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Why not the long-lasting 15
03-18-2017, 06:56 PM (This post was last modified: 03-18-2017 06:57 PM by Matt Agajanian.)
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Why not the long-lasting 15
Hi all.

Several thoughts are running through my mind as to why the only V'Ger (I know, Voyager. Yup, A Trekdom reference) hasn't endured the same manufacturing lifespan of the 12C.

Thoughts:

1--Was the 15C-LE too buggy as to seal the demise of a resurgence of the 15C

2--Despite the lack of matrices support, since the 35S and 33S were robust with RAM, was a 448-byte 15C too limiting?

3--Now that we had the 48 Series and 50G, and their feature sets included dynamic RPN stack, matrices as well as symbolic mathematics & calculus, these were far more versatile than the 15C or the LE?

4--Although engineering and users in the sciences are numerous and loyal to HP, the 12C's user base was far more established and populated than an RPN or 41/15 user base?

So, what are the reasons why the 12C is the longest running Voyager series calculator?

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03-18-2017, 07:11 PM
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RE: Why not the long-lasting 15
(03-18-2017 06:56 PM)Matt Agajanian Wrote:  So, what are the reasons why the 12C is the longest running Voyager series calculator?

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03-24-2017, 07:49 PM
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RE: Why not the long-lasting 15
To expand on that... arguably, HP got even more market lock-in for the 12C in the accounting market back in the day, than TI has gotten for the 81/82/83/83+/84+ family in the educational market.

After all, while textbooks may include button sequences to get the right answer out of a TI calculator, I don't think there's any legal documents that quote the 83+ or 84+ owner's manual as the way that a value was derived...
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