Ski winter? Phone displays that can be used with gloves and nails

Ski winter? Phone displays that can be used with gloves and nails
Nokia might have marketed the gloves-on and fingernail craze with the supersensitive screen on its Lumia 920, but before that we had Sony's Xperia sola which received a glove mode with the Android ICS update. Since then a bunch of major manufacturers jumped on the bandwagon. It's a pretty useful feature, especially when you live in cold climates, or are heading to the ski slopes on a regular basis, not to mention if you are on the construction project every day and get a phone call, or if you are a race driver. On second thought - don't answer that phone call during your NASCAR race, you are not Jean Girard!

The common thread among all phone makers that introduced smartphones with supersensitive displays is the touch layer made by Synaptics - a Californian company you might have not heard about, but which has likely made the touchpad on the very laptop you are reading this with.

Synaptics' engineers have managed to produce a powerful touch controller, which can use sophisticated algorithms to determine if the electric field, created by the touch sensors in your display, is being disturbed by a finger, glove, nail, stylus or another object, and weed out the noise from simple rubbing in your purse or pocket. This way you can answer a phone call or unlock the display to read an incoming message without having to remove your glove on the ski lift, or having to trim your ghetto French manicure.

We are rounding up a few of the smartphones with supersensitive displays that are out and about right now, in case you need to know which ones you can trust heading for the slopes.



1. amilcarmz86

Posts: 95; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

I live in the caribbean so, i need waterproof phones... XD

2. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Sony has them. :D


Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

Xperia Z1

10. amilcarmz86

Posts: 95; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

ok, do you recomend the Xperia Z or the ZR?

15. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Depends on your preference. I own a Xperia Z, so if you like a bigger screen then go with the Z. Its an amazing phone. Also there are many models in these phones, so choose one with proper bands otherwise, you won't get 3G or 4G LTE.

6. yudi.nemesis unregistered

Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z, Xperia ZR, Xperia V, Xperia Acro S and Xperia Go. S4 Active. LG Optimus GJ. If you someone who love taking picture/video underwater get Z1, ZR, or Acro S.

11. amilcarmz86

Posts: 95; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

ok, do you recomend the Xperia Z or the ZR?

13. yudi.nemesis unregistered

ZR Pros Better screen quality. Better battery life. IP58 (ZR) VS IP57 (Z). Same 13MP Rear Camera with shutter key and Cheaper. Cons Low internal memory (8 GB but only about 4.6 GB user available). VGA Front facing camera. If you looking for the ultimate waterproof phones for me the only phones that is better than ZR is Xperia Z1.

14. amilcarmz86

Posts: 95; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

And the internal memory problem can be fixed by buying an sd card.

9. GoogleSafariFox

Posts: 100; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Galaxy S4 Active is the Perfect one! Experia Z1 is Pretty Cool too!

12. yudi.nemesis unregistered

S4 Active is a good phone but i think it’s not perfect as a waterproof phone, because if i’m wrong in the aqua mode the camera becomes fixed focus camera and it doesn’t have wet finger tracking technology.

16. seanross

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 13, 2014

The s4 active is not waterproof... Thing that bugs me about them is they market it as being waterproof.... A phone to take into the pool with you.. I've had 2 of them..... Dropped one in the water and ever since it was messed up.... All ports were shut and lock was pressed on back of device sealing it.... When this happened I went online an read dozens of blogs from Samsung's galaxy active owners experiencing the same thing... Then I read a post from one of the employees from Samsung that did an anonymous post saying that Samsung has hundreds at that time of angry customers who claim the same thing..... Not to mention they do not honor the waterproofing on the warranty.... Plus both of my actives and hundreds I saw on the internet (eBay/amazon) that had the waterproof micro SD charging port cover broken off from just everyday use... It is NOT a rugged device either... There is NO military specs attributed to this device nor is there anyone who can say it holds up any better than the regular S4 .... Look it up I speak the truth.... Just trying to help.... Best thing if day is that it looks cool and may be dust tight..... Till you rip the port cover off when you charge it one day.... Cheers

4. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Nothing new here, I can use my old Galaxy Nexus with gloves......

7. yudi.nemesis unregistered

With thin cloth gloves yes, but your galaxy nexus screen will be useless if you wearing leather, rubber or thick gloves

5. yudi.nemesis unregistered

7. Xperia SP

8. vfvf1

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

You forgot the Casio G'zOne Commando 4G LTE

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