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

Would you buy a flagship smartphone if it didn't have a fingerprint scanner?
From an exotic commodity on a couple of top-tier smartphones, to a regular feature seen even on midrangers, the fingerprint scanner has become our go-to gadget for phone locking. Some place it on the front, some have it on the back, and a few install the scanner on the side. But there are still a few smartphones out there, in the upper midrange or flagship range, that don't have a fingerprint sensor on them (looking at you, Sony and your US Xperia models).

We were wondering, though — how important is a fingerprint scanner for 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.

So, imagine your next favorite flagship has everything you want, but no fingerprint scanner. Would you still want it?

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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62 Comments

1. Ticklemyfancy

Posts: 214; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

Now that I'm used to it , I won't not even pardon it's absence on a mid range phone . Mind you , I've used only one phone with a fingerprint scanner, and that's the Redmi Note 3.

13. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

The scanner is not only great for security, but unlocking convenience. I don't think I would ever purchase a phone without one (sorry blackberry priv).

24. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Tree. It's so much more convenient than typing in numbers or sliding certain patterns. I'm so used to it now...so no, not anymore.

33. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You know, I actually sat here for a minute trying to figure out what "tree" meant before I realized what you were probably saying. I thought it might be some young person slang I don't know.

45. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Sorry for making you waste time through the typo that I made... Haha.

39. sgodsell

Posts: 7038; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I was using smart watches to unlock my Android phones. This has been like this for years now. Motorola has been doing it longer, but every since Android lollipop (5), smartlock has been in every new Android device since then.

40. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

I find the iris scanner is really convenient too. Fingerprint is a bit faster but at the extra security and ability to use gloves in winter it makes up for 1 second speed difference. It's still faster than entering pin. At least for me. It has improved quite a bit and never fails me anymore. My friend gets failures on her iphone 6s often with fingerprint.

21. rocketman1

Posts: 99; Member since: May 07, 2016

Isnt the redmi note 3 a midrange phone? Only has a snapdragon 650. No 4k either no qhd. Just asking.

23. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Yes, it is a mid range phone. 1080p resolution...

49. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I would not stop myself from getting a phone if its dont have it and hit the mark in every other departement i am looking for. Its a nice additions but not a deal breaker.

2. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

My problem with fingerprint scanner is the compatibility with third-party screen off apps.

11. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

That's my problem with fingerprint scanners too. Heck, I can still take a flagship without a fingerprint scanner, if the said flagship offers more stuffs to offset the loss of the FP scanner. Example: It'll take a Galaxy S7 Edge without the FP scanner over an iPhone 7 anyday!

43. drifter77

Posts: 400; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

Download Finger Security from PlayStore. It integrates any third party app with your existing fingerprint on your device. I use it as a standard for Gmail, Instagram, Notes, Tumblr ...etc. Works quite well and light on resources. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rickclephas.fingersecurity&hl=en

3. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

The convenience brought by fingerprint scanners is very great, but if the phone offers a lot of other uses to make up for the lack of it, I'd happily go for the more useful device...

14. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea, it is just a matter of convenience and that is about it. Security is non-existent since you still need a pin or something to have the fingerprint scanner. Plus, with Iris scanners coming in, trusted devices, trusted locations, etc., even fingerprint scanners aren't essential anymore.

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Would you happen to know of any other brands that use the Trusted Device option to unlock a device when they are connected or are in range? Samsung is the only one I've seen with that...or had an opportunity to even use. Who else has it? Does iOS offer that with let's say an Apple Watch and the iPhone together? is it available on Android Wear? Only curious because i haven't bought any phones or wearables from any other brand.

28. mahima

Posts: 726; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

i used trusted device (mi band 2) on moto x play

29. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I believe all Lollipop and higher Android versions have trusted devices. It becomes enabled as an option once you set up a lock mechanism like a pin or pattern. You can pair it to a bunch of things like locations such as home and work or with devices like laptops, smartwatches, etc.

34. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Yeah, Trusted Devices is subpart of the "Smart Lock" feature of Google Play Services, I use it on my OnePlus One...

50. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

All android device with Lollipop do it. My LG G5 do it with my Bluetooth headset at work and with my Bluetooth stereo at home.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

even sub $200 phones use FPscanner nowadays

5. jellmoo

Posts: 2544; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Nope. At this point it has proven way to useful for me to do without.

6. libra89

Posts: 2265; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

For me, it depends on the price of the phone. I think I'm an oddball, I don't normally use them. I only use the one on my Honor 8 because it works like a button.

7. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

So a Note 7 minus the explosive with the latest processor,specs optimized, 4k,xioami mix screen to body ratio, Android 7.01 (with assistant), pixel/samsung camera, stereo speskers,daydream/gear compatible, but without fingerprint scanner?OK I'll take it ...you will still have the new 2016 iris scanner...

8. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

*facepalm* 2017

9. surethom

Posts: 1635; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

On a flagship Fingerprints is just as essential as Bluetooth is is also much more useful for Contactless payments so no one can peer over shoulder to see your pin.

10. ebilcake

Posts: 1221; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Sure, if the rest of the specs were good. Realistically I can't imagine it happening.

12. civicsr2cool

Posts: 262; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

I never have hands clean enough to use them, i also hate when they open the phone rather than allowing me to peek at the lock screen as well. I have no use for them.

52. perfectnine

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

It depends on which brand you are using. If you are using HTC's scanners for example, just a light touch still brings you to the lock screen instead of unlocking your phone.

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I would be glad to have a top phone without it, as long as it offers alternatives. Iris Scanner would be a nice alternative. The one on the Note 7 and soon to be on the S8, and my Surface pro 4; all work very well and are very accurate and good replacements for an actually physical reader. On the iPhone its a must have because, the numbers and letters don't appear at the same time and for me, I use numbers and symbols in my password and the iOS keyboard sucks to use for that. But for Android, sure I can live without. But I don't see that happening anytime soon. They are simply going to put it elsewhere.

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