The popularity of phones that support Near Field Communication (NFC) is rapidly gaining momentum, with handset manufacturers starting to produce more and more devices that support NFC technology.
NFC-enabled devices work in tandem. The technology is similar to how Bluetooth technology works, but NFC is less on power consumption and connection interruption. The technology works like this: whenever an NFC-enabled device is close to another NFC-enabled device, it triggers the NFC sensors on both devices and allows both devices to send messages to each other.
Futuristic as it may sound, NFC devices are growing and it won’t be soon before we reach a point where NFC become widespread in use for social networking, e-commerce, identifying of documents, as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Connections.
One great example of NFC use would be the Google Wallet app that takes advantage of NFC technology. The app pretty much works the same as describe above. Instead of carrying a wallet, customers can use their NFC-enabled smartphones to pay for their purchases. How cool is that? Think of it as a tap-to-pay method. Also, with NFC, they can share valuable information such as maps, contacts, apps, and a whole lot more.
As of now, though, only a handful of Android smartphones carry NFC support. Here are some of them:
Google’s flagship phone, the Galaxy Nexus, makes it on the top of our list of NFC-enabled phones not only because it’s the first smartphone to use the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but also because the Galaxy Nexus is simply brilliant and smart, featuring the best when it comes to mobile technology.
Sporting a massive 4.65–inch HD Super AMOLED display together with an NFC chip on board and tons of exciting new updates in the Android system, the Galaxy Nexus is a great smartphone to behold. It has already been released in the U.K. and Europe, and it won’t be long before the Galaxy Nexus arrives in the U.S., too.
Blasting its way next to our list of NFC-enabled phones, the Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket beams itself to be quite a contender. With the popularity of the Galaxy S2, AT&T crafted its own version in the form of the Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, which features a much-larger screen than that of the original Galaxy S2. Definitely on top of Samsung’s list of Android phones to get the Android 4.0 upgrade, it’s a must-have gadget because of all the powerful features that it has–and NFC, too.
Amazingly good in its own ways, this nifty device from HTC definitely deserves a place on the list. The HTC Amaze 4G may not be as popular as the Samsung Galaxy Nexus or the Galaxy S2, but it certainly has its own set of features that make it stand out from the crowd. Available on T-Mobile, the Amaze 4G is a great shooter with its 8-megapixel camera and decent 4.3-inch qHD display that will keep you entertained. And, yes, it has NFC support.
Taking the number four spot, the Sky Vega Racer from Pantech, a high-end dual core smartphone that matches the power of the Galaxy S2. It sports a 4.3-inch display with up to four color option modes. The handset also comes with an NFC chip integrated onboard and it’s among the few handsets in Korea to fully support NFC. Originally developed for the Korean market, the Sky Vega Racer is only available locally in its hometown, but some sources indicate that the device will be made available internationally.
Last on our list would be the Huawei Sonic. Believe it or not, the Sonic is a mid-range smartphone that has NFC capabilities. It may not be as powerful as a dual-core phone, but expect this device to ship out with an NFC chip integrated to its system. The 3.5–inch display is enough for watching videos or listening to music, but the fact is this would still be the cheapest smartphone with NFC capabilities.
NFC devices will soon storm the market once ICS matures further. By then, there will already be more than a handful of devices with NFC capabilities for us to experience Android Beam.