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What's the really bad screen type -- TFT or capacitive?

What's the really bad screen type (for phones and tablets) -- TFT or capacitive?

Most Useful Answer Pondlife  Dec. 31, 2012 at 18:23

Those aren't mutually exclusive.
capacitive and resistive are types of touchscreen, resistive is considered worse (handy for women with long nails though) and is uncommon now (except in very low budget tablets/phones)
tft is a type of lcd display, amoled is the other main display type, personal preference between them

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matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 31, 2012 at 18:17

Neither, resistive touch screens are the terrible ones.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 31, 2012 at 18:18

Ahem... tft. "capacitive' is not a screen type - it's a method of registering touch input. Crappy screens can nonetheless be capacitive. http://www.mobileburn.com/definition.jsp?term=capacitive+touchscreen or read the "touchscreen" entry on wikipedia.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 31, 2012 at 18:22

Oh, and TFT isn't bad per se, either. It refers to the ability to refresh/update quickly...
matt has half a point: resistive screens are the baddies, but mainly because of their poor touch input characteristics. They can LOOK better than capacitive screens.

Pondlife  Dec. 31, 2012 at 18:23

Those aren't mutually exclusive.
capacitive and resistive are types of touchscreen, resistive is considered worse (handy for women with long nails though) and is uncommon now (except in very low budget tablets/phones)
tft is a type of lcd display, amoled is the other main display type, personal preference between them

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