NFC Vs Bluetooth – Its Difference & Distinct Benefits
Ever thought about the differences between NFC and Bluetooth Technology? Or, at any time, does it confuse you when you come across articles or gadgets that mention NFC and Bluetooth? In simplest form, NFC and Bluetooth are wireless technology to pair or connect two devices, which when connected are capable of sharing or transmitting files or information between those two devices. Here is a detailed explanation to clear all your doubts regarding Bluetooth and NFC technology. Firstly, to make things easier and for your better understanding, let’s break down NCF and Bluetooth technology separately.
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The Ever Popular Bluetooth Technology
Bluetooth technology has been there for a while now. We are mostly familiar with this technology as most modern gadgets such as smartphones, speakers, laptops, tablets, etc. have
Bluetooth technology. Bluetooth is a modern technology that enables pairing or connection between Bluetooth enabled devices wirelessly. This technology is mainly used for exchanging or sending data, files, etc. over short distance by using short-wavelength radio waves. The signal in Bluetooth technology is feeble such that it cannot connect devices at long range. Almost all devices that have Bluetooth devices these days have connectivity range of 10 meters/ 33 feet. Bluetooth technology is commonly used for sending or transferring files or data such as pictures, videos, documents, MP3 files, etc. One good thing about Bluetooth technology is that it is functional everywhere and anytime as long as you have power source. This means that you will be able to use Bluetooth even if you don’t get network.
- Bluetooth is a wireless technology that connects with every Bluetooth enabled devices.
- This technology is used for sharing or transferring files/data.
- Generally, it can connect devices at a distance range of 33 feet (some fixed or wired Bluetooth devices may cover more distance).
- It transfers data at the rate of 1-3Mbits/second.
- One Bluetooth device can connect with a maximum of 7 devices for communication (not all devices may get this privilege).
- Mostly found in every modern electronic gadgets like mobile phones, tablets, laptops, iPad, speakers, gaming equipments, etc.
How does NFC Differ from Bluetooth?
NFC is also another wireless technology that enable two devices to share or transfer data. Near Field Communication is the full form of NFC, and as the name suggest, it can only connect devices at close range. By close range, I mean, the two devices have to be as close as 10 cm or 3.9 inches. In this area, Bluetooth technology is more promising as it allows connection of up to 33 feet or even more. The communication frequency of NFC is 13.56 MHz and transfer data at the rate of 424 kbit/second as compared to 2.04 GHz and 1-3 Mbit/second of Bluetooth respectively.
NFC is the simplified wireless technology mostly preferable for quick small data transfer. Setting up NFC connection between the devices is much easier and faster than Bluetooth. When two devices are kept at close proximity, It automatically gets connected at a time frame of 6 seconds. Another clear advantage of NFC is that both devices need not be powered because this technology is capable of communicating with non powered NFC chips. With this unique feature, NFC can be used for making payments through your phone, gather information just by scanning any NFC chips, etc. This feature will make NFC a great technology in the coming years.
- NFC is also a wireless technology that pairs two devices for communication and data sharing.
- Covers a short distance of only 10 cm.
- One NFC device can connect with only one device at a time.
- Transfer date at the rate of 424 kbit/second.
- An NFC device with power can pair or communicate with non-powered NFC chips.
- This technology can be used for purposes like making payment, gathering information, etc.
Which one is Better?
Bluetooth and NFC technology are both wireless technology that allows devices to communicate and share transfer between them. Now, a question may arise as to which one is better? Personally, I feel this question is not that necessary, given that they function in different ways. Both have their unique features and distinct benefits and advantages. For everyday use (transferring/sharing files, data, etc.), Bluetooth technology seems to be more reliable as most of the modern gadgets have it. You may rely on NFC technology for sending small files such as picture or links. It pairs automatically and is very quick. In terms of future prospect, NFC technology is more promising of its ability to read or scan NFC chips, which will enable us to make payments through our phone, gather information just by scanning devices, etc. Both are brilliant technology that we can rely on from time to time.
I recently bought Braven Brv-X which has both NFC and Bluetooth technology, although both are short-range communication technologies they can serve different purposes. And despite the fact that NFC is more popular with Smartphones and Tablets it is now becoming more available with portable speakers including bluetooth shower speakers.
What does Bluetooth & NFC Tags on Bluetooth Speakers Mean?
Most wireless speakers that we find today operate through Bluetooth technology. While buying Bluetooth speakers, you may also find models that have both Bluetooth and NFC technology. If your wireless speaker has both technology, well and good! With Bluetooth technology, you can connect with Bluetooth enabled devices and use NFC for NFC enabled devices.
Speaking in terms of wireless speaker, Bluetooth technology stands on the brighter side because of the fact that it can cover longer distance when compared to NFC. Most of the Bluetooth speakers can cover distance of 33 feet while NFC has a very short range connectivity of 4 cm. This means that your device and the speaker should be kept very close if you connect using NFC technology. A speaker that offers both technologies are preferable as it will increase the chance of connecting with many devices.