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A study benchmarking the touchscreen latency of popular tablets shows Apple's iPad mini and full sized iPad 4 leading response times of other tablets, with Android offerings dead last.

Agawi TouchMark


Cross platform mobile ad vendor Agawi has released test results from its TouchMarks study of various tablets, including Microsoft's Surface, Amazon's Kindle and Android tablets by Nvidia, Samsung and Google's Nexus-branded tablet built by Asus.

The study measures how quickly apps can respond to touch events, quantifying the responsiveness, or laggy lack thereof, in tablets. The results are a combination of hardware quality and software platform responsiveness.

Apple's iPad mini and iPad 4 led the with scores similar to Apple's iPhone 5 in a previous benchmarking of smartphones. Apple's tablets scored a significant margin ahead of cheaper tablets, particularly Samsung's Galaxy Tab 3 and the Nexus 7, but also Amazon's latest Kindle Fire HD and Nvidia?s Shield, an Android dedicated gaming device with graphics specifications similar to iPhone 5s.

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Agawi said its findings were "a result that?s perhaps now unsurprising," given that the previous test of smartphone responsiveness showed Apple's iPhones performing 1.5 times faster than the fastest high end alternatives on the market.

Even Apple's 2010 iPhone 4 performed significantly better than current offerings ranging from Samsung's Galaxy S4, Nokia's Lumia 928, HTC One, or Google's MotoX.

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Improvements in touchscreen latency result in a more natural and responsive experience for the user, but most consumer products are aiming to deliver cheaper devices, resulting in the laggy performance easily discernible on these lower cost devices.

As a result, the company concluded, "if you primarily use your tablet for reading, watching videos or browsing the web, then shop around and pick the best tablet ? iOS, Android, Windows 8 ? that suits your needs. With their lower price points and high PPI screens you may find an Android tablet works perfectly for you. If, however, you?re into latency-sensitive applications like games or interactive music apps, then your best bet might be an iPad."
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The evidence continues to mount. Why does none of this mean anything? It's preaching to the choir. You'll never convince the fans of the laggy systems that this even exists. It's all propaganda to them. Cheap Android tablets and phones are what's making it look like Apple is losing the battle. It's not even the "good enough" argument. These cheap devices are atrocious but Google doesn't care as long as they are running Android. Google is about ad revenue, not the reputation of its operating system.
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Fandroids have long disputed this and they often lie through their teeth claiming stuff like "Android is no longer laggy, it's been fixed in the last update, blah blah blah!". They've been saying that for years now. Don't these pathetic people and lowlifes get tired of lying all of the time?

 

It's good that more and more of these tests are showing just how far ahead Apple is. Most other devices are basically unusable. Going from an Android device to an iOS device must be like pure heaven. It's like going from eating out of garbage cans in a dark back alley to eating at a five star restaurant. The difference is not small, to put it mildly.

 

Like the article says, any sort of games or apps that require low latencies is far, far better on iOS, no question about it. The whole experience is better.

 

Like I've always said, Android is garbage, the user experience is so bad, that it's like torture. I have no time for disgusting lag when I am using a device. To be honest, I'd rather be waterboarded than having to use an Android tablet. Look at those latency figures for Android! What an embarrassing joke!


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Samsung Galaxy Tab?  Dead - last.  Trounced by the lowly Surface RT even.  Ouch! 

 

Even a three-year-old iPhone 4 is faster than Samsung's flagship Galaxy S4!  The test doesn't even include the new and even faster iPhone 5s.

 

I kind of feel sorry for the Android folks that continue to ignore reality...but not too sorry though.  ;)

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Fandroids have long disputed this and they often lie through their teeth claiming stuff like "Android is no longer laggy, it's been fixed in the last update, blah blah blah!". They've been saying that for years now. Don't these pathetic people and lowlifes get tired of lying all of the time?

