We have recently had the Raspberry Pi Zero W, an updated and improved version of the Raspberry Pi Zero. And although some already have it, the arrival of this new plate is being very gradual.
This has been leveraged by rival Raspberry Pi projects that are releasing new models and SBC boards for the end user. Orange Pi is one of those alternative projects that has recently launched an alternative to Raspberry Pi Zero W, this alternative is called Orange Pi 2G-IoT.
This SBC board is small in size like Raspberry Pi Zero, but unlike the Zero W model, Orange Pi 2G-IoT has a module for sim cards that will allow us to have communication anywhere and at any time.
Orange Pi 2G-IoT is cheaper than Raspberry Pi Zero W
Orange Pi 2G-IoT has a processor Allwinner at 1,2 Ghz, with 256 Mb of ram and a 40-pin GPIO port. It has a slot for microsd cards, a wifi and bluetooth module and two USB ports. Like other Orange Pi models, the Orange Pi 2G-IoT features a power and reset button. Orange Pi 2G-IoT is achievable in large online stores for $ 9 a unit.
While it is true that Orange Pi 2G-IoT has less amount of ram memory than Raspberry Pi Zero W, it is also true that the size is almost the same and the price too, so we can use the two boards combined for our IoT project. On the other hand, the sim card module is something practical that will allow us to create smart or IoT-related projects for a low price. Also, if the ram memory issue is a problem, we can always use the GPIO port to connect it with a Pi Zero W, resulting in a more complete and powerful electronics, don't you think?