Unlock our smartphones was once a fight between PINs, passwords, and patterns, but the current champion in fingerprint scanning technology has become rock solid. It’s just a matter of where that matters.
There’s rarely a phone that doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner these days. Sony’s very strange problems stopped them releasing phones into the U.S. with a fingerprint sensor for years, a particularly poor experience given it was still an issue last year. Even then, Sony was one of the outliers offering a fingerprint sensor on the side, which did work, but have moved it to the back like many other smartphone brands. The best Android smartphones have a mix of options, but it’s not all just front, side, or back.
There are two emerging trends: face unlocking, which has varying degrees of security depending on the sensing technology being used, and fingerprint scanners hiding underneath the display. The latter is now an emerging technology but it’s still in its first-generation in actual use in smartphones such as the Vivo Nex, requiring a little patience at times as unlocks can be slow or not always work. There’s also an argument that this is just another feature that makes a phone harder to fix and more expensive to buy.
So when we asked about the best place for a fingerprint sensor two years ago, having the fingerprint on the back won out over on the front by a few clear percentage point. Two years later, with face unlock and under-display fingerprint sensors now part of the landscape, what would you guys vote for?
Here’s what we’re taking away from these results:
The comments were pretty black and white. You guys have strong opinions on where you like the sensor to be and a lot of ‘you’re wrong, I’m right’ type comments. Preferences are preferences, people, not a reason to start an argument! There were lots of strong comments on how useful the side fingerprint scanner is, even if it didn’t poll that well too.
Here’s what you were saying as the voting went down:
It’s clearly important to you! Who knows how the options and opinions might evolve in the next two years, but