Isotoner Smarttouch Gloves - Review

One of the downsides to using your Windows Phone in cold weather is that the touch screen isn't responsive when you're wearing gloves. You either have to take your gloves off or find a creative way to use your touch screen.  How many have answered a call with their chin?

Enter Isotoner's Smartouch gloves.

The gloves have patent-pending conductive threads in the fore-finger and thumb that allows you to use your touch screen. Beyond that, these gloves are your typical Isotoner gloves. They come in a variety of styles and all have a non-slip palm to improve your grip around your Windows Phone.

In testing out the Smartouch gloves with my HTC HD7S the screen was, in general, as responsive as if I was using my bare hand. I was able to play some games with the gloves on and for basic functions (answering the phone, launching apps, viewing email, etc.) the gloves worked fine. The only difficulty came when I had to make more precise touches such as typing a message. Needless to say the gloves added more bulk to my finger, making the voice to text feature all the more useful).

Another issue I encounter in tinkering with the Isotoner Smartouch gloves was that if they fit loose, the screen wasn't as responsive.  Every now and then I had to pull the gloves tight to insure the conductive fiber had a solid contact with my finger.

Overall the Smartouch gloves performed well. They were well constructed, comfortable to wear, and warm inside.  It's going to be nice this winter to use my Windows Phone without having to take off my gloves on those cold, blustery days.

Smartouch gloves, depending on the size and style, are running $25 and up.  You can see all the styles (Isotoner needs to add a men's leather style...hint, hint) and a list of retailers that carry the Smartouch gloves over at Isotoner's Smartouch Glove website.

George Ponder

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.