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Do you even bother using face unlock?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by g nexta, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. g nexta

    g nexta Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I think it is a very impressive feature, but I like to have instant use of camera, notetaking,texting, etc. I don't like to have to hold the phone up fo my face, especially in low lighting. It would be nice if there was some quick way of setting it in and out of face unlock mode, but for now, I don't use any unlocking.

  2. wysts43

    wysts43 Well-Known Member

    I use it as a way to show off the GN, but I stopped using it during normal use after about a week.
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  3. pool_shark

    pool_shark Android Expert

    Never touched it.
  4. g nexta

    g nexta Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    When i got the phone, that's all people wanted to see, and we were all amazed. Now, show's over, and it's back to work lol
  5. TrumpetMan

    TrumpetMan Android Enthusiast


    I thought about it but wondered how it would react if I shaved off or grew facial hair; I'd guess there's a backup way of gaining access but I just didn't want to bother with it.
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  6. novemberwhiskey

    novemberwhiskey Android Enthusiast

    Face unlock is more of a novelty now. If it were faster and more accurate, it would be a real feature. but sometimes it takes too long for the camera to fire up to be useful (i.e. it takes longer than just swiping).

    However, I guess it does come in handy as an alternative to entering a pin everytime you want to unlock the phone.

    Also really nice if you want to keep a snoopy GF off your phone. The only thing is you can't fall asleep, or she can just hold it up to your face while you are sleeping.
  7. g nexta

    g nexta Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    It's actually pretty good about stuff like facial hair. And when you set up face unlock, it also has you set up a back up manual unlock code. Which you will enter when face unlock fails.
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  8. SeattleYanksFan

    SeattleYanksFan Android Expert

    I tried it out once, but found it annoying despite its accuracy in detecting my face.

    Face unlock is Android's Siri. Looks cool in commercials, but it's not very practical in real world use.
  9. ThEoRy36O

    ThEoRy36O Well-Known Member

    If they work to update and improve this feature to be faster, more accurate and work better in different lighting conditions I'll be back in. As of now it"s just too inconsistent.
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  10. civicsisedan

    civicsisedan Android Expert

    You know you can go back in and improve face matching, different lighting, different facial hair and glasses.

    Works a lot more accurately when done but i still dont use it
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  11. DSG04lightning

    DSG04lightning Well-Known Member

    I used it for about a week..Then I decided to just go to the plain ol swype method
  12. g nexta

    g nexta Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I definately agree with all this!
    However, (off the subject, but) have you tried Vlingo? It's like Android's Siri, but way better. And it has a beta car version that is amazing! Voice activated, open apps, send text, navi, fb update, often without even having to touch or look at the phone.
  13. balders

    balders Well-Known Member

    Used it a few times when I got it then turned it off. It wasn't because it didn't work I just didn't really see the point.

    Its a good gimmick/selling point though.
  14. mntbighker

    mntbighker Well-Known Member

    Not really interested.
  15. EKG

    EKG Android Enthusiast

    I used it the first day when I was setting up my phone. It actually worked EXTREMELY well for me. I stopped using it though because when I want to unlock my phone at night or in low to no light situations, I don't want to have to wait for face unlock to fail and THEN do the pin. Too much time wasted.
  16. SeattleYanksFan

    SeattleYanksFan Android Expert

    I tried it out a few months back and it felt incomplete back then. Perhaps it's been improved since then. Either way, I'm sure there are people out there who use voice-to-text and voice commands, I just personally find it to be more trouble than it's worth.
  17. Mabashi

    Mabashi Member

    theres a little button that looks like a lock where you can tap on that and it brings up the pin/pattern right away without waiting.
  18. gunit34328

    gunit34328 Newbie

    that was basically how i felt about using it.
  19. gunit34328

    gunit34328 Newbie

  20. trophynuts

    trophynuts Extreme Android User

    haven't even touched it myself. Total gimmick imo
  21. dockmaster

    dockmaster Well-Known Member

    Couldnt even tell you where its at on my phone...nor do I care....

    Rock on

  22. syntrix

    syntrix Android Expert

    It's very fast, and works very well. I heard that after you set it up you can also store more images of you face, ie if you shave your beard or have glasses on.

    On that note, it was fun. I'd rather just swipe to get access.
  23. Mabashi

    Mabashi Member

    It's true with that, it rarely fails to unlock it for me. It usually takes less than a second
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  24. dyno

    dyno Member

    I was showing off to my iPhail friend the other day at the bar. Dark room, pretty poor lighting. I got up to use the restroom, came back and he was on my phone. He simply changed his facial expression and tricked it. He also looks nothing like me. After that, I will never use it again.
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  25. youngzayiles

    youngzayiles Newbie

    That's odd my phone denies everybody. I like it because as someone mentioned it keeps my nosey gf out of my phone. Because when I use the pattern she somehow always sees it.

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