“I ordered two of these on launch day from The PiHut (http://thepihut.com/). I am impressed by the size and the immediate compatibility with my existing B+ project. I splashed out on a board only and the bundle with their essential kit.
For this test, I simply transferred the micro-SD card and USB WiFi adapter from a running B+. The micro USB to standard USB socket came with the kit.
The picture above (https://nicbkw.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Raspberry-Pi-Zero1.jpg) shows a Raspberry Pi Zero fitted with DIL socket (also provided in the kit) on the GPIO pins so it can sit nicely in the T-Cobbler Plus. Note that the power is supplied via a power monitor that shows current with an active WiFi connection; standalone, running linux, no active apps, current consumption is around 0.08A.
The Zero is an interesting solution for IoT; board area is around 1/3 of the B+, then choose any kind of wireless networking; Bluetooth, WiFi and/or GSM. It runs the same Broadcom chip originally used on the A+, but at a faster clock speed. The GPIO pinout is identical to the B+.
The Raspberry Pi Zero costs £4 quantity 1 – great value and definitely exceeds MVP!”
“I ordered my Pi Zero, and it came very quickly, and with all the right extras. In particular they had already included the Raspbian setup on the SD card, which was a very welcome and helpful addition. Highly recommended!”
“On hearing about the Pi Zero, rushed out immediately to get my hands on one. Like most failed to get the cover gift on the MagPi magazine so was majorly thankful that I had ordered this kit.
The kit contains everything your likely to need to get started, board, cables, connectors, sd card, the lot, and I'm currently working out how I might re-purpose the tin itself to house the Pi and a usb hub, when I've worked out the best option I let you all know.”
“Absolutely brilliant idea - take the Raspberry Pi, shrink it, and make the ideal candidate for wearable tech, and other small applications that don't need the power of the full-size Pi.
It helps to have the essentials kit as well, to give the additional connectors to get you going - all I needed to add was a small usb hub and a micro-usb cable for power, and viola! Currently experimenting with a default Raspbian install, but hopefully the MagPi magazines will provide inspiration for future projects.
Definitely a must-have :)”