Sorry for pushing it up again, but it's really fascinating to watch this thread
From the first pictures and anticipations of the people on the board here about the GPD G7 and the final realization.
And now we hold this awesome machine in our hands, and it's dirt cheap ($108 at Aliexpress.com, last time I checked, with free shipping, I paid a [tiny] bit more).
I think price-wise the G7 is the best device available. It's even got updates and some communication from the producer GPD, which is more than most devices on aliexpress / from China can say.
The Russian interview I read seemed to emphasize, that they really want input of the community and they send prototypes to the customers and fans to help them. They also take into consideration feedback they get.
I hope they keep up the good work.
I mean, where else do you get such a fast quad core with 1 gb ram, a pretty nice (ok, it's standard though, but it works fine) graphics chip and 8gb internal SD plus all the delivered software.
The only thing bad about it is the missing bluetooth or SIM card support. But hey, you can use a dongle. I have an OTG USB cable, my gamepad works properly, the USB stick (any filesystem, even up to ext4) works perfectly.
Didn't get my $3 Ethernet adapter to work, but might be an error by mself. WIll start up the console and dmesg the shit out of that adapter.
And I have an USB hub (without power support) on the G7 so I can put on multiple devices (not much, though, 500mA only gets you that far...)
The G7 really over excelled all my expectations, seriously.
The only real problem I have with it is the cheap buttons. The analog sticks can easily get broken, it seems.
Well, I stood on it. My fault. I bought a 2nd one, though. It was well worth the price and now I have spare parts for the future. So far the machine holds up pretty well.
I also use it to develop games for Android. It's an excellent machien for that, I can even work native (I use the Pygame subset for Android, which converts Python to Java and creates an unsigned and a signed apk package autoMAGICally
What's your view on the G7?
Was it worth the price?
I really hold that device in high regards, as you might have noticed, and I recommended it to my friends, they were all quite impressed and some already bought ne.