Women's Nails vs. iPhone

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by MaximusMushu, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. MaximusMushu macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2011
    My lady friend up for an upgrade next month and she adores my iPhone 4. When she plays with it though, she can't use her nails (That's what she said). She's afraid of scratching my phone and what soon shall be her phone. She uses the side of her finger or the lower part of it and it looks awkward.

    What's the solution for this? Does the iPhone work with nails? If so, does it scratch of the screen faster?

    Thanks for your responses.
  2. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3


    Apr 6, 2007
    Portland, OR
    It won't scratch the screen. You can't use nails to manipulate the screen. Long nails like that are tacky. ;)
  3. MaximusMushu thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2011
    The screen doesn't read nails?
    Oh and her nails are the long tacky ones that you're thinking of. They're naturally and probably stick out less than half an inch.
  4. eastercat macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    It's a touch screen. It reacts to skin. If you have the right material, you can wear gloves or use a stylus.
  5. iApples macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2011
    It won't scratch the screen. And no, you need to use your finger. Your nails won't do the trick.
  6. Playgear macrumors regular

    Apr 10, 2010
    It's a capacitive touch screen, which, unlike older touch screens, reacts with the electricity flowing through your skin, not by the amount of force you push with.
  7. milani macrumors 68000


    Aug 8, 2008
    It's worth noting that all modern touch screen smart phones use the same capacitive touch screen technology.
  8. MaximusMushu thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2011
  9. RebeccaL macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2011
    You might also want to tell her that most guys don't like long nails and they are a hassle.
  10. jacollins macrumors 6502a

    Jun 19, 2010
    Unless she's got diamond dust nail polish or something, she won't scratch the screen with her nails.
  11. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3


    Apr 6, 2007
    Portland, OR
    I think you need to look up the meaning of touch considering you can touch something with your nails...
  12. magicpinkdrink macrumors member


    Oct 9, 2010
    I wear acrylic nails (not the long tacky ones, I work in jewelry store so I keep them short) and have no problem with using my touch screen. I just use the tips or sides of my thumbs to type. Rarely do I make a mistake and I have never noticed them scratching the screen. The glass is way tougher than my nails and I think if you put them in a fight the glass would win. I was nervous about having a touch screen with no physical keyboard but after about an hour I was already had the hang of it!
  13. Sherifftruman macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2010
    My wife has the same issue. Her nails are not super long or anything. She works at a management position in the office of a pretty large company so long nails are out but having nails that look good is pretty much a must when you meet clients and whatnot.

    She has a blackberry from work and can type as fast on it as I can on a regular keyboard. When I got my iPhone she resisted due to nails and got a Tilt2 instead as it had a resistive touchscreen and of course the slide out hard keyboard.

    Eventually we got an iPad which she thought was not too bad because it was larger. She got used to holding her finger the right way pretty quickly. Then her phone started giving her problems and she broke down and got an iPhone 4 essentially the iPad was a gateway drug. She texts fine and emails some on it though she'll never be quite as fast as the blackberry though.

    So, as long as your girl's nails are professional length it is definitely possible to get used to using the iPhone and we've seen no damage to the screen at all.
  14. MotleyGrrl macrumors 6502


    Jun 15, 2010
    Chicago, IL
    I have long nails and I like them - I don't care who else does or doesn't - I have an iphone and don't have any issues.
  15. dccorona macrumors 68020


    Jun 12, 2008
    it doesnt sense the physical touch but rather the electromagnetic field around your skin...something nails don't give off (or at least, not enough to operate the touch screen)
  16. Savor Suspended


    Jun 18, 2010
    Having long nails like her's is why I still see many female business professionals sticking with BlackBerry or any phone with a slide-out QWERTY. Long nails and a capacitive slate designed doesn't always work for messaging with women used to tapping buttons.

    It is why Android is winning. Even if it is fragmented, it still has multiple form factors and variety for different people. The one size (or one slate design) fits all doesn't work with the entire industry.
  17. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    I think females with long nails will have problems typing on anything if that's touchscreens, qwerty or even regural computer keyboards.

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