When comparing Banana Pi vs Samsung ARTIK, the Slant community recommends Banana Pi for most people. In the question“What are the best Raspberry Pi alternatives?” Banana Pi is ranked 5th while Samsung ARTIK is ranked 7th.
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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 First class SDK and IDE integration
Samsung Artik has a dedicated IDE built from Eclipse Che, which can build and push binaries into the system and supplies a SDK with it
Pro Not just a Chip family
An ARTIK module as they call it, is a pure IoT platform and can integrate with Artik Cloud.
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.
Con Lack of community
Con It's expensive
Although it has high specs, the computer comes with a pretty high price of 199 USD. It is intended for enterprises that want to integrate these modules into their products.
Con Based on MIPS
MIPS architecture is a more limiting RISC CPU architecture, so you're better off with ARM-based boards