Which is better? The Samsung Note 4 or Galaxy S6 Fingerprint unlock

As you are probably all aware, my long standing device is the Samsung Note 4. I also have under review the new Samsung Galaxy S6. Both have finger print home buttons that unlock the phones.

So which is better?

Well, you may think the answer is obviously the S6, and it is but in my real life testing, but it is not a total wipeout victory. The Note 4 requires a swipe down over the home button. The S6 is a touch and hold method.

First lets talk about my real life experiences using the Note 4. It is a large device, so is mostly used with 2 hands. This makes a swipe down over the home key more logical and works 9 times out of 10. My Note 4 security is using the finger print option. I find it dependable and reliable and consistent.

On the other hand the Samsung Galaxy S6 should be easier with a touch and hold. But I am finding issue with it. I have deleted and relearnt my finger prints twice now. But unlocking with my right hand in particular is not consistent, with 7 out of 10 times successful. Sometimes lower. When it works, it is excellent and a true one handed operation. And that is the advantage of the Note 4, one handed unlocking and usage of a phone.

However, I am going to relearn my finger prints again on the S6, and hopefully this will help me with the one handed unlocking procedure.

So have you faired any better with the S6?

Update – based on all the comments clearly holding it wrong! I will add I also get messages saying if finger print scanner continues to fail to reboot phone.

3 thoughts on “Which is better? The Samsung Note 4 or Galaxy S6 Fingerprint unlock

  1. My experience is the opposite. I find the S6 to be fast and accurate about 90% of the time. One the note 4 my finger need to aligned carefully to work properly. The S6 operation also feels more natural.


  2. Yea – I’ve found the S6 much more reliable – holding my thumb horizontally rather than naturally (which feels more natural anyway) is pretty much flawless.


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