Open Pandora?

The Open Pandora (also known as Pandora) is a pocket computer with a full hardware keyboard & gaming controls, running an embedded Linux distribution.

pandora

Key features:

  • Small. About the size of a Nintendo DS, while a little thicker.
  • Runs a full GNU/Linux distribution with xfce windows manager.
  • Flexible: can run Android (Cyanogen Mod) and Slackware among others.
  • OMAP hardware (600mhz for CC/Rebirth models or 1Ghz for newer models).
  • Massive storage: 2 SD Card slots up allowing up to a total of 256 Gb of data.
  • Full QWERTY keyboard for easy typing.
  • Gaming controls: D-Pad, 2 analog controllers, 6 action buttons and 2 start/select buttons.
  • Resistive touch screen, provided with a stylus for precise pressure.
  • 4200 mA battery for more than 10 hours of operation.
  • Wifi-Bluetooth connectivity. LAN connectivity possible via adapter.
  • Full 2.0 USB Host to connect the device to USB 2.0 peripherals.
  • High quality DAC used for an excellent audio output.
  • Lots of free applications from the Linux world, through a repository for easy installation.
  • King of Emulators: Runs about every console/computer from 8 bits to 32 bits era, as well as many arcade games. (Note: Saturn is not well emulated yet)
  • Made, assembled and packaged in Germany.

How to get a Pandora ?

The Open Pandora is usually not available in actual stores – it can be ordered online in different shops depending on your location: http://openpandora.org/#!order

Versions ?

Over the course of the years the Pandora has been through different versions:

  • CC version: the original one, black case, with 256 Mb RAM running at 600 Mhz.
  • Rebirth version: new production from 2012, with 512 Mb RAM running at 600 Mhz. The first batches were in black casing and the more recent ones in silver.
  • 1Ghz version: new model since late 2012, with 512 Mb RAM running at 1 Ghz, silver casing only.