Friday, October 25, 2013

Report says iPhone 5s, 5c touchscreen accuracy poor across most of their screens

Apple's touchscreens may be more responsive than those of Android smartphones, but they also have accuracy in areas of the screen, with its best accuracy concentrated in the onscreen keyboard area. The report from OptiFidelity was spotlighted by AppleInsider, on Friday.

This could mean that, while Apple's touchscreens, as tested by Agawi last month, are up to twice as fast than Android touchscreens when it comes to responding to inputs, they might not be as accurate. Speed of response, of course, could be key in a fast-paced game, but if you're shooting and missing because of touchscreen inaccuracy, that fast response really doesn't matter.

Even in terms of the OSK, Apple's latest smartphones, the iPhone 5s and 5c are "extremely bad" when it comes to touch accuracy near the edges of the display. This makes it difficult, the report said, for users to properly hit outlying keys on the OSK, such as Q, O, and P. Fortunately for Apple, Q isn't used "that" often. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S III had an accurate across its entire screen.

Despite past reports of the iPhone's better keyboard accuracy vs. Android -- which admittedly was a problem in earlier versions of Android -- OptiFidelity's test, which pitted the two iPhones against the aforementioned Galaxy S III, showed marked improvement for the Android phone. OptiFidelity said:
Because the touch accuracy is more even in Galaxy S3 than in iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, you get a lot less typing errors, and letters which are close to the edge are working better.
To be clear, though, Samsung provides its own keyboard in its devices, meaning the test was not conducted with a stock Android keyboard.

The test methodology defined accurate as a difference of less than one millimeter between the robot's reported position and the touch screen's reported position.

The embedded video shows the methodology of the test.

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