|Re: Where does the 38G fit in?|
Message #2 Posted by Tim Wessman on 8 Mar 2012, 3:49 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Matt Agajanian
It is an interesting unit to say the least.
It has a lot of really nice capabilities. For example, the grapher was the most advanced version ever made by HP up until the 39gII. Internally, it was much more capable, and quite a bit faster then the one on the 48.
It can do symbolic derivatives and some simple polynomial work, but you can't define a user function for use.
The application operating methodology is completely unique, but very well suited for easily learning to use the calculator, and quite powerful as well. The task switching capability there is more advanced then the 48 series.
Every unit has some capability that is not found in the others, and it more or less becomes "if 1 feature is more important then the others for you, that calculator has the best capability".
A perfect example of this is statistics. The 83/84 is much more capable out of the box then the 48 series. The 38 series is much more capabile then the 48 series. Does than make the 48 series less then the 38?
If I had to stick it somewhere, it would be like this:
84 | 86 | 38 | 89/92 | 48/49/50
What it really boils down to is this - if you know math, and are more concerned with doing/using math, the 38 series will feel limited. If you don't rally care about math and only use the calculator because someone tells you to do so, the 38 would feel nicer. Ultimately, they all have features or capabilities that make them better at 1 thing or another and have a place.
Edited: 8 Mar 2012, 3:50 p.m.