Here’s How Apple’s Touch ID Compares to Samsung’s Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Scanner

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Samsung’s (SSNLF.PK) recently unveiled Galaxy S5 will officially be available on April 11. However, customers can play with the device at select retail stores. As noted by CNET, other retailers have jumped the gun and are already selling the device. Thanks to official early peeks from tech-focused news sites and unofficial leaks, several videos comparing Samsung’s latest flagship device to Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 5S have emerged online. The latest video was created by well-known Apple researcher Tanner Marsh at iCrackUriDevice, and it compares Samsung’s Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner with Apple’s iPhone 5S Touch ID.

According to Marsh’s review, both devices feature simple fingerprint enrollment processes. However, Samsung’s fingerprint scanner operates differently from Apple’s in several ways. Unlike Apple’s iPhone 5S Touch ID sensor, which requires that the user press his or her entire fingertip down, Samsung’s device features a narrower sensor that works by having the users swipe their fingertip across it. And while Apple’s Touch ID scanner is based entirely on the home button, Samsung’s scanner requires users to begin their finger swipe on the lower portion of the touchscreen before moving it over the home button.

As seen in the video above, Samsung’s approach to fingerprint scanning appeared to present several problematic issues. Samsung’s fingerprint scanner seemed to have trouble reading a fingerprint unless the user swiped their finger straight down over the scanner. On the other hand, Apple’s Touch ID was capable of reading a fingerprint from any orientation. Since Apple’s method doesn’t require any swiping motion or particular orientation, it also appeared to be better suited for one-handed operation.

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