By Alexandra Burlacu | Oct 26, 2013 09:56 AM EDT
Last year's Samsung Galaxy S3 apparently boasts a higher touch screen accuracy than the newly-launched iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, a new study has found.
OptoFidelity, a tech test and measurement company based in Finland, has compared the touch screen accuracy of the new iPhones to the Samsung Galaxy S3 and found that the latter shows better responses.
The company reportedly used its own Touch Panel Performance Tester to measure the touch screen accuracy of the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C and the Galaxy S3. According to the report, the tester in question uses a robot to touch exact locations on a device's screen. Those locations are based on exact coordinates, which are then measured to see how they matched and determine the touch response accuracy.
"Apple released two new iPhones to market few weeks ago the new flag ship model 5S and the cheaper 5C model. We measured the performance of these devices with OptoFidelity touch panel measurement devices to find out what is the actual difference for an end user in most commonly used tasks like browsing the web or opening a camera application. We used Samsung Galaxy S3 as a reference. Yes, we know that S3 is an over one year old model but it is still a good smartphone for everyday use," noted the company.
After conducting the tests, OptoFidelity revealed that the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C smartphones had notable fail rates, particularly around the edges and toward the top of their screens. The Samsung Galaxy S3 was reportedly accurate for the most part across the middle of the screen, with some errors around the edges.
The company then decided to test the accuracy of the virtual keyboard on the three smartphones and found the Samsung Galaxy S3 to be the best in this area as well, proving the most accurate in responding to touch inputs.
"Because the touch accuracy is more even in the Galaxy S3 than in iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, you get a lot less typing errors, and letters which are close to the edge are working better," noted OptoFidelity. "You can also test this by tapping letters on the edge and typing long text messages."
The accuracy of a smartphone's display is of great importance, especially in today's world where touch screen handsets are predominant. It may seem a bit odd, however, that OptoFidelity chose to include the Galaxy S3 in this study, but not the new Galaxy S4 flagship. On the other hand, if last year's Galaxy S3 proved to be the most accurate in terms of touch screen response, it's safe to assume the Galaxy S4 is fairly accurate as well. The new iPhones, meanwhile, seem to be in need of some recalibration or improvements.
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