iPhone 5 Touchscreen is 2x Faster Than Latest Android Phones


Although the buzz is now around the iPhone 5s and 5c, and how they stand up compared to the competition, Apple’s older models beat the Samsung Galaxy S4 when it comes to how fast the screen responds to touches. And not to mention the year-old model, the iPhone 5, which is 2 times faster than any other Android device available on the market.


The findings come from a game and app streaming company, Agawi (via Venture Beat), which has started doing TouchMark benchmarks — measuring the touchscreen latency and giving MART (minimum app response time) scores — as part of their work in delivering Flash-based Facebook games and other apps for iOS games.

While the tech specs don’t mention touchscreen responsiveness, this is equally important as display quality, because it affects the user experience.

“Even a two-year old iPhone 4 beat out the other Android devices,” Peter Relan, chairman of Agawi said. “You expect this from Apple’s design team, while others may view their responsiveness as good enough. Now we know why the Android touch keyboard is not as snappy.”

Agawi’s first TouchMark benchmark test has found that the iPhone 5 responded to touches at 55 milliseconds on average, which is very fast, while the closest to this speed was the iPhone 4 at 85 milliseconds. The company has also put the Google Moto X, HTC One, Nokia Lumia 928, and Samsung’s latest flagship model to the test. The latter fell far behind at 114 milliseconds response time, but the Nokia was even slower at 117 milliseconds.

Stay tuned for the iPhone 5s and 5c tests!


  • Chrome262

    Who makes the capacitance response part of the screen? is it exclusive to apple? its one of the main reasons I don’t like other tablets and smartphones, they always seem laggy to me compared to the iDevices I have. And I have had other tablets even the playbook lol

  • FragilityG4

    Interesting. I had noticed it compared against older androids and blackberrys but am surprised the new androids also are this far back. Then again I only used my friends S4 for a short while.

  • That does explain why things feel slightly disconnected when I use non-Apple devices. It’s never been something super-obvious, but something about it feels like I’m just issuing commands to a device, as opposed to when I use my iPhone and it tends to feel more like I’m interacting with elements on the screen.

    I would imagine, however, that the brain gets used to the lag and adjusts for it. I saw a study done on this once, where a response on screen is slowly delayed from the input and the brain starts to adjust for the gap to make you feel like it’s still happening instantly. Then after a while they remove the delay and the user actually thinks the system is predicting their response. I’m wondering if it would be like this with Android users. It wouldn’t surprise me if they don’t notice a lag, but if they were to pick up an iPhone and use it, there’s a chance it might seem like it’s predicting their inputs at first.

  • Erik Weimer

    Thanks for posting this. This spec is actually the one main reason why I can’t stand using other OS devices. Their responsiveness for just the simple tasks, like scrolling a page or swiping to the next screen, seems lesser than an iPhone’s. This puts it into perspective. Can’t believe the 3 year old iPhone 4 beats all of them. Ouch!

  • crosseyed_mofo

    i always thought android was janky

    this confirms is

  • Antifanboy

    All I see here in the comments section is an Applefanboy circle jerk.


    The iPhone 5 has half the processing power of a Nexus 4.

  • Antifanboy’s mommy

    How often did your foster mom drop you on the ground as a baby?

    Get your facts straight, Fandroid. Check out Anandtech’s benchmarks:

    It destroys your Nexus 4 big time. Once you can save up enough for an iPhone, come back and talk.