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iPhones score highest touch responsiveness, more than twice as responsive as Android and Windows Phone devices

0. phoneArena 01 Oct 2013, 05:00 posted on

Have you ever thought just how responsive to touch your device really is? This is after all a key factor in determining how fast it feels, and now researchers from Agawi came up with a benchmark test that measures response times down to the millisecond…

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posted on 01 Oct 2013, 23:21

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

Sniggly, you always had this reading comprehension problem. I wrote Sniggly et al. I know what I wrote.

Second, you like to give people crap for no reason. For example, I stated Huawei and ZTE would be formidable android OEM and you were like laughing because the only the Huawei or ZTE handsets you had dealt with were simply p.o.s -- you wouldn't look into the future and see how these companies would change.

The point about Mxy -- the guy is harmless. The problem is his comments are so vague, you can't debate it. I'll give an example of vagueness: Honda promises to save you gas with its new cars. Car owners sue because these cars didn't offer the EPA mpgs and they had relied on Honda's claim to make purchase. The judge threw out the claim because Honda's claim was vague -- yes their cars saved the driver gas, but it NEVER SPECIFICALLY stated how much gas it would save.

In contrast, when Apple-bashers stated the iPhone copied LG Prada, that IS NOT a vague comment, and thus I can challenge it (however, saying Apple copied would be a vague comment). The Apple-bashers made specific claims that I could fact-check. That is the difference, and thus have nothing to do with bias.

Lesson of the day "et al" is Latin for "and others", it is short form of et alia. You were one of more vocal Apple haters, but there were others.

Btw, I am loving my iPhone 5S.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 03:42

122. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

And Ardent, you've always taken everything way too seriously. I caught the actual meaning of what you said, but deliberately pretended like I was stroking my own ego with the fact that you named me specifically.

As for Huawei and ZTE, they still put out crappy handsets, and those handsets are still all that we really see here in the US. i'm sure that, since they're government backed OEMs in China, they're big over there. However, they have yet to make too much of a dent in the global market. Granted, in five more years they could be as dominant as Samsung. However, it hasn't happened yet, and unless they suddenly increase their quality across the board, I really don't want it to happen.

As far as Mxy goes, yeah, ultimately he's harmless. The community at large realizes how retarded his statements get. However, your analogy about Honda doesn't hold up, because Mxy does make multiple refutable statements. He specifically references lack of update support on Motorola phones, despite the fact that save for one set of devices, Motorola's been fairly consistent and relatively speedy with updates. He kept insisting that the Moto X was like the Bionic, when the two situations (a often leaked but never officially announced device-until a month before its release- versus a phone that was officially announced and slated for a release that was subsequently delayed) are almost completely different. I'm just scratching the surface of the bull he's fed the community for one and a half years.

So yes, your defense of Mxy shows bias, or at least shows that you didn't fact check your position on him enough. I mean, hell, the dude knows what he's doing. He'll make a trollbait statement, I'll respond by curbstomping him with the boots of truth, and then in his (idiotic) response he'll say "Hook, line and sinker," implying that his entire intent was to raise hell with his BS.

Lastly, I don't know exactly why you left off with "I am loving my iPhone 5s," but okay. I'm loving my Droid Mini. Congratulations on your purchase. I guess in a year (when I'm able to get a new device on my employee plan) we'll compare notes on our experience.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 03:44

123. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

But isn't lack of lag supposed to be the defining attribute of iOS? And don't iOS devices not lag nearly as badly prior to the latest OS updates?


posted on 01 Oct 2013, 05:52 2

21. Petiha (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)

So based on people who say Android lags, and it's backed up by this test (lol, never laughed so hard) you are also saying that Windows phone lags. :) which clearly doesn't. This is just the responsiveness of the screen, it has nothing to do with the optimization of the OS.

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 05:56 3

23. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

to user this means 0

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 05:59 1

26. amiaq (Posts: 509; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)

Wow! someone create a "new category" to compensate something Apple is lacking. Scientific as it is but funny as hell.

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 06:14 1

28. ilia1986 (unregistered)

Considering the fact few people actually know about according to which iOS STOPS doing whatever it was doing when a user touches the screen and focuses on rendering the results of the touch - this is hardly surprising. For better or for worse - Android doesn't work this way.

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 06:28 1

31. willard12 (Posts: 1912; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)

"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."

Victor H, does this take into account the importance of haptic feedback to the user experience?

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 06:41 1

34. TheStanleyFTW (Posts: 249; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)

But isn't Lumia 920 the fastest screen: wpcentral.com/nokia-lumia-920-and-worlds-fastest-s​creen

9ms :)

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 07:52

48. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)

screen refresh rate ≠ touch response

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 06:44 3

35. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)

This was interesting. But I wonder why the Nexus 4 wasn't tested and why. The question I was left with was of course, how does a pure Android experience fair in this test? I would imagine without all the extra layers on the UI, Android could reach sub 100 or so.

