@timx Yes. The extra $15 isn’t very relevant for me as I’ll have to design my own PCB anyway. If I can buy preloaded P0 modules from Particle that’s great. I can also flash my own modules with the Adafruit firmware, but if possible I’d like to avoid it.
Adafruit is missing the OTA updates and many other things, so there’s drawbacks with both solutions. The biggest drawback with Adafruit is that this is their only product based on the P0 module. If they decide that they’re not making enough money from it, they can just ditch the product and leave me in the dirt. Particle has a solid ecosystem built up around this device, but I have to be able to connect to AWS, so if Particle does not solve that I’ll have to use the Adafruit firmware.
I dunno for sure, but I think Particle is basically selling the Photon at a loss as their marketing push toward Makers? Their main business model is to create a great API and then sell server services that makes it fast to roll out new internet-connected hardware. The more Makers they get on board, the higher their sales volume will be. I’ve seen some of the Hangouts they’ve posted on Youtube and I really like their thinking. I think it’s a good model both for me and for them.