Biometric security appears to be one of the new trends in the mobile industry. Granted it isn’t exactly new per se, but with Apple’s introduction of Touch ID in the iPhone 5s, safe to say that it managed to generate a fair amount of interest from the competition, like Samsung and the Galaxy S5 handset.
During our hands-on review of the Samsung Galaxy S5, we didn’t really get a lot of time to test the fingerprint scanner too thoroughly, but the demonstrations were pretty convincing. However for those who are wondering how the sensor fares compared to the iPhone 5s’ Touch ID, YouTuber Tanner Marsh has recently released a video comparing both phones’ fingerprint scanners.
The video also walks us through how to set up both the fingerprint scanners since both are from different companies. Now according to Marsh, Samsung’s fingerprint scanner is something of a hit and miss situation. “It seems like it’s sort of hit or miss unless you swipe directly over the center of the button, covering most of it with your finger. Moreover because you have to swipe starting from the bottom of the touchscreen it makes the process nearly impossible with one hand.”
Now this isn’t to say that Touch ID is the perfect fingerprint scanner. In fact according to previous reports, there have been complaints about how the fingerprint data is corrupts itself over time due to multiple scannings, and that users will basically have to rescan their fingerprints and reset the function in order to get it working again. However recent reports have suggested that Apple is working on a software fix.
In any case we will have to test the Galaxy S5 extensively for ourselves before we can arrive at our own conclusion, but in the meantime if you’re curious and wondering how it stacks up against the competition, check out the video above for the details.