Smartphones' with Resistive and Capacitive touchscreens

May 31

If you are thinking of buying a Smartphone here is a useful list of popular devices that sport either Capacitive or Resistive touch-screens.

So what does this mean? Well, Capacitive allows for light touch navigation and Resistive is as it would suggest, needs more pressure (more likely to use a stylus).

Capacitive Touchscreen (Common device - iPhone)

- Smooth and responsive interaction (Apple’s slick multi-touch gestures, such as pinching and spreading two fingers to zoom and reduce on-screen objects, are only possible on a capacitive screen).
- A bare finger is required for operation since the body’s electricity is blocked by gloves.
- Require glass screens that can shatter when dropped.

Resistive Touchscreen (Common device - Nokia N97)

Use of fingers, both bare and gloved, and non-specialised stylus
Poor responsiveness, Scratch-prone surfaces, components that wear out and break over time, less-than-perfect transparency

Apple phones

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Apple iPhone Capacitive
Apple iPhone 3G Capacitive
Apple iPhone 3GS Capacitive

Symbian phones

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Samsung Omnia HD Capacitive
Sony Ericsson Satio Resistive
Nokia N97 Resistive
Nokia N97 Mini Resistive
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Resistive

Android phones

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HTC Tattoo Resistive
HTC Hero Capacitive
HTC Magic Capacitive
Huawei/T-Mobile Pulse Capacitive
Motola Milestone Capacitive
Samsung Galaxy Capacitive

Windows Mobile phones

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Samsung Omnia Pro Resistive
Samsung i8000 Resistive
HTC HD2 Capacitive
Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 Resistive
Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Resistive

Budget/Proprietary OS phones

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LG KS360 Resistive
LG Renoir KC910 Resistive
LG Cookie Resistive
LG Arena Capacitive
LG Crystal Capacitive
LG Viewty Smart Capacitive
LG BL40 Chocolate Capacitive
Samsung Jet Resistive
Samsung Tocco Lite Resistive
Samsung Genio Touch Capacitive
Samsung Tocco F480 Resistive
Samsung Tocco Ultra Capacitive

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James Griffin
May 31, 2010