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Old 30 September 2008, 18:42   #1
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Pandora (Open Hardware) now available to pre-order

3000 units have been made available for pre-order, with delivery sometime towards end of November

http://openpandora.org/retro.html

You might have seen the Amiga emulation running on this - it looks great, and for me it'll be the portable amiga I dreamed of back in 1991 when I was selling Amigas and monochrome Philips laptops as a saturday job whilst studying for my a-levels

Very, very excited about this. It looks superb !
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Old 30 September 2008, 20:27   #2
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My order's in!

Had a small concern that they weren't asking for a delivery address, but on enquiry the very helpful lady at gbax said that they knew about the problem and would use the billing address on the card used as payment unless you mail them and ask for it to be changed.

Pandora and 16gb SDHC card for less than 250 notes - get in!

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does it have wifi?
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Old 30 September 2008, 20:47   #4
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Yes it has Wifi (and bluetooth).

Wish I had the money to pre order one
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damn! gonna get me one!
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Old 01 October 2008, 05:00   #6
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http://gbax.com/pandorax.html for Americas, Australia, Japan, and Korea.
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Old 01 October 2008, 11:35   #7
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They are still yet to be made... I'll hold off.
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Old 01 October 2008, 11:36   #8
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Pay with a credit card. If it doesn't turn up, you've got the full protection of the consumer credit act behind you. It's zero risk.
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Hmm, I'll still wait.

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Old 01 October 2008, 12:26   #10
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Hmm, I'll still wait.
I'm waiting for people to get their first batch, see what issues there are then order for (hopefully) an improved version from the second or third batch.

Plus i'm skint!
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I agree there Alexh

While it seems to be genuine .......the lack of functionality of the rest of their website beggars the question as to their competence in actually supplying what they promise

Too many times have Amiga enthusiasts parted with money only to be let down with long delays & NO REFUNDS when weeks turn to months...

IMHO please use caution
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gbax have been around for a while, they originally imported the gp32 to the UK and then became the exclusive UK distributor for the gp2x. There may be delays but I don't doubt craigix will deliver. It is an ambitious undertaking. EvilDragon is the German gp2x distributor and is also tied into this project. Both have never given anyone any reason to doubt their intentions. They have delayed the pre order again and again to make sure the hardware is ready and everything is right.

They have my support, this is everything I could want in a handheld.
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I'm waiting for people to get their first batch, see what issues there are then order for (hopefully) an improved version from the second or third batch.
That was my attitude as well. But as soon as preorders started yesterday I couldn't resist and bought that damn thing (didn't wanna wait 'til next year).

About seven weeks left until my full speed portable Amiga 500 (and Super NES) arrives...

I'm usually very sceptical about such things - but those gp32x-folks and EvilDragon have my trust.

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Please post here when yours arrives, pics included!
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The site is very slow and at some points unavailable as well as the GP2x forums. Sell out on the cards?

It has been slashdotted and edgadgetted so that explains 99% of the traffic I guess!
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It really does look like a great gadget. I have reservations over the screen size, there is certainly space for something bigger. Maybe even bin the speakers. Who doesnt use Headphones on these things?

Regarding it not yet being available, the credit card act is a nice backup, however it doesn't protect against delays and potential credit card interest...

Caveat Emptor...
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Pay with a credit card. If it doesn't turn up, you've got the full protection of the consumer credit act behind you. It's zero risk.
well if it takes too long for them to finish it, it will not be easy getting your money back
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For that price you get a small Asus EEE PC, you can even run XP on it and play emulated games.

I know coz I tested Raine and played Gigawing on a borrowed 7 inch eee PC with a Japanese Saturn pad converted to USB.
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About seven weeks left until my full speed portable Amiga 500 (and Super NES) arrives...
A500? They're aiming for fullspeed A1200 on this beauty :-)

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For that price you get a small Asus EEE PC, you can even run XP on it and play emulated games.
Yeah, but you can't put an EEE PC in your pocket, and if you want gaming controls you have to hook up a controller. This thing wins the eee all over :-)

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