Touch Screen Digitizer

The Touch Screen Digitizer Closest to Becoming a Tablet PC

The concept of tablet personal computers has been distorted over the years. Most experts attribute the distortion to Apple when they released their long awaited iPad when they introduced the “touchscreen” concept.

To correct your knowledge about the tablet PC, experts have differentiated what the difference is between the real “touchscreen” and the commonly marketed and its widely familiar counterpart.

First and foremost, you should know that this “touchscreen” that most are talking about is not the screen per se, but the component embedded on the screen. This part is called the touch screen digitizer. This is what distinguishes which ones are capable of recognizing more complex functions such as recognizing the user’s handwriting and such.

Those which are massively produced by two of the giant electronic companies are the lesser version of the digitizer, and it is where the misconceptions gather.

Contrary to what most might know, Microsoft was the first one to introduce the first tablet to the public, but most neglected it. It was not until Apple released their own when the tablet became popular and almost every other electronic company has been clamoring to release their own versions as well.

However, in spite its popularity, Apple is not using the more powerful touch screen digitizer. If you are an expert dissecting Microsoft’s tablets, you can clearly see that it is far more superior to Apple’s iPad through its digitizer alone. The company used an active kind of digitizer. This is the one which is capable of reading a person’s real handwriting, and it seems this is where being the true first pays off.

On the other hand, this type of digitizer is not necessarily a touchscreen. Instead it uses a specialized pen that is provided by the company where the tablet came from. In addition, it responds to motions hovered above the screen and it does not respond to touch.

Another type of touch screen digitizer is the active digitizer. This responds immediately to touch and that is why it is not capable of responding to handwriting because you are not able to rest your hand. If you do this to a tablet with a resistive type of digitizer, resulting in an effect called vectoring.

The misconception here lies in the concept of TABLET PC. A tablet with a resistive digitizer is not capable of being as fluid and flexible if compared to one that has its active counterpart.

The capacitive digitizer is the third kind of digitizer and this one is widely familiar because it was popularized by Apple. This is the digitizer found in their iconic iPhone and iPad which are capable of sensing multiple touches all around its screen. In addition, compared to the other two, it responds more to touch than just pressure, and it is because of this that it is not suitable of becoming a tablet PC.

Among all digitizers available, the closest to becoming a personal computer is the active digitizer. Again, it seems being the first, though not widely popular, still is the best.

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