Though NFC and Bluetooth are both used for communicating two devices or more in the later case, they differ from each other when it comes to communication protocols. Below is a basic comparison table between NFC and Bluetooth.
|Functions||Wireless technology that allows enabled devices to connect/pair and share information or data between them||Wireless technology that allows enabled devices to connect/pair and share information or data between them|
|Range||NFC can pair and share data at a close distance of 10 cm or less||Bluetooth can pair and connect devices within a range of 33 feet or even more|
|Time to Connect||Pairing is easier and faster, automatically connects within 6 seconds||Connecting the devices takes little longer as you have to turn on, find the device and connect with it|
|Power Consumption||Less power consumption||Latest Bluetooth technology consumes less power but a bit higher compared to NFC|
|Frequency||Communication frequency is 13.56 MHz and data transfer rate is 424 kbit/s||2.04 GHz and 1-3 Mbits/s respectively|
|Number of Connections||Can connect with only one enabled device at a time||One Bluetooth device can connect with up to 7 devices at a time (each device may differ)|
|Other Functions||Can perform payment transaction or NFC chip communication||There are no such facilities available in Bluetooth|