TI-Nspire Series - Voyage 200 Vs. TI-Nspire CAS

Voyage 200 Vs. TI-Nspire CAS

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When comparing the TI-Nspire CAS to the Voyage 200 or TI-89, there are many advantages:

  • TI-Nspire is fully compatible with computers running Windows or Mac OS X by USB cable, while the Voyage is less so.
  • Larger and higher resolution screen, color LCD in the CX models, compared to the Voyage, making graphs more detailed, especially in 3D.
  • The Nspire commands are similar to the ones commonly used with computers, for example: To copy, press Ctrl+C, like in a computer. This simplifies the learning curve for some users. The V200 also works like this.
  • Students create and save all of their work as documents with notes, thus enabling teachers to see problem-solving techniques and assess individual student understanding. These documents can be sent to computers, other handhelds and printers.
  • Symbolic mathematics templates on the input as well as output, or "PrettyPrint" - the ability to show the results as they would normally be written. The Voyage 200 and TI-89 did this to output, while input remained standard.
  • More powerful compared to the Voyage 200. The Nspire can handle bigger matrices, a broader selection of equations and functions, all more quickly, since the processor is more powerful.
  • Space - the new CX models have up to 100 MB of user memory and the Nspire had about 20 MB of user memory, compared to the TI-89 Titanium and Voyage 200's 188 KB RAM and 2.7 MB Flash ROM.
  • Graphing has been updated, giving users the option to derive or integrate a function in-graph.
  • Spreadsheet function which is similar to a list editor. Data from spreadsheets and lists can be analyzed and graphed.
  • Data and statistics functions have been improved.
  • It is possible to view several pages of data at once, effectively splitting the screen between each page. The user can interact with any portion at a time.
  • The Nspire is capable of opening files that support images.
  • The Nspire has a new Vernier DataQuest function which can be used to collect data from any sensors connected to the Lab Cradle, which allows up to 5 sensors, or one sensor probe can be connected via USB port on top of the handheld.

However there are many things that the TI-Nspire lacks from the Voyage 200 and TI-89:

  • The V200 and TI-89 can solve many algebraic equations, and data input on the TI-89 can be easier for the user than the Nspire.
  • The V200 was capable of 3D graphing first. For the Nspire, this function was introduced in an OS update.
  • The TI-89 and V200 have better programming capabilities – their built-in language has more I/O and graphics commands, and they also support native assembly programming. The Nspire is less capable of a programming platform. The Nspire only has C and ASM support through the jailbreaking program Ndless.
  • Apps (like ME*Pro) and the Symbolic Math Guide (SMG) are not available on the TI-Nspire, although community members created Lua scripts that may be categorized as some sort of "Applications".
  • The Voyage features a full QWERTY keyboard, which makes programming and other text input easier for the user. However, some tests do not allow calculators with a QWERTY keyboard.

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