|Re: HP 33s much better IMO than the 35s|
Message #4 Posted by Gene Wright on 3 Sept 2009, 10:25 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by Luca
1) The comma issue is due to a change to a process more like the RPL calculators, which have a command line and appear to be unable to parse a number as it is entered to put commas in place. After all, how does an RPL calculator know if you are entering a number or a pair separated by a comma? If it had already put commas in number for you (with it assuming you were entering a real number) and then you press comma, then the entry is very confusing. I know the 35s does not have that particular issue, but being built on the RPL "shell" or such means it processes values entered in a similar fashion.
2) ALL is troubling. The display will not show all digits with that annoying scroll for the exponent. What should have been done? Show "almost all" and fit the exponent? Not have an ALL mode? Have an "Almost all" mode? :-) This was a problem that was talked about. Not a very good answer, I'm afraid. Not sure the approach chosen is/was the best, but ...
3) STO is a personal choice. Supposedly research exists that shows RCL is used much much more frequently than STO, hence the shifted status. Making STO primary means something else has to go shifted. Keyboard wars are always tough. And, no, I have not seen the supposed research and wish STO were primary myself.
4) The fraction mode is not that big a deal (to me) since it is fairly easy to adjust. Changes happen.
5) The 35s manual is not that bad, if you get a copy of the full manual of course. The quick start guide attempted to fit as much as possible into its 20-something pages. . . so please don't criticize that effort! Retailers often make demands to shrink package size, so perhaps this had something to do with the change. That and the loud requests to go greener from many voices.
My 2 cents and worth probably less than that!