April 1, 2012

Cutting Edge

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I know it's just an April Fool's joke, but Darren Murph's review of the Texas Instruments TI-83 is spot on. High schools still require students to buy one, and they still cost more than the the Kindle, which is a much more advanced piece of technology even with its monochrome screen. It's amazing that this device hasn't been redesign at all, and even more amazing that another tech firm hasn't designed a competitor at a third of the price. I don't think graphing calculators are a huge market, but someone who designed one with even a slightly higher resolution screen, color graphics and differentiation capabilities could easily put a dent in TI's market share.

One point that I think Murph misses is that an internet-connected device would be a problem for test-taking. I have a graphing application on my iPhone that works even better than a TI, but I assume it wouldn't be allowed for an exam.

However, it remains true that the TI is a criminally-expensive dinosaur that needs to go extinct.