iPhones score highest touch responsiveness, more than twice as responsive as Android and Windows Phone devices
The end results are very revealing and they show that currently the iPhone has the fastest response times of any device out there. Faster than any and all Android and Windows Phone devices, and the difference is noticeable.
To understand these results (right below), you’d need to understand touch responsiveness, or the delay between you touch the screen and it reacts. Earlier research has shown that the current average of 100ms comes with a delay that the user can perceive - try writing something with a stylus and you’d see your writing trail your finger with a noticeable delay. At 50ms it’s still noticeable, but not so much. At 10ms, the delay is still visible, but much less. At 1ms it’s gone - the human eye perceives it as if it’s not there.
So while we’re still way off that 1ms ideal, it seems that on mobile phones, the Apple iPhone 5 is the fastest one scoring 55ms response times, more than half that of say the Samsung Galaxy S4. Even the iPhone 4 is faster than all Android and Windows Phones, and the test does not yet have the iPhone 5s results. So with no further ado, here are the touch response times for various devices:
To better understand the methodology of the TouchMarks test, here is an explanation of how it is conducted:
All in all, it’s great to see more tests, and more measurements that would help us better understand why a device feels as fast as it does. Hopefully, phone makers on the Android and Windows Phone camp will quickly realize the importance of this and how it is intimately linked to the quality of the user experience. And to better understand response times, and the goals for their improvement, take a look at the video below.
1. UdhaiyaPrasanth (Posts: 72; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)
Wow! So that's how you technically define "lag"? Very Informative article PA!
5. msa1988 (Posts: 417; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)
Android users will still find a way to say 'no it still lags' and will site some article which only shows other Android users opinion on how they think Apple lags.
12. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
This test can't rehabilitate iOS 7 lag since this test is about screen responsiveness to touch and it has nothing to do with iOS 7 as OS lag.
79. lallolu (Posts: 237; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)
I think it does actually. I am a die-hard android person but I played with an ipad recently and I noticed the touchscreen is very responsive but I thought it was due to the fact that I always use screen protectors on my own devices. Swiping was really smooth on the ipad and if you have been using iphone for long, I can imagine the first impression of an android phone lagging.
This responsiveness is one thing iphone users define as lag.
110. Muzhhur (Posts: 248; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)
Review this comparative bettween Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 928
iPhone 5S is no match for Lumia 920... obviously this resarch does not count
10. UdhaiyaPrasanth (Posts: 72; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)
Oh God! That was purely unintentional. I was not supporting anybody. I just found the article (and the embedded video) informative.. I'm not, in any ways, responsible for the war that is about to break out. *Peace* :D
43. easymomo (Posts: 89; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
I wonder who paid for this study beacause Human Brain "can process" data received by the eyes between 150 and 300 ms.
All the phones listed are under 140 ms ....
There is no way human brain can process data every 1ms
55. asulect (Posts: 131; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)
Where do you get that 150ms to 300ms number? Movies need about 25 frames per second to be smooth. Games need even more, about 30fps to 60 fps. Even at 25 frames per seconds, that's 1 frame every 40ms. 150ms is way too slow.
58. easymomo (Posts: 89; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
just Google it
60. asulect (Posts: 131; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)
yeah. Just try to watch a movie with 3 frames per seconds and tell me how you feel.
66. easymomo (Posts: 89; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
Why don't you ask google ? it is very simple. If you can read text in french language, read this
Le temps mis le cerveau pour traiter l'information fournie par l'oeil se situe entre 150 ms et 300 ms.
57. asulect (Posts: 131; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)
150ms will translate into less than 7 frames per second. and 300ms translates into 3 frames per second. Those figures are way too slow for anything.
62. easymomo (Posts: 89; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
Just google it, this is something I knew since long time ago, just ask google
64. asulect (Posts: 131; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)
It doesn't matter what you find in google, just use your common sense. Are you telling me your eyes and your brain cannot process more than 3 frames per second? I am sure my brain can.
68. easymomo (Posts: 89; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
I'm telling you scientists in the world agree that human brain can process data from 150 to 300 ms.
It is very simple.
I'm talking about Scientists.
71. asulect (Posts: 131; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)
And I am telling you those numbers are wrong, at least in this context. 300ms is way too slow for watching any kind of movement on a screen.
78. easymomo (Posts: 89; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
You've convinced me, even if jelly Bean is at 60FPS, the S4 screen won't be able to render it properly.
It's responsivness should be at around 16.66 ms to handle the FPS.
98. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
Scientists once believed the world was flat.
Or, that the Earth is the center of (then known) universe as in the Sun revolved around the earth.
Here is one truism about science and scientific methodology, a scientific theory exists until a better comes along.
106. kassi (Posts: 82; Member since: 25 May 2013)
maybe you mistake that time with the human reaction time (time you need to click a button after a signal, which is around 100-400ms). otherwise your claim is comlete utter bullsh*t
125. easymomo (Posts: 89; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
I was hoping to help some ignorant to know something new but it seems to hard for those people to use google to learn something new....
