|HP 35s vs HP 50|
Message #1 Posted by Nick Taylor on 10 Jan 2008, 12:18 p.m.
I've only recently started collecting HP calculators, but now appear to have: 12C (USA), 15C, 16C, 49G+, 35s, 97 and 12C Platinum. Hmmm, I am a "calcoholic" aren't I?
Anyway, the reason that I got the 49G+ was that at the time, it was the most expensive and most feature rich of the range. I would assume that this mantle has passed to the 50 now?
However, all of the other models I own offer keystroke programming, but as far as I can make out, the 49G+ doesn't. This coupled with the rubbish manual (I've bought other books to supplement it) and its endless functionality has actually left me with a calculator which is almost intimidating to use.
So, I've gone and bought the 35s, as it does offer keystroke programming and seems easier to get the hang of. Part of me has that uneasy feeling of having bought something that I don't really need (the 12C Platinum falls into the same category there for me).
Does this ring true with anyone else? I guess I could make the 49G+ do anything that I need it to, but having to create RPL programs seems more difficult than the more "macro-like" keystroke method of the 35s.
Also the quality of the old 12C that I have seems far better than the modern 12C Platinum, but I figured I'd be less worried about carrying this one with me, as if it gets broken/lost/stolen I can easily replace it.
This post seems a little pointless, but I was wondering if anyone else has similar thoughts?