Smartphone fingerprint scanners – what else should they be used for?

Smartphone fingerprint scanners – what else should they be used for?
The Touch ID fingerprint scanner is one of the many cool features built into the iPhone 5s. It can be used instead of a lock screen PIN, as well as a substitute for the user's iTunes password. And from the looks of it, Apple's smartphone surely won't be the last handset to offer the perk – HTC just announced its One Max phablet, and as expected, the handset is equipped with a fingerprint scanner on its back. Again, it can be set to replace one's lock screen pattern, or to launch the user's favorite apps. Yet strangely, that's pretty much all that the fingerprint scanners on these smartphones are used for, even though we can see them being useful in other scenarios as well. Allow us to explain what we have in mind.

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iPhone 5s
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  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1570 mAh(10h 3G talk time)
One max
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  • Battery 3300 mAh(25h 3G talk time)



1. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Its still a gimmick. Lets wait for some innovative companies to upgrade it to its highest levels.

14. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Loved point 3, and LoL at point 5!

15. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

So what this article is saying is that the this "feature" provides nothing that the phone didn't already have before in some other form, which may or may not have been easier to use. True seems like gimick feature.

16. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

its not cool nor gimic it is something that we must ask to be removed from the phone othervise the phone snatchers will also cutoff our fingers along

2. makio9

Posts: 48; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

House Doors! Definitely homes

3. makio9

Posts: 48; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

I'll take the security risk, I'm as lazy as they come and I want to stick my hand out. Nothing more.

4. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

My porn sites.

5. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Finger print scanners on smartphones are old tech (Motorola Atrix). How bout making a phone with an iris (eye) scanner?

7. Raihanpatel111 unregistered

Nice thought man.... But I think finger-print scanner is enough for smart phone....

8. taikucing unregistered

but apple always claim they are the first

11. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Lol you guys are fighting amongst yourselves.

6. eddyphone

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

well I am not thrilled by that feature, simple

13. andynaija

Posts: 1264; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

What feature?

9. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

Fujitsu's Arrows Z ISW13F for Japan had this feature 1.5 years ago.


Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

the first slide is very similar to LG's Guest Mode. however, considering how fingerprint scanners are easily "hacked" (granted not many ppl would go through the trouble), personally i think LG's Guest Mode is better

12. jad.boutary

Posts: 107; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

I like the switch off setting hope they will do it.. maybe i will ask some developers at xda to do it

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