It’s only been what, three years, since Apple unveiled the original iPhone and changed everyone’s perception of how easy to use a touchscreen can be?
That all happened thanks to capacitive touchscreen technology. Touchscreens had been around for ages before the iPhone, but the most used type were resistive touchscreens. These are more accurate, but require a press rather than just a touch in most cases, and the extra layers they have to have make use a tad less intuitive.
It looks like capacitive touchscreens will make up 40-50% of the touchscreen market in 2011, as touch panel makers continue to expand their capacitive touchscreen production facilities.
Of course, resistive touchscreens are still the most used, and will continue to be next year, because they’re cheaper and they’re more sought after in Asia. Because a resistive touchscreen is more accurate and operation with a stylus is very easy, some countries with complicated writing patterns still see great demand for phones featuring this type of technology.
Capacitive touchscreens are starting to get styli, but they’re still a bit more cumbersome to use for precise touches.
Elsewhere in the world, resistive screens are only used for low-end devices because they’re cheaper. Capacitive touchscreens reign supreme in the high end smartphone market.
Yet there are two types of capacitive touchscreens out there: film based and glass based. Glass-based capacitive screens are still used rarely, and only in the most expensive phones, such as the iPhone range. Film-based capacitive touchscreens are a bit cheaper and therefore used in many more midrange devices.
So, not all displays are created equal. Be sure you choose the type that fits you and your use-cases best, otherwise the frustration may overwhelm you.
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