126. easymomo (Posts: 89; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
http://www.la-photo-en-faits.com/2012/10/vision-humaine-appareil-photo.html If you are not only limited to english, read this
45. easymomo (Posts: 89; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
Iphone 5 screen resolution: 640 x 1136 pixels
Galaxy S4 screen resolution: Full HD
For the Iphone 5 and Galaxy S4, the responsivness cannot be noticed by human brain, there are both too fast for the brain.
This study is just for Marketing
96. JunitoNH (Posts: 927; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
Yeah..........tell that to my Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
65. icyrock1 (Posts: 303; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
The theory is that, because iOS apps are programmed in Objective-C (which is closer to metal than what Windows Phone and Android apps are coded in) might be the reason why.
108. Muzhhur (Posts: 248; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)
the best screen on WP is on Lumia 920, this is just lag in research
3. nestea (unregistered)
But it has a lot of bugs trololo
4. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2692; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Nice, but most of the times we don't notice such things.
7. Jobayer (Posts: 132; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)
dont say we, its only , because i did , is in a software or hardware problem ?
17. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Touch responsiveness speed depends on both hardware and software. Display and display's controllers (hardware) + controller drivers (low level software).
47. easymomo (Posts: 89; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
Human Brain "can process" data received by the eyes between 150 and 300 ms.
All the phones listed are under 140 ms ....
How did you notice that ?????????
129. Jobayer (Posts: 132; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)
maybe i am not human ;) kidding man while moving icons to trash. btw yet still we notice in the video .
8. android_hitman (Posts: 622; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)
these type of articles are surfacing now because of the apple's recent poor sales?
49. cc3493 (Posts: 155; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
You do realise it was a lie right? People limes up for the sales sure, but there was not THAT many people. There were more people lining up and who had pre-ordered the 3gs/4 and yet they sold less of the 3gs/4 on the first day and even throughout the entire first quarter (
50. cc3493 (Posts: 155; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
You do realise it was a lie right? People limes up for the sales sure, but there was not THAT many people. There were more people lining up and who had pre-ordered the 3gs/4 and yet they sold less of the 3gs/4 on the first day and even throughout the entire first quarter (less than 9 mil sales in first quarter since release) but somehow, apple managed to sell more iphone5s/c in the first three days even though there were less people lining up for the phone and who had preordered, relative to iphone 3gs/4? 9mil in 3 days? they wouldve Anyone can see those numbers are fake...
67. darkkjedii (Posts: 11912; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Their earnings report will prove honesty, or falsehood. In the mean time you should provide proof, when you make a profound statement like that, otherwise you simply sound like a hater dude.
94. HansGoneInsane (Posts: 383; Member since: 09 Aug 2013)
Shipped = Sold in Apple's case because it is not just about Apple Stores but also about Phone Carriers like T-Mobile. They order devices from Apple which they have to actually buy. They then resell those devices. As soon as an iPhone leaves the factory it can be regarded as sold (I don't know how it works for Apple Store Shipments though but they were sold out on launch day anyway).
113. darkkjedii (Posts: 11912; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Lotsa phones bro. I bought 3,000,789 of the good ones lol. +1
9. Sniggly (Posts: 7114; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Well, I guess we were overdue for a benchmark test that iFanboys can smugly quote in order to feel better about themselves, while Android devices keep coming out which show no noticeable difference in response time from iPhones.
Like, seriously, if I touch an icon on my Droid Mini, the response time is immediate.
But whatevs. Go ahead, iFanboys, in future debates you can go ahead and screech "but my phone is fifty milliseconds faster when I touch it!!! So iOS is clearly the superior OS!!!"
And my response will be to smile and shake my head in pity as I walk away.
11. msa1988 (Posts: 417; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)
Apple users won't say this because they don't care. the iPhone is a quality, simple and stylish device that does the simple things it's designed to do: call, text, email and game. As long as it continues to do that at a high level Apple will continue to be successful. This site is nothing but Android users talking about how superior Android is from a statistical level. NEWS FLASH: APPLE USERS DON'T CARE. Keep high-fiving each other - do whatever it takes to make you feel better.
13. Sniggly (Posts: 7114; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Nothing but? You're exaggerating.
I agree we have some pretty idiotic spec heads here, but we also have a lot of decent people on both sides of the debate-and a lot of iAssholes too.
Furthermore, you keep trying so hard to act like you don't care, when it's clear that others' negative opinion of the iPhone and iOS bothers you.
For the record, older iPhones most definitely lag. We saw it with the 3GS a couple of years ago, and now it's happened to the 4. And it'll happen to the 4S too.
18. msa1988 (Posts: 417; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)
I have the 4S and don't experience lag at all. The 4, maybe (not sure but would assume it does considering it's a year older), but not the 4S.