It's good that more and more of these tests are showing just how far ahead Apple is. Most other devices are basically unusable. Going from an Android device to an iOS device must be like pure heaven. It's like going from eating out of garbage cans in a dark back alley to eating at a five star restaurant. The difference is not small, to put it mildly.

Like the article says, any sort of games or apps that require low latencies is far, far better on iOS, no question about it. The whole experience is better.

Like I've always said, Android is garbage, the user experience is so bad, that it's like torture. I have no time for disgusting lag when I am using a device. To be honest, I'd rather be waterboarded than having to use an Android tablet. Look at those latency figures for Android! What an embarrassing joke!
Really? Get your facts straight before you dismiss everything as garbage. I own an iPad and a nexus 7 and the nexus is an amazing machine faster than iPad 4 with iOS 7. The specs are more than double than the iPad. Yes yes I get it specs isn't anything!
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Not surprised. When I switched to GS 3 and I so much hated its screen response which was so lagging compared to iPhone 4 that I dumped the phone after 1 day and go back to iPhone for good. Fandroids are denial, but if you're really using an iPhone, you can tell the difference in screen response once you switch to an android phone. To one each own, some people finds lagging is acceptable, not me. I just hate it.

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Really? Get your facts straight before you dismiss everything as garbage. I own an iPad and a nexus 7 and the nexus is an amazing machine faster than iPad 4 with iOS 7. The specs are more than double than the iPad. Yes yes I get it specs isn't anything!

 

Oh god...again...spec, spec and spec...Don't you just love that octacore chip in euro version of GS4 which only worked 4 cores at the time? Yeah...so much about specs that don't actually offer any useful benefit, but marketing gimmicks.

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Really? Get your facts straight before you dismiss everything as garbage. I own an iPad and a nexus 7 and the nexus is an amazing machine faster than iPad 4 with iOS 7. The specs are more than double than the iPad. Yes yes I get it specs isn't anything!

 

Then something is wrong with your sensory and motor skills. I suggest that you get it checked out by medical professionals. Or perhaps you are currently on medication that is dulling your senses.

 

This topic is not about CPU specs or dual core or quad core or whatever. This topic is about lag and response time, and that absolutely blows on Android, making Android devices unusable for most tasks.

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Really? Get your facts straight before you dismiss everything as garbage. I own an iPad and a nexus 7 and the nexus is an amazing machine faster than iPad 4 with iOS 7. The specs are more than double than the iPad. Yes yes I get it specs isn't anything!

Here you go again with your generalized droid/goog/everything is better than Apple trolling again.  Care to explain how nexus is superior in touch latency?  If not, then get back on subject or go away.

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Really? Get your facts straight before you dismiss everything as garbage. I own an iPad and a nexus 7 and the nexus is an amazing machine faster than iPad 4 with iOS 7. The specs are more than double than the iPad. Yes yes I get it specs isn't anything!

Isn't it amazing how an independent test measured objectively indicates that every Android tablet tested is much slower than any iPad tested - yet we still have these Android shills spouting their nonsense?

No wonder Google and Samsung have such massive marketing budgets. It's expensive hiring millions of fandroids.
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post #11 of 51
It doesn't mean anything because the perceptible difference is negligible to most users. They all run apps, surf the net, play movies.
Androids do all this for half the price of an iPad in many cases, and that's a lot of money.

Since you brought it up, you know what apathy boggles my mind? Why doesn't anyone care that apple charges a hundred dollars more for 15 bucks worth of additional memory? The difference between 16 and 32GB is NOT a hundred dollars. Hell, the difference between 16 and 64 isn't a hundred dollars. Talk about a racket.
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Really? Get your facts straight before you dismiss everything as garbage. I own an iPad and a nexus 7 and the nexus is an amazing machine faster than iPad 4 with iOS 7. The specs are more than double than the iPad. Yes yes I get it specs isn't anything!

 

Sooo...basically what you're saying is...

I Know the Truth, So Don’t Bother Me With Facts

Just wanted to be sure we understand where you're coming from.
 
