iPad and iPad mini found to have most responsive tablet touchscreens

By , Oct 8, 2013

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Apple’s iPad mini has the most responsive tablet touchscreen, according to some new tests by Agawi. The app-streaming company recently ran it and several other slates through its rigorous TouchMark benchmark to measure the field.

The mini registered a 75ms delay on the latency test, coming in just 6ms ahead of the iPad 4, which posted an 81ms lag. And the rest of the competition was pretty far behind, with the Surface RT at 95ms and the Kindle Fire HD at 114…

Here are the full results from Agawi’s TouchMark test:

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For those wondering what goes into these tests, it’s actually very impressive. Agawi has developed a custom “Touchscope” device for its TouchMark reports, which uses a lightweight application that flashes the screen when it registers a tap.

From Agawi’s blog post:

“In a result that’s perhaps now unsurprising, the iOS devices are more responsive than its competitors. Interestingly, the iPad mini – with its smaller screen and 1024×768 resolution – performs similarly to the larger fourth generation iPad and its 2048×1536 resolution, suggesting that responsiveness is not reduced by the larger screen size or resolution. 

Our previous speculations continue to apply – more responsive devices may process touches earlier in the stack, poll for touches more frequently or have touchscreens optimized or calibrated to be more responsive. In our latest review of our test apps, we discovered an optimization that suggests that the GPU or GPU drivers in the devices might also add significant latency.”

The company says that it performs these tests and publishes the results in hopes that companies will focus on improving the responsiveness of their devices. Last week, Agawi ran its TouchMark benchmark on smartphones, and the iPhone 5 came out on top.

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  • Taf Khan

    Hope this continues with the new iPads which if rumours are to believed will use different screen tech.

    • http://twitter.com/sharbeen Sharbeen

      as per my knowledge it was said the iPad 5 will use the iPad Mini touch panel. which is thinner. So expect the response to be the same as iPad mini.

  • Terms

    Can someone more knowledgeable than me tell me what does this mean exactly in practical terms? The Galaxy Tab 3 is last and iPad Mini is 1st. Would I notice the difference? I take note this is in milliseconds so?

    • Cameron Chao

      it is noticeable. For most people.

    • Glorin

      just the responsiveness of the tech… this means the iPad are slightly slightly more touch responsive, which actually has a tetter touch tech underneath.

    • http://twitter.com/sharbeen Sharbeen

      you will notice it for sure when you play fruit ninja.

  • Cameron Chao

    Lets give a hand to the Samesung Galaxy Tab.

  • Jonathan

    iPad 1, world none, again. :D

  • Gray

    I’m sorry, but I can’t really believe these results when it lists the Surface RT as being more responsive than the Galaxy Tab and Nexus 7. Having used a Surface RT, I can honestly say it’s not that responsive at all. It’s by far the worst tablet experience I’ve ever had because of how slow and unresponsive it is. The Surface Pro was decent, but RT is just miserably bad.

    • Ignacio Irigoyen

      Imagine then using one of the other :-P

      • Gray

        I’ve used the Nexus 7. And I don’t even mean the newer one, I mean the first version of it. It was leaps and bounds better than the Surface RT is.

  • Luke Mulholland

    Love how the iPhone 4 beats the galaxy s4

  • batongxue

    And they are just going to be much more responsive in the upcoming week.

  • ConduciveMammal

    Does the iPad mini have a plastic screen? I just got one and it feels somewhat softer than full size iPads

  • mobin

    I give gust ipad 4