Resistive vs Capacitive Touch Screen

A Resistive touch screen is a type of touch screen that is made of several layers where as a capacitive touch screen is a type of touch screen which consists of an insulator coated with a transparent conductor. Here let me take the opportunity to compare the pros and cons of both resistive touch screen and capacitive touch screen

Advantages and Disadvantages of Touch Screens. Compare Resistive and Capactive Touch Screens

Resistive Touch Screen

Pros:

  • The screens are usually inexpensive
  • It can be easily operated with any pointing devices
  • They are much more accurate than capacitive touch screens
  • They are easy to use and are more reliable

Cons:

  • Multi touch support not available
  • These are highly sensitive to scratches
  • Poor visibility in sunlight

Capacitive Touch Screen

Pros:

  • Multi touch support available
  • Good visibility even in sunlight
  • Not affected by dirt and moisture
  • Glossy looks
  • Faster and Smoother Response

Cons:

  • Humidity must be atleast 5% to achieve capacitive effect
  • Expensive than resistive touch screen
  • Doesn’t work with pointed objects

So now, as you have some knowledge about the pros and cons of resistive touch screen as well as capacitive touch screen, you can easily judge what is better for you.

That’s all for now, stay tuned with Tech Crates

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65 Responses to “Resistive vs Capacitive Touch Screen”

  1. liaqat

    Mar 17. 2011

    thanks a ton mate
    i was looking to find the differences between the two
    ultimate comparison i must say!

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    • TechCrates

      Mar 17. 2011

      You’re welcome and thanks for stopping by

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  2. PAVAN SHETTY

    Mar 17. 2011

    Once I had googled for ‘type of touch screen’, but I didn’t find any good info. Now through commentluv I found it and came to know the difference between these two. Thanks to admin t for such a wonderful piece of information.

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    • TechCrates

      Mar 18. 2011

      You’re welcome and thanks for stopping by..

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      • TECHNOLOGY

        Mar 18. 2011

        :-) @admin: Yes majority of the people don’t care about type of touch screen and they just keep giving false info without knowing anything. So, better everyone should be aware about this.

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        • TechCrates

          Mar 18. 2011

          Truly said … :-)

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  3. TechCrates

    Mar 17. 2011

    to be frank im learning about this for the first time and it all looks a bit complicated.. i use a flat monitor which is a samsung (17 Inch) and it works pretty good..

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    • TechCrates

      Mar 18. 2011

      Majority of the people don’t care about the type of touch screen their mobile phone has….but IMO its better to know the basics of the types

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      • TechCrates

        Mar 18. 2011

        yup, agree with you.. thks

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      • Louisa

        Mar 23. 2012

        You’re right, I had no idea there was more than one type so will def be keeping this in mind next time I’m buying a touch screen device. Thanks! Louisa.

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  4. Mukundan Srinivasan

    Mar 18. 2011

    I didnt that in touch screen there are two types even though I have a touch mobile. Both capacitors and resistors are almost the same price then i dont understand why capacitive touch screen in pricy.

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    • TechCrates

      Mar 19. 2011

      Capacitive touch screen is pricy due to its improved features than resistive touchscreen !!

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  5. GoDaddy Review

    Mar 26. 2011

    Nice comparison buddy.

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  6. Hostgator Review

    Mar 26. 2011

    Thats really in honest comparison but truly the capacitive screen is better than the resistive.

    Nice post.

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    • TechCrates

      Mar 26. 2011

      Both has their pros and cons…..

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  7. divas

    Apr 02. 2011

    useful info…
    capacitive touchscreens are much better and easy to use than resistive touchscreens

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    • TechCrates

      Apr 02. 2011

      Both of them have their pros and cons… Anyways thanks for stopping by…Hope to see you back

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  8. Tony

    Apr 02. 2011

    I like capacitive touchscreen more than the resistive.

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    • TechCrates

      Apr 02. 2011

      Even I too ….. due to clear visibility even in sun light

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  9. Jahn

    Apr 19. 2011

    Capacitive r much smooth and light to use. it takes quite less response time than resistive screens. best in touch screen fones for typing msgs. n moreovr u can prevent ur screen from scratches unlike in resistive wich requires pressure of ur nails. :)

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    • TechCrates

      Apr 19. 2011

      Yep…you’re right …. and thanks for stopping by :-)

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  10. Ayan Dasgupta

    May 27. 2011

    these days capacitive touch screens are come with styli too..n u didnt point out the faster n smoother response of a capacitive..plus its longevity.

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    • TechCrates

      May 27. 2011

      Thanks for the advice … added the point !! BTW thanks for stopping by :-)

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  11. Touchscreenfanatic

    Jun 02. 2011

    What I hate about resistive touchscreens is the vibration that occurs when you tap something.

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  12. Easywebmart

    Jun 10. 2011

    A very informative indeed, thanks mate.

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    • TechCrates

      Jun 11. 2011

      You’re welcome….. :-)

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  13. IT_Architect

    Jul 01. 2011

    The first balanced article I’ve seen on this subject. I have two phones, one of each. I will say the capacitive is smoother and more predictable than the resistive. However, I actually like my resistive better. It lets me respond to texts, e-mails, or fill and forms by simply writing with the stylus. I can sign my name on documents. I can have small fly-out menus like you have on your PC. I’m not stuck with 3/8″ squares for everything because it can’t use a stylus. I can also use my finger for the 3/8″ squares. I really don’t need a stylus for small things either because you can touch with your fingernail instead of your finger pad.

