iPhone touchscreen quick, but not accurate

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Many iPhone 5 users probably bought their device because of the improved processing chip or the touch ID sensor on the home button. However, there is another improvement that came about on the iPhone 5: faster display responsiveness. A recent test of the displays of Apple and Android devices by Agawi found that the iPhone 5 was 2.5 times more responsive than the nearest Android phone, according to Phandroid contributor Chris Chavez.

“I've seen it mentioned numerous times in my dealings with iPhone users. One of the things they love most about their phone is how 'sensitive' the display is to their touch,” wrote Chavez. “More than often, they don't even know how to define it and in some cases it's simply attributed to Apple's “magic” sprinkled atop every iPhone and sealed with a kiss from Jony Ive.”

Agawi experts tested the devices using a TouchMark device that reads how quickly the display reacts when touched. The company's tests found that the iPhone 5 latency was only 50 milliseconds.  The closest Android competitor was the Samsung Galaxy S4, which clocked in at 114 milliseconds. Other devices like the Lumia 928 and HTC One were slower still. Chavez explained that that higher latencies  could possibly affect user experience on those devices.

Accuracy of iPhone display not good
Since the display is extremely responsive, that means the accuracy of the touches is good then too, right? Not exactly, according to tests by OptoFidelity, Phandroid contributor Kevin Krause explained.

The OptoFidelity tests used a precise robot arm to selectively touch the new iPhone 5S and 5C as well as the Galaxy S3 at specific coordinates. Comparing what the robot wanted to touch and what actually registered, the testers were able to plot data.

The iPhones were not nearly as accurate as the Galaxy S3 was. The iPhones correctly registered the intended data where the keyboard resides during text messages but not anywhere else, while the S3 had accurate responses everywhere except on the extreme edges of the device.

“In the end, overall accuracy comes as slightly more important how quickly a phone can register touch input, especially when it's mostly a matter of milliseconds,” wrote Krause. “Based on how difficult the inaccuracy of the iPhone's display makes typing on the device, it's wonder we have seen so many autocorrect memes pop up.”

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