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iPad Mini and Fourth-Generation iPad Have Most Responsive Tablet Touch Screens

The iPad mini and the fourth-generation iPad have the most responsive touch screens, according to a new set of TouchMark benchmarks from cloud streaming company Agawi.

In its latest TouchMark test, Agawi tested the screen latencies of several different tablets, including the iPads, the Microsoft Surface RT, the Kindle Fire HD, the Nexus 7, the Galaxy Tab 3, and the Nvidia SHIELD.

Apple's iPad mini had the lowest Minimum App Response Time (MART), coming in at 75 milliseconds. The fourth-generation iPad came in second at 81, and the fastest Android tablet was the NVIDIA Shield at 92. Samsung's Galaxy Tab 3 had the worst response time, at 168 milliseconds.

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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.
To obtain MART scores for each of the tablets, Agawi used a 240fps high frame rate camera along with a custom-built device called a Touchscope. The MART is the latency experienced between the time that a user touches the device display to the device's on-screen response time.

Previously, Agawi measured the response time of Apple's iPhone 5 compared to several other Android and Windows smartphones, with the iPhone 5 demonstrating a MART time of 55 milliseconds, which is significantly faster than even its own iPads.

Related roundups: iPad Air, iPad mini

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7 months ago
And is the main reason I buy apple.

Instant response.

No double clicking, no thinking, 'did I press that'.

Instant.

Having tried various Android devices, the lag is very very noticeable. Infuriatingly so.
Rating: 20 Positives
7 months ago
But, but, Samsung has a quad core processor :o
Rating: 14 Positives
7 months ago
Not surprising, Apples a quality brand
Rating: 11 Positives
7 months ago
And that's what makes Safari feel snappier during scrolling compared to other browsers for example.
Rating: 11 Positives
7 months ago
It's funny how Samsung didn't copy this important feat instead. No wonder their phones are laggy. Slow response screen paired with natively laggy Android OS. Yuck.
Rating: 7 Positives
7 months ago
That's nice, wheres my ipad 5....
Rating: 5 Positives
7 months ago

And that's what makes Safari feel snappier during scrolling compared to other browsers for example.


LOL. Ok, in this case, I think we'll allow it.
Rating: 5 Positives
7 months ago

macrumors has been posting quite a bunch of these defensive articles lately. i frequent a bunch of other tech blogs, and no one else posts as much "hey look, apple or so and so is so much better than you" articles. i get it.. click bait and the editors seem to enjoy seeing flame wars. just wish this site would go back to the days of posting more mac related articles instead. go to droidlife.. they seem to get it.. just post news about what you started the site in the first place for. avoid posting article headlines that just stir up the crowd.


I like these articles. Please keep posting them.
Rating: 4 Positives
7 months ago

macrumors has been posting quite a bunch of these defensive articles lately. i frequent a bunch of other tech blogs, and no one else posts as much "hey look, apple or so and so is so much better than you" articles. i get it.. click bait and the editors seem to enjoy seeing flame wars. just wish this site would go back to the days of posting more mac related articles instead. go to droidlife.. they seem to get it.. just post news about what you started the site in the first place for. avoid posting article headlines that just stir up the crowd.


I find the articles interesting - these are stats that you often don't hear about but do really matter.
Rating: 4 Positives
7 months ago

Maybe it's just me, but I literally cannot notice the difference in screen sensitivity/responsiveness. I suppose if I'm really, really looking then maybe I can find a near-imperceptible slowdown on one device over the other, but it impacts nothing in general usage. None of my devices are even on this list.

Oh, I can. I've noticed a difference between our Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7" and any Apple product. It's obvious.
Rating: 4 Positives

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