An Afternoon with NFC across three smartphones
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.