It doesn’t matter how many pixels a phone’s display has, how state-of-the-art the processor is, or how many gigabytes of RAM the manufacturer has crammed into your new handset: if the user experience isn’t smooth and responsive, all the bleeding edge hardware in the world won’t save a smartphone. There’s a heck of lot that factors in to how quickly and seamlessly our phones respond to input, including both hardware and software details, but it all starts with the touch of your finger – that’s the snowball at the top of the mountain that gets everything else going. It’s quite surprising in that light that we don’t pay more attention to touch input, with so much else riding on it. Luckily, some people are keeping an eye on this kind of thing, and recent tests suggest the new HTC One M8 absolutely blows away much of its competition.
While reviewing the One M8, French site Les Numeriques evaluated its touch response – that is, the delay between you tapping the screen and the phone recognizing your input – and clocked it in at a mere 46 milliseconds.
As you can see in the comparison chart below, that puts the One M8 at a big advantage over many of its peers, who cluster more around the 70ms mark – and it’s a world removed from the Sony Xperia Z1 or LG G2, coming in well over 100ms.
Does this necessarily mean that the One M8 is going to be more spry and responsive than the rest of these devices? Not necessarily, and like we said, the touch input is just the first link in a chain, but it certainly gives HTC an advantage, everything else being equal.