iCrackUriDevice‘s Tanner Marsh has compared Samsung’s Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner with Apple’s iPhone 5s Touch ID.
“According to Marsh’s review, both devices feature simple fingerprint enrollment processes. However, Samsung’s fingerprint scanner operates differently from Apple’s in several ways,” Nathanael Arnold reports for Wall St. Cheat Sheet. “Unlike Apple’s iPhone 5S Touch ID sensor, which requires that the user press his or her entire fingertip down, Samsung’s device features a narrower sensor that works by having the users swipe their fingertip across it. And while Apple’s Touch ID scanner is based entirely on the home button, Samsung’s scanner requires users to begin their finger swipe on the lower portion of the touchscreen before moving it over the home button.”
“As seen in the video above, Samsung’s approach to fingerprint scanning appeared to present several problematic issues. Samsung’s fingerprint scanner seemed to have trouble reading a fingerprint unless the user swiped their finger straight down over the scanner,” Arnold reports. “On the other hand, Apple’s Touch ID was capable of reading a fingerprint from any orientation. Since Apple’s method doesn’t require any swiping motion or particular orientation, it also appeared to be better suited for one-handed operation.”
“Marsh is not the only reviewer to notice usability issues with Samsung’s Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner,” Arnold reports. “Reviewers at The Verge called Samsung’s fingerprint scanner ‘quite unreliable and virtually impossible to activate when holding the phone in one hand,’ and said that ‘it was very particular about the speed and orientation of the swiping motion used — if we weren’t doing a perfectly straight swipe down, it would refuse to unlock the phone.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: More half-assed garbage from Samsung. Who will they pay to take a selfie next?