Want the most accurate and responsive touchscreen on your new smartphone? Droid doesn’t have what it takes and neither does HTC/Google Nexus One. In a side-by-side comparison test of touchscreens on smartphones, iPhone was the clear winner. In the video clip below, Moto Development Group (not affiliated with Motorola) tests three touchscreens:
- Apple iPhone
- Verizon HTC Droid Eros
- Motorola Droid
While the video doesn’t show the HTC Nexus One (so called Google Phone), it was tested and you can see the results in the image embedded just below the video. It is quite evident that the Nexus One performed poorly in the light pressure test (very wavy lines) and was also subpar in the medium pressure test. It is also clear that the iPhone touchscreen proved superior in all of the comparison tests. Moto Group puts the difference in touchscreen accuracy between the four phones on the quality of the touchscreen sensor, which has to have the highest signal-to-noise ratio.
The most important application for touch sensitivity/accuracy is the virtual keyboard. The straighter the lines are, the better the results when typing on a virtual keyboard. The reason for this is quite simple. Inaccurate (wavy) drawing of lines in the test (watch video) demonstrates that the screen is unable to accurately determine where you are pressing, and that will drastically increase errors when typing (errors which will appear to be user-error, but are in fact a hardware issue).