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WHAT IS NFC?
Near Field Communication (NFC) is a technology that allows two mobile devices including tablets to exchange data when held closely (less than 4cm) or tapped together. Originally based on the RFID tag system that allows one way communication between devices, NFC can support data transfer two ways and hence, allows communication between not just tablet devices and tags but between two tablet devices themselves (peer to peer transfer).
NFC Tags can be placed rand stuck on walls, doors, car dashboards, bikes, windows or almost any flat surface. They can be programmed to either transfer small data units like messages, business cards or can even be used to turn on your Wi-fi, music player or adjust brightness on your tablet and other connected devices.
Imagine you arrive for work and all you have to do is tap your tablet on the NFC tag. Your tablet automatically switches to silent mode. It also sends out a message to your boss that you are inside the office or are leaving it.
Even more complex functions can be built into the NFC tags based on the need of the business or for fun purposes. Visit this site, to order one for yourself and get going.
Most of the NFC devices and tags use the NDEF format (NFC Data exchange format). However, for advanced users and complex functions one can visit the android forum to learn more.
- How to use NFC?
To use NFC between two devices, all you have to do is first make sure that the screen on both devices is unlocked. Also, make sure that the NFC feature on your NFC supporting tablet is activated.
- Tap the Tablet or bring it near another NFC enabled Tablet/phone and a Beam message asking permission for message transfer will appear. Allow, beamed message to push through to other device and watch how, it automatically opens up the required app or browser screen or music or message that was passed through.
But, having fun with NFC is not just limited to your daily needs of messaging and file transfer. The NFC forum has formed a Special Interests Group that will investigate and handle industry applications of the NFC, meant to make our lives easier. And with Google joining the NFC forum as a principle member, the change is ready to take place at an even higher rate.
Microsoft Wallet for Windows 8 and Google Wallet for Android devices are NFC supporting Apps that are already out in the market and allow e-payments with just a tap of the Tablet or phone. The city of Nice, in France, last year implemented this contactless payment not only in retail outlets but also bank transactions and ticketing services. In India, such schemes are currently underway like the initiative by PVR cinema’s in select cities.
In 2012, NFC enabled Skylander was one of the top selling interactive games in the US and Europe. Rovio mobile’s Angry birds Magic allows, all Nokia enabled NFC devices to unlock new levels just on a tap. With Nintendo about to introduce the NFC in its Wii U gaming Tablet console, toys and gaming are about to undergo a sea of change in the coming future.
Ticketing and Airlines
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) may be evaluating the NFC technology for actual implementation throught the world by October this year, however, Air France and Japan Airlines have already experimented with the techonolgy in some parts successfully using the Card emulation technique with places the technology on SIM cards. This allows, NFC transfer even when your device may be switched off. So, passengers can now just tap their phones to validate their tickets before boarding and avoid hassles of a complete identity and ticket checking at terminals.
Apart from the fact that NFC transfer of data and messages is fast and smooth involving only a tap of the device, there are other advantages that put the technology ahead of other technologies like Bluetooth and RFID. NFC does not require the tablets to be paired together and hence, saves time and unnecessary hassle. But the greatest use, and the prime reason why organizations are inclining towards its use is the secure communication that it ensures due to the close distance and protocols that govern it.
According to Forrester Research, a 100 million NFC enabled devices were sold in 2012. This figure is expected to rise to 300 million in 2013 and may even climb to 1 billion mark by 2015. Among all this, the absence of Apple in this technology initiative is puzzling to say the least.
Some NFC enabled tablets in market today:
‘How to buy a Tablet Pc?’ Do we ever wonder? The reality is, that the first question that pops up in our mind when we have to buy a Tablet Pc or any other product for that matter is ‘Which Tablet to buy?’ Let us look at what common mistakes does the buyer make what can be done to overcome them.
The Tablet Pc market in India today is booming and every month the rising number of Tablets sold, tell a story. Last year 3.1 million (31 lakh) Tablets were sold throughout India. Of this, nearly 63 % have been of the low cost budget segment. With increasing Tablets sales, there has been an increase in the number of customer complaints regarding malfunctioning Tablets or queries about some feature or the other. A large number of these, though are due to the way people go about buying their devices and they themselves are to blame. The 3 most common mistakes are:
1. Making Pre-set Budget without thinking too much
Be it Tablets or smartphones, people often allot an upper limit or lower limit to their budget. This is the first and biggest mistake that they make. Before deciding a price tag, people should first think deeply about why they want the Tablet and how important is it to them.
Think, if an Android or iOS would make any difference to the way you use your Tablet. If an additional memory storage of 4 Gb makes a difference or if a Dual SIM slot is really important. Make a choice based on what you want. Not on what others are doing. It is the most fatal type of thinking anyone can do.
