|Re: TI Converts...OK, I'll bite....|
Message #23 Posted by jimc on 14 Sept 2003, 2:08 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Steven Kutoroff
At the risk of jumping in to an argument much like religon, politics or best new female rap vocalist (OK, maybe not), I will say that the new TI does run circles around my recent experiences with HP calcs. I purchased a new HP calc (30S) for my son for school. Within a year the calculator lay at the bottom of the dreaded junk drawer, because the 8 key no longer did. It also suffered from display issues. It was not a well constructed calc.
I bought him a used 83 TI, and I do very much like it, as does he. I don't appreciate the AOS, but the keys are large (for old eyes), seem well placed and the quality does seem to be there. I will not opine on the quality of the new HP's as I haven't yet seen them.
Thus far however, I think the old HP (the one I remember) and the new HP are completely different companies. One is market driven, the other was product driven. Different philosophies for different times. In today's WalMart world, large companies only know market driven- blame it on MBA's, blame it on globalization, but to find a profitable niche market for a quality product is tough for a publicly held company. Face it, the calculator market is being sandwiched between PDA's, cell phones, and laptops. I applaude HP for not abandoning the market YET.
My experience with HP's include my 48GX (good calc, but awkward interface), 41CX (the best!), 10C (great design - a classic) and 25 (RED LLLLEEEEEDDDDD's).