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Micro:Bit v1 In Stock?
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Micro:Bit v1 In Stock?

by peterlamphere on Tue Feb 02, 2021 5:35 pm

Can you confirm that you have the MicroBit V1 in stock?

I would like to purchase 40 for my classroom this spring but I hear they are being discontinued and replaced with a V2.

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Re: Micro:Bit v1 In Stock?

by adafruit_support_bill on Tue Feb 02, 2021 5:38 pm

We do have the V1 in stock still: https://www.adafruit.com/product/3530

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Re: Micro:Bit v1 In Stock?

by kevinjwalters on Thu Feb 04, 2021 10:05 am

The V2 has good compatibility with the V1 and has oodles more memory. Is there a reason to stick with the V1?

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Re: Micro:Bit v1 In Stock?

by TechLadyCC on Mon Feb 08, 2021 10:31 am

If you can wait, the V2's speaker and microphone increase greatly the options of projects with kids. Being able to sound sense and play little sounds has been really fun for my students using V2.

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Re: Micro:Bit v1 In Stock?

by franklin97355 on Mon Feb 08, 2021 2:14 pm

@TechLadyCC Glad you are having success with the V2. I'm sure the kids appreciate the experience.

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Re: Micro:Bit v1 In Stock?

by peterlamphere on Mon Feb 08, 2021 2:32 pm

That's good feedback - I need to start now... I've bought some aligator clips so I'm hoping to hook up to kids' headphones ;-)

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Re: Micro:Bit v1 In Stock?

by blnkjns on Tue Feb 23, 2021 1:33 pm

kevinjwalters wrote:Is there a reason to stick with the V1?

It looks better! Not very happy with the current denting hype. Raspberry Pico also has those nasty looking pin holes. The V1 is nice minimalist, and 16kB of Ram is never an issue, nor is the 16MHz. And uploading on the Arduino IDE is 5 times less clicks and 10 times as fast as with Python/MakeCode, so I doubt the V2 will improve that much. If they had fixed the major issue: the totally random layout LED matrix with 12 pins in use (!) that cannot be coded for from scratch by students, I would have been interested. They should have swapped that for a 25 neopixel string on a single pin, just as done on the Atom Matrix.
And for les Croques? Never understood those either. They are litteraly painful to use, kids are better off with banana-plugs that work much easier and fit equally well in V1, V1.5 and V2.
Also, I can imagine NOT having a speaker keeps the noise down in the classroom. When they can do timer interrupts, they may come and collect a piezo speaker....

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Re: Micro:Bit v1 In Stock?

by kevinjwalters on Thu Mar 04, 2021 10:58 am

For a new purchase I can't think of any reasons to buy a V1 now. The small memory on the V1 has always prevented the micro:bit from doing Bluetooth Low Energy in MicroPython, leaving just the basic radio which is one obvious frustration. Stu Lowe has a decent, educator's-perspective summary micro:bit V2 - The new BBC micro:bit - Hands on on YouTube - there's a few comments that elaborate on certain features.

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