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Apple's iPad and iPad mini are the most touch responsive tablets, Android lags behind

0. phoneArena 09 Oct 2013, 07:41 posted on

Apple’s 9.7” iPad and the iPad mini are the most responsive tablets out there, more responsive than Android tablets and Windows’ Surface slates…

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posted on 09 Oct 2013, 07:44 9

1. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


I totally agree!

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 07:53 2

6. kalloud (Posts: 149; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


I wonder if Android is lagging due to software or hardware?. In other words can google improve touch responsiveness on existing Android devices?

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 08:04 11

9. addicted2088 (Posts: 53; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


Software. Google never focused on the interface and responsive when starting with Android, only doing that with Android 4.1 and Project Butter. Couple that with its non-native Java code (yes, you can code in C or C++, but it still doesn't run natively on the OS), and you get a less responsive system than you'd like. Apple always focused on the user experience, and the optimization has resulted in a fast responding system.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 08:10 3

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


If it's software, explain how the Nvidia shield running Android is just as responsive as the Apple iPad mini.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 08:18 4

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


Actually it's 100% clear to me its almost all hardware. If it were software, why is the iPad mini so much slower than the iPhone 5 response time?

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 08:24 2

16. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Interesting point, the Mini doesn't have a retina display. The iP5 scored much faster than both iPads, but all three run the same OS.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 16:20

38. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


You need to look at the data; they give the mean and the range. It would be nice if they also gave you the std dev so you can discern the coefficient of variation.

While the shield might be as responsive as the mini, it also will give you tremendous amount of frustration since you don't know how laggy it will be.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 19:29

42. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


For those of us who have had stat classes, that might be interesting. Problem is though, not many people take stat classes like we did, so it's really not important to the overall wealth of people who purchase and use tablets. I have to agree with Slammer in comment 19 below. People will often test out many different devices before making a purchase, and I'd make a wager that touch responsiveness that can barely be seen with the eye doesn't factor high on the list of decisions.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 08:16

12. kalloud (Posts: 149; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


I hope that google fixes this with Android 4.4 :-)

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 13:22 1

34. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


You don't really know what you are talking about.

Project butter is just a method to draw the GUI in a smooth fashion, not so much about input responsiveness. The factors that contribute to that are drivers for the touchscreen, priority of threads for the screen and other factors in the kernel.

The whole non-native Java code argument is also crap - the code is JIT compiled at runtime and for all intents and purposes native running after the device boots up. Yeah, there is Java/Dalvik overhead, but that's not really the issue here anyhow.

As for "yes, you can code in C or C++, but it still doesn't run natively on the OS", you appear a bit confused. The NDK will take your C or C++ code and compile it to run on the various ARM or x86 instruction sets for the different devices in existence. Instead of it being JIT, it already is ready to go. Problem is, you have to make different binaries for each different arch.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 09:51

25. Tuxedo (Posts: 349; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)


If you look into Android's roots, it was a Blackberry wannabe with a hw keyboard input. It then took a whole other direction after the iPhone. Clearly a software issue. Just keep adding cores and RAM, that will do it!!

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 13:56 1

35. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Google was producing two versions of Android at the same time, one was a BB style keyboard phone and the other was a full screen phone. The concept of the full screen phone after the iPhone is incorrect.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 11:06 2

30. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


It's more to do with the expansive choice of options in the Android ecosystem. Apple can more finely tune its hardware and software because the choice is so limited. Google can't optimize for all of the different hardware, so it's up to the manufacturer to add optimizations.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 09:17 1

23. takeja (Posts: 35; Member since: 16 Aug 2013)


Milliseconds are not important, more important are the great vulnerabilities and limitations of the iPhones or iPads

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 09:53 1

26. alps0975 (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Mar 2013)


serach for 'Ski-winter' on PA , you will find new with video which tells that Samsung wins. No reponse from ILOphone

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 07:46 13

2. HalaMadrid (Posts: 92; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


iPads are Kings Of Tablets

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 07:57 5

8. Lampriya (banned) (Posts: 245; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)


Apple is King of Innovation. I love my iPhone 5s so much. But samsung is gonna copy the fingerprint sensor like it usually did before.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 08:14 16

11. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Not sure if trolling or just stupid. Apple's innovation regarding phones and tablets died with Steve Jobs, yes the 64 bit chip and fingerprint sensor are nice features but two stand out features in a new phone is hardly innovation. Oh, and everyone copies from everyone or so it seems, Apple copies from others too, an evident example is Braun, most of the "Apple iconic designs" are actually Braun's. I do agree the iPad is the best tablet but the UI looks like a giant iPod,

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 10:03

28. jack123 (Posts: 194; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


Agree, just like when ya swipe to exit task it just look webOS on hptouchpad except on hptouchpad you can make bound from the bottom to exit the app.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 16:22

39. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Now that is a DUMB comment.

Braun didn't make electronic consumer devices running on OS.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 19:15

41. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Why the condescending stance? Are you saying Apple's designs aren't similar to Braun's?

http://visual.ly/braun-or-apple

Nothing about the OS was mentioned in comment 11 outside of the iPad UI. Designs don't have to be software, check out the link and the hardware designs are clearly evident.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 23:36

46. maysider (Posts: 38; Member since: 11 Aug 2013)


iPad is the best tablet? Nice joke

With android we have multi user API, widgets, free browser choice.....sorry, iPads are just giant rocks for us

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 10:02 5

27. duder52 (Posts: 27; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Trolling or just uninformed? The fingerprint sensor has been out for a while and on other phones. Motorola had one a few years ago. The 64 bit processor is a marketing gimmick, as the phone doesn't have enough RAM to take advantage it. Having said that, qualcom and AMD have 64 bit mobile processors due out very soon and I bet the phones that they go into will actually have enough ram in them to make them worthwhile.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 23:22

43. Lampriya (banned) (Posts: 245; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)


So where is Motorola now? It isn't even avaliable in my country. If the 64 bit is not useful., why is Samsung planning to release it next year? Stop hating Apple, If there's not ios, Android won't exist either.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 23:31

45. maysider (Posts: 38; Member since: 11 Aug 2013)


It's incredible how brainwashed are you

sorry, but iPhone is the real dumbphone, its really not a smartphone, just see the facts how an iPhone is inferior and vulnerable:

bit (dot) ly/17CPlOn

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 07:46 2

3. FranksGT (Posts: 167; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


Never had a issue with My Windows RT device, my iPad Mini is slow as it gets to be honest.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 07:50 2

4. Ninetysix (Posts: 2460; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


You should do your own testing where the RT wins.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 07:53 2

5. taikucing (unregistered)


samsung always lags.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 07:54 3

7. Lampriya (banned) (Posts: 245; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)


This is why people loves the iPhone. Like I said, copy cat can't beat the original.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 15:06 2

36. cc3493 (Posts: 158; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


The original what? It's not the original smartphone or even original "touch" phone. They've been using those technologies for years! Iphone just popularised it.

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