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Just How Bad Are Resistive Touchscreens?

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I think I want an AndyPad for my birthday as a plaything.

But times are tight so I don't think we can stretch to the pro model.

So I was wondering, exactly how bad are resistive screens for day to day web browsing, and occasional gaming ?

The reason I ask is I do not think I have ever used a resistive screen.

[edit] I have used a resistive screen on my old Nintendo DS, the thing Is I do not remember ever having a problem with it, am I some sort of freak?

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If youve never used a capacitive touchscreen you wont notice the difference, in fact you might even think it fine

but for those of us that have used capacitive then most of us would never go back to resistive.

I used to have a Nokia touchscreen phone which I thought was great, fantastic in fact - then I got the ZTE Blade which has capacitive and loved it

Resistive you have to physically push on the screen where your touching (usually with a stick thing) capacitive you use your finger to gently touch it.

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It depends on the quality of resistive screen IMO, Nokia use good quality ones so I don't mind using those too much, but after using a capacitive screen you will probably notice the difference and dislike it.

I used a family member's LG GT540, the touchscreen is resistive and it's not too nice since I had to press fairly hard to type, for example.

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Yes, capacitive touchscreens are are very nice, compared to resistive. Especially the multitouch capability they bring. Pinch to zoom is very handy for some apps, such as the browser or Google Maps.

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I'm still none the wiser, I never ever got frustrated with my DS.

I don't really use pinch to zoom, I prefer double tapping.

I'm going to have to go to best buy an play with some demo tablets or something.

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I'm still none the wiser, I never ever got frustrated with my DS.

I don't really use pinch to zoom, I prefer double tapping.

I'm going to have to go to best buy an play with some demo tablets or something.

the biggest difference you'll notice is that generall resisitive you need to use a nail or stylus but on capacitive you need to use your finger tip. My girlfriend has a HTC Tattoo and i just can't use it right at all now i've got used to capacitive, i keep missing buttons and it doesn't register because i haven't applied enough pressure. Admittedly the DS hasn't got a problem but i do always use a stylus on that, for use everyday as a phone capacitive is definitely more convenient letting you use your finger properly and even o multitouch in apps, u say you prefer double tapping but I always did and now i couldn't live without multitouch

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So I was wondering, exactly how bad are resistive screens for day to day web browsing, and occasional gaming ?

The reason I ask is I do not think I have ever used a resistive screen.

My andy pad arrived this morning. The resistive screen is fine. For comparison, I've got a San Francisco Orange (with a capacitive screen), and I can't say one is better than the other. Apart from the lack of multitouch (tried two-finger zooming on a photo - doh!)

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