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Long Nails vs. the iPhone
Women are complaining that they can't use the touchscreen with long nails -- no, really.
Long fingernails can get in the way of your iPhone enjoyment.
June 24, 2008 by Rachel Cericola

Best stupid argument of the week: Women are complaining that they can’t use the iPhone because of their long fingernails.

Or at least one woman is complaining. The Los Angeles Times interviewed Erica Watson-Currie, who apparently has a lot to say on the subject. However, I didn’t see a focus group or class action mentioned anywhere. Know why? Because it’s a stupid argument.

To use the iPhone’s touchscreen, your finger must actually come in contact with the interface. Watson-Currie seems to think that the unit should come with a stylus and can’t understand “why does Apple persist in this misogyny.” Really? Misogyny? If anything, Apple products seem a bit girly, in my opinion.

Some say you need to suffer for fashion, but I think you need to suffer for technology. Clips those babies off!

Watson-Currie says that her nails are typically “between one-eighth and one-quarter of an inch long.” If she can’t operate an iPhone with that length, I can’t imagine she can get much else accomplished during the day. I would have more compassion if she were complaining about the cost of the phone. 

The bottom line: If you don’t like it, don’t buy it. I can’t ride a motorcycle, but do I ask Harley Davidson for training wheels? No.

I don’t want to start a catfight (did you see those nails?), but please stop making us tech-loving ladies look like a bunch of superficial dopes.

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at

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