Is wifi required for NFC?

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  1. anewfoundsin macrumors member

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    I was wondering, do you need wifi or 4G for NFC to work?

    I was thinking about getting a Nexus 7 tablet (wifi only) that has NFC. Will NFC work in environments where I don't have wifi?
     
  2. jrswizzle macrumors 603

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    No to your initial question, yes to the second question. NFC stands for "Near Field Communications". It's a chip that interacts with other NFC chips in close proximity. Not attached to any other communication methods.
     
  3. anewfoundsin thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok Great! Thanks

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    JRS - I notice you have a Nexus and iPad Mini in your sig. Are you using both at the same time? I want to get an iPad Mini w/ Retina but want to try out the Nexus 7. What are your opinions towards the Nexus? I currently have the iPad Air but want something smaller.
     
  4. jrswizzle macrumors 603

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    I have a Nexus 5 as my personal phone, an iPhone 5S for work and my iPad rMini for play.

    I've owned a Nexus 7 before and the things that turn me off to it are as follows:

    -terrible tablet app options: everything is essentially a smartphone app scaled up. iPad versions of apps (there are over 400,000 iPad specific apps) often add functionality.

    -display size: I much prefer the display size on the mini. To me its the perfect fit between my smartphone and Macbook Air.

    -form factor: the mini is SO much nicer looking and feeling to me than the N7....bezels are massive on the Nexus.

    -I prefer iOS: The reason I have a Nexus 5 is because I have two phone lines and figured I might as well try something different rather than have two iphones. I do like Android, but ultimately most of the people I communicate with use iPhones, I have all Apple devices in my house and I prefer being in one ecosystem. So if it weren't for having two phone lines, I wouldn't have an Android device - even after having used one since February.
     
  5. jmebbk macrumors regular

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    NFC Icon on my phone?

    What is it and do i have to leave it on?
     
  6. anewfoundsin thread starter macrumors member

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    JRS- I do use apple ecosystem a lot, thanks for your review!
     
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  8. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    It can be used for all sorts of things. Payments for one. Another are the use of NFC tags that can you can put places that will cause your phone to react in certain ways. For example, you could put one by your bed and it would turn down volume, enter airplane mode, etc.
     
  9. jmebbk macrumors regular

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    Wow i am confused/
    Sorry i am new to android lol?

    Do i need to leave it on? Also what do you mean payments?
     
  10. walie macrumors 6502a

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    DUDE, cmon

    can't you just google "NFC"?
     
  11. tech4all macrumors 68040

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    Google is evil. :rolleyes:

    But seriously, we might as well get rid of forums since everything can be "Google" anyways. :rolleyes:
     
  12. OhHaiThere macrumors regular

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    Yes, just always leave it on.

    I use NFC a lot for sharing photos with wife, friends & between other devices. Sometimes we share links that way and other things. Any time you want to transfer "anything" from one phone to another, you tap them together and press on the screen to "beam" whatever it is that you're looking at.

    Android figures out which app to launch and what to transfer. So if you're viewing a website, it'll launch Chrome and go to the same website. If you're looking at a picture it'll transfer the picture.

    Simple, try it... both phones have to be on for this to work. Just touch them together and you'll see the beam screen pop up right away.
     

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