Re: HP calc days are over!
- From: timwessman@xxxxxxxxx
- Date: 28 Jun 2005 18:43:42 -0700
Note that I really hate calculator comparisions. . . thats why I wrote
some a long time ago. ;-)
> Then watch the HP fall flat on it's face and lose out to a supposedly
> LESSOR calc! Sorry, but there are several areas where the competing
> calcs easily out-perform the 49g+.
Just wondering if "several" in your mind cobnstitutes the majority
part. It seems that you just said the HP can outperform the "lessor
calcs" in the MAJORITY of situations.
> For example, it IS POSSIBLE to program the 49g+ in ARM assembly. This
> should make the speed of any 49g+ program vastly superior to any other
> calc program. But just try to find these programs... There just are
> not any (not enough to talk about anyway).
So write one. . . hpgcc just came out a month or two ago. Running arm
assembly just became supported with the latest ROM which came out a
month or two ago. Seems to me making comparision about programming to
a calculator that has been out for a decade doesn't make sense.
> By comparison, there are tons of programs for both the TI calcs, and
> even the old slow HP48 series.
You have me there. I guess if I need to solve a quadratic equation on
a TI I can go download one of the 14,325 programs to do so avaible on
the net. Quantity isn't quality.
> For most calculator operations speed is much LESS important than ease
> of use. And here, even with it's RPN, the 49g+ loses out to the
Ease of use is important, but that has nothing to do with being better
or worse. A tool is only as good as its user. If you have the wrong
tool, it will be harder than if you had the right tool. Anyone who
tries to compare two complex devices and proclaim that one is useless
doens't seem to understand much of anything.
I don't approve of anyone who tries to say "this is better then that".
The reality is that if you compare any two items, each will have its
advantages and disdvantages. Which one you choose to use depends on
your own needs.
I have noticed though, that HP students tend to understand thier
calculators and math better. This is probably due to the need to
understand more about calculator operations and mathematics to operate
them properly. Is this a good or bad thing?
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