A large consortium of companies manages to outcompete a small-time community endeavor. That is not a surprise.
Without the Pandora you wouldn't have access to a N64 ARM dynarec as Ari64 originally targeted the Pandora. DraStic by Exophase is another example of that. Without the GCW Zero we would have had no N64 MIPS dynarec and no PCSX4ALL improvements (done by dmitry_smagin and senquack). Most innovation takes place in niche communities you might not care about, but you certainly will reap the fruit from their labor.
GPD Win and GPD Android consoles depend on existing software markets and bring nothing of value as a development target. All they run is generic software from scenes that are not their own. Of course, being the lowest common denominator these devices end up being the most successful as they are more powerful, more plentiful and therefore cheaper to produce.
You had me wrong bro
It's not that I don't appreciate Pandora for what it was. And I'm not here to bash the community. In fact I CARE about the community, even though you may say I'm a casual nerd/geek. I don't understand things like RISC, Mips, ingenic and all those stuffs. I don't even know how arduino works, why it even existed in the first place and why it such a success lol.
I only know about ingenic from searching for LDK community, that brought me back here. But FYI I've been eyeing these "open source handheld" devices since ages ago, probably even before Pandora, forgot the exact device that first sparks my interest back then.
ED is a ballsy guy taking the plunge with Pandora and Pyra. I give him that. And the innovation of the community are awesome, remember I use Linux as well, without the community Linux won't be as it is today, so I know what the community bring to the table.
I'll give you another example, LDK. Boy do I adore this device so much. It doesn't have anything what pandora nor gpd win deliver. It's above decent device, but built cheaply using cheap materials. Open up and see the LR buttons, what the fuck are those tiny silicon pads taped to the posts? One screw hole of my device already damaged, the plastic stuck to the screws. But it works. And yet again, as you said, without the community this device wouldn't exist in the first place!
As far as I know Pandora is the culmination of the ultimate open handheld device everyone dreamt about. But really, even the nubs are custom made? Why? That just expensive and really hard to do. GPD uses what is already available out there (i.e. Vita's joystick). I know the board is what taking the biggest proportion of the cost, but still, every other components play role in setting the price too, didn't they? And adding 4g option to Pyra is the worst decision ever. Glad GPD didn't do it.
You have to admit : Pandora and Pyra was primarily over-engineered
. Also overpriced device that's complicated to build AND to use.
LDK, not so much. Though still not intended for casuals (I even break the stock OS when It first came), but it's simple, cheap to produce, and everyone loves it! If this kind of device specification was made by ED, I'm pretty sure the build quality would be way much different. It cannot do other stuffs (not even playing movies decently) but it does what it's intended to quite well : retro emulation.
However, when I first stumbled upon LDK youtube review there were about less than 5 stores in Aliexpress. Today it fills up to probably 3 pages of stores selling it. That is everyone's ultimate goal eventually : commercial success. Isn't it?
GPD 1 IMO was over engineered as well, but at the last minute they cut corners (bottom aluminum shell for example), 3 joystick switches (xinput, dinput and mousemode). They were trying to please everyone on the first version. Who uses dinput for games today? Also most casuals/non tech geeks said GPD Win was overpriced and underpowered as well. That's why the majority of the mainstream crowd would just take switch for games on the go.
Those are just my opinions and suggestions. Sorry OP for derailing your thread.