June 24, 2008

Women with Long Nails Are Hating on the iPhone...

As someone who has owned an iPhone since October '07 (got it for my birthday) I can honestly say that the iPhone, in my opinion, is FABULOUS.  At this point, I don't think I'd have any other phone.  That being said, no phone can be all things to all people... like women with longer nails:

Most people either love or hate the iPhone's touch screen, and based on a report on the LA Times, women with long fingernails are among the haters. Why? Well, since the iPhone's touchscreen only responds to electrical charges emitted by your bare fingertips, women with long nails are left out in the cold. A woman interviewed for the article went so far as to suggest Apple was being misogynistic because it did not include a stylus for women and didn't consider womens' fingers and nails when designing the phone.

Honestly, though, this same argument has come up against keyboards, touch screen monitors, and anything else that involves the use of your fingers, so should every gadget maker change the design of its products to accommodate users with long nails, or should people with long nails learn to work around this problem like they have in the past? I'd love to hear what Apple has to say about all this, but I doubt they'll ever address this particular design flaw.

Personally, I'd rather have them focus on the real issues of the iPhone, like the lack of a video camera [me too!], extra storage, and better camera, but that's just me. Besides, there are styli out there that work with the iPhone just fine and are pretty affordable.

This all reminded me of an iPhone reviewer who had a hard time using the iPhone due to her long nails, and in her frustration she said, "I guess people who use Apple products are too cool for fingernails." But are we? What do you think? 


  1. I blogged about the same thing on savvywallet.com. I think it's kinda bogus that women are complaining. In my opinion, long nails are good for two things: scratching backs and taking off stickers.

  2. I'd say that long nails are more fashionable than functional, but in truth I'm not sure how fashionable they are, especially when they are so long they hinder you from doing basic tasks like typing.

  3. Thanks for writing about this! As someone who likes to get tips put on once in a while, I have the same issue with the iPhone. I have a Treo and my touch screen works fine with my nails - as do other touch screens and keyboards. The problem with the iPhone is that it only recognizes skin - this is the only product on the market that I've had a "nail difficulty" with. I wouldn't go so far as to say that Apple is misogynistic, but I think it's an oversight that I hope is corrected in the newer models. Regardless of whether people think long nails are nice or not, the fact of the matter is that many women have long nails. So long as the iPhone is not "nail friendly" I will remain a loyal Treo user.