|It looks like a calculator but...it's a computer!|
Message #1 Posted by Matt Agajanian on 23 May 2012, 1:27 p.m.
As I can see it, with the dawn of the 28, I feel that the metamorphosis of handheld calculator towards handheld computer is beautifully realised. Yes, yes, the 71B (as well as those Sharp 1201, Casio FX-702P, etc.) was the one of the first but, being that the 28C inaugurated such a high-level structured programming language, me thinks that the handheld computer certainly shows itself. Besides, my contention is that the structured-programming framework of RPL and System-RPL certainly provide for the qualification of the 48/50 to be bestowed handheld computer status.
Even in hindsight, to see how the 28 has spawned the 48 series which, in itself has helped to develop much more robust functionality into RPL and computer-like expandability, certainly leaves the breadcrumbs leading to computer-like characteristics.
Even more proof of this is the 50G. Compared to its elders, the 48SX and GX, in light of its symbolic math resources and capabilities tower over what the 48 Series was capable of.
So, for me, it would seem that, even at the introduction of the 28C, HP has succeeded in bridging the gap between calculator and handheld computer.
How do you see it?
Edited: 23 May 2012, 1:32 p.m.