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New iPhones outclassed by Galaxy S3 touchscreen performance

Authored by: Kris Carlon — Oct 28, 2013

No, that is not a typo: the S3 - not the S4 - has outperformed the new iPhone 5s and 5c in a touchscreen accuracy test. A Finnish company by the name of OptoFidelity, which specializes in test and measurement automation, has empirically proven that the old Galaxy S3's touchscreen accuracy far outclasses that of the new Apple flagships.

video galaxy s4 vs iphone 5s
We've compared the 5s to the S4, but never thought the S3 would beat it. / © AndroidPIT

The tests were originally made to test the new iPhones' touchscreen accuracy with the Galaxy S3 as a reference device, but considering the epic failure they discovered, the test has become a feather in the cap for the Samsung cheer leading squad. Why the company chose the S3 instead of the S4 is probably down to what smartphone the guy at the controls had in his pocket. But considering Samsung has released half a dozen new and improved devices since the year-old S3 only adds salt to the wound.

The Pass/Fail threshold was ±1mm offset between recorded coordinate and actual coordinate. / © OptoFidelity

Apple may have finally won the patent case on multi-touch functionality, but it seems like Samsung is doing a better job of touchscreen acucuracy. Perhaps when Apple catches up they will try to sue Samsung for perfecting their technology first? The iPhone 5s and 5c both performed very poorly in the mechanized touch test, where a robotic finger touches different areas on the touchscreen. A Pass indicates the two results – actual position and reported coordinates – match up, a Fail indicates there was greater than 1 mm disparity between the two.

The iPhone 5s has EPIC FAIL written all around the edges of its touchscreen. The iPhone 5s (top two images) and the S3 (bottom two images) show marked differences in keyboard accuracy. / © OptoFidelity

As you can see from the first image, both iPhones performed extremely poorly at the top edge of the screen and around the edges, including the bottom where the keyboard lies. The test indicates major issues with the outer edges of the iPhone's touch keyboard. The Samsung also had poor edge performance, but as you can see from the test result image, it still performed a whole lot better than the Apple devices. Check out the keyboard accuracy in the two images above.

Have you had problems with the touchscreen accuracy on your new iPhone?  

Kris Carlon comes to the AndroidPIT Editorial Team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He joined the Android community while resurfacing in civilization back in 2010 and has never looked back, using technology to replace his actual presence in other people's lives ever since. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.

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  • Kris Carlon
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    Oct 29, 2013 Link to comment

    It's funny how Apple still exude this idea of quality craftsmanship when they can have massively sub-par performance in areas like this. I mean, sure, they run smoothly and look nice (ish) but how does something like this slip by their standards?

  • Aznxking Oct 29, 2013 Link to comment

    Forget about Iphones they fallen well behind Androids. It's just the Apple brand name which people buy Iphone and think its the best smartphone. In reality specs wise Iphones come nowhere close to top spec android phones.

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