05-14-2021 05:57 AM
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  1. DigbyTheDog's Avatar
    If it weren't for having to wear masks for the past year, which would you prefer... a fingerprint scanner or Face Unlock?

    I just switched back to my Pixel 4xl after using an iPhone SE (2020) since late June. I'm loving having the larger screen but find it is top heavy and find it a bit big for my hands and pockets so am thinking the smaller 6" screen would be just right. But another feature I am really loving is the reliability of the Face Unlock. I found the fingerprint sensor on the iPhone to be picky and it currently no longer likes my right thumb. (it happened before and I had to reprogram my thumb) I had a Pixel 2 and I don't remember the sensor ever not liking my finger, at least not if it wasn't wet. All this said, I'm really tempted to try the Pixel 5, but I'm just worried I will run into the same problems I'm having now with the iPhone's fingerprint sensor.
    Morty2264 likes this.
    05-01-2021 04:48 PM
  2. mustang7757's Avatar
    I just pull the mask below my chin for face unlock then pull back up
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    05-01-2021 05:14 PM
  3. mustang7757's Avatar
    Pixel 5 is a very good phone and really really good battery life .
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    05-01-2021 05:16 PM
  4. farocco's Avatar
    no issues with my pixel 5 finger unlock, I find it much easier to use. screen size is just right for me, I don't have large hands. As mustang says, great battery life.
    05-01-2021 07:09 PM
  5. Scott337's Avatar
    I would prefer both. Google's secure face unlock like my Pixel 4 and a fingerprint scanner for when face ID isn't practical.
    Ben_70, Emperor and Laura Knotek like this.
    05-01-2021 07:57 PM
  6. DigbyTheDog's Avatar
    Yes, both would be ideal but seeing as they dropped Face Unlock on the Pixel 5, I'm not even convinced it will be back for the Pixel 6.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    05-01-2021 09:49 PM
  7. Morty2264's Avatar
    If it weren't for having to wear masks for the past year, which would you prefer... a fingerprint scanner or Face Unlock?

    I just switched back to my Pixel 4xl after using an iPhone SE (2020) since late June. I'm loving having the larger screen but find it is top heavy and find it a bit big for my hands and pockets so am thinking the smaller 6" screen would be just right. But another feature I am really loving is the reliability of the Face Unlock. I found the fingerprint sensor on the iPhone to be picky and it currently no longer likes my right thumb. (it happened before and I had to reprogram my thumb) I had a Pixel 2 and I don't remember the sensor ever not liking my finger, at least not if it wasn't wet. All this said, I'm really tempted to try the Pixel 5, but I'm just worried I will run into the same problems I'm having now with the iPhone's fingerprint sensor.
    Such a difficult question! Honestly, though, even though I have grown fonder of Face Unlock, I prefer fingerprint scanners - ultrasonic or otherwise.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    05-01-2021 10:25 PM
  8. DigbyTheDog's Avatar
    Such a difficult question! Honestly, though, even though I have grown fonder of Face Unlock, I prefer fingerprint scanners - ultrasonic or otherwise.
    Yep, I like to ask difficult questions. Lol
    Morty2264 likes this.
    05-01-2021 11:25 PM
  9. DigbyTheDog's Avatar
    The more I think about it, the more I want to try the pixel 5. I want to be happy with the 4 xl, but it is looking like I can sell it for more than my buy-out would be. Then the plan I'd get would cost less than I am paying now. My bf says go for it. I can hear my dad saying he doesn't understand why. Decisions decisions lol
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    05-01-2021 11:32 PM
  10. bhatech's Avatar
    With iOS 14.5, I no longer have to pull my mask down to face unlock. It uses the Apple watch as the authentication to unlock with mask on. Finally thanks Apple !!!

