Results: would you buy a flagship smartphone if it didn't have a fingerprint scanner?

Results: would you buy a flagship smartphone if it didn't have a fingerprint scanner?
The fingerprint scanner has easily become a regular feature seen even on midrangers. But, for some unexplained reason, there are still a few smartphones out there, in the upper midrange or flagship range, that don't have a fingerprint sensor on them.

We were wondering — how important is a fingerprint scanner to you? We do live in a day and age where we keep way too much sensitive information on our phones — from clothesless pics to bank details — and most of us prefer to have this device locked. Of course, a fingerprint scanner is quickest and easiest to unlock, while still quite secure, but it's not like there aren't other options, like passwords, PIN codes, and pattern locks.

Here's how the poll votes tallied up. Yup, seems like that fingerprint scanner is a must...

Would you buy a flagship smartphone if it didn't have a fingerprint scanner?

Nope. Fingerprint scanner is a standard!
67.73%
I guess I could make due with PIN codes and patterns for the right phone
15.03%
I don't even care about fingerprint scanners - I don't use them
17.24%

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10 Comments

1. scarface21173

Posts: 700; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Yeah i dont use it on my sammy s6 and dont need it.

6. xperian

Posts: 420; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

I use it on my iPhone all the time. It's ust much faster than a password or a pattern

2. Sakeem

Posts: 862; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Two days ago, I would have chosen the I don't care option. After using the Pixel XL for a few hours, I think it will have to be standard for me going forward.

3. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

So 2/3 of the many many visitors to this site would consider no fingerprint scanner as a dealbreaker. I like the fingerprint scanner myself and would agree. Would also be nice if PA would do a poll on the importance of user-replaceable batteries. According to most other commenters here, I get attacked for recommending and promoting such...while commenters on general news sites (especially with articles on various Galaxy models) often consider no user-replaceable battery as a dealbreaker. Quite ironic.

4. Life_Engineer

Posts: 37; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

I agree! While most consider removable batteries as very important, they still go buy sealed phones! For me, I don't care about that as long as the phone has good battery life; and my S7edge is suiting me well!

7. xperian

Posts: 420; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

All batteries are replaceable, some are just easier to replace

5. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Don't use it so don't need it.

8. monoke

Posts: 1172; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

No lock screen, no codes, no scanner here. Just double tap straight to home screen. Not really concerned about phone stealing. Everybody has their own phone now. It's not like maybe 7 years ago, where u were the only one with a flagship quality phone.

9. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

No one thing would stop me from buying an otherwise good device. A fingerprint scanner is not even on my "like to have" list. It is on my "bonus points if it has it" list.

10. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Fingerprint scanner is a standart for a flagship smartphone. So yeah, i will not buy a flagship phone without one.

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