Apr 18th, 2016

Pretty much every major flagship phone has a fingerprint sensor these days, but that doesn’t mean they are all the same. Use a couple of different devices and you’ll quickly discover there’s a wide range of results. We’ve been asked a lot about the differences in the sensors on the Samsung Galaxy S7, LG G5, and the HTC 10. Check out the video to see all three compared.

It’s hard to pick a flat-out winner in this comparison. The Galaxy S7 is super quick to turn on the display, but it gets caught on the lock screen for a second. The G5 bypasses the lock screen entirely and skips to the home screen. The HTC 10 falls somewhere in the middle. Lighting up the display quickly is nice, but the goal here is to unlock the phone. For that reason, the LG G5 is the winner.

Reliability is the second key component. Speed means nothing if you’re constantly getting incorrect readings. This is where the G5 and HTC 10 are a step above the Galaxy S7. In my time with all three devices, the Galaxy S7 had the most misreads. At one point it was so frustrating that I disabled the fingerprints altogether. I’ve had no such problems with the G5 and HTC 10.

The last thing to consider is placement. Samsung and HTC use the home button on the front for the sensor while LG puts it on the back. This choice is purely personal. Some people like the front, others like the back. The back is nice if you’re constantly pulling the phone out of your pocket since your hand naturally falls on the sensor. Either way, you can’t go wrong.


All things considered, we chose the LG G5 as the winner. It’s the fastest to the home screen, very reliable, and the rear placement is convenient. That being said, all three devices have capable sensors. You should be happy with any of them. What has your experience been like with these fingerprint sensors? Do you have a favorite from the three devices? Let us know which one you think is the best!

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