Samsung users, what do you use more often: iris scanner or fingerprint scanner?

Samsung users, what do you use more often: iris scanner or fingerprint scanner?
So, Samsung was among the first manufacturers to break the mould in terms of biometric locks on our smartphones — the Note 7 came not only with a fingerprint scanner, which had been the norm for years now, but also had an iris scanner. The latter made it to the Galaxy S8, S8+ and now the Note 8 and it seems it's going to remain a staple in Sammy's security arsenal.

Well, some months have passed and we wonder — are people used to the iris scanner by now, or do they still prefer to just use a fingerprint unlock? Then again, the Samsung fingerprint scanner is in a very awkward place nowadays, so maybe some felt the need to get used to the iris scan? Well, let's ask!

What do you use more often: Iris scanner or Fingerprint scanner?

Fingerprint scanner - oldschool is best!
55.64%
An even mix of both
26.88%
Iris scanner - it turned out great!
17.47%

(in before "Why don't you ask iPhone X users that?")

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76 Comments

1. macawmatt

Posts: 134; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

Glasses, and no I'm not going to take them off to unlock my phone.

5. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

My Iris scanner works seamlessly through both my dark-shades and 50/50 safety glasses...so long as they're not all scratched up.

17. chbanks512

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 07, 2017

Mine too

34. firebird820

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 01, 2017

Mine three

37. southernzombie

Posts: 355; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

i haven't fooled with my iris scanner all that much but it didn't work all that well with my glasses. so i just stuck with the fps.

72. sissy246

Posts: 7078; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Works with my glasses also.

15. Macready

Posts: 1817; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Odd, both my regular and polarized glasses work great with the iris scanner (including total darkness) on the S8, even faster with the latest updates. To the point where I sometimes wonder if smartlock was on when I'm outside the house, because the phone was unlocked before I was ready to use it. I do prefer using the power button to unlock over the virtual homebutton as the former just shows an icon at the top of the screen to focus on instead of a camera image of my eyes and appears to work faster. But to answer the question, I use both, whichever works easier in a certain situation.

30. audibot

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

i find my self-using the finger if i am pulling it out of the pocket fps turns phone on and unlocks before i get it to my face if its dark or missed the scanner i use iris

31. Techlover2018

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 14, 2017

iPhone X users what do you use often ,face unlock or...............oops my bad.

53. thxultra

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

That is because Face ID actually works. The face scan on the Samsung is a joke and the iris scanner is useless oh and love that fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone. Samsung makes a nice phone but Apple has them beat in this department.

64. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

Face ID is 100 times better than Iris scanning

70. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

75. thxultra

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

haha this guy is a moron. Doesn't even know how to swipe. Also have him try this wearing prescription glasses iris scan doesn't work at all. No contest here Apple has a better system.

76. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Sure sheeple, it's not your herd master's product that's flawed, it's the user's fault, whatever you bah...

71. worldpeace

Posts: 3129; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

100 times slower too

35. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Never had a single problem using the iris scanner with safety glasses. Haven't tried sunglasses.

57. thxultra

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Doesn't work with prescription glasses and I have large frames so was something with the lenses.

58. cmdacos

Posts: 4110; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

You mean YOUR prescription glasses. It works without issue for many others on script glasses

61. Panzer

Posts: 282; Member since: May 13, 2016

Works fine with my prescription glasses. Now if you have glasses like Bubbles I can see it not working.

2. g2a5b0e unregistered

I wouldn't say it turned out great, but I definitely use the iris scanner.

13. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

My humble S6 doesn't possess an iris scanner so I checked the fingerprint option! That's... Err... Cheating, Right?

40. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Whelp, they did ask all Samsung users, so, I guess that's to be expected?

3. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

An even mix of both most times. But Iris scanner is the only option when I have gloves on...

4. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

None!!!!

6. mclaren113

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 12, 2017

Whatever the method you use, Samsung gives us no less than 6 methods to secure our smartphones which is great!

7. mikehunta727 unregistered

Even mix of both. Iris scanner works well at times in terms of accuracy but If Samsung improves the angled range of the Iris scanner in S9 than itll be truly epic

8. RoyalMike unregistered

Iris scanner combined with always on 3d touch home button is like having an inbuilt fingerprint scanner

9. twens

Posts: 1172; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Old pattern lock.

10. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

it's very hard to use the iris scanner so fp

36. maherk

Posts: 6773; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Dude, no one believes you have a Note 8. You've been caught lying about it bunch of times, and every time you challenge us and say you will provide a proof, you go hiding for few days.

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