I'd like to get a word of advice regarding the subject. Basically there's a COM port based device which I need to connect to an Android tablet via USB. The tablet will be exchanging data packages with the COM device, but a) Arduino may need to do same transformation of the packages b) the tablet should not leverage OTG feature and shouldn't be a master itself.
So, my questions are
1) Which Arduino board is the best fit? 2) Is it an option to use Chinese boards for the sake of cost optimization? 3) Do I need separate RS232 and USB shield or it's ok to leverage built in USB and data pins?
Apology for this quite a noob question but that's exactly who I am for Arduino platform. Appreciate any answers.