“Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD has a more responsive touchscreen than Google’s new Nexus 7 or Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3.8.0, according to measurements carried out by Agawi,” Charles Arthur reports for The Guardian.
“But all of the commercial Android tablets are put in the shade by Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet – and that in turn is slower than Apple’s fourth-generation iPad and iPad mini, the latter of which has the most responsive screen tested, the company says in a new set of tests,” Arthur reports. “The effect would be most noticeable while typing or playing games which require the screen to respond rapidly to user touch – such as Fruit Ninja, where the player has to try to “slice” flying fruit in half as it crosses the screen, suggested Rohan Relan, co-founder and chief executive of Agawi.”
Arthur reports, “The “minimum app response time” (MART) – measured as the time between touching the screen and a response being measurable using a laboratory rig – was 75 milliseconds on average for the iPad mini, against 95ms for the Surface RT. For the Kindle Fire HD, the figure was 114ms – compared to 135ms for the 2013 version of Google’s Nexus 7, and 168ms for Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3.8.0.”
Arthur reports, “‘Basically we found that Apple’s iOS performed nearly two times better than Android,’ Relan told the Guardian. ‘The findings were surprising to me because Samsung makes the hardware, but it was the worst by a large margin in our tests.'”
MacDailyNews Take: What’s surprising? Samsung don’t make the OS — Google serves as Samsung’s unpaid OS developer — Samsung just skins Android. Plus, Android apps are Java, so molasses-like responsiveness is a given. It’s really a mess.
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MacDailyNews Take: iPhone users, if you want an exercise in frustration, pick up any Android phone and partake in its bountiful lagginess. Tap and wait. Tap and wait. Tap and wait some more. It’ll deepen your pity for the Fragmandroid settlers.