Raspberry Pi vs FXI Cotton Candy
The Raspberry Pi is a bare, uncased board that costs $35, and the Cotton Candy is a finished, ready to run PC-in-a-USB stick that costs $199. Both sport ARM processors, use SD card storage (up to 64GB) and both will run Linux variants.
Raspberry Pi is powered by a 700MHZ Broadcom ARMv6 processor with VideoCore graphics, has 256MB of RAM, 2 USB ports, an Ethernet jack, and outputs for high definition audio & video via HDMI and RCA .
Somewhat costlier but much more elegant is the Cotton Candy from FXI which turns any screen (tablet, smartphone, PC, Mac, TV, set-top-box – anything with an HDMI or USB port) into a computer. The USB stick style unit contains a 1GHz Samsung ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, an ARM Mali-400 MP GPU, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI output and is available with either Android or Ubuntu operating system.
While these devices represent some amazing technological advances (emergence, chip size, low cost manufacturing) personally I wonder what exactly would an every-day-joe use it for? The problem is portability – to actually use these you’d have to lug around mouse, keyboard, power source and a bunch of cables. When you add up the cost and hassle of these peripherals I start to think… maybe I should just get an iPad?