Fast forward to 2005. Still drinking the graphing calculator Kool-Aid that was given to me by every single one of my Junior High and High School math teachers, I decided that I needed an updated calculator to get me through college, and foolishly bought an HP 49g+:
This was a terrible calculator. So bad, in fact, that when this calculator died mere weeks after I bought it, it had already been pulled from shelves and replaced with the 50g model. Oh well, free upgrade, and the 50g isn't too bad of a calculator.