|Re: Hp 42s soft keys|
Message #8 Posted by Egan Ford on 17 Nov 2011, 12:20 p.m.,
in response to message #4 by Ron Ross
I disagree. I got a 42S years ago because it was hyped as the end-all-be-all RPN calculator. And in 1984, when I got my 15C, if the 42S were an option, I would have picked it, just on the specs.
As Mike Morrow has often stated, once you have a 42s, you dump the Hp 15c and don't look back.
But after years of using the 15C, I've come to appreciate the simplicity of the overloaded keyboard and no menus. I'll admit that I do not use the 42S enough to have mastered every sequence to get the results that I want, and perhaps that would change my mind.
I must also admit, that I cannot be completely logical about the 15C. It is beautiful.
I tried to switch from the 15C to the 34S recently, you know, try something different. My goal was to take my 15C and 16C off my desk (I still use the 16C for assembly programming) and replace with the more functional 34S, but the 34S still has to use menus because of the volume of functions. Now I have 3 calculators on my desk.
Lastly, I must admit that 42s is my default iPhone calculator. The vertical layout is better optimized for single hand, single thumb use.
Long story short. You do not have to choose, you can have both. In my entire lifetime I have logged more time on the 15C, followed by the 48GX, and I do not think that will change.
Sounds like a smartphone. You can do all of that on an iPhone (or Android).
I actually think Hp should abandon the Hp 50g platform and release an Hp 42s like calculator with an HDMI and USB port (with power ie NOT a Micro or mini usb port) plus a micro SD card slot, and Blutooth. Basically have a pocket calcualtor with the built in ability to function as a portable computer with an excel and word compatable software with a high end math package when hooked up to these goodies (ie an Andriod type OS in the background). On the surface a simple calculator. Thats why everyone loved the HP 41c series. Very few people added any or all the goodies,....But they could!
Edited: 17 Nov 2011, 12:21 p.m.