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C.H.I.P. vs Pi Zero: Which Cheap Computer is Better? | Make:


curated by | November 28, 2015

Now there are two capable, sub-$10 computers for Makers — the $5 Pi Zero and the $9 C.H.I.P. — we compare the specs of each.

John Payne’s insight:
As a thought experiment, after figuring out what else you’d need to do what you want to do with each of these, and totaling up the costs, if you already have a Mac (for Xcode) you might want to consider using a low-end iPod-touch combined with a USB breakout board instead. This might not make sense for your application, but for one requiring significant processing power, a screen, some input method, a camera, WiFi, gyroscope and accelerometer, and/or several hours of battery power, the $200 for an iPod-touch starts to look more competitive, and using it makes Apple’s extensive development environment available. No doubt there are also alternatives running Android.



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