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Following the debut of the iPhone 5s and its Touch ID fingerprint scanner in October last year, Samsung introduced the Galaxy S5 with its own fingerprint recognition tech. The handset was unveiled last month, and is slated to launch for major carriers on April 11.

The two scanners are quite different, with Touch ID requiring a press-and-hold action and Samsung’s solution more of a swiping motion, but they essentially serve the same purpose. So we thought this new video comparing the two of them was worth a look…

The video comes from Tanner March (via MacRumors) and it features a full head-to-head comparison of the fingerprint tech used in the iPhone 5s and Samsung’s upcoming S5. The 5-minute clip covers everything from setup, to usability and respective features .

March’s experience appears to line up with previous reports, which noted that the S5’s fingerprint scanner was hit-or-miss. He notes in the video that the required swiping-down action is awkward, and it’s nearly impossible to get a good reading with one hand.

As for the iPhone 5s, the reviewer found that the handset’s fingerprints sensor ‘almost always recognizes your finger,’ no matter which orientation it’s in. And he says the one-touch activation method makes using the feature in every day situations ‘extremely simple.’

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It’s worth pointing out here that the S5’s scanner can do more than Touch ID out of the box—in addition to unlocking the phone, it can also authorize PayPal payments and be accessed by 3rd party developers. Jailbreak tweaks, however, do help even the score.

On the surface, it would seem that the iPhone 5s tops the Galaxy S5 in this regard, but it’s tough to judge a device that hasn’t been released yet against one that has been out for 6 months. It’ll be interesting to see what users say when the S5 launches next week.

  • Zoheb Khan


    • Anmol Malhotra

      Becoz its opposite of S5 😛

    • He was just “holding it wrong”

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        How do you wrongly hold a phone? Phones are literally used in many different situations with many different applications and yes in multiple orientations so it’s an accurate test to check that the phones sensors can or (in the case of the Galaxy S5) can’t recognise fingerprints when the device is held in multiple different ways…

      • MagicDrumSticks

        I don’t think you got the joke.

      • Deon Andrews

        LOL….obviously…Look at Aidan Harris’ profile pic…Apple

      • So you would agree with the vast majority that a person who says “you are holding the phone wrong” is a true moron? Arrogant? Jerk?

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Yes I would and I didn’t intent for my comment to appear in such an arrogant way so if it did I sincerely apologise for it and anyone that was offended by it.

      • Steve Jobs said it. It was such a stupid arrogant thing to say. So no worries you aren’t offending anyone

      • Matthew Cleveland

        I think he was poking fun at the iPhone 4 and the whole antenna issue.

      • gary

        He’s making a joke, referencing the “antennagate” debacle of the iPhone 4 when Apple was telling its customers that the antenna issue stemmed from users holding their phone the wrong way.

    • Alan

      Yes ! , no surprise at all apple was working on it for more than a year, they bought a company for it, Samsung just copied apple

      • Ashish Maheshwari

        not just a fingerprint maker company.. Authentic makes the worlds best biometric scanners 🙂

  • Jeffrey

    And once again Samsung fails to copy Apple correctly

    • Anmol Malhotra

      2nd best comment ever seen! 😀
      Remember me? 😛

      • Jeffrey

        hahah thanks! and no not really sorry:( i comment on so many iDB’ers so i cant remember all:(

      • Anmol Malhotra


      • Jeffrey

        OH lol you said my comment on the moto 360 article was the best comment ever!:P

      • Anmol Malhotra

        HAHAHA! Yeah!! Good to see your memory back 😛
        So this one was the 2nd best comment ever seen 😀

      • Jeffrey

        hahah nice! thanks:P i’ll make a number 3 soon hahah

      • Anmol Malhotra

        Hahahah! How about making a century? 😛 😀

      • Jeffrey

        i’ll do my best:P

      • Anmol Malhotra

        Best of luck 😛

      • Jeffrey

        thanks hahah

      • Anmol Malhotra

        I really wonder did those 10 people who upvoted me remember my 1st comment?? 😛 😀 😀
        Amazing! 😛

      • Jeffrey

        maybe hahah dunno why they upvoted:P

  • lemonhead

    What tweak is that, which he uses to unlock his iPhone while the screen is black?

