Arduino Uno is undoubtedly the best choice for beginners, while the Arduino Nano is the best choice for breadboard projects.
However, due to memory and processing speed limitations, you may gradually abandon them.
The official video mainly emphasizes that this board is compatible with the Arduino IoT Cloud and can be programmed using C++ or MicroPython.
Let's explore the other features of this Arduino Nano ESP32 S3.
The Arduino Nano ESP32 is actually the seventh member of the Arduino Nano family:
When you get the Arduino Nano ESP32 S3, the most attractive aspect is its size. Let's compare the old Nano (based on ATmega328) with this new Arduino Nano ESP32 S3.
As you can see, the size is the same, and the pin layout is similar, but the difference in performance between the two is huge.
The Arduino Nano ESP32 is based on the u-blox Nora W10610b module, which includes an ESP32 S3 microcontroller. This is a 32-bit dual-core microcontroller with a clock speed of up to 240 MHz (compared to the old Nano with only 16 MHz). It has 384 KB of ROM and 512 KB of static random-access memory (SRAM) and can also use 16 KB of SRAM in low-power mode. It provides 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5. The Nano ESP32 also has an additional 16 MB external flash chip. As advertised in the official video, you can program the Nano ESP32 using C++ or MicroPython.
One interesting feature of this board is that it uses a switched-mode step-down converter instead of the low dropout regulator found on most boards.
This provides you with greater flexibility in power supply, allowing you to provide any voltage between 6V and 21V to the V-in pin.
The board also has an RGB LED that you can use for interesting effects, such as cycling around colours. However, it lacks built-in battery charging functionality, which is a bit disappointing. So if you want to power it with a battery, you'll need to do it yourself. It's not difficult because there are many battery control boards to choose from, but many other boards come with this feature by default. Arduino provides rich documentation for the Nano ESP32, which is excellent.
Here's another interesting point.
Arduino has performed some pin remapping in the Arduino framework, so when using the Nano ESP32 S3, you need to use the Arduino pin numbers.
The advantage of doing this is that all existing Arduino Nano examples and expansion boards can be used without any issues. You can make the Nano ESP32 S3 work with the Arduino framework within the platform I/O (you need to use the cutting edge platform code from GitHub). However, you must use Arduino pin numbers, not GPIO pin numbers.
This may cause confusion when using the actual pins for those who are accustomed to ESP32 boards.
Again, remember not to use GPIO pin numbers in Arduino functions.
As mentioned in the official Arduino video, THAT’S I(o)T! The Arduino Nano ESP32 S3 is perfect for IoT projects. This board is compatible with the Arduino IoT Cloud and, with the Arduino IDE and its comprehensive library functions, combined with the powerful ESP32 S3, you can remotely control your IoT projects and meet a wide range of IoT project requirements.
If you are part of the Arduino ecosystem (you have many projects using Arduino Nano or its shields), then, without a doubt, this board is highly recommended because of its size and pin compatibility, and you can get the power of ESP32-S3, which opens up more possibilities for your projects.
If you are part of the ESP32 ecosystem and only occasionally use the Arduino framework, you may need to consider it more carefully because there may be cheaper alternatives with similar functionality. Another point to consider is that switching between ESP32 boards and remapping the pins may cause some inconvenience.
Arduino Nano ESP32 with headers
Key features include an ESP32 S3 microcontroller rooted in the u-blox Nora W10610b module, programmability with C++ or MicroPython, compatibility with the Arduino IoT Cloud, and a unique power conversion capability.