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Can I use a stylus on a touch screen phone?

Asked by ItsxJess (36points) August 14th, 2009

I have the Samsung Behold which is a touch screen phone. It’s pretty easy to text with but usually since the “buttons” on the screen are so small I accidentally hit a different letter. This happens all the time and it’s really annoying. I was wondering if I could use a stylus with it? Or would that mess up the screen? Where can I buy a single stylus?

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InspecterJones's avatar

If its a capacitive screen (like the iphone) then no, it requires electrical input, like that from your skin.

If its a resistive screen (like most mobile windows phones) then yes, all you need is pressure.

Try using any random object like a pen, if it doesn’t work you have yourself a capacitive screen.

There might be might styluses made specifically for capacitive screen but I’m not too sure about that.

Facade's avatar

I have a Samsung Delve, also a touch screen phone, and it came with a stylus. So I think it’d be fine.

rebbel's avatar

I have a Samsung Omnia, which came with a stylus.
I use it, but not to my liking, the screen is full of scratches.
So, i would say: yes, you can use one, but be aware, don’t use it (so much).

cmoreno's avatar

Inspector Jones is 99% correct. There are special stylus that you can buy that will work on a capacitive screen. Here is a link to one

InspecterJones's avatar

@cmoreno Is the plural for stylus still just stylus? I thought that looked weird when I typed it. Stupid Firefox spell check fails me again.

jho1188's avatar

You should probably check out either Samsung’s preferences on the phone or see an authorized dealer if you’re unsure of the screen you have. I have an HTC Touch Pro and it came with a stylus, but I have a resistive screen. There’s a stylus called the Pounce I believe that’s used for iPod Touch (my roommate has one) and I know the iPod Touch is a capacitive screen. And if you’re worried about damage to your screen while using a stylus, dealers have screen protectors like the one that came with my phone. :)

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