in those.

So which among the 5 models should I choose from? and why?

1. Raspberry Pi 3 model B+
2. Raspberry Pi 3 model B
3. Raspberry Pi 1 model B+
4. Raspberry Pi Zero W
5. Raspberry Pi Zero WH

* Gift as in just the RPi board itself.... well maybe with a case.... and/or PSU.... maybe.... ;)
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Re: Suggestion for a Christmas Gift

Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:06 pm

Give them the 3B+ as it's easiest to use, fastest, has 5GHz WiFi on-board, has GB ethernet andhas the full set of four USBs.

Any other Raspberry is more specialised and needs a compromise for the missing features.
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Re: Suggestion for a Christmas Gift

Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:10 pm

Including a known good power supply (such as the official one) could save your recipients a lot of grief. And an SD card flashed with the latest Raspbian would make you a Super Santa.

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Re: Suggestion for a Christmas Gift

Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:24 pm

Gotta agree, RPi3B+ & official 2.5A power supply, including a microSD card with Raspbian on it will see them immediately using it - & a case would be nice. 8-)

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Re: Suggestion for a Christmas Gift

Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:55 pm

I'll add my voice to the Pi3B+, for the already stated reasons.

That said, I note that you omitted the A+ from your list.

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Re: Suggestion for a Christmas Gift

Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:48 pm

Ho! Ho! Ho!

DougieLawson, Douglas6, k-pi and W.H.Heydt, thanks for your suggestions! :D

Giving a "complete starter set" would really be great as the recipient can just turn on and use the RPi immediately, but I also want them to learn how to complete the set and install the OS themselves so they also learn in the process. But I'll probably choose later on who gets the "starter pack" and who gets the "bare bones pack". ;)

Why the Raspberry Pi A+ not included in the list? Well.... the Raspberry Pi Zero WH can probably cover it, and with the additional WiFi capability a plus factor...

Will keep polling suggestions until the end of next week....

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Re: Suggestion for a Christmas Gift

Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:13 pm

The RPi A+ is an expensive way to get a RPi ZWH without the on-board WiFi. You need a very special project to justify the extra cost of the A+.
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Re: Suggestion for a Christmas Gift

Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:51 am

As regards the A+... It does have the benefits of full sized connectors and power protection circuits. I would say that the choice between a Pi0 and an A+ is narrower than some might think. It may also depend on *who* is going to be working with it as much as what the project is.

Of course, I also think they RPT should launch a Pi3A+. That would make the differences rather more obvious. But that's a different discussion and one we had in Off Topic.

For the nonce, even for a "bare bones" gift, adding an official RPF PSU would avoid any number of possible pitfalls.

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Re: Suggestion for a Christmas Gift

Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:56 am

LTolledo wrote:
Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:48 pm
Giving a "complete starter set" would really be great as the recipient can just turn on and use the RPi immediately, but I also want them to learn how to complete the set and install the OS themselves so they also learn in the process.
I honestly don't see the advantage of making your recipients learn the differences between etcher, win32diskimager, and noobs. I can't picture what real-life advantage is obtained. Except, perhaps, "programming is confusing." It's not something that will apply anywhere else, except in terms of "failure makes the heart grow stronger." Just saying.

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Re: Suggestion for a Christmas Gift

Tue Oct 23, 2018 1:30 am

Douglas6 wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:56 am
I honestly don't see the advantage of making your recipients learn the differences between etcher, win32diskimager, and noobs. I can't picture what real-life advantage is obtained.
Knowledge has value, and the Raspberry Pi computers are intended to be a learning tool. The main advantage would be that they won't be calling you every time they have a problem and need to re-image their cards. ;)
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