Are Long Fingernails Compatible with iPhone?

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by katie ta achoo, Jul 9, 2007.

  1. macrumors G3

    May 2, 2005

    Are there any problems with the iPhone that we girls may face that the average male wouldn’t? Do long fingernails, for example, interfere with the use of the iPhone's touch interface in any way? Let’s find out….

    I've been texting on the iPhone like mad ever since I got it. Texting is the easiest way to get in touch with most of my friends, so if it didn’t work well with long fingernails, my nails would be gone, or at least shortened. And I do love my nails!

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  2. macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2007
    i used to have long gel nails (3 of them broke off this week :X but i've been wanting to get rid of them for the months ive had them), and they did get in the way. granted, theyre longer than the average nail, but it was really difficult to pinch with them.
  3. thread starter macrumors G3

    May 2, 2005
    I usually use two hands. Hold down my left thumb and pinch open and pinch shut with my pointer finger on my right hand. Much easier, with or without nails, imho.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2006
    Manhattan, New York
    how dare you imply that I am not the average man because I have long nails.
  5. macrumors member

    Sai Zelion

    Jul 4, 2007
    Cut your nails. lol
  6. macrumors 68020


    Mar 1, 2004
    Can you type with your nails though, not the actual finger ?
  7. thread starter macrumors G3

    May 2, 2005
    No. :D
    and No. :(
    Tapping on the screen is just a buncha tapping: noisy and uneventful. You need the actual skin-to-screen contact to do anything with it.
  8. macrumors demi-god


    May 14, 2002
    Interestingly, I've found that the thin latex gloves we use at work actually function with the iPhone. I'm pleasantly surprised, and no longer have to worry about operating it with my nose. :p
  9. macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2007
    New York City & South Florida
    My Garmin Nuvi has a great touch screen.
    It cost me just as much as the iPhone would... (if I had one :()
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 29, 2004
    SF Bay Area
    Guitar Players

    I play guitar for my own amazement (finger picking) and keep my right-hand nails a little longer than normal.

    I have short, chubby fingers and I try to key text on the iPhone with the tip (nail) of my fingers... I have problems with the iphone, unless I stop & think to use my fingerpads instead of fingernails...

    ... Since I started adjusting to the iPhone, I can't type worth crap on a normal computer KB. %^(>
  11. macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2007
    ok first of all, to the OP, you do not have long finger nails be any stretch of the term. I would say for long nails, mine are just about in the middle, and they are way longer than yours, way shorter than those girls with the dragon nails all blinged up.

    i have very little problem using my iphone despite the longer nails, but i do use it differently than other folks. i notice for instance that i use my index and middle finger (instead of thumb) flat on the surface to pinch and pull it happened very effortless that way and just stuck

    and the glove thing? i got mine to work thru fine leather gloves, not great but enough to unlock it and make a call

    it is soo funny and frustrating at times because i have a Nuvi on my jeep as well and going back and forth from a conductive touch screen (iPhone) and a pressure touch (Garmon Nuvi) means that i have to constantly resent my behavior
  12. macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2006
    beautiful hands by the way katie.
  13. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 29, 2004
    SF Bay Area
  14. Editor emeritus


    Jul 10, 2003
    Falls Church, VA
    My bad habit of fingernail biting keeps me away from having to deal with this question :cool:
  15. macrumors 6502

    May 9, 2007
    Keep those sexy long fingernails!

  16. macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    If this blogging gig doesn't work out, you could be a hand model. ;)
  17. macrumors member

    Jan 26, 2006
    You call those little things long? Those are not long fingernails. My friend has long fingernails that make yours look short. She had a few problems using my iPhone.
  18. tfr
    macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2003
    Have you bothered to take a look at Katie's "Occupation" field in her profile? ;)
  19. macrumors 68030

    Nov 18, 2006
    Thanks! I was worried about this as well. My nails are longer than yours in the pic, but when I tested it in the store, I didn't make a single mistake. Kind of freeked me out.
  20. thread starter macrumors G3

    May 2, 2005
    For 13 years of my life, I played violin and viola so my nails were trimmed down to the wick. They feel long to me.
    Long enough to feel somewhat elegant, but short enough that I can still decorate cakes, gift wrap at work, etc.

  21. macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2007
    I've noticed issues with using the screen when other people are holding my phone as well. Wierd. I suspect maybe its just that they aren't holding onto it as "hard" as I would be when I know I'm going to hit the screen with the other hand.
  22. macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2007
    I think of it like a loyal dog, knowing who it should trust.
  23. macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2007
    Charlottesville, VA
    Are long fingernails compatible with LIFE?

    This should be the real question. What's up with long fingernails anyway? Why bother. Seems like a ridiculous cultural stereotype perpetrated on women. Make up, perfume and long fingernails are absurd. Break free of the Matrix and trim those talons and stop painting your face like Bozo the Clown. It'll also probably make typing on your iPhone easier.
  24. macrumors 68040


    Nov 27, 2003
    But please continue to shave those legs and armpits ;)
  25. macrumors 6502

    May 9, 2007
    Please go back to france. Thanks.

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