Compared to a capacitive touch display, I found the resistive touchscreen of Nokia’s 5800 XpressMusic phone to be harder to use. Although Nokia has moved more than 3 million 5800 handsets, they appear to be moving towards the more precise and easier-to-use capacitive displays like those used by Apple’s iPhone and Palm’s Pre. DigiTimes breaks the news on this development, and I’m happy to hear it.
There are definitely markets where a resistive touch display are desirable: folks in Asian areas use them with character input, for example. But in other locations, the desire for a stylus and pressure sensitive touchscreen are on the decline. The 5800 comes with a guitar-pick in order to provide precise touch-points, but no matter what the shape of the stylus, it’s just something else to lose or get in the way. I think this is a great move for Nokia, although I’d also like to see some enhancements to the S60 version on the 5800 that make the touch experience more appealing.