    But coming back to face unlock vs fingerprint, I would prefer both . But I think may be fingerprint if only had the option to choose one.
    bkdodger2 likes this.
    05-02-2021 02:33 AM
  11. swebb's Avatar
    If there can only be one, then fps. And the rear fps as it seems to be be more reliable and quicker than under screen fps. Plus rear fps is more natural for me when I pick up the phone.
    Mooncatt likes this.
    05-02-2021 08:20 AM
  12. Smokeaire01's Avatar
    FPS for sure. I love it on my Pixel 4a. The sensor is right where my pointer finger naturally falls when I pick up the phone. Plus I like using it to drop down the notification shade and quick settings.
    beantownsouth likes this.
    05-02-2021 08:57 AM
  13. bkdodger2's Avatar
    I like the Face unlock but prefer both.... And yes 14.5 iOS yes finally perfect with mask wearing watch...
    05-02-2021 09:29 AM
  14. Morty2264's Avatar
    With iOS 14.5, I no longer have to pull my mask down to face unlock. It uses the Apple watch as the authentication to unlock with mask on. Finally thanks Apple !!!

    But coming back to face unlock vs fingerprint, I would prefer both . But I think may be fingerprint if only had the option to choose one.
    I feel like if I had only one option to choose from - it would be the fingerprint scanner. One reason why I didn't jump on the Pixel 4 was because it only relied on Face Unlock.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    05-02-2021 10:06 AM
  15. eric002's Avatar
    Pixel 5 is a very good phone and really really good battery life .
    Yes, I definitely agree with you regarding that!
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    05-02-2021 11:24 AM
  16. eric002's Avatar
    Even though we all won't be wearing masks forever, I will always love pixels FPS over face unlock. In my opinion, just w faster, easier , and just as secure way to unlock and use your phone. That's just me 6if course. Everyone's different...
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    05-02-2021 11:26 AM
  17. Kizzy Catwoman's Avatar
    I prefer FPS. With the Pixel 4xl it often wouldn’t work for me and I got fed up with it. Reprogrammed it a few times. Dunno if it isn’t so good with brown skinned faces. My husband has the phone now and he has no issues with face unlock at all.
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    05-02-2021 12:14 PM
  18. Mooncatt's Avatar
    If there can only be one, then fps. And the rear fps as it seems to be be more reliable and quicker than under screen fps. Plus rear fps is more natural for me when I pick up the phone.
    I wouldn't want face unlock to begin with, but I agree with a rear fps verses under screen fps. Quicker and reliable.
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    05-02-2021 12:26 PM
  19. mggm100's Avatar
    If all face unlock worked as well as it does on my Pixel 4, that would be my preference. It is blazing fast and also works in a dark room at night. It is the reason I've held onto this phone instead of getting a 4a or a 5. I have a recent iteration of iPad and find its fingerprint reader to be slow and glitchy. If my memory is correct, the fingerprint reader on the Pixel 2 worked better than the on one this recent iPad.
    Kizzy Catwoman likes this.
    05-02-2021 02:25 PM
  20. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    I actually prefer a PIN over either one. If I had to pick one, it would be a fingerprint.
    Kizzy Catwoman and kenorian like this.
    05-02-2021 06:23 PM
  21. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I like having both, but if I had to pick only one it would be FPS.
    05-02-2021 06:34 PM
  22. bobred0965's Avatar
    I vastly prefer fingerprint reader over face unlock.
    I had a pixel 4 and hated it because of the lack of a fingerprint reader. I found that unlocking in the dark, or when the lighting conditions were wrong was a pain in the keester. Fingerprint works in any lighting condition and works intuitively nearly every time.
    eric002 likes this.
    05-03-2021 09:29 AM
  23. RETG's Avatar
    FPS!!!!!!!

    Not due to masks, haven't worn one for quite a time now. My old LG G7 FPS opened the phone a heck of a lot faster than my 4XL. The face unlock might be the only thing about the 4XL I do not like.
    Morty2264 likes this.
    05-03-2021 10:44 AM
  24. Morty2264's Avatar
    FPS!!!!!!!

    Not due to masks, haven't worn one for quite a time now. My old LG G7 FPS opened the phone a heck of a lot faster than my 4XL. The face unlock might be the only thing about the 4XL I do not like.
    That is exactly why I didn't go for the Pixel 4. I didn't want to not have the fingerprint scanner. I too found that the FPS can be faster than Face Unlock.
    05-03-2021 01:06 PM
  25. DigbyTheDog's Avatar
    Thanks everyone. Looks like the FPS is the preferred choice.

    I ordered the 5 yesterday and am not anxiously awaiting its arrival.
    Morty2264 likes this.
    05-03-2021 01:21 PM
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