Capacitive vs Resistive Screens

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    What kind of screen is on the HP Slate 7, capacitive or resistive? I read that capactive screens are more sensitive but that resolutions are not as high because they are more expensive to make. I thought the opposite. There are lots of very cheap tablets out there with capacitive screens. My first tablet had one for about $50 on e-bay.
     
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    If I had to guess I'd say you would be hard pressed to find any current tablets with resistive screens. You're going back to the days of the PDA.
     
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    That is interesting. Thanks.
     
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    I have an Archos 5 IT and a Huawei Ideos S7 both of which have capacitive screens but I'm not sure I've even seen one since their time. Obviously they are years old but both were solid devices. I know this is kind of irrelevant but interesting how far we've come in a relatively short time.
     
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    Recent resistive touchscreen phones, such as the Nokia N97, HTC Tattoo and Samsung Jet have made their resisitive touchscreens much more sensitive than those of previous years, helping to bridge the gap between the two technologies, but I've yet to see a resistive touchscreen that convinced me that it was capacitive for any length of time. Using a finger, capacitive screens will seem much more responsive.
     
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    I haven't tried it, but they say a capacitive screen won't respond to your finger while wearing a glove whereas a resistive screen will.
     
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    That's true. The single real benefit, and not all that small, is that you could use a stick to work on a resistive screen, (or gloves) but not on a capacitive screen.
     
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    My old cheap Irulu tablet only worked with a stylus. Does that make it capacitive?
     
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    Not necessarily. Styli come in two flavors as well, resistive and capacitive.:rolleyes:
     

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