|Re: Am I the only one who thinks the HP50g looks ugly?|
Message #28 Posted by Crawl on 21 July 2006, 12:46 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by .
I have no idea how the HP50G is supposed to compete with TI's new calculator.
I thought the TI89 and HP49G+ were fairly evenly matched, with one having strengths or weaknesses the other didn't (to name just a few examples, the 49G+, inexplicably, can't do complex numerical integration, or complex Taylor series. On the other hand, RPL makes it easy to program any process you could manually do on the calculator. On the TI, that's not necessarily easy, and in some cases I'm not even sure if it's possible. The 49G+ usually gives real complex Taylor series faster; the TI89 usually is faster at numerical integration. I like the 49g+'s soft menus. But the 49G+ can't evaluate sin(pi/5) with surds... or it often doesn't even reduce squareroot(9) to 3, for some reason. And so on).
But the next TI is supposed to be such a huge step up: 6 times faster, 16 times the computing memory, about ten times the storage memory (could make up for not having SD card support), 5 times the visual resolution (and gray scale)...
The 50G, on the other hand, seems like just a minor improvement over the 49G+, and so looks to be left way behind. At the very least, the photos of its screen look to be the same resolution as the 49G+. And I haven't heard any news about substantial increases in memory or speed. Or an updated CAS.