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Wow, svg sits there and does mostly nothing on my phone. Just like Flash! Can't pinch to zoom to read the text that was too small, just like Flash! Half the supposedly neat interactive gewgaws like "turn this gear" didn't react to any presses or gestures at all. Just like Flash!

Are you clicking on the animated gif of the demo or did you follow the link to the demo?

In the OP's linked slideshow those are just videos playing and not interactive demos (except for the CodePen one)

Events can be attached to SVG elements just like any other element in the dom. Pinch to zoom / pan etc can all be implemented fine. Your complaints might hold true with certain demos, but they're not limitations of SVG

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