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It doesn't mean anything because the perceptible difference is negligible to most users. 

 

I notice some people making this argument, but guess what, I don't agree.

 

The difference is not negligible and I notice a huge difference, as I'm sure many millions of other Apple users do. I do seriously question the physical and mental condition of those who claim to not notice much of a difference.

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I notice some people making this argument, but guess what, I don't agree.

The difference is not negligible and I notice a huge difference, as I'm sure many millions of other Apple users do. I do seriously question the physical and mental condition of those who claim to not notice much of a difference.

He's absolutely right. The same goes for power usage. Opening a webpage in Safari on the iPad uses less power than opening up the same webpage in Chrome on an Android tablet but it's such a small amount of power usage difference that means nothing even though the Android tablet has a faster processor with worse performance and a larger battery with much lower usage time. Apple sucks, Android rules. /s
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Apple needs to get this down to 10ms so drawing with a stylus is immediate.

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Apple needs to get this down to 10ms so drawing with a stylus is immediate.

That still won't help. It's the type of matrix being used that is the issue here. What Apple needs is a digitizer if they want to ever have a proper stylus as an option for their tablet devices. From what I can tell they are still expensive.
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The latency on one tap may not be much but just like battery consumption it adds up and degrades the performance and experience.

Plus it adds to erroneous taps as you retap thinking it didn't register and then realize when you have misspelled the wordddd that it was latency.  Now you have to delete the wo..... and again because of latency you overshoot.  This repeatedly through the day on a simple app is how latency may be unnoticeable, but if you were to experience condensed together would demonstrate its critical impact.

 

Any who doesn't notice a tap latency difference between android and apple might very well not need a "widescreen touch ipod, a phone, and a internet communicating device, with console approaching games, etc*, but rather a large screen, touch-enabled, feature phone.

 

perhaps

 

 

*iphone

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Really? Get your facts straight before you dismiss everything as garbage. I own an iPad and a nexus 7 and the nexus is an amazing machine faster than iPad 4 with iOS 7. The specs are more than double than the iPad. Yes yes I get it specs isn't anything!

 

You are so full of it.  Time to try a different brand of koolaid.

That's the problems with guys (trolls) like you.  Even when the facts are staring right at you, you turn the other way and pretend they don't exist.

Android performance has improved, but only because they are throwing higher-horsepower hardware to compensate for what really, truly is a trash of an OS.  The new iP5s with 1/2 the cores and 1/2 the ram is better performing than a new, quad-core GS4.  Figure it out.

I've used my friend's S4 and Nexus tablets on occasion.  The article has it spot on.  When one uses an iPhone/iPad as their primary device, one can easily spot the lag that is so prevalent in these Android devices.  I certainly do, and it's not subtle.

Go away.

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Really? Get your facts straight before you dismiss everything as garbage. I own an iPad and a nexus 7 and the nexus is an amazing machine faster than iPad 4 with iOS 7.

 


How is it "faster" besides the spec numbers?
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I notice some people making this argument, but guess what, I don't agree.

The difference is not negligible and I notice a huge difference, as I'm sure many millions of other Apple users do. I do seriously question the physical and mental condition of those who claim to not notice much of a difference.
It is basically the first annoyance I notice when using an Android device - it is definitely noticeable. Problem is, it's not something isolated to a particular app or anything, but the entire OS
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User experience is more important than specs. Apple gets it. The fact that there is lag and stutter on the Galaxy Note 3 is unacceptable. My source? MKBHD on You Tube, and he loves Android.
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Then something is wrong with your sensory and motor skills. I suggest that you get it checked out by medical professionals. Or perhaps you are currently on medication that is dulling your senses.

This topic is not about CPU specs or dual core or quad core or whatever. This topic is about lag and response time, and that absolutely blows on Android, making Android devices unusable for most tasks.
My sensory is just fine. Lol.
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Really? Get your facts straight before you dismiss everything as garbage. I own an iPad and a nexus 7 and the nexus is an amazing machine faster than iPad 4 with iOS 7. The specs are more than double than the iPad. Yes yes I get it specs isn't anything!

