In the first part of this article I briefly explained what a capacitive display is and how it works. Now that we have established what a capacitive screen is, let’s go into a little more detail about why it is important to be aware of how you use your device when determining whether or not it is capacitive or not. Capacitive screens require more pressure to register a hit than a resistive screen. A capacitive display will respond to even small changes in pressure. Because of this they tend to be much more responsive to finger motion and their smaller form factor makes them very attractive to many manufacturers.
Unfortunately all touch screens have a trade-off. Although the response time is faster on a capacitive screen by several times, the trade-off is a device that is much heavier and bulkier than its resistive counter parts. This can be a problem if you want to take full advantage of the benefits of touch screens but you need to make sure you get the right type of device for your requirements.
The best all touch screens are resistive. There are several advantages associated with resistive screen technology. Firstly it is a lot easier to repair damage to a resistive screen. Secondly it is also quieter, which is important if you intend to use the device in a professional environment where background noise could hamper your ability to use the device. Finally resistive screens are far thinner and lighter than capacitive ones, which is an important factor if you are considering the aesthetics of your device.
When looking at purchase options for capacitive or all touch screens, there are several factors that you should consider. Cost is certainly one consideration, although it is often seen as an after thought. If price is a concern then a budget of around 200 dollars is generally regarded as a good buying point. Once you have decided on a price then it will be important to understand that screen replacement costs will vary between manufacturers.
When comparing replacement costs, you need to compare price against features and screen size. For example, while screen replacement costs between two different manufacturers may be set at different values, both devices will offer the basic capabilities of touch screen displays. For example, while one may offer a stylus and other may not, the basic features you need to conduct business will still be available. In addition, in order to use the device you will still need to insert a card into the slots and keys and key clicks will still be required.
If cost is still a major concern when purchasing a new device then you should look at online retailers. Many websites will sell LCD touch screen replacement for a fraction of the price you would expect. The only disadvantage to buying from an online store is that you cannot physically check the product for damage or scratches. However, this problem is far less likely to occur than with a traditional salesperson who can take the screen for repair if damage is found. Even with this limitation, buying online for LCD screen replacement costs far less than buying from a physical store.