|Re: HP still make good calcs|
Message #2 Posted by W. Bruce Maguire II on 27 July 2001, 7:03 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Chris Randle
I'm that chap; I think.
Thanks for the suggestion. Although I don't own a 19bII, I did use a 28s for a long time. I loved the functionality and speed of the 28s, but I just couldn't stand the form factor. It bothered me that the calculator was not comfortable to hold in one hand. I may still get a 19bII though. And I do think that you're right that the 19bII will become more popular after its demise.
Anyone want to take bets how long it will be before HP produces NO scientific calculators with a big "Enter" key for RPN (probably synonymous with Algebraic being the primary OS and RPN optional at best)? The 49g is a sign, and I'll bet the 32sII is on its way out.
I say two years.
Anyone want to bet how long it will be before HP gets out of the calculator business altogether---by losing to TI?
I'm too depressed to even guess at this one.
Even though I work for TI, I HATE TI calculators. Ever since I could afford an HP I have been an HP fan. I am greatly saddened by the 49g---it is more style than substance. And it just looks like a TI. No big "Enter" key where it belongs, and bad keys; how sad.
p.s. I'm stockpiling the HPs now, and I'm hoping either my 7-year-old daughter or 5.5-year-old son will someday be using one!