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    • TechCrates

      Jul 01. 2011

      Thanks for stopping by … :-)

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  14. TechCrates CoAdmin

    Jul 30. 2011

    i think new gadgets will come with capacitive touch screen…

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  15. Dheeraj

    Aug 15. 2011

    really interesting to know about types of touch pads.

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    • TechCrates

      Aug 15. 2011

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting Dheeraj :)

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  16. carlaL

    Sep 16. 2011

    Very interesting and good description you got here. I always wonder how different they are and really had hard time understanding this. Thanks for this.

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    • TechCrates

      Sep 16. 2011

      You’re welcome Carla …

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  17. ZaXer

    Oct 01. 2011

    plz help me bro bit confused about which one is much better capacitive touch screen or resistive touchscreen

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    • TechCrates

      Oct 01. 2011

      Both have their pros and cons … But many users prefer capacitive to resistive !!

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  18. Heather Anderson

    Oct 17. 2011

    Very well said.. Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Lyndy Lou

    Oct 17. 2011

    I always wonder how different they are and really had hard time understanding this. Thanks for this.

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    • TechCrates

      Oct 18. 2011

      You’re welcome…

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  20. reelsteel06

    Oct 19. 2011

    I can have small fly-out menus like you have on your PC. I’m not stuck with 3/8″ squares for everything because it can’t use a stylus. I can also use my finger for the 3/8″ squares. | :P

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  21. diamond56

    Oct 26. 2011

    The first balanced article I’ve seen on this subject. I have two phones, one of each. I will say the capacitive is smoother and more predictable than the resistive. | :P

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  22. Mickssinit

    Nov 06. 2011

    I actually like my resistive better. It lets me respond to texts, e-mails, or fill and forms by simply writing with the stylus. I can sign my name on documents.Thanks for sharing..

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    • TechCrates

      Nov 06. 2011

      you’re welcome and thanks for stopping by my blog ….

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  23. patricia

    Nov 17. 2011

    after i read this article, i just wondering if what is capacitive and resistive touch screen looks like. but i already have a experience using touch screen but not knowing if they are capacitive or resistive. thank very much author for your brilliant idea.

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    • TechCrates

      Nov 17. 2011

      You’re welcome patricia ….

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  24. Saikrishna

    Feb 10. 2012

    I prefer Capacitive touch screen as its very easy and fast in response, I mean the touch we do get registered easily when compared to Resistive screen. When it comes to Cons of Capacitive screen, It doesn’t matter.

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  25. sham

    Mar 23. 2012

    Best example of resistive screen is Aakash Tablet! ;) We always have a hard time with resistive screen. We have to literally hit the screen have to get a response.

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  26. Puneet

    Mar 23. 2012

    This is the post I wanted. I read so many times on review sites about both touchscreen but never though about them. But I was just thinking that what could be the difference between them. thank you so much for elaboration.

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    • TechCrates

      Mar 23. 2012

      Its my pleasure … Thanks for the comment !

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  27. Ashok

    Mar 23. 2012

    Wow, interested & Amazing post man, I really appreciate your content & good differences both are, this article has really peaks my interest, thanks.

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    • TechCrates

      Mar 24. 2012

      Its my pleasure Ashok !

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  28. elizabethwinston

    Mar 23. 2012

    This is a very informative post! choosing what two buy between two touch screen is a hassle,i pick the one with glossy looks:)

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  29. Harriet

    Mar 24. 2012

    I prefer a capacitive touch screen, I have noticed with mine that it doesn’t pick up the dirt as much as my old phone. And I hate having a dirty phone!

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    • TechCrates

      Mar 24. 2012

      Thanks for your comment …

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  30. Jim

    Mar 24. 2012

    I’ve personally used both Resistive and Capacitive (Nokia 5230 and iPhone), Seriously I loved the capacitive touch screen of iPhone. Capacitive does not require hard pressing on screen, just a feather touch works great. Thanks for post

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    • TechCrates

      Mar 25. 2012

      Thanks for your comment Jim …

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  31. ShirlleyFai

    Mar 27. 2012

    Well I have a touch screen phone and I like it a lot…But I am not sure if resistive is better…It might be worse…

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  32. Jeff

    Apr 13. 2012

    Is resistive type of touchscreen still being used in new model of smartphones today? As far as I know the capacitive is the popular one.

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    • TechCrates

      Apr 13. 2012

      Its pretty hard to look for a resistive touchscreen thesedays…especially in smartphones

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  33. Jeff

    Apr 14. 2012

    I see. But the flexible super amoled touch screen that samsung made sounds very interesting. have you heard of it already? although I do not know if it’s a capacitive type or other type of technology.

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  34. Tim83

    Aug 20. 2012

    Merely a smiling visitor here to share the love (:, btw outstanding style .

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  35. TechCrates

    Sep 28. 2012

    Thanks Tim :)

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  36. Deandre Agustin

    Oct 08. 2012

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  37. Tamiko

    Oct 19. 2012

    good comprehension for touch screen types. thanks

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  38. Georgina Fars

    Nov 03. 2012

    well done, more clearer than what I just search for explanations like this.anyway how do I know the touch screen phone I am buying is the capacitive one?

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