The only aspect of the HTC Tattoo we have a problem with is the resistive screen. We understand the cost-saving implementation of it but from our experience with resistive screens (think WinMob phones), they simply pale in comparison to capacitive touchscreens (think all other Android phones, iPhone, Palm Pre). Capacitive screens in the mobile space just seem to do a better job in registering touch inputs. Remember, Android isn't built to use with styli, it's a finger-friendly capacitive environment.

Apparently, HTC thinks differently. After unveiling the HTC Tattoo, HTC trumpeted the company line, tweeting, "Capacitive screens at small sizes are hard to be accurate with. Resistive ends up registering fewer miss-clicks." HTC could be right but we'd be more forgiving if HTC admitted it was more a financial move than anything else.

Our biggest issue is that if HTC really wants to mass-market this phone and offer it to everyone worldwide, offering a potentially sub-par Android experience might dissuade people from future HTC Android purchases. Obviously, we're jumping the gun a bit--the resistive screen may still turn out to be a great option for the mass market--but we always felt resistive screens were technology of yore, not 2009.

[via engadget]

There are 13 comments

Anonymous says:

Really HTC? I think this will be the first Resistive Android Phone. The cost saving measure is the real reason, but still, the Palm Pixi has a 2.4 inch screen (compared to 2.8 on the tattoo) and the Pixi supports capacitive multi-touch and all, for $99. The "too small for capacitive" really is a bunch of B.S.

Jack says:

I don't wanna it even for free..

Anonymous says:

I was waiting for a resistive Android phone. I like to use a stylus once in a while. I didn't really like the capacitive screen on my G1.

Joakim says:

Many people are waiting for resistive screen Android phones.

Women, people with long fingernails, people with callused fingers, etc, where the Capacitive Touch screens don't register their touch.

christopher says:

"too small" for capacitive seems right. a screen really needs to be the size of a wall for me to ever want to ditch a stylus. apparently all of the pencil-fingered blogorati have convinced most of the west that cap screens are the way to go, but one day trying to tap an icon measuring 3x3 and you'lll be looking for a pen cap or even fingernail to tap that sucker.

awesomo says:

Resistive screen on a touch-centric UI = FAIL

vzwtech86 says:

Hey small capacitive screens aren't good to have. Look at Verizon's Samsung Glyde. That phone was horrible until they went resistive. No amount of software updates and interface changes did anything to it before... Capacitive screens are great but need to be bigger to work properly

Anonymous says:

Nokia uses resistive screen on the 5800. They say that you need that in order to write Asian chars.

Saurooon says:

I have already seen it somethere...
Have a nice day

Ben says:

I hate capacitve screens. I say horay! For the resistive screen. Wish I could get it oon a more powerful phone though.

Many people are waiting for resistive screen Android phone
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Anonymous says:

I love my HTC tatto with the android operating system and the resistive screen is great, just tap with your nail and it's really responsive. Try using a capacitive screen to text! Nigh on impossible to get the message right O and P always get mixed up, A and S what a pain. Can't wait though for a really good android phone with excellent camera, flash and autofocus. Ahh Heaven!