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Pandora review: What do you want to know?

Well, lookie here. It’s the lesser spotted Pandora, the open source gaming handheld that’s been in the works for years. We’ve got one of the very first ever produced, and we’re going to give the emulating machine a full and proper test, so it’s time to tell us: what do you want to know about it for our full Pandora review?

We’ve already got several emulators up and running on the Pandora, including those for all your stalwart SNES and Mega Drive ROMs, but there’s plenty more this little critter is capable of. It’s got Wi-Fi onboard, an awesome D-pad and even a full QWERTY keyboard – something the Nintendo 3DS can’t say it has.

So, you tell us: what do you want to know most about the Pandora? Are you keen on getting classic Dreamcast games up and running on it? Want to find out what the browser is capable of? Battery life? Availability? Whatever you need to know, just pop it down in the comments below, and stay tuned for our full Pandora review, coming soon!

Out TBC | £TBC | OpenPandora

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Copperwaite/556260563 Richard Copperwaite

    What I want to know is: Who's going to buy it? This device seems to be aimed at such a niche market!

    And how long will it take before someone puts linux on it and starts using it as a web server?

    • bensillis

      It's a very good question – getting hold of one is incredibly difficult. But to answer your second question -it runs Linux.

  • James Holland

    How comfortable (or uncomfortable) is it? Looks horrendous on the hands. I hate the PSP's ergonomics, and personally find the DS uncomfortable after a while too…. is this as bad as it looks too?

    • whynodd

      Its very comfortable. The Pandora is supposed to be used with a fully opened screen (like a DS since the Pandora isn't a Laptop) The controls are just in the right place, feels like a normal gamepad. I played and typed for hours without problems. A PSP feels way more cramped than my Pandora. And the qwerty is very handy for many tasks. Rubberbuttons are the best choice for typing on the go because they are silent and durable. If you own a sliding smartphone with a fragile clicky plastic keyboard, you'd love Pandoras keyboard.
      In short: The DPad feels awesome, ABXY are fine too, shoulder buttons a bit stiff but usable and the analogue “disks” are better than the PSP-analogue but they may cause trouble if they are not properly calibrated. In the OS, they are used for mouse move and clicking – I think it works better than those red IBM trackpoints.
      Overall the layout of all buttons is the best you can get on such a small computer.

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