Pine 64 is a single board computer that is more powerful than the $35 Raspberry Pi 3. I had backed the project on Kickstarter and received a 512MB version of the board that costs $15. But I liked the board so much that I ordered the most powerful board they have: the 2GB RAM version for $29. This board is also capable of running Android 5.x.\n\n\nHere's what you need to build your own $40 Android PC:\n\n\nA micro SD card for OS and storage. I recommend using a 32GB micro SD card so you will have enough space for the OS and apps.\n5v power adapter with micro USB (any Android phone charger will do)\nHDMI cable\nBluetooth or USB keyboard and mouse\nWifi\/Bluetooth module\nOn\/Off switch\nAn HDMI-enabled monitor\nA Linux, macOS or Windows PC for preparing the micro SD card.\u00a0\n\n Swapnil Bhartiya \n\nA fully operational Pine 64 set-up.\n\n\n\nStart by downloading the 32GB version of Android from the official download page and put the image on your micro SD card. Plug the micro SD card into the slot and turn the device on. It will boot into Android OS.\n\n\n[ Related: The most exciting Linux and open source Kickstarter projects of 2016 (so far) ]\n\n\nAndroid works great as a PC operating system. I logged into my Gmail account and I have full access to my documents, images, email and chat.\n\n\nI experienced one minor issue with screen rotation where some apps will detect it as a mobile phone and open in portrait mode instead of landscape mode. To solve this, I installed the \u2018Rotation Lock Adaptive\u2019 app from the Google Play Store, which forced the landscape mode.\n\nWhy Android instead of traditional desktop Linux?\n\nI had originally planned to slap some desktop Linux on the Pine 64, but instead I'm sticking with Android. Here's why:\n\n\nThe choice of operating system, outside of political ideology, very much depends on what you are going to do on a system. I am going to use this machine as an entertainment hub, to watch movies, listen to music and do some casual gaming. I'm also going to use it for writing work, and maybe for some light image editing. That\u2019s pretty much it. I may install this PC in my kids' room so they can use it.\n\n Swapnil Bhartiya \n\nMillions or apps at my disposal\n\n\n\nAs much as I love Arch Linux and openSUSE on my main desktop, traditional desktop Linux is still behind when it comes to access to apps, games and services. With Android, by comparison, you have millions of top-grade, professional apps at your disposal. You have thousands of mobile games. You get access to services like Google Drive, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc. And you also get mobile versions of Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Microsoft Office and more. Everything that\u2019s on Android and on the web is at your disposal.\n\n Swapnil Bhartiya \n\nEven Microsoft Word is running great.\n\n\nWhy I prefer Pine 64 over Raspberry Pi?\n\nFirst and foremost, out-of-the-box support for Android in Pine 64 makes it a more appealing device. Then, in my own testing, I found Pine 64 to be much faster and more powerful than Pi 3, which comes with just 1GB of RAM. While Pi offered a frustratingly slow PC experience, Pine 64 was breathtakingly smooth.\n\n\nIf you have an HDMI-enabled monitor sitting around, spend $30 on Pine 64 board and $10 on Wifi\/Bluetooth module and build your own Android PC. Trust me, you won\u2019t regret it.