Originally Posted by Mr B
Actually, the reference to the phone was to show that the hardware is dated, not that it is a competitive device that does the same thing. And yes. The reason emulators give you a better experience on the Panda even as it has dated hardware, is the same as why the Amiga gives you a reasonable gaming experience where as the same era PC's lag behind, or if you rather like, the same reason as why gaming consoles of today give a sub par performance seen compared to what the hardware "could" do if properly optimized software was running. Open and well documented hardware with a reasonably good devkit, with a unrestricted software suit on it, vs locked down hardware, with a locked down software suit... Heck, the Panda was built with the homebrew crews in mind, the phones aren't. I pointed this out as well, so i don't quite understand why it's made an argument...
We're not arguing, we're just reinforcing the fact :-D
What do you expect? We're utter Pandora fanboys! But with good reason... As far as handhelds go, this is the mutt's nuts until the Vita comes out. I'm cautiously waiting for that one and will be watching the homebrew scene with interest. I've heard mutterings that jailbreaking/CFW hacking won't be needed as it might run homebrewed software as-is, in the style of "Other OS" on the PS3 but given Sony's reputation in this regard I'm leaning towards the usual fight between crackers and firmware updates we saw on the PSP.
Time will tell, I suppose. I expect the compromise Sony will come up with will be "you can run what you want, but only paid-for developers will have access to the full hardware" which will of course result in another war between us and Sony.
If the Panda is "this" fast on dated hardware, what would it have been if it had used up to date hardware? I'm guessing we will find out, in 2-5 years... Again, to late, so to speak.
And again you've hit the nail on the head with that. It's taken so damned long to get the hardware that wasn't dated in '08 to production in meaningful amounts that it's of interest only to people who like to hack around; if they'd got production going early on then we'd be on more current hardware by now.
There is an upgrade in the offing (1GHz+ CPU clock by default, more RAM and a better SGX as a drop-in upgrade for the current SOC - so no redesign of the PCB necessary) but the forums pretty much erupted in righteous indignation at the perceived "splitting of the community" that would result in. So we'll have to wait for Pandora 2 for that
So long as they make the second iteration a clamshell design, I'll be happy.