Help me pick a calculator! (in Off-topic)


Marlfox [Cult of the Valaraukar] August 17 2009 8:54 PM EDT

I'm trying to pick a calculator for school. I've decided on either an HP 50g or a TI-89.
So, if you were in my shoes, which would you pick? I'm leaning towards the TI-89...

smallpau1 - Go Blues [Lower My Fees] August 17 2009 8:59 PM EDT

I liked my 89 TItanium, but that 50g has an SD slot, which I would've liked for the 89, not much memory for those things.
I don't know anything about the 50g, but i did like my 89.

RaptorX August 17 2009 9:00 PM EDT

We bought a TI 89, the person that used it really liked it but said it is so powerful it could not be used on some tests like the ACT or SAT. Though the TI 83plus (i believe) was OK for tests.
When I was in Engineering school we used a lot of HPs and they were great - i would suggest asking a teacher that teaches math or Physics or whatever classes you will be taking to see if they have a preference.

AdminQBVerifex [Serenity In Chaos] August 17 2009 9:02 PM EDT

I vote TI-89, only because my old abused TI-85 wants me to come play with it again.

Tal August 17 2009 9:14 PM EDT

Picked up my "top of the line" TI-80 that i got when it was brand new, and forgot about a couple of the programs that i had written on it. hadn't touched it in like 5 years, it was like WOW

Burton August 18 2009 3:14 AM EDT

89 cause it's a better calculator.

[P]Mitt August 18 2009 3:26 AM EDT

50g is the better calculator for pure math. It is far more flexible and programmable not to mention better specs. If you use RPN, the 50g is infinitely better.

89 (or 89ti) is better for just general usage. Its learning curve is less steep and it is far more user-friendly (I had an 89ti). Far more schools use TI calculators, and if you want programs (games or whatnot), 89 is the way to go.

IndependenZ August 18 2009 3:43 AM EDT

Go with the TI. It can play Super Mario :P

BluBBen August 18 2009 3:58 AM EDT

The TI-89 is great. Very user friendly and still quite much in-deph things.

Brakke Bres [Ow man] August 18 2009 7:52 AM EDT

get this one: http://education.ti.com/educationportal/sites/US/productDetail/us_v200.html

Marlfox [Cult of the Valaraukar] August 18 2009 7:55 AM EDT

Alright, well, thanks guys! The TI it is.
Also, Henk, I was considering getting that one, as it's only about $20 more than the TI-89. ;)

Demigod August 18 2009 7:56 AM EDT

As you can tell, most of us went through school with the TI lineup. I think I might still have my TI-82 laying around...

But if you want to impress you teacher, rock out in Calculus class with this bad boy:
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51P93HZNQEL._SL500_AA280_.jpg

QBsutekh137 August 18 2009 9:29 AM EDT

I'm an RPN man, so I'd go for the HP -- have had HPs since around 1990, a 28S helped get me through college in math and physics. I thought stack-based manipulation was silly for the longest time, until I started using it. Then I REALLY started thinking like a computer. *smile*

But the TIs do look sweet, and they seem to be the preferred tool in education circles...

AdminQBGentlemanLoser [{END}] August 18 2009 9:42 AM EDT

I remember my first programmable graphic calculator.

It's was lots of fun, until Teachers caught on you could use its programable memory to store formulae. >;)

BluBBen August 18 2009 9:46 AM EDT

My teacher never figured that out ;-)

[P]Mitt August 18 2009 11:18 AM EDT

Just don't pay more than $100ish for the calculator. Amazon sells them for $140, but I'm sure you can find them for far less on other sites like ebay.

Marlfox [Cult of the Valaraukar] August 18 2009 12:52 PM EDT

Actually, I did a little digging, and found that the TI-89 is not banned on the SAT.
I'll have to be careful I don't make it a crutch, though. ;)

AdminShade August 18 2009 4:05 PM EDT

I used to have a TI 92

iBananco [Blue Army] August 18 2009 4:39 PM EDT

The TI-89 also handles units, which is a godsend if you're doing physics and you need to do a quick sanity check.

[P]Mitt August 18 2009 5:40 PM EDT

Ti-89 also has the "solve" function, which can solve algebraic equations.
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