If it is for Work related purpose, it is advisable to keep a flexible budget range since it is no point facing disappointment at the cost of time lost due to a malfunctioning tablet that you bought just to save a few extra hundred rupees.For entertainment or gifting reasons, it is ok to keep a tighter budget but only if all your needs can be met by a device in that range. People often give up on a few features since, they can’t find a good enough tablet in their budget range.
It is important to realize that for an average Indian whose annual salary is Rs 82,000 buying a device like a Rs 5000 Tablet should be given much more thought and procedure. You cannot afford to keep buying again and again just to suite your need. A Tablet once bought, will be replaced after only a year or two of usage. So, no point keeping fixed price range just trying to balance out your short term budget. In the long run, a little extra spent on the right Tablet can make all the difference and trust me, you will not regret it.
2. Blindly following Advice
The second mistake, people most often make is in the second step of buying, that is, while deciding which Tablet to buy.
Consumers usually look for an easy way out and feel safe just asking so called ‘experts’ or ‘techies’. Often this advice can come from the neighboring uncle or some kids go down the street who owns a ‘cool’ looking device.
Then there are those (and this comprises a large number) who fall into the seller’s trap. This is the most easily manipulated lot who often trust the good looking-nicely speaking sales guy roaming around the shop dressed not in a uniform but in casuals. Beware! They catch you off guard with a subtle joke or compliment or two and it becomes easy to convince people to buy what they don’t need. They have been trained to do that. It is hard to protect oneself from this kind of a mistake since, the decision to buy in this case is made almost instantaneously. There is no scope to return the object and there is little you can do except go on and use it and repent.
The only way to correct this is to make your own decision. Don’t let people make that decision for you, since, you’l be the person who ends up paying. So take advice from the people who matter and follow it up with thorough research and reasoning of your own. You can either look this Online, where a host of websites and blogs tell you different aspects of a phone or look around and talk to different shopkeepers. Hear carefully what all of them are saying. Only when you are fully convinced, should you narrow down on a device or two.
3. Not enough Price checks
After you have your budget in place and you have decided which Tablet you want to buy, comes the last and final stage, where you have to actually make a final decision: Where to buy from?
This important question ends up deciding at what price you finally buy your Tablet. Indian mindset is generally towards cheaper products and people have a low tendency to be influenced by AC showrooms and value added services of a specialty store. So, ultimately a simple price related query remains. However, for many this is a stumbling step. People, end up finding high discounts on unknown Online shopping sites or for that matter fall for low EMI schemes. It is human nature, to be influenced by the Lower Price tag. Whatever, tablet they might have thought of buying, they chuck it for the so called ‘low priced’ device which many find later is not so low priced after all.
Either there is some defect in the device or delivery. Sometimes, the warranty may no longer be valid. Many times, people realize their mistake too late after they find that the feature they compromised on was actually very important.
For example, you end up with a 2 Mega pixel rear camera tablet which cost maybe, Rs 500 less than some other the other phone which although a little costly, also had a auto focus and flash. Now, clicking pictures in the night when you have free time and want to hang around with friends becomes impossible since, you fell for the Price trap.
The simple and most effective way to avoid such price traps is discipline. Yes, may sound odd but first go and check every possible source. Ask around in local shops and markets or look for it online, where sites like 91mobiles.com supply instant comparisons for Tablet prices on various online sites. Only, when you are not satisfied and cannot match your budget with the tablet of your choice, should you compromise. Either wait for a few months, for prices to fall, or go for the nearest possible alternative. An iPad Mini can easily be replaced by a Nexus 7 if the need is just for entertainment and media.
It is not always possible to avoid these mistakes for us. We have too much to do and too little time. Ultimately it boils down to proper planning. Make sure you go about your buying systematically. Allot sufficient time, maybe a week, to make all your decisions and research. Make sure you are not fooled into buying something you do not need. There is no harm in being an informed user. A Tablet or smartphone is something very important to your day to day life. It is time we give importance to it and follow the latest developments. Only then, can we avoid The 3 Mistakes of buying. Feel free to write comment and let us know if you have any queries.
A few good things to be sure of beforehand :
- Not all the internet dongles are supported by all the Tablet PCs. So, it will be wise if you pick your budget Tabs keeping in mind the dongles you are actually planning to use.
- Make sure the service center of your chosen Tablet PC is in reach as Tablet PCs(especially budget segment) need good care and hence are likely to pay visits to the service centers quite often.
- As Android Tablets are becoming extremely popular and selling blindly, check for the latest Android version in Tabs.
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