No problem. There are some gentleman in this forum, that has bent over backwards to help me. I am sure I have put their patience to the test, nevertheless, they persisted and remained very helpful, so I am glad if can help someone in return.
I do not have experience with TI’s MCU’s, but whenever I am looking for some sort of IC, I find myself first seeing whether I can find one of theirs. I have had pleasant experiences using their IC’s. Having said that, in terms is MCU’s… I like the fact that this is a focus area of Particle.
I honestly don’t think you can wrong using either Photon or Argon. Depending on the setup, you might even consider setting up a Mesh allowing you to use Xenon’s which is priced ±US$5 less than Photons. Of course in this case you will need at least one Argon to act as the Gateway. I am busy with such a project designing some Automation for our Coffee Roastery (referred to in my original reply). Here we will have a fruit salad of devices, Argon, Xenon and some Photons all having to work together
In my experience, consistency is not great. It is fine for projects at home where you can restart the device if stops responding and fiddle with it to get it back up again, but where I had to scan 100+ RFID cards consecutively and posting to MQTT server, it was a disaster. I also built a Bluetooth reader to connect to an iPad, but if inactive for ±2 minutes, we have to restart and pair again.
So I am deathly allergic to the ESP 8266 chip…
Side note: One more reason (outside of the ones mentioned before) I am also considering Argon is it seems the footprints and pin-outs of Xenon, Argon and Boron is similar. If I am correct, this is a huge advantage if you are having custom PCB’s designed as it will give you some flexibility to use either at any given stage. Please confirm though, just had a very brief overview of the footprints.