Devices like the Raspberry Pi create an excellent mini-computer experience that requires a little bit of DIY knowledge to add things like cases, the SD card and other components. What if you want a similar experience without all the fuss? The Hiapad Hi-802 might be of particular interest to you.
This mini-stick PC is equipped with a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and has 1GB of RAM. It also has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and micro-SD for expansion. There is an HDMI port for directly plugging into your TV and there is a USB 2.0 port for your keyboard/mouse and other accessories.
Unlike the Raspberry Pi, you get an Android 4.0 OS experience right out the box. Sound expensive? Actually importers like armdevices.net will offer it for as low as $89 when it becomes officially available later next month.
For those looking to add SmartTV-like functionality to your regular HDTV, this could be a cheap and easy way to do it. Imagine playing some of your favorite Android games and using some of the best entertainment programs all from the big screen. This isn’t the first device to offer this type of experience, but it is certainly a powerful device (quad core) and is still really low priced.
What do you think, interested or not?