|RPN calculator versus Iphone emulator?|
Message #1 Posted by Geoff Quickfall on 6 Oct 2008, 1:37 p.m.
Just a question for all, similar to the one lower on the forum and raised due to some of the postings. (HP calculator - pure RPN only).
If you were presented with a new simulator/emulator for an RPN
calculator for the iphone (any PDA); or the actual calculator,
which would you choose?
Issues as I see it (now that's an open ended request for critical thinking!!) and I will spice it up with my ultimate stand alone calculator as follows:
The ultimate (my choice) stand alone calculator, HP of course!
1. voyager size product and styling. In my opinion the perfect
ergonomic design, as evidenced by the continuing 12c
production. The 15C is one of my favourites and I carry it
2. at least 1000 lines of programming or as much as you can put
3. alpha capability for labelling output (similar to 41c).
4. backlit display.
5. integrated time functions similar to the HP 01 dynamic time
6. infared printer capability.
7. usb porting for programming ease.
8. long battery life.
B. downside to having an all in one device (IMHO):
1. at my work every piece of hardware and technology is triple
redundant with very FEW exceptions. The point being that nothing
is all in one. Call it quasi-ludite philosophy, but I like stand
alone articles, space or inconvenience not withstanding, we all
have our limits ;-).
2a. further to the above, having been around for all the HP calcs
from the 35 classic on, as well as my first lab computer, an 8086,
I have seen where one aspect of an all-in-one product can crash
the entire unit. Take for example an old style fax card in the
PC. When the card died the PC would not boot up as part of a
failed startup selftest. If you were not computer literate at the
very least an external modem allowed you to unplug the RS232 and
boot up with out the modem. If the iphone dies it now takes with
it the calculator, calendar, mp3 player, gps and etc.
2b. Yes I know, but I don't mind carrying the 'super voyager' (if
I had one!), pocket GPS, PDA with wifi and ipod music nano. If
any quits then so what! In fact in my brief case other than the
articles required for work, I carry:
. Archos video 504
. Garmin nuvi 250
. Ipod nano
. cell phone
. HP 15c
. HP 211 with 15c emulator programmed with the same at work
programs I have on the 15c
. oh yes, and a watch (HP 01)
So fire away and remember, a stand alone object as described; the ultimate Voyager, or the all in one Iphone standard.
Cheers, all, Geoff