1. odnerd's Avatar
    The new HP touchsmart PC has a glass coated touchscreen that is extremely durable. Is the iPhone supposed to have the same type or one more like a Treo, 8125, etc...
    03-30-2007 05:01 PM
  2. surur's Avatar
    It has a glass capacitive touch screen, unlike normal PDA's. Advantage - durable. Disadvantage, does not work with styluses, only fingers.

    Surur
    03-30-2007 05:15 PM
  3. hall316's Avatar
    cubic zirconium
    03-30-2007 06:46 PM
  4. marcol's Avatar
    It has a glass capacitive touch screen, unlike normal PDA's. Advantage - durable.
    Also supposed to have better clarity.

    One advantage that the capacitive system has over the resistive system is that it transmits almost 90 percent of the light from the monitor, whereas the resistive system only transmits about 75 percent. This gives the capacitive system a much clearer picture than the resistive system.

    http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/question716.htm
    03-30-2007 07:24 PM
  5. vinman's Avatar
    It has a glass capacitive touch screen, unlike normal PDA's. Advantage - durable. Disadvantage, does not work with styluses, only fingers.

    Surur
    I was trying to find a reference to this a few days ago...
    Is it incompatible with sylus input, or just designed primarily for finger input (where you could still use a stylus)? There are other glass screen devices that work both ways...
    03-31-2007 10:34 AM
  6. surur's Avatar
    We have seen people who have used the device comment that it wont work with gloves on. So yes, it looks like styluses specifically wont work either.

    From Pogue:
    “You referred to the screen as being a ‘glass surface.’ Was it a figure of speech or is it really made out of glass?” –Figure of speech. It’s the same polycarbonate that’s used for iPod screens, although apparently the coating has been substantially improved.

    “Does the screen scratch easily?” –See above.

    “Will the iPhone touch surface work if you’re wearing gloves? Be unpleasant to use the phone in the dead of winter otherwise.” –No, it responds ONLY to skin touch. I couldn’t use my fingernail, for example. And you certainly can’t use a stylus. (On the other hand, I doubt there’s ANY smartphone you can operate with gloves on.)
    http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/...s-list-part-2/

    Surur
    03-31-2007 10:59 AM
  7. odnerd's Avatar
    Well that kinda sucks. Maybe someone can make a stylus that mimics a finger and is warm like skin.
    03-31-2007 11:32 AM
  8. vinman's Avatar
    One of the things I am most curious about is the actual interface. IF it works even mostly as well as Jobs described it should be really cool. If it does, there won't be a need for a stylus. Good thing I live in the south - we have maybe three or four days a year where gloves are needed.
    I can't wait to play with this thing! If it doesn't work well, 8525 here I come...
    03-31-2007 02:49 PM
  9. vinman's Avatar
    Well that kinda sucks. Maybe someone can make a stylus that mimics a finger and is warm like skin.
    Umm, you have five of them on the end of each arm.

    :hmm:
    03-31-2007 02:50 PM
  10. odnerd's Avatar
    Umm, you have five of them on the end of each arm.

    :hmm:
    lol. I forgot to </end Sarcasm>
    03-31-2007 03:37 PM
  11. vinman's Avatar
    lol. I forgot to </end Sarcasm>
    I did actually wonder about that. Sometimes it just doesn't translate via text. Makes me feel better, though.
    :o
    04-01-2007 12:09 AM
  12. archie's Avatar
    I just read an investors report about Balda, the company maiking these screens for the iPhone. It said that this glass-surfaced screen for the iPhone is more durable, far more sensitive and thinner while also harder to scratch or smudge than plastic displays.

    As far as cold weather goes, Tavo has a pair of gloves made with thermal fabric and silicon grips that will supposedly work:

    04-06-2007 11:15 AM
  13. Tastypeppers's Avatar

    <snip>

    As far as cold weather goes, Tavo has a pair of gloves made with thermal fabric and silicon grips that will supposedly work:

    <comment>

    Doesn't this seem a step in the direction of making things more complicated than necessary? I have to carry around a special pair of gloves just for use with my phone?

    Oh, yeah. I forgot. I live in Pasadena. When the temperature is 60 degrees I whine.

    </comment>

    <question>

    Yeah, well, it is nice to say it doesn't scratch so much but I'm a guy who has always put screen protectors on my Treos. I have anti-scratch protection on my Nano.

    What I want to hear is "The iPhone's screen doesn't suffer scratches at all because it is made of [some sort of wonder stuff]."

    Is this screen really going to be just "less" susceptible to scratches?

    </question>
    04-06-2007 11:26 AM
  14. surur's Avatar
    Can you answer phone calls without touching the screen on the IPhone? Will it work with a screen protector? This is going to be one funny phone.

    Surur
    04-06-2007 12:43 PM
  15. Kupe#WP's Avatar
    What I want to hear is "The iPhone's screen doesn't suffer scratches at all because it is made of [some sort of wonder stuff]."
    I believe the name of the material you're trying to remember is: "Unobtanium" It is not only indestructible, but it knows what you want to do before you do and it has a quirky tendency to make gullible people worship it...sight unseen.
    04-06-2007 05:56 PM
  16. surur's Avatar
    04-06-2007 06:04 PM
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