Yet you felt you had to mention them. :D

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the key question is how much latency is at all noticable to a user. is there an authoritative study on that? a tenth of a second (100 milliseconds)? if that is the threshold, then these results are significant. but if two tenths of a second, then it doesn't really matter.

 

does anyone know?

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You are so full of it.  Time to try a different brand of koolaid.


That's the problems with guys (trolls) like you.  Even when the facts are staring right at you, you turn the other way and pretend they don't exist.


Android performance has improved, but only because they are throwing higher-horsepower hardware to compensate for what really, truly is a trash of an OS.  The new iP5s with 1/2 the cores and 1/2 the ram is better performing than a new, quad-core GS4.  Figure it out.


I've used my friend's S4 and Nexus tablets on occasion.  The article has it spot on.  When one uses an iPhone/iPad as their primary device, one can easily spot the lag that is so prevalent in these Android devices.  I certainly do, and it's not subtle.


Go away.
You guys are brainwashed. Unbelievable. The Nexus 7 is the smoothest tablet ever.

I guess that would be smooth, like they described the Galaxy Tab sales when they needed a good euphemism for slow?

But seriously- what's your explanation for the test results? Stage fright?
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the key question is how much latency is at all noticable to a user. is there an authoritative study on that? a tenth of a second (100 milliseconds)? if that is the threshold, then these results are significant. but if two tenths of a second, then it doesn't really matter.

 

does anyone know?

 

Depending on the application, humans can definitely notice a 100 ms latency, as demonstrated in this rather informative microsoft research video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOvQCPLkPt4.
 


Edited by d4NjvRzf - 10/8/13 at 7:31pm
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the key question is how much latency is at all noticable to a user. is there an authoritative study on that? a tenth of a second (100 milliseconds)? if that is the threshold, then these results are significant. but if two tenths of a second, then it doesn't really matter.

 

does anyone know?

 

A tenth of a second is an eternity, and it's definitely far lower than that. 

 

Every single millisecond counts. Check out this video demoing low latency screens, and maybe you'll get a clearer idea of how much of a difference different latency times makes.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOvQCPLkPt4

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User experience is more important than specs. Apple gets it. The fact that there is lag and stutter on the Galaxy Note 3 is unacceptable. My source? MKBHD on You Tube, and he loves Android.

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NSBB-kFDGQ

 

That video, or is there another?

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the key question is how much latency is at all noticable to a user. is there an authoritative study on that? a tenth of a second (100 milliseconds)? if that is the threshold, then these results are significant. but if two tenths of a second, then it doesn't really matter.

 

does anyone know?

 

It probably varies from person to person.  When I switched from Apple to Android a few years ago it was definitely noticeable and one of the bigger detractors.  It did get much better when Android introduced 'butter' but its still not as good as Apple.

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It doesn't mean anything because the perceptible difference is negligible to most users. They all run apps, surf the net, play movies.
Androids do all this for half the price of an iPad in many cases, and that's a lot of money.

Since you brought it up, you know what apathy boggles my mind? Why doesn't anyone care that apple charges a hundred dollars more for 15 bucks worth of additional memory? The difference between 16 and 32GB is NOT a hundred dollars. Hell, the difference between 16 and 64 isn't a hundred dollars. Talk about a racket.

Only a complete moron thinks that price is what makes a great device! Especially when the companies making the cheaper products are losing money on their race to the bottom - about as brilliant as their users.
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Awesomely said!!!!!!!

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Fandroids have long disputed this and they often lie through their teeth claiming stuff like "Android is no longer laggy, it's been fixed in the last update, blah blah blah!". They've been saying that for years now. Don't these pathetic people and lowlifes get tired of lying all of the time?

It's good that more and more of these tests are showing just how far ahead Apple is. Most other devices are basically unusable. Going from an Android device to an iOS device must be like pure heaven. It's like going from eating out of garbage cans in a dark back alley to eating at a five star restaurant. The difference is not small, to put it mildly.

