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oooohhh! wait. Don’t say Resistive Screens “A Crap”. you are comparing Apples and Oranges.
It’s the USER who does use a thing in a wrong way. Resistive Touch screens are primarily to work with Stylus, not with your fingers…
I can say that why you have come to say like that, you probably have used the iPhone or any better Capacitive Touch Screen phone. But technically they are completely different.
I have seen most of the people happily using Nokia 5530 and 5800. They don’t have any serious complains with them. You also might have seen on WP forums. That means it’s not the device which is actually bad or good, but it’s the user who think it’s bad for him or good.
It all depends, specifically when some one has not used some more attractive gadget.
I never said ALL resistive screens are crap, most high end phones that use resistive screens (like the n900) use really good quality resistive screens that can also be used with fingers and are very responsive.
What i was saying is that most of the cheap touchscreen phones that are out use really crappy resistive touchscreens (thus also giving a bad name to resistive screens).
Software is also an issue. The operating system of phones need to be optimized for touch, and OS’s like android, iOS and WebOS built from ground up with touch in mind. With OS’s like symbian…they’re haven’t been optimized and hence suck at touch inputs (i’ve used the 5800 and 5530) but are good at stylus inputs somewhat. On the other hand, the n900, while using a good resistive screen, runs the maemo OS which has been built with touch in mind and is good at it.
Ps. the people who are happy with the 5800 and 5530’s touch screens don’t know what they’re missing . I had the same attitude as the OP’s friend after using the 5800’s slow interface, saying that touch phones are really crap, but after using the iphone’s surprisingly responsive touch screen, i was blown away at how awesome it was…hardware also plays a big part in the interface as well i guess (most midrange nokia/samsung/lg touch phones are underpowered).