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This + NFC Launcher = Awesome
on June 18, 2013
Great little tags when paired with NFC Launcher (free in the Play Store, I'll provide the link at the end). I bought it since I have the Samsung Galaxy S4 and apparently the NFC radio in it is very particular. Make sure you buy this one if you have an S4. What's there to write about, they're your run of the mill NFC tags. I guess the only differentiating factor that I can think of is that these are plastic.
At first I was afraid 10 wouldn't be enough, but I currently only use 5 and don't really have need for any more than that, So, since I didn't/couldn't really provide a review for this, I'll just give you guys tips on how to use them instead.
First thing to remember !!!THESE DO NOTHING OUT OF THE BOX, YOU NEED TO PROGRAM THEM!!! That part is easy thanks to NFC Launcher. With it you can create profiles. Once done you just tap one square and it automatically executes a bunch of functions. This NFC variant is sadly rather small, coming in at a measly 128B (with only about 120 Bytes usable), yup that's smaller than a kilobyte.
Profile- a task made up of a set of rules
Rules- a command that you have executed when you tap your phone to one NFC square
-Home (About 112 Bytes)-
--Turn off Data
--Set Brightness to 33%
--Disable Bluetooth and GPS
--Disable Lock Screen
--Activate Vibrate and Sound
--Disable Screen Rotation
--Enable Power Saving Mode (an S4 feature, your phone may call it something else. It underclocks the CPU and other things to conserve battery)
**One thing to keep in mind with NFC launcher is that if you don't tell it to do something, it won't do it. For instance I have one chip called "Car" that turns on GPS and Bluetooth, but when I would enter my house and use my "Home" chip the Bluetooth and GPS wouldn't turn off, since i didn't program it into the chip, so remember that when you're making your Profiles.**
You can do a lot more with NFC launcher, but this is just one example of a Profile. Here's the address for it in the google play store: