Early reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S8+ have one common complaint: the fingerprint scanner placement. Samsung had intended to embed the fingerprint scanner in the glass but they ran out of time to make it work properly. Interestingly enough, Apple seems to be running into the same problem and they may need to squash the idea as well. Not being able to get that scanner into the front glass, Samsung opted to move the scanner to the back. Phones like the Huawei Mate 9 and Google Pixel have the fingerprint scanner on the back but it is centered. Generally, this seems like an agreeable ideal placement for it and I would agree.
After watching many videos from YouTubers who got their Galaxy S8’s in advance, I was prepared to hate the fingerprint scanner placement. The droning moans of reviewers complaining of fingerprint covered camera lenses and awkward reach had me ready to absolutely hate the scanner. I’ve had the Galaxy S8+ for less than 24-hours but I think that’s plenty of time to know if you’re going to like the placement of the scanner or not. So, finally having it in hand, the placement isn’t all that bad. Certainly not as bad as many reviewers made it out to be.
That being said, personal preference, hand size, and the way you use your phone will all play a part in whether you’ll like it or not. My hands aren’t extremely massive but they’re also not small. I hold my phones with my right hand and use my right index finger to unlock. The chin of the phone tends to rest on the meaty part of my palm to the left of my thumb. My pinky tends to support the bottom left chin of the phone and my other fingers wrap around. My index finger is laid diagonally to the left in the direction of the fingerprint scanner.
I found that it was easy to teach myself to reach up diagonally to access the scanner without touching the camera. Knowing where the scanner is it’s relatively easy to hit it spot on nearly every time. I will admit, it is a longer reach than if the scanner was placed just below the camera in the center position. I also admit that Samsung probably should have gone with a centered fingerprint scanner, but I don’t think most people will find this to be a deal breaker or an issue.
The design isn’t perfect by any means, it could have been done better, but I also think the complaints were a little exaggerated. Do you have your Galaxy S8 or S8+ yet? What do you think of the fingerprint scanner placement? Does it work for you? Or do you absolutely hate it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.