Like the article says, any sort of games or apps that require low latencies is far, far better on iOS, no question about it. The whole experience is better.

Like I've always said, Android is garbage, the user experience is so bad, that it's like torture. I have no time for disgusting lag when I am using a device. To be honest, I'd rather be waterboarded than having to use an Android tablet. Look at those latency figures for Android! What an embarrassing joke!
Really? Get your facts straight before you dismiss everything as garbage. I own an iPad and a nexus 7 and the nexus is an amazing machine faster than iPad 4 with iOS 7. The specs are more than double than the iPad. Yes yes I get it specs isn't anything!

Keep up there!
This...from the article...
"...and Nvidia's Shield, an Android dedicated gaming device with graphics specifications similar to the iPhone 5s"
....is a perfect encapsulation of your logic fail. Even the Shield, with high end graphics specs is slower than last uear's iPad. And the range figures are shaming.
Why isn't your head exploding?
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So it's your brain that's damaged?

 


He's been hanging out with Eric Schmidt too much...
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Those iOS devises are fast. I don't care if they are Microcrap, Scamsung or whatever, throw them out and get Apple, I want my pilot using the best.

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Really? Get your facts straight before you dismiss everything as garbage. I own an iPad and a nexus 7 and the nexus is an amazing machine faster than iPad 4 with iOS 7. The specs are more than double than the iPad. Yes yes I get it specs isn't anything!

 

Why is the response time for the iPad 4 81 milliseconds and the response time for the Nexus 7 114 milliseconds according to the scientific tests carried out in this article?

 

The iPad's response time is 27% faster than the Nexus 7, real numbers not your dubious anecdotal tale.

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It doesn't mean anything because the perceptible difference is negligible to most users. They all run apps, surf the net, play movies.
Androids do all this for half the price of an iPad in many cases, and that's a lot of money.

Since you brought it up, you know what apathy boggles my mind? Why doesn't anyone care that apple charges a hundred dollars more for 15 bucks worth of additional memory? The difference between 16 and 32GB is NOT a hundred dollars. Hell, the difference between 16 and 64 isn't a hundred dollars. Talk about a racket.

 

It is, for music creation, which is why Android is only suitable for toy like consumption devices.

 

Why did Samsung advertise my S4 as a 16GB device, yet there is only a little over 8GB available?

 

Their stupid "switch" software shit itself when I was trying to sync a 16GB iPhone backup.

 

Wasted money on a $10 micro SD card (as preached by the fandroids), which ran so hot the plastic back almost melted, had to spend another fifty bucks on a decent one.

 

Talk about a freaking racket.


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It doesn't mean anything because the perceptible difference is negligible to most users. They all run apps, surf the net, play movies.
Androids do all this for half the price of an iPad in many cases, and that's a lot of money.

Since you brought it up, you know what apathy boggles my mind? Why doesn't anyone care that apple charges a hundred dollars more for 15 bucks worth of additional memory? The difference between 16 and 32GB is NOT a hundred dollars. Hell, the difference between 16 and 64 isn't a hundred dollars. Talk about a racket.

I'm so tired of this moronic drivel about Apple over charging for storage increases.

1) Of course it doesn't cost $100 for Apple to go from 16GB to 32GB. If it did, Apple would be selling it for cost. Why would they do that? Oh that's right, it's evil for companies to make money.

2) People who say the cost is really only a few dollars a) don't have access to Apple's supply chain and b) are looking at the cost of CHEAP NAND.

3) It is entirely possible that the 16GB entry option is priced at a lower than normal margin, with the extra margins on storage increases helping offset this. Common practice.
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I'm so tired of this moronic drivel about Apple over charging for storage increases.

1) Of course it doesn't cost $100 for Apple to go from 16GB to 32GB. If it did, Apple would be selling it for cost. Why would they do that? Oh that's right, it's evil for companies to make money.

