Front, back, or sides - where do you prefer your phone's finger scanner to be?

Samsung has apparently been toying around with different shapes and placements for the fingerprint scanner, recent patent applications suggest. While now it has it embedded in the physical home key underneath the display, its patents include both changing the shape, and relocating the scanner altogether to the back of the phone.

Now, whether these patents mean that Samsung is planning to place the fingerprint reader on the back of the Galaxy S8, as was tipped today, remains to be seen, but the demise of the home button/scanner paradigm has been heavily rumored - both for the S8, and for the iPhone 8

This might mean a pretty radical departure from what millions of Samsung and Apple fans have been accustomed to so far, that is why we wanted to ask you where do you prefer the fingerprint scanner to be on a phone - front, back, or on the sides. Each placement has its advantages and drawbacks, so tell us in the poll below, and chime in why that placement makes most sense for you.

Front, back or side - where do you prefer your phone's finger scanner to be?

On the sides
Don't care, I don't use it



1. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Ive had it all three ways but absolutely prefer back

6. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

That's what she said...

15. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Hahaha XD......

13. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I haven't tried sideways, but for me front seems more convenient. You have to stretch your finger a little to excess the sensor at the back...while it's normal position for the thumb on the front.

33. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Absolutely Wrong! To use the front home button as FPS is the most inconvenient place for today's larger phones. It's simply not possible to use the FPS on Note(even with smaller body than iPhone Plus) one-handed , without to drop the phone. The result of this poll is led by ignorant ppl. Side is good too(though harder to implement), but there is a problem with lefties.

34. GreatBigPhoney

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Yes, people are ignorant for having a different preference than you do. I don't have particularly large hands and have had zero problems with almost dropping the phone while using the fingerprint scanner on the Note 4, Note 5, Note 7, or S7 Edge. Maybe you need to practice holding your phone before calling people ignorant or making ridiculous claims.

41. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

'Yes, people are ignorant for having a different preference than you do' I'm not talking about preferences here. But about convenience. BTW small or big hands doesn't matter here. Bending the thumb so much down(in larger phones) is losing the grip.

36. Evil_Shadow

Posts: 19; Member since: Sep 03, 2014

Yes. Absolutely! People with small hands over phablets face difficulty in using the front sensor. Though it is a good idea for phones like small phones like of 5" on under, to use front sensor. But specifically, for phablets it should be at the back.

37. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I have OnePlus 3 and Redmi Note 3. I have a small hands and I don't have problems using the scanner in the front, in fact it's more convenient than the sensor at the back of the note 3. I hold phones in such a way that my pinky gives support at the bottom and that way, my index needs stretching for the sensor at the back.

42. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Small or big hands doesn't matter here. Bending the thumb so much down(in larger phones) to reach the home button, is losing the grip.

43. rnagic

Posts: 215; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

I agree with you about the front home button. It is awkward, uncomfortable, and extremely annoying with one-handed users. I think people prefer this because it is convenient if your device is on a desk or table.

35. vincelongman

Posts: 5748; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Why would have to stretch your fingers if sensor at the back? Less you registered your pinky or thumb, the center back should be the closest and easiest to reach Front bottom is less stable and further away Back center is more convenient when in use (especially for gestures) or pocket, but less convenient when its on the table Side is typically less accurate as the sensor is smaller (at least with current sensors, in the future that could change)

30. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

That's what he said.......wait whaaaaaat!

2. PapaJi

Posts: 60; Member since: May 15, 2016

Dual... Both side.

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

that pic really looks like motorola atrix (the first smartphone with FPscanner)

4. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

When I travel, my phone sits in a car cradle much of the time (the back was a terrible place for the reader). Although I loved my LG phone (miss knock on), it was annoying having the finger print scanner and volume controls in the back. Would like to see them more accessible. Ideally under the screen, but if not there, then on the sides.

17. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Not sure if you connect it to a Bluetooth radio in your car, but you could just use trusted devices and skip the FP sensor all together in the car.

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

if back fpscanner mean more screen area, then yes... (until they found a way to put fpscanner on screen area, lol...) bezels is useless anyway..

7. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Depends on the size of the device. Up until something about the size of an S7 edge, the front. Anything bigger, the back is more comfortable.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Though I've never had one on the side, whenever I hit the power bottom, I do wonder how amazing it would be planted right there like the Xperia or Robin phones... ...only issue is that it usually necessitates a thicker side bezel, and I'm too use to these super slims on the OnePlus 3T!

9. Feanor

Posts: 1417; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

This is this type of poll where iPhone and Galaxy users will vote the front, Sony users will vote the side (and thus the side will take the least votes) and Nexus users will vote the back. :-)) I personally own a Sony Z5 P and a Nexus 5X and I prefer the side scanner because the Nexus needs to be lifted every time and I occasionally touch the camera instead of the scanner.

10. lyndon420

Posts: 6876; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I prefer it when my electronic devices don't have access to my biometric identity.

11. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Prefer front, but sure I could get use to back.

12. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

I wouldn't mind it on the sides like Xperia. But I still prefer it in front.

14. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Honestly don't give a single f*** about it. Absolutely useless. I personally never enable the lock screen on my phone and don't have any password on the lock screen. But if I need to lock something it would just be some specific apps that I can lock through by an app. Fingerprint scanners are useless

16. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Someone likes to live fast and loose.....but that's none of my business... *Insert Kermit Gif here*

19. willard12 unregistered

In addition to living loose...someone apparently doesn't use mobile payments. Considering those specific apps can include most banks, paypal, app stores etc.."useless" would seem to be a stretch. Typing in those passwords is a method.

18. HR_19

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 09, 2014

Back has the advantage of being able to position while pulling out of your pocket, but when the phone's on a table, or in a car mount, back is very inconvenient. I much prefer front. Never tried side, but front sounds better.

20. tfpritchjrEMT

Posts: 31; Member since: Nov 24, 2015

Iris Scanner or nothing!

22. libra89

Posts: 2313; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Not a fan of the side at all. I wouldn't not buy a phone because it is on the side, just not a fan. Usually my phone is in my pocket or hand or the purse so having it on the back like it is with the Honor 8, nexus 5x and so, is ideal since my finger will rest there anyway.

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