|Re: 48 or 49|
Message #5 Posted by Ron Ross on 20 Dec 2002, 2:06 p.m.,
in response to message #3 by Michel Beaulieu
I have both (actually, I have them all, no, I don't have a 48g+). I like the 48gx best (especially with a RAM card). However that said, it really depends upon what you plan to use it for. Spec wise the 49G walks all over a 48. So why the praise for the 48?
Because the 48g series still looks and feels like an Hp quality calculator. With RAM cards, you can load up all the software you need to make it equal to an Hp49's CAS and other enhancements (graphics, mostly).
Buy the 49G and you get lots of RAM, CAS, LCD screen protection and faster graphics. You also get a frozen Hamster butt blue (marketing calls it ice blue) and Rubber keys which are not nearly as nice as the older Hp keyboards (though they aren't that bad either) and the enter key located on the bottom right (to an old RPN user, the WRONG PLACE).
For lots of number crunching, I know when I hit and feel a keyclick I have entered a number on a 48g without looking, I can't say that with my 49g. However for advanced math, I like the extra built in features of a 49g (though most could be loaded onto a 48gx, hence the RAM card).
As far as cost of a 32 vs a 48, madness, pure madness. Even a low end 48g blows the doors off a 32s. However, the 48g is NOT a pocket calc, and if you need a small RPN pocket calc, well that is why $$$$$$$ the 32 probably costs$$$ so much.
Just my 0.05 worth.