2) People who say the cost is really only a few dollars a) don't have access to Apple's supply chain and b) are looking at the cost of CHEAP NAND.

3) It is entirely possible that the 16GB entry option is priced at a lower than normal margin, with the extra margins on storage increases helping offset this. Common practice.

 

Couldn't agree more. Well said.

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First of all, you can't compare visual latency with touch latency with audio latency. Display latency is not just the more than dubiously reported value from the manufacturer spec sheet. Audio latency is not just the buffer size in your ASIO/CoreAudio driver settings. There are lots of components in the chain that can add their own latency, from DSP processors (usually minimal) to graphics card, input devices etc.

 

Did you guys know, that on mobile Safari there is a 300ms delay on web browser touch events because the system needs to figure out if you tapped, double tapped or dragged. Now, this has possibly been fixed already (according to Google, on Android it was fixed in Gingerbread) but how many of you can honestly say you noticed this on your older iOS devices? I certainly didn't.

 

Bringing in older Android versions and devices running them into this discussion is just ridiculous. You know what else is laggy? Older iPhones and iPads running iOS 7. But the latest and greatest devices on both platforms are pretty damn smooth in my experience, meaning that devices have become fast enough that software deficiencies are becoming less of an issue. That's why throwing more hardware at Android works well.

 

But that's beside the point and that is touch latency. The article doesn't really say what is an acceptable range here. Just that Android tablets have slower response, whether that is due to subpar hardware or software issues. According to Human Benchmark, the average (median) reaction time for their test is 215 milliseconds, with fastest results getting near 100ms. Note that these are not free of hardware and software based latencies either. Based on this, I think the real world effect of touch latency lag is not perceivable. Personally I've had an iPhone 4, iPad 3 and Galaxy S4 in the house at the same time. Never noticed any difference in their touch response.

 

Of course, just like in the audiophile world, there are always people who claim they can feel or hear the difference and with something like this that varies from person to person, it's hard to claim otherwise - but the brain is notoriously easy to fool so...

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First of all, you can't compare visual latency with touch latency with audio latency. Display latency is not just the more than dubiously reported value from the manufacturer spec sheet. Audio latency is not just the buffer size in your ASIO/CoreAudio driver settings. There are lots of components in the chain that can add their own latency, from DSP processors (usually minimal) to graphics card, input devices etc.


Did you guys know, that on mobile Safari there is a 300ms delay on web browser touch events because the system needs to figure out if you tapped, double tapped or dragged. Now, this has possibly been fixed already (according to Google, on Android it was fixed in Gingerbread) but how many of you can honestly say you noticed this on your older iOS devices? I certainly didn't.

Bringinqg in older Android versions and devices running them into this discussion is just ridiculous. You know what else is laggy? Older iPhones and iPads running iOS 7. But the latest and greatest devices on both platforms are pretty damn smooth in my experience, meaning that devices have become fast enough that software deficiencies are becoming less of an issue. That's why throwing more hardware at Android works well.

But that's beside the point and that is touch latency. The article doesn't really say what is an acceptable range here. Just that Android tablets have slower response, whether that is due to subpar hardware or software issues. According to Human Benchmark, the average (median) reaction time for their test is 215 milliseconds, with fastest results getting near 100ms. Note that these are not free of hardware and software based latencies either. Based on this, I think the real world effect of touch latency lag is not perceivable. Personally I've had an iPhone 4, iPad 3 and Galaxy S4 in the house at the same time. Never noticed any difference in their touch response.

Of course, just like in the audiophile world, there are always people who claim they can feel or hear the difference and with something like this that varies from person to person, it's hard to claim otherwise - but the brain is notoriously easy to fool so...

My iPhone 5, 5s and retina iPad absolutely thrash my Galaxy S4 in performance.

It's a laggy piece of junk in comparison, I guess that's why there are no music creation Apps made for Android, the lag is perceptible between the pseudo java virtual machine sitting atop a Linux core.
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