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Waited so long for this...,
This review is from: HP Prime Graphing Calculator (Office Product)
Firstly, having waited 20y since the HP48 came out, now was a time to buy this calc. It came out at in Oct 2013, and today, appeared on Amazon. I spent weeks waiting for this to appear, but the sellers lost out because I found another source.
Calculator itself is brilliant - lots of functionality, touch screen, fast. (The early software has many bugs, but who cares - this is a device to play with and learn; if you are an aspiring programmer, you can use this to learn a lot and ponder how it is all implemented).
HP price gouge in the UK. I am seeing a price of 130 GBP on Amazon today, but the going price in the US is $130 or lower. The HP list price is 149 GBP. Totally insane. I got mine for 118 GBP inc VAT. There is a huge fluctuation in price - maybe because it is so new, but the European prices are very bad. The same was true of the predecessor HP50g - an otherwise excellent calculator.
This calculator has a color touch screen. It may be overkill in a calculator but that means more to experiment with in the underlying programming language. I am still trying to find my way around. You either love this kind of thing or wonder what the rest of us are smoking. We calculator lovers do not care :-)
I know the likes of Casio sell impressive calcs for 5-10 pounds, and the price of this calc is high. The very closest that comes to this calc is the HP48/HP50 emulators for iOS or Android.
Visit the hpmuseum.org website to find technical discussions of how to use the calc, if thats your kind of thing.
The calc covers just about everything you would want from primitive/basic maths through to A level and beyond. That doesnt do it justice - here is a calc that can compute numbers like 250! showing all digits of precision. It has a CAS mode (using symbolic equations rather than numeric values), so you can find Taylor expansions of SIN(COS(TAN(x))) for example.
The programming language is BASIC like - sort of a shame, but ok for knocking up little applets, games or just experimentation.
An ARM 400MHz CPU means it is snappy - very snappy for complex calculations which previously would take minutes on the legacy calcs.
I wont compare it to the Casio Classpad or TI-NSPIRE calcs - impressive in their own rights, but now leapfrogged by HP.
HP - just stop price gouging the europeans.