So what does this mean? Well, Capacitive allows for light touch navigation and Resistive is as it would suggest, needs more pressure (more likely to use a stylus).
Capacitive Touchscreen (Common device - iPhone)
- - Smooth and responsive interaction (Apple’s slick multi-touch gestures, such as pinching and spreading two fingers to zoom and reduce on-screen objects, are only possible on a capacitive screen).
- - A bare finger is required for operation since the body’s electricity is blocked by gloves.
- - Require glass screens that can shatter when dropped.
Resistive Touchscreen (Common device - Nokia N97)
- Use of fingers, both bare and gloved, and non-specialised stylus
- Poor responsiveness, Scratch-prone surfaces, components that wear out and break over time, less-than-perfect transparency