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 06:48

37. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

Good question about how the N4 would do.

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 07:43 2

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

Or a good optimized rom could probably hit the 70-80s.

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 07:29 1

41. prd2bsrb (Posts: 11; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)

Go ahead and try that stylus on an iPhone. It'll probably be blindingly fast. LOL

I think Apple is paying for all these "great" reviews they've been getting lately to compensate for the lack of innovation in their devices and the iOS.

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 07:29 1

42. number29 (Posts: 185; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)

It's interesting to finally have a number that quantifies the lag and lack of responsiveness prevelent on Android device, and it's precisely the sort of thing that some people will be more sensitive to than others (it really bugs me, hence I can't use Android devices). More importantly, I wonder what it is about the OS and hardware that prevents manufacturers from matching Apple in responsiveness?

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 07:34 1

44. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)

Wow, that wasn't obvious at all, lol!

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 08:21 1

61. willard12 (Posts: 1912; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)

114 milliseconds bugs you more than no haptic feedback, bluetooth file transfer, nfc, non-HD screen, no expandable memory or USB OTG, no HDMI, true multi-tasking, no multi-accounts, no IR sensor, no widgets..... hey wait, maybe all of the missing features answers your question. Light is fast. But, if the 60 milliseconds you lose with an android device slows your busy day, you can customize your device so everything you want is right there on your homescreen. It takes about 0.0 milliseconds to check the weather on an adroid device because most people have it on their homescreen (if they choose). But, as you said, lag bugs you and it's your preference to do without the extra 60 milliseconds. The iphone is a great device to prevent it. But, if ios continues adopting android features in the future, this could change the experience.

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 08:46 1

76. bigstrudel (Posts: 523; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)

As a person that uses and loves both iOS and android I will say that input lag is the most noticeable difference between the two. It's everywhere on Android; and it's very noticeable from the other side.

That being said it's gotten much better as newer internals become available.

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 09:17

82. number29 (Posts: 185; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)

114ms more definitely bugs me a lot more than the things you've listed. I can live without the things you've mentioned, but I can't live without a fast and responsive UI (and hence I own an iPhone!)

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 12:38 3

91. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

This concept that you put forth, that just because (according to one benchmark) iOS is milliseconds faster than Android in touch response, Android is not also a "fast and responsive OS" is false and misleading. If you can't handle an extra fifty thousandths of a second, a time measurement you can't even count yourself, then you are either a supremely impatient superhuman or you're coming up with BS excuses on an Internet article to dismiss the OS you don't prefer.

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 15:49

104. number29 (Posts: 185; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)

And I don't like Android because it's slow and laggy in comparison to iOS. Don't worry, I've used and tried nearly every high end Android device out there, so I do already know that they all fall short of the iPhone experience, so there's no need for you to tell me that I've clearly never used Android before. What I'm more interested in is what Google needs/proposes to do to fix this. Does it require an OS rewrite?

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 18:24 1

111. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)

It works great for about 80% of the population, so I don't think there is much a problem. But I noticed something... Why no bashing of WP products? They got scores around the same as the Android devices, but you never said anything about WP being laggy.

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 21:58

118. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

so u can sense difference of 50 odd ms?

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 00:20

120. number29 (Posts: 185; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)

Because I'm more interested in why Android is laggy rather than WP. Fixing Android lag serves to benefit by far the greatest number of people over fixing WP lag.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 03:50

124. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Android has gotten significantly better over time. I can't say it's entirely, 100 percent lag free, though my Droid Mini has only freaked out on me once.

Anyway, it stands to reason that Google will keep improving Android's experience, and it's already apparent that software and hardware are reaching critical mass of lag free performance.

Even if Android still remains a teensy bit behind iOS in smoothness and response time, I'll still take Android's many, MANY advantages over iOS anyday.

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 08:20

59. adeelhayat90 (unregistered)

Probably because Iphones always have same things at the same places on the screen can't be customized. On the other hand Android phones does have to work where is what :P

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 08:27

63. Qwerty-keyboard (Posts: 10; Member since: 29 Sep 2013)

android is lag os compare to the rest... ios,windows 8 looks fantastic!

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 08:41 1

74. bigstrudel (Posts: 523; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)

Any person who has used both the iPhone and high end Androids extensively knows that iOS is much more responsive to touch input. That's a big advantage of running natively perhaps since IOS doesn't have a clunky VM to deal with.

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 10:05

83. Sakeem (Posts: 580; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)

Is this due to the fact that Anroid OS just does more than IOS? Also, where would the response time of stock android wind up on this chart? Anyway, cool test and really no surprise here. IOS devices are very responsive.

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 10:13 2

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

We have become the single most impatient generation that history has ever recorded. Seriously, now we get upset over waiting milliseconds?

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