Message #2 Posted by Gene on 13 Oct 2003, 9:41 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Layne Carruth
While the keys are better than the 49G and we do have the choice of RPN, the overall feel of the unit is CHEAP.
GENE: Hi. Cheap is hard to describe. Part of the reason may be because the unit is lighter and not as heavy as the 49G or 48GX style machines. Plus, another 10 years has gone by since the 48GX and that means inflation has eaten away at what $175 will buy...$175 then is not $175 now. And, given the attempts to reduce cost, that would also influence it.
The display is larger, but the dot pitch is so coarse that it doesn't really help much.
GENE: Here I would disagree. I remember the 48SX display. Talk about COARSE! :-) The contrast of the new 49G+ looks great in comparison to any of the older 48GX series machines. Maybe a personal preference, but looks good to me.
I think I will order a couple of gross of the little covers for the backup battery, as they should be quite valuable in a few years for replacements.
GENE: This could be a valid concern...but then, backup batteries don't go bad that frequently...if you're replacing one every 2-3 years, just be careful for that 5 minutes!
Perhaps I should reconsider that PDA with a 15C emulator program...
GENE: Perhaps. I've played with that on my AXIM, but I like a real calculator better.