Samsung TecTiles (5-Pack), Programmable Near Field Communication Tags for Samsung NFC Galaxy S3, S2, S, Note 2, Note and NFC Enabled Phones
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Samsung TecTile is an app which lets you read & write NFC tags (TecTiles). You can create TecTiles to change settings on your phone, launch applications, check-in to places, update social status, or e
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Reading over previous comments, I ignored Samsung's app and downloaded the free "NFC Task Launcher" into my phone.
Programming with the NFC Task Launcher is a no-brainer. The first thing I did was program one TecTile to turn off WiFi and turn on Bluetooth. Then I stuck it in my car's phone mount so my phone automatically syncs for hands-free operation. Then I programmed another TecTile to do just the opposite: turn off Bluetooth and turn on WiFi when I get home.
The TecTiles are erasable and you can program multiple commands into a single tile. I'm still dreaming up cool stuff to avoid all that laborious button pushing--snort!
UPDATE: I programmed a third "car" TecTile to turn off WiFi, turn on Bluetooth, boost screen brightness to 80% and turn on Navigation. All on ONE tile--neat!
Then I programmed another TecTile to shut all this stuff down when I exit the car. Fun stuff, and somewhat useful.
UPDATE 2: The one drawback to using NFC tags is that your device has to be on and active, and not just on the lock screen. You can shut your phone down afterwards, but it takes some of the fun out of the process.
Sometimes the NFC tags don't work, and you have to run the phone over them a few times or at just the right angle or they won't recognize. This is what I mean when it's faster for me to just slide the menu down and hit 3 buttons. I can do that faster than running my phone over a NFC tag for 30 seconds trying to get it to click. Maybe it was the tags themselves, as one tag was defective when I got them and couldn't be programmed. Lastly, they are overpriced it seems. After I ordered these, I found that you can get NFC tags from all sorts of vendors here on Amazon that aren't Samsung stock, but generics that will probably work just as well, and even in different configurations (keychains, smaller stickers, bigger, cheaper, etc).
Bottom line 3/5 stars as 1 tag out of the 5pack didn't work, they're overpriced, and my phone has a hard time reading them. Again, they do what they're supposed to, I just wish they all worked and the setup and functionality was smoother. I don't even use them at this point, but it was fun playing with them! My phone is a Samsung Galaxy S3.
Once I read about these little stickers and what you could do with them I was excited to try them out. I bought the TecTiles and downloaded the required app (which is free), and began programming the TechTiles right away. It could not be easier. The app is really easy to use and it gives you a good selection of options to work with.
Some of the options include...
-WiFi on/off and Join a WiFi Network
-Launch an App
-Show a message
-Make a phone call
-Send a text
-Share a contact
-Open a web page
-Show a address or location
-Social media Foursquare, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
These can be used for so many things. Like I mentioned, I use them for changing my settings on my phone. I have one at home, in my car, and in my office. My home TecTile turns my WiFi on, ringer volume up, BT off, and screen brightness to medium. The TecTile in my car turns WiFi off, ringer volume up, BT on, music volume up, and screen brightness to auto. My work one turns my phone to vibrate and WiFi and BT off. It couldn't be easier. Now my settings are where I want them all the time without having to change each option in all the menus/widgets.
To program it, all you do is select the options you want, choose ok in the app, hold it over the TecTile and a second later it is all programmed. Just wave your phone over the tile and whatever function you programmed, instantly starts working on your phone.
I can also see these being a great item for business owners. They could put them in their store or shop for customers to easily access their WiFi, have the business website pop up on the phone, have the business contact info added to the customers phone, use it to get Liked on Facebook, and there are a ton more ideas you could do with it. Another nice feature is the ability to program and lock the tile so other people can not change it.
IMPORTANT!!- Your phone MUST have NFC capability! If your phone does not have it or you are not sure, then do not buy these. They will not work for you.