The only people that openly support Apple on this site are me, Myx, bucky and dark. To say theres parties on both sides is the biggest understatement. This site is 95% Android to 5% Apple from a commentating perspective. I just find it pathetic how badly Android users want to put Apple down. Name one Apple person that says anything bad about Android? Theres none. Apple is their choice and Android is yours - we respect that but don't understand why Android users don't do the same.
25. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4069; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Your 4S must be magical then, because all I've heard from my friends with the 4S is that iOS 7 is laggy. I've worked with the 4S myself, and there are quite a few stutters during regular usage.
Like I said below, all fan bases have their fair share of ignorant people. You saying that Apple fans don't bash Android is completely false, Mxy is typically found bashing Motorola's Android products. There were also a few other people over the past few years who were notorious for insulting and putting down anyone who supported the little green robot, taco and gallito for example (I've had many arguments with them). And if we take the limits of your observation outside of PA to YouTube, there are HUGE numbers of Android and Apple fans in the comments raging at each other.
39. darkkjedii (Posts: 11912; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Let these haters of iOS continue to do just that msa. Berzerk isn't one, but sniggly is notorious, yes both sides have their psychos, but PA is overrun with android ones. Mxy, and you should know this berzerk, is usually attacked by team android and he's notorious for standing his ground. He can be stubborn, but isn't Troll, that Dorothy guy, PhoneArenaUser, and a host of others. On to the 4-4s, those phones don't have the hardware to truly run iOS 7, so there's gonna be a little lag depending on how one uses the phone. That's why some experience it, while others don't. Hey upgrade lol, that's what we techies do.
40. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"Hey upgrade lol, that's what we techies do."
You are not techie. ;)
53. darkkjedii (Posts: 11912; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Have you noticed I never respond to you, or post on your comments anymore, other than now? That's because after that utterly stupid, and ridiculously ignorant comment you left on iPhone launch day I've deemed you insignificant. You're no longer worth my time or effort, so I no longer waste those things on you. This will be my last response/post to you, as I said you're not worth the effort. Please go away, and ignore my posts. Thank you
100. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1611; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
He's right you are not a techie, just an iOS fanboy barista who makes up s**t
114. darkkjedii (Posts: 11912; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Here's some made up s**t. I think you're a super techie, and I highly respect your opinion. Jwhfjjdm jdjcm, dammit my nose is growing and pushing my iPad screen away.
90. Sniggly (Posts: 7114; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Well, I'm happy to know that I'm "notorious." Except that if you actually ever paid any goddamn attention to my posts, many times I will post commentary that is pretty fair to iOS. For instance, when the articles came out detailing bugs on iOS 7, I was very vocal in my reminders that bugs happen with any OS update.
No, I don't like iOS or the iPhone, and I can't stand Apple, but to accuse me of blind fanboyism is the height of ignorance, darkjedii.
115. darkkjedii (Posts: 11912; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
I have, and do pay attention Snig. I still remember your very disrespectful post about the late Steve Jobs that got moderated. You may have calmed down, but I really haven't seen that. Sorry if I offended you, but since I don't actually know you, I can only go off of what you post. And what you post is notoriously anti apple/iOS/iPhone/iPhone user....
116. Sniggly (Posts: 7114; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Wait, which Steve Jobs post? Was that the one where I pointed out that after a couple years of being dead, Jobs is a rotting skeleton?
I don't owe any respect to a dead man, let alone a dead man who worked so hard to destroy his competitors based on his megalomaniacal assumption that Apple was the only company allowed to have a touchscreen centric OS.
So yes, I have my preferences. Yes, sometimes I'll get passionate. However, I am fair. I'm not ripping on you because you have an iPhone. Right now I'm ripping on you for having a persecution complex and holding years old commentary against me.
97. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4069; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
I wouldn't exactly call Sniggly an iOS hater. He is typically fair and mainly points out hypocrisy and flaws in judgement, and even though he usually does so with less tact and more vulgarity than some of us, that shouldn't label him "notorious". Not an iOS hater specifically, more of a zealous hater of ignorance.
Mxy is more of the "ignorance is bliss" type, which explains why Sniggly is on his case so much. Mxy constantly refers to old and should be forgotten mishaps by companies to put them down, even if the entire image of that company has changed since then (e.g Motorola), but when the same thing is turned on him and applied to Apple, he quickly dismisses it. Also, he blatantly calls the iPhone the best phone in the world without any indication that it is his own opinion, but rather fact, which is completely false; it is his own opinion, not fact, and should be noted accordingly.
I love Android and iOS 7, I love Windows 8 and Mac OS, and I will gladly be among the first to admit that each respective platform has their flaws, one flaw they all share though is the rather large amount of ignorance among their fan bases that cause a lot of unnecessary conflict. Saying one platform has more ignorant users over the other isn't exactly true or false, it's a grey area for the most part.