Resistive touch screens are one of several types of technologies screen touch using computers, phones, mobile phones and other electronic devices. For many years, the screens were resistive technology screen touch main used in a wide variety of devices, but its popularity has declined with the advent of capacitive screens and other interfaces touch.

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Resistive touchscreens measure physical resistance to screen for input. Users should apply a little pressure on the screen to work correctly, because it can not recognize the very light touch. Most devices screen resistive touch come with a stylus for more accurate entries, and a screen resistive unable to register the entry of a finger accurately. The flexible nature and make pointer resistive screens are prone to scratches after extended use. Although still in use on some devices, these have been largely replaced by capacitive touchscreens.



Many older models of PDA devices use resistive touch screens as their main interface method. These include the original line of Palm OS PDA and HP iPaq models and devices sold by Asus, Dell and other manufacturers. Most of the oldest tablets also uses resistive touch screens, capacitive screens but have largely replaced use in systems with devices like tablets Apple iPad and Xoom Motorola . Systems DS and 3DS game, both produced by Nintendo, use a stylus and screen resistive touch as game control. Some older laptops touchpads also used resistive technology. While most smartphones running earlier versions of Windows Mobile uses resistive screens, the new phones with Android, iOS or Windows Phone 7 no longer make use of this technology.




Using a screen resistive touch does not require a stylus, but often increase usability. Generic probes with plastic tips or metal work with any screen resistive touch, although many devices have specific models that fit into the slot of the device body. Some resistive screens are pressure sensitive, and respond differently to higher pressures, and some screens also have multitouch capability, but also these advanced features require a compatible program to run correctly.


Comparison with other touch screens

Capacitive screens are still the main alternative to resistive technology. Unlike pressure-sensitive resistive touch screens, capacitive screens react to the electrical conductivity in the user’s fingers. This makes them much more reactive to light touch, but prevents most devices provide the correct input pen. Infrared sensors offer less common touch solution with use electronic reading devices such as the Nook Simple Touch and Kobo Touch Edition.