I've only barely had it up an running. Some quick comments.
I put the Raspbian Linux files on an already formatted micro SD card and booted the device. I used the same 5 V adapter that worked with my original Raspberry. I used a HDMI->DVI cable to get a picture out of a display.
It takes about 35 seconds to get to the password prompt, and under a minute I'm at the desktop, that's pretty good.
|Trying desperately to make the desk look like an Atari ST.|
The desk is smoother this time around, although apparently it has been changed anyway. The windows move around fine without clogging everything down. The browser is reasonably good and I can actually edit this blog post with no trouble. (Though I inserted the pictures later)
|Casing? Why bother?|
|The obligatory spectrum emulator|
Well, I can hardly complain, it's a solid install that is designed to work well with the Raspberry Pi. In terms of robustness I'm somewhat more positive about this than some of my recent Chromebook/Ubuntu experiences. Time will tell...
|This is what a desk looks like...|
The four USB ports already introduced with the 1+ are very welcome, the change to microSD I'm not too fond about.
For something that cost €45 (and probably cheaper somewhere), it's pretty impressive. It remains to be seen whether I get to do anything special with it. For some people it's like an expanded Arduino, but despite the roughly similar form factor I don't see them as filling the same niche. Arduino helps even people like me to "get" electronics and build stuff, but with Pi these things work on another level. It's doubtful I ever do anything more than fool around with software and casemodding.