Biometrics cage fight: Galaxy S5 Finger Scanner vs iPhone 5s Touch ID
posted by Daniel P. / Apr 11, 2014, 8:41 AM
Touch ID sensor, embedded in the home key of the iPhone 5s, that actually "senses" your fingerprint the second you lay your digit on the home key. This method provides more convenience during the everyday interaction with your phone, as it avoids the extra "swipe" motion that we've come to associate with such finger scanners so far. Besides unlocking the display, you can also use the sensor to ID purchase authorizations for your iTunes account, instead of keying in credentials, fast and easy.Apple, however, shifted the mobile biometry paradigm with the unique
Samsung was apparently bent to respond, and integrated a swipe Finger Scanner in the Galaxy S5's home key in its turn. Queue the copycat jokes here, but the two sensors actually work in quite a different manner. The iPhone's dimensions make Touch ID way easier to use with one hand, plus it only requires you to land your finger on the home key to work. The S5's size, and the the fact that its Finger Scanner works as, ahem, scanner, means you are at risk of dropping the handset while swiping over the home key with one hand, so it takes longer to muster. Samsung leverages its Finger Scanner for secure payment authorizations when purchasing content from Samsung services, too. It, however, also adds a convenient PayPal authorization, which works in 26 countries, namely US, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland, Turkey, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Russia, Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong.
Upon initial setup, Apple's creation takes a “snapshot” of your fingerprint in all possible positions, so you can unlock the phone with the slightest touch, no matter how crooked your digit lands. The fingerprint scanner on the S5 stays true to its title, requiring you to swipe directly over the home key for it to work, which means that you usually have to hold the phone with the other hand. If you register your thumb by swiping it diagonally over the home key in the first place, however - the S5 will record this position, and you will be able to unlock the phone with one hand, where your thumb swipes slightly at angle to the home key. It worked most of the time for us, as you can see in the video below, so the Finger Scanner is indeed usable with one-handed navigation, just not as seamless as Apple's Touch ID method.
Samsung Galaxy S5 OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4.2 View Full specs
- Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
- Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
- Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
- Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)
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iPhone has a clearly better one. Not that I really care though.
posted on Apr 11, 2014, 8:42 AM 9
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I wish Apple didn't buy Authentec (company that made the Atrix's fingerprint reader) Now only Apple products will have Authentec's fingerprint reader I read that another company is developing a fingerprint reader which is built into the screen Authentec's the best for now, until someone integrates it into the screen
posted on Apr 11, 2014, 8:44 PM 0
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Still in my opinion the place of the sensor one the one max is the best place (to a swipe scanner) .. i can unlock it easily with one hand
posted on Apr 11, 2014, 8:54 AM 1
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Its difficult to use One Max's implementation: 1. When the phone is lying on a desk, 2. When you wanna quickly glance at the notification without taking out the entire phone out of the pocket 3. It may also leave smudges on your camera lens often. Its better than Samsung's implementation but not better than Apple's IMO.
posted on Apr 11, 2014, 9:29 AM 4
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really hate the swipe type scanner....Samsung should have gone with scanner similar to touch id.....from non apple fanboy ....
posted on Apr 11, 2014, 9:02 AM 8
Sure, but Samsung simply did not have the time to develop such a thing. Apple worked on his scan quite some time. Samsung had to catch up fast and that is why the implementation is not as good as in the iPhone.
posted on Apr 11, 2014, 9:19 AM 2
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"The S5's size, and the the fact that its Finger Scanner works as, ahem, scanner, means you are at risk of dropping the handset while swiping over the home key with one hand, so it takes longer to muster." "The fingerprint scanner on the S5 stays true to its title, requiring you to swipe directly over the home key for it to work, which means that you usually have to hold the phone with the other hand" Yea.........no. I tested it on our S5 at my store & it works seamlessly. Our demo 5S doesn't allow TouchID use so I can't say how accurate it works but to debate your comment, unless you have Smurf hands, you made an untrue statement.
posted on Apr 11, 2014, 9:33 AM 0
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touch ID was a pure gimmick very easy to hack and certified copied technology from motorola
posted on Apr 11, 2014, 1:59 PM 2
They bought the company that made the fingerprint scanner for the Atrix. Nothing was "copied", at least not in any sort of unethical way. And it's only easy to hack if you're able to get a 4000+ DPI image of someone's fingerprint, and then know how to make a fake plastic fingerprint. Not exactly "easy" for the majority of people.
posted on Apr 11, 2014, 2:18 PM 3
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This is why I like the ease of one hand use with iPhone plus jailbreaking it makes it perfect. I'm not an iphone fan , I had an s3 and now have lg g2. I just like the ease of one hand use sometimes :) Still searching for a dual sim high-end android phone with top specs and not more than 5inches :)
posted on Apr 11, 2014, 6:41 PM 0
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I had iphone 5s and now i traded it to htc one max. iphone 5s touchID takes 1-2 secs on average to unlock, and once in a while takes 5-10 secs. HTC one max fingerprint scanner works almost instantly. It is faster than touchID, and its not any less accurate than iphone touchID. The only downside would be being in the back but with my gel case with cuts for camera and fingerprint scanner, I never swipe my camera lens. I cant comment on galaxy s5 since i havent used it.
posted on Apr 11, 2014, 8:43 PM 0
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