An Afternoon with NFC across three smartphones

Galaxy Note II, Lumia 920, Lumia 610

I am glad that the review Samsung Galaxy Note II unit arrived before the Nokia Lumia 920’s departure in two days’ time. This gives me the opportunity to try out and compare features across three flagship devices, my Nokia 808 PureView, the Nokia Lumia 920, and the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Minus the different display sizes, all three are equipped with NFC. So, I got to tapping and knocking them together to send files across.

What an experience it was!

Lumia 920 and 808 PureView

I enabled NFC and Bluetooth on both devices, then tried to send an imagge from the 920 via Tap + Send (what it says in the Share menu on the Lumia). Nada. I tapped and knocked the phones together in different styles and at varying angles.  Nada.

Lumia 920 and Galaxy Note II

Again, NFC and Bluetooth were enabled on both devices. An attempt to send a file from the 920 by tapping produced a message on the Note II’s display – “New Tag Collected: windows.com/sd”. I tapped on that message. Nada. I smiled at it. Duh. I bared my dentition at it, winked at it, and came close to spitting on it (who knows?). Nada.

An attempt to send from the big guy to the Lumia produced a message saying that the receiving device did not have the capacity to receive large files via NFC. Well, at least that was in English.

Galaxy Note II and 808 PureView

I tapped and knocked.  Both ways. Again and again. Nada. Nada. Nada. I gave up. Thank God for Gorilla Glass. The rate at which I was knocking those things together…. something would have given.

Bluetooth To The Rescue

I got the file sent around via Bluetooth. Thank God for good old Bluetooth. Yes; NFC is here to stay, but these guys need to freaking make it work the way we were told it would.

By way of illustration, picture yourself having a meal at a nice restaurant and needing to send something across two phones via NFC. You find yourself tapping, tilting, knocking, adjusting and tapping again and again in frustration. Your body tenses and your face contorts as the frustration mounts. Soon, you are foaming from the mouth and mumbling gibberish as you try again and again. Very soon, the manager is bound to show up to tell you that you are scaring the other customers. The curtain falls. The End.

To God be the glory (thank you, Nollywood!).

PS: Yes; the third phone in the picture is not the Nokia 808 PureView. That’s the Lumia 610. The PureView was on duty taking the picture. Poor guy.

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10 comments on “An Afternoon with NFC across three smartphones”

  1. Harry Echemco Reply

    Lol. This thing is supposed to be standardized already. Good there’s still Bluetooth. Across Android devices and when relatively large file(s) is/are involved, I usually prefer WiFi for the transfer.

    Anyway it is going to be better and a smoother experience with time or maybe WiFi direct will overshadow it.

  2. EyeBeeKay Reply

    Unless NFC is more battery efficient or significantly faster in transferring files than Bluetooth technology, I think it is better we leave NFC to the realm of cards like the Samsung TecTiles @ http://m.samsung.com/us/microsite/tectile/

    With advances in Bluetooth technology up to 4.0 ( http://m.cnet.com/news/bluetooth-40-what-is-it-and-does-it-matter/20116316 ), I suppose there are activities better suited to NFC than Bluetooth, and vice versa.

    having to knock devices together to transfer files between them seems like a repressive step to me.

    Scratches everywhere !

    Imagine if we have to touch our lips to people`s ears to make them hear us! Or, we have to knock our heads together to engage in telepathy!

    I wonder if NFC is supposed to eventually replace Bluetooth, the way Bluetooth replaced Infra Red?

    I sure hope not, because there are many third apps that make creative use of the Bluetooth technology.

  3. cece Reply

    Bhuahahahaha!
    Bro you made me laugh so hard!
    My only question for you is whether you actually read the user manual of any of the devices to be fully informed on the functionality before giving them those ‘knocks and kicks’
    Whenever I pick anything device or gadget, the first thing I do is to read the operational manual. That’s the only way to know what is and what’s not.

  4. Efe Reply

    @eyebeekay, I think wifi-direct is more likely to replace bluetooth than NFC. I have used wifi direct and the speed quite literally blew me away

  5. saiddigge Reply

    With Bluetooth and Wifi it appears NFC is surplus to requirements in wireless File Transfer. But in lots of other uses NFC may still be relevant, those which include NFC tags, tap to connect to external devices(headphones, keyboards etc), and mobile payment

  6. Joao Rostli Reply

    Thanks for this test and feedback, not much of this kind of info available on the www.

    Q1 2013, Broadcom starts supplying combo chips (wifi, bluetooth, nfc and fm on one chip). Qualcomm, another important chip supplier, also starts shipping nfc chips in 2013.

    With or without Apple, in a few years, Billions of devices have that chip. If we like it or not.
    New designs with nfc chip every day, soon they don’t fit anymore on one page.

    At the moment cross-platform p2p nfc use is a no go. NFC just pairs (to slow to do transfer), then bluetooth or wifi should do the transfer. A challenge for app developers.

  7. Belushi Reply

    Wow. Never really tried the NFC with other devices but samsung’s. Will try it with blackberry today and report back here.

  8. Lade Reply

    Pls i keep seeing WiFi hotspot in so many articles and i’m not sure i know what it means. Please explain and in layman’s english o! Thanks, your write-up really made me laugh.

  9. Sweetdoct247 Reply

    Reminds me of a few months back when I just bought my S3 and wanted to try out the nfc thing btw the fone and my old C7. Well after several episodes of knocking and knocking I gave up on the grounds that maybe I dont have enough info yet on how to actually use nfc. Havent had time to google it since then. I only thank God I wasnt trying to illustrate to somebody. An embarrassment it wlda been….

  10. bosun99uk Reply

    I prefer Bluetooth jare, you dont have to touch your phones together you can do it from afar.

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