    • Cerax

      I think it’s Virtual Home, but I’m not sure.
      Edit: Yep, it’s Virtual Home 🙂

      • lemonhead

        damn, I don’t want that tweak only the unlock feature…

        I could pull an Activator gesture disabling the tweak on unlock an reenabling on lock.
        but I can live without it, thx anyways 🙂

      • Stefano

        I don’t know if I would entirely like that though. It seems it’s always keeping the sensors ‘awake’ essentially draining your battery. Awesome tweak though!

      • jzack

        yeah.. took additional 20% per day using the keep awake option..

    • Alberto Espinal

      After the screen goes black the phone is automatically locked so after that is the Touch ID only no tweak, if i understood the question right?

    • h4nd0fg0d

      Virtual Home

    • dan

      virtual home

  • Chun-Li aka ThunderThighs

    Is it to early to say iPhone 6 won this year?

    • Yujin

      iPhone 5s won lol

      • Deon Andrews

        LOL….shame….cant believe these iPhone suckers still believe that crap can be better than Samsung…

  • Scape

    Samsung need to change the shape of their button which is one of the reasons it’s so awkward. You can tell they didn’t put much thought into it. They just panicked to mimic apple after they unveiled touch id. It’s hard to unlock it with one hand because of how they’ve set it up. Over time it would just become tedious

  • Cameron Nelms

    Here’s the major difference between Apple and Samsung features…

    Apple tends to perfect the feature before it’s released, and keep doing so afterwards. That makes it very time consuming

    Samsung tries to get the feature as fast as it can to the consumer, but doesn’t (well not really) ever try and debug them.

    While Samsung focuses on speed, Apple takes it time on quality.

    I hope this comment doesn’t sound biased in anyway,

    • Giel Konink

      and i hope the did this with the iWatch !

    • duck hairs

      Wow im surprised any one person has such a big insite into two massive companies that are also direct competitors. You must be a double agent or something.

      • Cameron Nelms

        Haha yes

    • Donovan


  • Faruk.

    which tweak does he use locking the phone?

    • ConduciveMammal

      Probably just a simple Activator gesture

  • Dave

    Samsung failing miserably in quality ,Iphone fingerprinting much more classier just like IOS is over cluttered up Android

  • Qasim

    Its just sad how samsung has to come up with a excuse of a fingerprint sensor after iPhone’s touch id

    • dorkus_maximus

      They were working on a nose sensor, requiring you to rub your nose on the phone; but after they saw the fingerprint sensor they changed their plans.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        I wonder why they did that. A tongue print sensor would be much better. You could use it to authenticate with dribble…

  • Dani Hayes

    The 5s is much better. It seems Samsung rushed this feature out way to early. Also, did anyone else notice the camera slide up on the S5?? Smh.

  • Alnando Espaillat

    What cydia tweak is he using to wake up his iPhone with touch id

    • Alberto Espinal

      Has to be Activator

    • h4nd0fg0d

      The tweak is ‘Virtual Home.’

  • Yujin

    Galaxy s5 another “me too” product that falls flat and annoys people. Lol

  • lrd555

    Samsung can’t even copy right! How sad is that!

  • Zakir

    jeff! can u tell me what can be the worst case scenario if someone is getting my CYDIA #

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    When the reviewer states the fingerprint is stored locally when talking about the PayPal payments that the Galaxy S5 fingerprint sensor can authenticate does this mean the fingerprints aren’t stored on a separate chip like on the 5s?

  • Nestor Hernandez Hdz

    Una porqueria el Galaxi

  • Chindavon

    5+ attempts to unlock your phone=Samsung Consumer Beta ((cough) Skinnovation).

  • Jurassic

    Seeing the video, I don’t think that Samsung’s fingerprint reader is anywhere as easy to use or as accurate as Touch ID.

  • kadeem kadz Dulice

    wait what there’s an S5 .. wdf ??

  • Razick Rilshad


  • slapppy

    In this case the good old word FAIL is perfect for Samsung!

  • Fahad Faysal

    Samgsung make Touch ID fingerprint scanner like stupid tweaks…

  • coLin

    can’t believe that the keyboard on the S5 looks a lot like the previous one on the iPhone! Even after so much time of being accused for copying the iPhone!