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Problems Limitations and Disadvantages of Touch Screen Mobile Cellphones

Updated on February 1, 2015
Broken LCD screen of a Nokia phone unit
Broken LCD screen of a Nokia phone unit

With the advent of touchscreen technology, different advantages and benefits are usually accompanied with this advancement.

However, it is not without its accompanying disadvantage and limitations. This is especially true and is apparent with most current touchscreen cellphones.

Touchscreens and Keypads

What’s wrong with the recent trend of mobile phones? As if all mobile phone manufacturers are developing touchscreen-ONLY phones. Where are the keypads? Pardon me if I am a bit old schooled but I tend to miss this little IMPORTANT things.

Are kedypads really useless that it does not merit to be included on current cellphones? Or is this just an excuse since keypads require additional cost of hardware, production, and QA checking?

In fact, most touchscreen mobile phones are somewhat lacking in hardware features. Take the Samsung Galaxy Y for example, it only has three hardware keys: the power button, volume controls, and directional (middle button). Why not put a dedicated camera button, internet button, or media key?

The first disadvantage of Touch Screen phones is its large display requirement

Taking the number one spot is the large display screen. Don't get me wrong here. I love large screen phones for movie viewing, web browsing, eBook reading, etc... Sure it has its pros but not with some cons.

For those who are not aware, huge screen smart phones normally have the disadvantage of requiring more power consumption - ergo shorter battery life.

Large screen displays could be a factor on why the battery of a mobile smart phone drains quickly. Combine this with heavy WiFi usage, bright display, long duration before the screen timeout, and surely enough, the battery will quickly run out.

Also, as researched, large display screens is a requirement for fingertip-touchscreen phones to provide proper spacing between icons. Is this a product limitation of touch screen phones? It could be, as proper spacing is necessary to accommodate correct response from the fingers.

Some may say that stylus is the solution. Is it? Stylus is not compatible with capacitive touch screen phones which make it basically useless for most Samsung galaxy phones and for iPhones. Another important thing to consider when using a stylus is that it uses both hands which may contribute to impaired mobility.

And lastly for the topic of problems with large (touch) screen mobile phones, the significance in size will leave a noticeable bulge when put on side pockets and can easily be prone to scratches.

GOOD NEWS!!! Here is how to protect your mobile phone from scratches

Mobile phone owners whose unit is considered a high end or mid end device, need not worry about screen scratches. This is because such units are usually rather protected with Corning Gorilla Glass or equipped with some sort of scratch proof coating or glass.

However, such devices typically has a high price tag so it is only natural for some owners to protect it with additional screen protectors.Screen protectors are also great for low end mobile phones or for those unit that does not come with scratch proof glass protection (I actually own a Samsung Galaxy Y and Nokia N8 - both have screen protectors)

Back to Limitation and Disadvantages of Touch Screen Phones...

Touchscreen phones that have no keypads are at a huge disadvantage especially if an application crashes and the screen becomes non-responsive. Some keypads have menu dedicated buttons that can go to the smart phone’s task manager.

For keypad-less touchscreen phones, the owner is only limited to two options when the screen becomes non-responsive. One is to hard reset the phone by pressing the power button for a long time. Second, is to remove the battery. Though am not sure if any of these options are advisable.

The ADVANTAGES and BENEFITS of Touch Screen Phones

Of course this post will not only discuss the problems and limitations of touch screen smart phones. Naturally, such phones also have some extremely useful advantages. Listed below are some of the benefits and advantages of such smart mobile devices.

  • Simpler and easy UIs (user interface). Unlike traditional phones where a user has to press numerous directional buttons (up, down, left, right) to go to the desired icon, a touchscreen phone user can easily and directly press the wanted icon.

  • Touchscreen phones usually has big display screens which are perfect for photo and movie viewing, as well as web browsing.
  • Since most touchscreen phones are lacking in hardware buttons, this obviously means smaller possibility of hardware defect.

In Conclusion...

Touchscreen phones are actually good phones. Sure I whined and complained about some of its features but the fact cannot be denied that touchscreen phones are good portable devices. However, combining it with a QWERTY keypad, then it becomes a better mobile phone.

So is it recommended to buy a touch screen phone? It all depends on YOU. It all depends on what you would use it for. If you find a phone that exactly matches the one that you are looking for, be it touchscreen, with keypad, high end, budget wise, etc... Go for it.

Choosing a phone can be quite confusing with the numerous and enticing mobile selections. If you are confused but ready to buy, below are some good selections or simply read the tips and advice on these link: Buying a new phone reliable tips advice suggestions

I actually own a Samsung S5360, Nokia N8, Sony Ericsson P990i, and a Nokia C6 (whose screen broke down for some unknown reason - featured on the first pic). I use Nokia N8 for calls and for picture taking, the Samsung S5360 for just about anything else, and the P990i for backup.

For those who are wondering why I have so many, well, it took me 5 years to replace my P990i with a C6 which unfortunately broke down. So I went for a N8 because of such a huge price drop for a high end phone. Then I bought the Galaxy Totoro because it was super super cheap (only 2,000 Philippine pesos).

Is buying an extra touchscreen phone worth it? Yeah, it has some problems and disadvantages (see link posted above), but I have never regretted buying the Galaxy Y ;)

Agree or Disagree? Share your views!

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      5 years ago

      Samsung Galaxy Mega is now the phone with the biggest screen size ;)

    • writerjj profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      UPDATE 05/27/2012:

      Have recently bought a Samsung Galaxy Y also known as Galaxy Young, Galaxy Totoro, and S5360. Have posted a review listing its disadvantages and problems. See one of the above links for details. Thanks again for reading :)

    • writerjj profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thanks for looking. Haven't read about the C9 yet but am sure that it is also a good phone. btw, thanks for the suggestion. Will post pics.

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      8 years ago

      The C9 is a good phone; you should include images of it!

    • writerjj profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      TFL. C6 is great. No problems so far though I have to familiarize myself with the touchscreen since have been used to stylus

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      8 years ago

      Hi there. How would you rate the C6 in terms of features vs price?

      good read btw...

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      8 years ago

      I agree; it's a pain if your screen breaks somehow, but many phones come with crack resistant screens these days, though I can see how it would concern someone. that's where the replacement insurance comes in. I own a Motorola Droid, and find that the apps are invaluable to me, and the UI is incredibly easy to use. This thing has been dropped, thrown, and submerged in a puddle and has yet to break on me. It has a keyboard that slides out, and is generally amazing.


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