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Re: Need Help! Which Calculator to get, Nspire touchpad CAS vs NON-CAS... I
« Reply #15 on: April 11, 2013, 02:52:36 pm »
I would definitely get a CX CAS. The screen of the non-CX really sucks and the GBA emulator only works on a CX, plus you have much more storage space. The CX and the non-CX are both equally hackable at the moment. On the hardware side, the CAS and the non-CAS calculators are the same.
You could put a CAS OS on a non-CAS calculator, but as others have already said it isn't very easy to do.
Installing the hack for gaming is easy. Making your own assembly/C programs is a bit more difficult, some people have problems setting up a working development environment.

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Re: Need Help! Which Calculator to get, Nspire touchpad CAS vs NON-CAS... I
« Reply #16 on: April 11, 2013, 03:14:46 pm »
Thanks for the insight Dapianokid.

The more I talk to you guys, the more I'm leaning more towards the touchpad CAS.... maybe down the road I'd consider the CX CAS, but I guess I'm not in a rush to for now.  Math is my game, lol.  But I also loved how there were so many custom apps that people made for the ti-89.  It's saddening to hear that it's not as so with the nspire.


I heard about how os 3.1 can be hacked with ndless and then load lua and something else(can't remember) in order to run custom stuff, but then I ask myself, "are there that many custom progz/apps out there for the nspire? Or is more worth it to upgrade to 3.2?" 

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Re: Need Help! Which Calculator to get, Nspire touchpad CAS vs NON-CAS... I
« Reply #17 on: April 11, 2013, 03:22:24 pm »
Iirc it's possible to have both a ndless'd 3.1 os and 3.2 somehow. Haven't done it myself, so I'm not sure of the details tho.
Lua is possible to use without ndless, however a ndless program might add extra functions.

Also worth noting is there's prolly a ton more 68k (ti-89 and similar calcs) than nspire programs because 68k calcs have been around since the 90's, and the nspires only since '07 :P
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Re: Need Help! Which Calculator to get, Nspire touchpad CAS vs NON-CAS... I
« Reply #18 on: April 11, 2013, 04:16:39 pm »
Off hand do you happen to know the major differences between 3.1 and 3.2 (on a functional level, is 3.2 "that" much better?)?

Interesting to know that there may be a way to keep both, hmm..

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Re: Need Help! Which Calculator to get, Nspire touchpad CAS vs NON-CAS... I
« Reply #19 on: April 11, 2013, 04:19:22 pm »
3.2 is "improved" in that it has Lua physics simulation and text anti-aliasing (which is really ugly IMO)
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Re: Need Help! Which Calculator to get, Nspire touchpad CAS vs NON-CAS... I
« Reply #20 on: April 11, 2013, 05:55:29 pm »
There are also some new graphing related features. You can find the release notes which list all changes on ti's website. direct link

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Re: Need Help! Which Calculator to get, Nspire touchpad CAS vs NON-CAS... I
« Reply #21 on: April 11, 2013, 06:58:39 pm »
3.2 is "improved" in that it has Lua physics simulation and text anti-aliasing (which is really ugly IMO)
Well, for a complete Lua changelog, take a look here : http://wiki.inspired-lua.org/Changes_in_OS_3.2
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Re: Need Help! Which Calculator to get, Nspire touchpad CAS vs NON-CAS... I
« Reply #22 on: April 12, 2013, 08:24:56 am »
I'd definitely  recommend a CX. It has much more storage space than the non CX models. The non CX models are also know for having very crappy LCDs, where with the CX, you get a nice colour display.

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Re: Need Help! Which Calculator to get, Nspire touchpad CAS vs NON-CAS... I
« Reply #23 on: April 13, 2013, 03:53:08 pm »
I'd definitely  recommend a CX. It has much more storage space than the non CX models. The non CX models are also know for having very crappy LCDs, where with the CX, you get a nice colour display.

I've heard of the issues in earlier models, but I thought that they were addressed, for the  most part, when the touchpad models came out.


At first, I was only open to Ti Nspire's (mostly the CAS touchpad..unless you guys recommend the CX CAS due to vast superiority).  However, I'll say this...

For roughly $50, I can get one or the other... either a Casio Prizm CG10, or a CAS touchpad(non CX)... I want to use it for some heavy duty math, and custom apps/programming for it helps a lot(which sucks that the new nspires are so locked down).   But which would you get for that price?  (which is why I have little motivation to get a CX CAS at the moment... because it costs quite a bit more right now).


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Re: Need Help! Which Calculator to get, Nspire touchpad CAS vs NON-CAS... I
« Reply #24 on: April 13, 2013, 09:29:29 pm »
Well, the Prizm lacks a CAS completely. From a programming standpoint, it's completely open though. You actually can find the Nspire CX(non CAS) for a decent price if you have access to Ebay, but it may take some time looking. I got mine for $70. I'd guess the same holds true for the CAS models too, I just happened to be looking for the non CAS.

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Re: Need Help! Which Calculator to get, Nspire touchpad CAS vs NON-CAS... I
« Reply #25 on: April 13, 2013, 10:45:22 pm »
Well, the Prizm lacks a CAS completely. From a programming standpoint, it's completely open though. You actually can find the Nspire CX(non CAS) for a decent price if you have access to Ebay, but it may take some time looking. I got mine for $70. I'd guess the same holds true for the CAS models too, I just happened to be looking for the non CAS.

Gotcha, that's a good deal ($70)!  I guess I can keep looking/wait. I'll definitely keep that in mind.  The two units I was talking about are new though(not that it matters, as long as it's in good condition).