Depends. My 7+ sits to the right side of my desk, flat. As needed I either; a) use a registered fingerprint to open and read the screen b) use a non-registered fingerprint to read note All without picking it up. It's a convenience thing - my phone is part of my job. Until I decided to forego the X I was wonder how to achieve something similar. btw - FaceID had nothing to do with my decision to skip the X.