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Resistive and capacitive touchscreens- What's the big deal?

You see a phone, you like it and want to make it your own(that rhymes!!!). You head to your nearest store, and hear some technical mumbo jumbo about touchscreens. Is it resistive? Is it capacitive? What's going on??? I'll be glad to help you know.
Resistive touchscreens function on the basis of resistance whereas capacitive touchscreens work on the basis of capacitance.........Simple, right?
I bet you couldn't understand any of that stuff, so let me break it down for you.

Resistive touchscreens have a resistive coating which is meant to sense the touch of solid objects, let's say a stylus or a fingernail. It will not respond to the touch of your fingers and that's why the old-age smartphones(you know, the bulky ones with giant antennas operating on Windows) don't sense touch without a stylus. Due to this, the quality of such touchscreens deteriorates over time. They soon become a pain to use by hand(such as the Nokia touch and type phones,ugh!!)

Capacitive touchscreens are the other way around. They can easily pick up touch signals through Thin Film Transistors. Their response is much quicker than that of resistive touchscreens. They also last longer, which is why phones with capacitive touchscreens are a wee-bit expensive.

Hopefully, this info should have cleared your doubts. So the next time you're going to purchase a phone, make sure you know what kind of a touchscreen your 'could-be-phone' has.

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