It is often said that when it comes to responsiveness an Android phone doesn’t even come close to what the iPhone’s display offers, and today a test done by cloud gaming firm Agawi confirms just that.iPhone-5-Display

According to the firm’s tests, the iPhone 5′s touch screen is 2.5 faster at responding to touches than any Android device. From VentureBeat:

In its first TouchMarks benchmark test, the iPhone 5 responded to touches at an average time of 55 milliseconds, compared to 85 milliseconds for the iPhone 4. The closest Android device was the Samsung Galaxy S4 at 114 milliseconds.

Agawi tested many flagship Android phones like the Google MotoX, the HTC One, and the Samsung Galaxy S4 as well as Nokia’s Lumia 928.

Agawi’s TouchMarks benchmark tests the touchscreen’s latency — that is the time taken from when you touch to the time the change is actually reflected on the screen. The lower the latency, the more responsive a touchscreen feels to the user:

“Smartphones with touchscreens that have lower MART scores feel snappier. This is probably why, to many users, the iPhone keyboard feels more responsive than an Android phone keyboard.”

The firm plans to conduct its TouchMarks test on the newly introduced iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c as well, though we’re not so sure of seeing any improvements in the display as compared to the iPhone 5.


For more on touchscreen responsiveness and latencies, see this video by MicrosoftResearch that demoes a prototype touchscreen with a latency of just 1ms:

Since Apple doesn’t manufacture its own touchscreens but procures it from other manufacturers, we think its not just the hardware but even Apple’s highly-optimised software that helps it achieve such low latencies.

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