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Poll: which unlocking method do you prefer?

The latest technologies are allowing us to unlock our smartphones in a multitude of ways and using a PIN or swipe pattern are seeming old fashioned now that other methods have been perfected. Face recognition is popular right now, and also the in-display fingerprint scanner is getting a lot of attention. Which is your favorite way to unlock your phone?

Face recognition technology is by no means new, but we're only just seeing it being effective. Take the iPhone X or the OnePlus 5T for example. Both have added security with quick and effective face unlocking. Such technology has been combined with the iris scanner in the Samsung Galaxy S9. Using this alone though, has its problems 

Next, lets talk about the fingerprint scanner which is present on most, if not all, modern devices now. What's interesting of late is the possibility for this to be inserted beneath the display. Phones that are not readily available in the US, such as Vivo devices or the Huawei Porsche Design Mate RS already have this feature. Hopefully with the release of new handsets such as the OnePlus 6 or the Honor 10, we'll have this new technology in our hands soon.

Also in the works could be Samsung's blood measure, but as of yet this is only a patent, which will allow you to be recognized by the characteristics of your blood flow: it sounds unusual, we know!

Which is your preferred method of unlocking? Do you use a simple PIN or swipe code, or are you a fan of newer technologies? Vote and let us know.

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  • My phone doesn't have a fingerprint scanner, so I use a PIN as my security option, along with Google Smart Lock (Trusted Face) feature turned on, the feature actually works well with my phone (I have an Xperia Z3), and unlocks my phone with my face most of the time.

    Fingerprint scanner is more natural to me, although with face unlock that works well in any conditions will be my first choice, since it is faster and easier. So, I vote for fingerprint scanner (whether it is an under-screen scanner that works well, in the power button, at the front, or at the back side).


  • I seldom see a lock screen. I keep my phone unlocked via trusted devices and places. My watch, car and home keep my phone unlocked.


  • I'm using the great Samsung Galaxy S7 with a great fingerprint sensor in the great home button - it works properly every time and with Smart lock it's the most convenient option - granted I have yet to sample iris scanner or face recognition though would be more likely to be happy with a in display fingerprint scanner on the S9.

    Side point - I remember a number of years ago the proposal for ID cards for everyone (in the UK) - everyone went crazy - "I'm not giving the government my biometric data - they will use it to monitor and invade our privacy" - 10 years later and were more than happy to give all our biometric and personal data away for the convenience of mobile Internet - the system has truly won

    Peace 🖖


  • I use the fingerprint scanner exclusively, but use a pin for restarts. My phone also has facial recognition but I have never used it cause I don't trust it.


  • I love the fingerprint unlock. Don't have to look at it, no pattern...just press my finger on the back, phone pops on and unlocks.


  • I use a PIN, because the fingerprint scanner can't read my prints. If you are more "mature" your fingerprints become harder to read by the scanners, even if you put on hand lotion before using it. Iris scanners don't work if you wear glasses or contacts ... which is a huge percentage of humanity! What sounds most promising is the blood flow pattern!


    • While I use and enjoy the fingerprint scanner, I work in Vocational Rehabilitation with people who have a variety of disabilities and the PIN is by far the most universally accessible method for the reasons you point out.

      Other issues that cause the iris scanner to stop functioning include many forms of blindness (keratoconus, prosthetic eyes, detached corneas, etc). Fingerprint readers are a problem for anyone without hands or fingers. Facial recognition has been shown to have serious issues for dark skinned minorities but also burn victims and many others. It also has trouble with glasses or other items that cover part of the face.

      In the end, the PIN is simple, secure, reliable, and universally accessible.


  • Mark
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    4 days ago Link to comment

    I have my phone setup for patter if it has been restarted or the sims changed. I use finger print scanner after that. I do not trust the use of iris scanner and especially facial recognition. Upload you face so they track you anywhere in public no thanks.


  • storm 5 days ago Link to comment

    Pin/ pattern. what's in your head can't be compelled by law or crime. Biometric data has no legal protection in the US and many other countries. Pin is simply is the most secure of current methods.


  • I use the pin pattern or fingerprint scanner on my s9plus! Either work very well!

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