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Galaxy S3 Beats iPhone 5s and 5c in Touch Accuracy

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In the touch era accuracy is important. Just ask anyone drunk-texting his or her ex on a smartphone. One letter can sometimes mean all the difference in the world when auto-correct gets through with it.

Curious about which phone was the most responsive, Finnish tech measurement company OptoFidelity has put three of the more popular models around to the test. They used a robot finger to hit precise coordinates on the screens, and then measured the readings from the device vs. the known position of the robotic hand. The data show that the iPhone 5C and 5S both performed substantially worse than the Galaxy S3.

"Because the touch accuracy is more even in 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.”

Overall this is a pretty unique way to look at the devices, and not one that tends to get a lot of coverage. Sadly, the company’s report only covers the S3, 5S and 5C, but we’d love to perform our own tests comparing a broader range of phones and tablets.

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    s3anister , November 2, 2013 2:12 PM
    I'm surprised this isn't standard in device reviews; touch accuracy on a touch-screen is a very important thing.
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    house70 , November 2, 2013 2:58 PM
    I pointed this out almost a week ago, when the study came out. Glad Tom's finally decided to publish it. Still waiting on the article about the borked sensors in the iPhone 5S. LOL

    Apple: mediocre phones and subpar OS that is only a shadow of it's former glory.
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    bombebomb , November 2, 2013 2:07 PM
    Whatever it is, I am sure IOS is "optimized" for it.
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    bombebomb , November 2, 2013 2:07 PM
    Whatever it is, I am sure IOS is "optimized" for it.
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    ddpruitt , November 2, 2013 2:10 PM
    I wish more this were tested more. I can't tell you how many times I've used a device (iDevices in particular) that it was hard to type because it would come up with something else than what I thought I typed.
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    s3anister , November 2, 2013 2:12 PM
    I'm surprised this isn't standard in device reviews; touch accuracy on a touch-screen is a very important thing.
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    24oz , November 2, 2013 2:16 PM
    Yes drunk texting is hard.
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    qlum , November 2, 2013 2:49 PM
    Not only touch accuracy is important but response times are just as important, especially if you want to play a game every now and again.
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    house70 , November 2, 2013 2:58 PM
    I pointed this out almost a week ago, when the study came out. Glad Tom's finally decided to publish it. Still waiting on the article about the borked sensors in the iPhone 5S. LOL

    Apple: mediocre phones and subpar OS that is only a shadow of it's former glory.
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    renzhe , November 2, 2013 3:44 PM
    The robot was holding it wrong.
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    JD88 , November 2, 2013 3:48 PM
    A side note is what a great phone the S3 was and still is. Mine has been outstanding for over a year and a half. Still as fast as the day I got it and able to run any app I throw at it. Nothing that has been released since has been enough to tempt me to upgrade.

    It's no wonder the S3 was such a game changer for Samsung. Compared to the competition at the time, the iPhone 4S, it was in another league. It aged much better with its beautiful 4.8" screen, removable battery, and expandable storage. Yeah, it's plastic, but it feels sturdy and at least I haven't had to replace the the glass back 2 times like my sister had to on her iPhone 4S or the home button like my father did on his iPhone 4.

    Here's hoping the S5 is something pretty amazing because I would certainly give Samsung another shot.
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    QEFX , November 2, 2013 4:01 PM
    Well I'm glad I cheaped out and bought a S3 instead of a crapple or S4 because what I needed was more of a phone than a tiny laptop.

    Nice that the affordable option is actually on par or better than the more expensive one.
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    JD88 , November 2, 2013 4:36 PM
    Quote:
    I pointed this out almost a week ago, when the study came out. Glad Tom's finally decided to publish it. Still waiting on the article about the borked sensors in the iPhone 5S. LOL

    Apple: mediocre phones and subpar OS that is only a shadow of it's former glory.


    Interesting point about IOS. The main reason for buying an iPhone or iPad was the smooth operating system and large app library. The newer versions of Android now match iOS in these areas, and surpass it in terms of features. It could definitely be argued that iOS is now well behind in this area and shows no sign of catching up as iOS 7 was a mostly superficial upgrade that added very little in terms of functionality.
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    MANOFKRYPTONAK , November 2, 2013 4:37 PM
    Of course Apple gets beat sometimes, Samsung makes great products. Apple uses a lot of the same parts as everyone else... Anyone who thinks Apple is inifinitely
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    MANOFKRYPTONAK , November 2, 2013 4:37 PM
    infinitely superior is delusional.
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    Spencer Castillo , November 2, 2013 4:50 PM
    I have my galaxy S3 for more than a year now and I can say that it is way above its time. its definitely better than the iphone5 and 5s.im not even thinking of upgrading to galaxy s4 or any current phone because the improvements is not that significant. there might be a lot of phones today that have higher specs like bigger camera pixels or higer res display but the technology is only a small step up and user experience is pretty much the same. I will stick with this phone for like a year or two and wait for another game changer phone.



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    pacomac , November 2, 2013 5:10 PM
    You guys need to ask yourselves who built these displays? Most likely Samsung, so why the exact same outcome on the 5c and 5s? I'm not sure what Android do, but Apple report a touch position slightly higher than that of the center of the contact area. This is because the perceived position is different from the actual position touched, and it's biased towards the top of the screen, hence these results.
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    therealduckofdeath , November 2, 2013 5:24 PM
    pacomac, that has nothing to do with it. All touch devices do that to compensate for your finger blocking what you touch.
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    laststop311 , November 2, 2013 5:56 PM
    i have the s3's bigger brother the note 2 and my experience is about the same as most peoples here. An amazing phone well ahead of its time. And its fully paid off on t-mobile meaning lower bill!! 69.99 for unlimited everything and my city has t-mo LTE turned on.

    That is what is so great about t-mobile, if u don't feel like upgrading you can keep a lower bill the other big 3 carriers have the phone subsidy permanently built into the bill even if you hold the phone the full 2 years your bill still doesn't go down you are effectively forced to continually upgrade or pay for a subsidy you are not using. In the past this wasn't a big deal as phones rapidly changed and you needed to upgrade at least every 2 years. We are starting to hit the point of diminishing returns now and you can easily hold a phone like the s3 or note 2 a good 3 years and not be sad maybe even 4.
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    fleeb , November 2, 2013 6:27 PM
    "Interesting point about IOS. The main reason for buying an iPhone or iPad was the smooth operating system and large app library."

    Except that touch accuracy was a thing when it was better for the older iPhone models.
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    Darkk , November 2, 2013 7:23 PM
    I also have the Galaxy Note 2 and love it! It's rooted with custom ROM which removed the bloatware that Sprint put on it. Thanks to the custom ROM the phone is smooth as butter and great battery life!
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    acyuta , November 2, 2013 7:24 PM
    Wonder why did not perform the tests on HTC One and Nokia Lumia. THe HTC One ha amazing touch responsiveness and so does the Nokia Lumia 800. Both are phones that I own.
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    sephirothmk , November 2, 2013 7:54 PM
    Wow, did Tomshardware really publish an article in which Apple loses to Samsung? Weird
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