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How do you know if a smartphone can be used with gloves?

How do you know if a smartphone can be used with gloves? Is there a certain type of screen? Is there a name for it?

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 22, 2013 at 22:23

OOps... no idea. I live in Ireland - haven't worn gloves in 15 years (sissy winters :p )

Pondlife  Feb. 22, 2013 at 22:25

Only the 920 that I am sure about.
Course it depends on the gloves, some are supposedly able to be used with any touchphone (though the ones I tested didn't).

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 22, 2013 at 22:27

My old HTC HD2 works with some gloves, fingernail and cats' paws

Pondlife  Feb. 22, 2013 at 23:14

So all in all wear the gloves and test in store.

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 23, 2013 at 05:28

My old HTC HD2 works with some gloves, fingernail and cats' paws
Your cats can use a phone? Impressive...mine doesn't know his own name.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 23, 2013 at 06:55

Mine plays Temple Run and Fruit Ninja. But he does use caller ID on himself

Pondlife  Feb. 23, 2013 at 11:42

So his taste in games is at Lewis's level...

IndianaBlues  Feb. 25, 2013 at 11:57

Old style resistive touchscreens should work with anything (provided that you aren't wearing anything with fingertips so soft that they absorb all the pressure you're trying to apply).

Most touch-screens these days are capacitive, which are more accurate but rely on the static field generated by your body (think of it as an energy field that surrounds us, penetrates us, binding the galaxy together) to know when and where you've touched the screen. Normal gloves don't conduct that well, so will block the low-level static and prevent your touch from registering, however you can buy "touchscreen" or capacitive gloves that either have a metallic conducting weave that allows the static to get to the screen, or have an internal power supply that creates a fake field in lieu of your own.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 25, 2013 at 12:24

Old style resistive touchscreens should work with anything (provided that you aren't wearing anything with fingertips so soft that they absorb all the pressure you're trying to apply).

Most touch-screens these days are capacitive, which are more accurate but rely on the static field generated by your body (think of it as an energy field that surrounds us, penetrates us, binding the galaxy together) to know when and where you've touched the screen. Normal gloves don't conduct that well, so will block the low-level static and prevent your touch from registering, however you can buy "touchscreen" or capacitive gloves that either have a metallic conducting weave that allows the static to get to the screen, or have an internal power supply that creates a fake field in lieu of your own.


Thanks for adding sense to our non-, ahem, sense :D

Pondlife  Feb. 25, 2013 at 12:54

I think wearing the gloves and trying in store has more sense

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