When comparing Banana Pi vs VIBE2, the Slant community recommends VIBE2 for most people. In the question“What are the best single-board computers?” VIBE2 is ranked 24th while Banana Pi is ranked 27th. The most important reason people chose VIBE2 is:
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Pro Additional keys for booting or shutting down
Pro SATA port
Pro Official support for multiple Desktop-version Linux distros
Banana Pi officially supports Fedora, Arch, Lubuntu and openSUSE. It also can be used with Raspbian (Debian derivative) or Android.
Pro Onboard Wi-Fi
Most models have an onboard Wi-Fi.
Pro Excellent compatibility with Raspberry Pi software
Other than having a port of Raspbian (the official OS for Raspberry Pi) available for use with full capabilities, Banana Pi can also use many applications that were originally written for Raspberry. One of these is WiringPi, a C/C++ library which gives easy access to Raspberry's I/O with a strong Arduino flavor. But that is just one example of the many open source projects being ported to Banana Pi.
Pro Support Industrial connections
Pro BeagleBone Compatible
Compatible with many exiting BeagleBone capes
Pro On board wireless support
Includes 3G GSM/CDMA, GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth
Con Bad software support
Con Does not fit most Raspberry Pi cases, even though it's where it clearly has gotten the inspiration from
The Banana Pi is pretty noticeable a Rapberry Pi lookalike and the name does not hide this information either. Unfortunately it's a bit larger than the Raspberry Pi, making it very hard to fit into most Raspberry Pi cases.
Con No off-the-shelf camera modules
The A20 chip that the Banana Pi uses lacks a true Camera Serial Interface implementation, instead it uses a parallel camera interface. The problem with this is that there are no off-the-shelf camera modules that support this and can connect to the Banana Pi, but it should be mentioned that the makers of Banana Pi have promised to create a camera module that is supported by it.