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iPhone 5s, 5c show low touchscreen accuracy along edges

updated 03:06 pm EDT, Fri October 25, 2013

Said to affect outlying virtual keys

The iPhone 5s and 5c show poor touch detection along the edges of their displays, which may be affecting people's typing accuracy, says Finnish testing firm OptoFidelity. Via testing software and a robotic finger, the firm says that it found "extremely bad" accuracy near the edges, such that people trying to hit keys like Q, O, and P on iOS 7's virtual keyboard might have their touches misinterpreted. OptoFidelity only considers a result "accurate" if it's within 1mm of the robotic finger's actual position.

The Samsung Galaxy S3, by contrast, is said to have near-uniform accuracy across most of its display. "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," OptoFidelity writes.

Although the accuracy of the 5s and 5c is subpar, a September Agawi analysis of the iPhone 5's display -- on which the 5s and 5c are based -- found it to be twice as responsive as rival Android phones. Responsiveness is a measure of how fast a screen is able to respond to touch gestures.



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  1. bjojade

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    The consistent pattern of inaccuracy seems odd. Could it be that Apple INTENTIONALLY has the touch sensor skewed, as the angle of viewing is taken into account?

    If you hold the phone in your left hand, the area deemed accurate is directly under where your thumb would be, with the skew adjusting based on that.

  1. And.reg

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    Joined: 02-22-04

    Are the iPod Touches also affected or just the iPhones?

  1. wrenchy

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    Joined: 11-03-09

    The original article states the Galaxy S3 beats the iDevice(s) on touchscreen accuracy.

    Galaxy S III Beats New iPhones in Touchscreen Accuracy Test | TechnoBuffalo

  1. Spheric Harlot

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    Originally Posted by wrenchyView Post

    The original article states the Galaxy S3 beats the iDevice(s) on touchscreen accuracy.

    Galaxy S III Beats New iPhones in Touchscreen Accuracy Test | TechnoBuffalo



    Um...so does this article.

    Your point being?

  1. wrenchy

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    Joined: 11-03-09

    Originally Posted by Spheric HarlotView Post


    Your point being?



    My point is, had the iPhone had beat xxx Android device, the headline of the story would have been "THE IPHONE BEAT BLAH BLAH BLAH PHONE IN ACCURACY TEST". Why do the editards cherry pick words like that to sensationalize a pro apple agenda as opposed to reporting the neutral facts?

    Be fair and report. Don't spin and sensationalize. But I suppose that's the aim of this 3rd rate "Tech News" site.

  1. Spheric Harlot

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    Joined: 11-07-99

    So your point is that the reporting here isn't sensationalist enough?

    I think you're reading stuff the way you want to read it.

    Meanwhile, reality has a pro-Apple bias. Deal with it.

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