While most people have converted to using digital versus dial scales for measuring, some people still stick with the older method for a number of reasons. Whatever these reasons may be, some people still find that going digital is better for them. How do you determine whether or not you should be using digital or standard measuring tools?
To help you find out which kind of measuring medium is best for your needs, let us first find out the pros and cons of both options. Let as also find out what each one actually is and whether standard scales and dials (analog) should be phased out in favor of digital variants.
For starters, analog measuring tools are essentially those that have dials that show you measurements analogous or have an analogy of what it is measuring. In short, the dials that you are seeing are showing you measurements that represent the item being measured. These are found in measuring devices as simple as a ruler and as complex as speedometers and seismographs.
Digital measuring tools on the other hand, show you measurements and information about these measurements in numerical displays. So instead of you looking at a graph, a line, or a dial, you are looking at the numerical representation of what is being measured, like temperature, pressure, etc. You see these numbers on a screen that is considered easier to read than dials or scales by some people. Whether or not these are accurate is dependent on how the tools were made.
When the question regarding which is better emerges, people tend to compare the ease of measuring and reading between both and use that as their basis of comparison. Yes, digital tools are indeed easier to read since you are given the information you need in numbers and letters. With analog or standard scales and dials, you have to determine the measurement yourself by looking closely at the lines on the scale or dial.
If you are to look at it from the point of view of an analog watch versus a digital one, you will find that the former is more accurate than the latter, especially if the mechanism used is high-precision. In fact, if you are to compare the prices of these two, more often than not, the old-fashioned analog watch is more expensive than its digital counterparts. This is because of the accuracy and care in which these have been constructed.