Round One - Fight!
Mockery is the greatest form of flattery. Raspberry Pi hit the world by storm. Immediately, the industry responded. Since Raspberry Pi was introduced, many usurpers have tried to dethrone the board with little luck. Like Kleenex or Xerox, Raspberry Pi is the defacto description of small form factor computers. Every new board mentions Raspberry Pi somewhere in its literature; a mantra being “we are better than.” However, are any of the alternatives better? Let’s take a look.
This chart is put together under some criteria. The board must have some sort of video out built in or designed for it. The board must have come into existence since the release of the Raspberry Pi. In addition, I picked boards that either suggest directly, or third party referencing, it as a replacement for a Raspberry Pi.
Raspberry Pi vs The World: a comparison between the top contenders. (See attached files for large resolution images of the list... all images via their respective companies)
The BeagleBone Black, UDOO, and Parallella seem like strong contenders in ousting the Raspberry Pi from its global domination. But, all these boards lack one critical success factor, a huge and fervent community. Raspberry Pi prevalence is so large, that numerous companies have sprung up just developing accessories for the board. And they are all paying salaries because of it. Just see this list of Raspberry Pi Accessories that put the little board back on top of the stack.
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