The iPad Mini is one of the single most responsive touchscreens according to new benchmarks by Agawi which earlier tested touchscreen latency among smartphones. This is the second series of touchscreen benchmark tests where Apple devices have surpassed Android devices. The tablets tested included the iPad Mini, iPad 4, the Nexus 7, Nvidia Shield, Surface RT, Kindle Fire HD and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. Overall Apple devices surpassed Android and Windows devices across the board. To read the full Agawi press release see below.
Overall each device including the Nexus 7 and iPad Mini was tested 50 times each as a minimum to establish how quickly the respective tablet responded. The technique used to test the Nexus 7, iPad Mini and Microsoft Surface RT was through the Touchscope Agawi engineers built, "Agawi's team of engineers from Stanford and Netflix had to build a device they call a Touchscope to measure the response times of touchscreens to an accuracy level of +/-4 ms to get the MART score of the device, and then add the cloud processing response time to calculate the end-to-end user perceived response time." The device showed that the Minimum App Response Time (MART) showed that the Apple iPad Mini had a response time of just 75 milliseconds, making it two times faster the Nexus 7 (2013) and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0.
Other surprising information that came from the touchscreen benchmark showed that the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD also surpasses both the Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.8.0. with the 114 milliseconds beating the 135 milliseconds on the Nexus 7 and the 168 milliseconds on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.8.0. Even the Microsoft Surface RT tablet is shown to beat out the Android devices boasting a touchscreen response time of 95 milliseconds.
The only Android device really capable of holding its own is the Nvidia Shield at 92 miliseconds. IB Times Australia reports that the Nvidia Shield's generally impressive touchscreen response time compared to other Android tablets is a result of the Direct Touch Technology Nvidia developed which transfers touch processing to a dedicated CPU core. It's also worth pointing out that the Nvidia Shield as a primarily gaming handheld device can't afford high amounts of touchscreen latency. In the case of the Microsoft Surface RT the company designed the tablet hardware and software to include touch integration.
We imagine what Rohan told us the last time we spoke to him about Touchmarks I for the smartphone also holds true here. Stock Android really doesn't make a difference to these touchscreen benchmarks as we can see with the Nexus 7. With Agawi giving us the first real measures of touchscreen response time it serves to show that Android devices like the Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 must improve their touchscreen integration and reduce latency if they want to compete with the Apple iPad Mini, iPad 4, Surface RT and other rival devices.
Check out other touchscreen benchamarks for Apple and Android devices: