I need enough power to connect to the internet and run programs like Libreoffice. I've actually got a Raspberry Pi2, and considering it's cost the performance is amazing, but still, it's a bit underpowered in my opnion for things like Youtube. Still, with the 1GB limitation, you can't really run more than a couple of programs at once. If you open a few tabs on the browser, the system hangs.
I understand the Raspberry Pi3 is out, and that it's a bit faster. But I imagine the exact same problems would occur opening multiple tabs on a browser, or running more than a couple of programs at a time, considering it's 1GB RAM memory.
There is another system I'm interested in, the Odriod-C2, also with a quad core processor, but running at 2ghz rather than pi3's 1.2 ghz. And, the network connection is faster, as I understand it, running directly off the motherboards bus instead of hitched onto the USB2 bus, as in the pi2 and pi3. And, the Odriod-c2 has a whooping 2GB RAM memory, twice as much, so I should be able to have twice as many programs or tabs on my browser open.
On paper, it looks like the Odriod-C2 would be cheapest ARM computer capable of running a Linux Desktop "smoothly" at $40 for the board, vs $35 for the pi3 (although it includes wifi and bluetooth on the board)?
Which one of these two options suits my situation best - or are there better alternatives?