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capacitive screen = pinch-to-zoom?

No, not really. For example, my Galaxy 5 has a capacitive screen but doesn't allow for pinch zooming.

Capacitive screens only refer to the way the screen recognize a touch input -in this case, by interrupting the flow of an electromagnetic field- while resistive recognizes the input by the contact between two conductive plates.

Pinch-zooming is a feature of multi-touch screens, ones that can recognize two or more inputs in the same screen at the same time.
 
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The capacitive screen technology is just a way the screen pin points touch position from the user.

Pinch to Zoom however is something that is software driven. So the Capacitive screen doesn't necessarily mean you have Pinch to Zoom features.... It's down to the software your running to turn the pinch gestures into appropriate actions.

Ok, then how do I make sure that the phone that I'm about to buy will allow me to pinch to zoom web browsers, google maps, etc.?
Pinch-to-zoom is perhaps the single most enviable aspect of iPhone from a WM user perspective, and I'd definitely like to have that feature in my Android phone.
 
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Ok, then how do I make sure that the phone that I'm about to buy will allow me to pinch to zoom web browsers, google maps, etc.?
Pinch-to-zoom is perhaps the single most enviable aspect of iPhone from a WM user perspective, and I'd definitely like to have that feature in my Android phone.

To be honest? Google the phone and search for it's specs. A good page to start is gsmarena.com
 
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