babystang wrote:What is the difference between Resistive and Capacitive touch?
Resistive responds to pressure. Old school PDA touchscreens, Nintendo DSes, anything that uses a pointy stylus - those are resistive screens. For the most part, they are single point devices. No multitouch. So no pinch and zoom, for example. This also leads to "false touches" like pocket-dialing. Because anything can put pressure on the screen, not just fingers.
Capacitive is different. It allows for multitouch. I'm not sure exactly how it works, but it responds only to things like fingers (so no gloves). And there are rubberized styluses out there. I assume a pencil eraser would work just as well, but I don't know. The only real draw back to capacitive is that you have to use your fingers, for the most part. So normal styluses don't work. Gloved hands don't work. I think it has something to do with electricity, (capacitors are electric), and that's why skin works, and rubber works, but cloth and plastic do not.
99.99% of the time, Capacitive is *BY FAR* the better choice. That's why resistive tablets / ereaders are so cheap. *A* the tech is old and simpler to make, and *B* nobody wants them.
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