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Video: Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5s square off in fingerprint scanner battle

Published Apr 4th, 2014 2:09PM EDT
Galaxy S5 vs IPhone 5s Fingerprint Sensor Comparison

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The soon-to-be-available Galaxy S5 comes with fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button, which will help users unlock the device but also perform other actions including securing PayPal transactions. Of course, the phone’s new feature will be extensively compared to its arch nemesis’ Touch ID functionality soon. But a first video that highlights Samsung’s and Apple’s way of implementing fingerprint-based security features for the Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5s, respectively, is already available on YouTube.

iCrackUriDevice has taken an extensive look at how the fingerprint recognition feature works on both devices, from setup to real world use, finding that the Touch ID is a bit more convenient when it comes to unlocking the phone than Samsung’s fingerprint scanner.

The Galaxy S5’s size may make it harder for some users to unlock the device when holding it with just one hand, as they’d have to swipe their finger over the sensor in order to unlock the device. Comparatively, the iPhone 5s’s sensor will react much faster in regular daily use, according to the tester.

The video showing the Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5s fingerprint battle, from the initial configuration to actual testing, follows below. An early drop test video comparing the build quality of the Galaxy S5, iPhone 5s and HTC One (M8) is also available here.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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