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Apple iPhone 5s and 5c touchscreen test shows surprising inaccuracies, Samsung Galaxy S III way more accurate

0. phoneArena 25 Oct 2013, 09:33 posted on

The Apple iPhone is the phone that brought high-accuracy capacitive touch screens to the mass market, but since then everyone has jumped on the bandwagon…

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posted on 25 Oct 2013, 15:20 1

52. Stuntman (Posts: 836; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

Keypad phones have the advantage of the user being able to feel which key he is about to press before he presses it. Fingers and thumbs cover up the keys, and make it difficult to determine if you are about to press the right key or not without tactile feedback. Touch screen keyboards offer no tactile feedback before registering the keypress.

posted on 26 Oct 2013, 02:11

70. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Who needs q o or p when your on an iPhone 5, s or c?

Even my $40 kyocera event can tell where I touch it. What a shame that apples $500+ phones cannot include the same technology. The $0.12 part cost must've been too harmful to apples $350 profit per phone.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 09:38 2

2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

This is 100% true. My cousin had a hard time opening a link from Gmail a few days ago.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 13:02

48. Finalflash (Posts: 3128; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

Well F this, how am I supposed to play mobile QWOP now.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 16:13 2

55. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Buy an android phone.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 09:41 6

5. aditya.k (Posts: 494; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)

Fast response but inaccurate! LOL!

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 16:18

56. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Same type of scenario happens on displays. One display might be 1080p 120hz and be extremely fast 1ms response time. Or you can have a 60hz 4k OLED display with 5ms response time (you can't tell the difference between 5ms and 1ms, 120hz vs 60hz is noticeable in fast paced games.) but the 60hz 4k OLED will look much better.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 09:43

6. rantao333 (Posts: 322; Member since: 21 May 2013)

so how did that explain iPhone in real world usage has a way more accurate and responsive experience?

just doesnt made sense?

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 10:23 17

26. Doakie (Posts: 2064; Member since: 06 May 2009)

Maybe it just proves that what people want to believe is what they convince themselves of. Like the perception that the iPhone is superior to Android... If you tell yourself that your BMW is better than all other cars every single day, eventually you'll start looking past any issues it has and you'll start to knock other cars even though they're better in some aspects. It's a natural human problem. We try to reinforce our decisions in purchases by building it up in our head and getting fired up about it.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 10:33 7

29. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

That was deep.


posted on 25 Oct 2013, 10:38 2

32. NexusPhan (Posts: 625; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)

Holy crap. I just realized why I was so inaccurate when trying to use my girlfriends iPhone. I always assumed it was my large fingers and that tiny screen. Even after reading this article it didn't cross my mind. Doakie, you're spot on.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 16:42 1

59. _PHug_ (Posts: 444; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)

I was going to post something similar to this but I was going to be far more insulting to Apple fans.

Good job

posted on 26 Oct 2013, 00:04 1

69. roscuthiii (Posts: 2224; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

Have to agree completely. As a previous BMW owner, I thought it (and by extension of Doakie's deep thought, myself) was pretty hot shi- err, stuff at the time.
It was in the shop with problems more time than it was on the road.
Never again will I buy into marketing fluff.
In retrospect, I had an old P.O.S. Reliant K car that was more dependable than the "ultimate driving machine".

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 09:45

7. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

And the point for this test because??

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 10:04 25

13. DaHarder (Posts: 177; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)

Likely Because... The 'TOUCH SCREEN' is the primary method of interaction/input with smartphones, therefore the accuracy of said 'TOUCH SCREEN' is important.

One can't help but wonder if your position was as dismissive when it was claimed that the iPhone had the fastest touch response time... Hmmm?

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 10:06 2

17. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

+1 to you.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 10:06

16. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

I'm surprised you aren't bashing Apple. That's a first.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 09:49 5

8. DefinitiveKid (Posts: 219; Member since: 15 May 2013)

Yes, that would explain a lot of typos I did when I had iPhones, and areas where I had to touch the screen several times before managing to actually press whatever I was trying to press, mostly on the upper corners... At first I thought that was me, then it occurred on other iPhones, and now this article. I knew it ! :)

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 11:23

38. stealthd (unregistered)

The test showed it was just fine on the keyboard. I get the feeling you've never actually owned an iPhone. . .

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 11:29

40. jaymulli (Posts: 20; Member since: 09 Apr 2013)

He is right, i had an iPhone 5 and you have to press the edge of the letters that are on the edge of the screen, its not a major issue as you get used to it and it doesnt become an issue again as you learn to press those letters differently but the problem is there.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 09:53

10. suneeboy (Posts: 201; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)

I've noticed that some areas of the screen aren't as responsive on my iPhone 5S vs my Nexus 4. There are times were I have to press an area of the screen more than once. I think its also impacted by my tempered glass screen protector and the smaller screen. Still a great phone though.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 10:21

24. hulkkii (Posts: 5; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)

Maybe iPhone is optimized for right hand thumb usage. Area where thumb can touch easily = green, and on other areas it shifts touch point towards sides where user wanted to touch =red. Does iPhone autocalibrate touch points according to user?

or maybe iphone touch screen just is inaccurate..

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 10:35

30. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

You can touch anywhere on the screen with a thumb with an iPhone, which is why they kept it at the same width with the iPhone 5 and 5S. Either it's a hardware problem or Apple can push an update to calibrate the screen sensitivity.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 10:23

25. iluvsonynokia (Posts: 146; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)

that means my 2yr old Xperia mini is better than IP in this case

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 10:52

34. sga07 (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Oct 2013)

Haha ... the green splotches on the iPhone tests look like, well, apples.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 11:15

37. livyatan (Posts: 867; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)

Remember that horrid amateurish screen comparison you did, PA??
Where you left out the whole CONTAST category, proclaiming iPhone still the king of screen quality??

How's 741:1 figure sounds?
Have a nice read:


posted on 25 Oct 2013, 16:21

57. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Its also only better than the snap 800 in single threading. It loses in multithreading, most apps that need more power support 2 or 4 cores. It also helps even in single threading because android can run on one thread and the app on another with 2 more to spare.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 11:30

41. Penywyz (banned) (Posts: 255; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)

Isn't this completely contradictory of an article PhoneArena posted like a week or two ago?

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 11:32 7

42. anonimust (Posts: 19; Member since: 12 Jan 2012)

Cue Apple response..." You're touching it wrong."

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 12:12 1

44. Sondae (Posts: 279; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)

Apple iphone 5c green areas accurate touch registration looks like a cut out droid lol.

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