Last Updated: Aug 24,2015
I envy the variety of accessories available to the Apple folks. I spent several hours looking for a case for my boy's Transformer and could've choked the Suez canal with the stuff I saw for iDevices....and a grand total of two items for the Asus.
sounds about right and that is cuz apple never changes
I agree, which is why I felt that review was the best, they came out and said just that. To declare either one an outright winner requires either a blowout, or bias.
agreed. but at least they started to standardize charging with microusb. even according to mr schmidt... android is about differentiation.
android gives consumers another option, and i (and many others) love android for that very reason... problem is, everyone sees what iphones/ipads have and want that too.
can't eat your cake and have it too. i know people that specifically get iphones because of the accessories available, but really aren't thrilled with the OS. apple knows how to appeal to a good chunk of people.
And they took a huge piece of the market early.
The 30-pin connector is annoying when you have microUSBs available, but the ability to use that for tons and tons of connections to send data over is really nice.
Like people have said -- there are things that Android does better and things that Apple does better. Different strokes for different folks.
For me, absolutely NFC Launcher (NFCL) is far more limited than Tasker with NFCL. Tasker lets me have more control over volumes, turn on/off keyguard, easily load (and end!!!) multiple apps, set car mode to on. These are things I'm currently using via Tasker, but can't do in NFCL (yet.) You can get as complex / complicated in Tasker as you want, or, like me, just do the simple basic things.
Here is a sample shot of my 'car dock' tasker event (note that this doesn't show it setting my phone to "car dock" mode, and loading Ultra Car Home and Navigation):
It is SO easy to use, with the NFC tags. You don't have to create the profiles - just the events, as shown above. It is just as easy, if not easier, to set up these events, as it is with the launcher. I personally think the $6 or so for Tasker is a steal, as it allows you SO much control over your phone, to do things automatically. I'd never really used Tasker much before, but when combined with the NFC Launcher, it is downright fun!
Last night I redid my NFC Tags, so they only call on a Tasker event, and then programmed all I wanted the tag to do, in Tasker. That way I can completely test out the tag with Tasker without even using the tag (so that I can put the tags wherever, and test wherever I am and have the phone - I don't have to be by the tag to test it.) If I make changes to what I want that tag to do, I change tasker, without having to redo the tag. The downside of that is that these tags done THIS way really will only work on my phone, or a phone set up like mine (with Tasker, same naming conventions, called apps, etc.)
For those that haven't messed with NFC tags yet, but wanting to do so, I'd suggest starting with NFC Launcher, and then if you run into issues where you want to do more with them (which I did, within minutes of receiving my tags...lol), then consider Tasker.
for anyone who uses tasker, do you find that it affects battery life at all, since it needs to run in the background all the time?
I haven't noticed any more drain from using Tasker, although I didn't install it until a couple of days ago. However, I have not noticed it causing any significant battery drain, but I also plug my phone in on the way to work, and on the way home. I rarely get below 40% on my battery, by the time I go to bed, even with all the Tasker/NFC configuring I've been doing.
very cool! i think you have convinced me to try it out in combination with NFCL. just ordered my tags!!
I don't even know what you guys are taking about
did anyone see (or post) this yet?
Chrome for Android:
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I'm experiencing a nerdgasm.
Thought I would throw this out there. By now, most of you know that I have completely abandoned Windows for Ubuntu Linux. So last night I dropped 80 bucks on a Kodak Printer w/ Google Cloud Printing capabilities. Come to find out that Kodak doesn't support Linux...but devs do! So I learned how use TAR balls and then was able to download drivers that allowed my distro to see my printer on my home network. This morning I bought cloud print from the market after testing the free version for docs/PDF/etc printing since I couldn't register my printer with Kodak using Ubuntu. Some terminal commands to setup my printer with Google Cloud Print beta and my printer was recognized. What was strange is that I couldn't get the Kodak equivalent of cloud print to see my printer through Google Cloud Print login but Kodak's Pik Flick app worked just fine. Different services it seems. So I can now print from my computer and my phone! Mad love to the Ubuntu nerds who made this possible! Thanks for reading!
I am waiting for my tags. Will start by using NFCL and work my way to Tasker. Thanks for the informative post my friend!
Yeah I have no idea how to use it lol or whatever it's for
ok. this is bugging me. anyone know what is the best way to upload screenshots of our high res gnexi?
app isn't supporting local file uploads. if i email it to myself at work and upload it, i get a msg saying it's too large, no matter how small i make it to fit the max limits on the resolution.
NFC stands for Near Field Communication. It allows for transfer of data of various types, up to and including photos, websites, docs, payment info and the list goes on. It can be used, coupled with NFC tags and certain apps like NFC Launcher to "tell" your phone to execute changes to your mobile state, start applications, etc...
I am using NFC to make purchases at 7-11 since they use an NFC payment terminal in addition to the standard credit card/debit card payment system. I have even bought McDonald's using NFC through the Google Wallet App included in AOKP by Roman.
It is awesome!
I use imgur for my Nexi screenshots -- upload via app, press copy BBCode link and paste into Tapatalk. Goes at full res too.
That seams like to much work and you have to pay for the "tags" is a no go for now
another common application is badge readers... many badges have the NFC tag embedded within the plastic. walk up, bring your badge up close, and your in! it's a very inexpensive way of restricting access to certain areas in hospitals, classified areas, etc.
I use imgur. Upload it to the app. Once uploaded selection the notification regarding the uploaded photo and you'll be taken into the imgur app. You will have various options below the pic.
Choose copy URL to clipboard. Then multi task back into the forum. At the top of a new post or reply is a scrollable list of options. Swipe this little nav bar from right to left and choose image. Now copy the URL with a long press and select paste. Be sure to delete the http:// text that appears in the dialogue box by default or you'll end up with http:// twice and thus a bad link. Let me show you an example of what this looks like below when all steps are followed:
Hope this helped and that I didn't get ninja'd!
Edit: I WAS NINJA'D! Damn youz Stigy!
ps - i wasn't really familiar with BW since i just bought it during the sale. just realized there is a new RobotoSkin, combined with setting the transparency to zero, it looks really clean IMO. thought i'd share.
I had to go back to the beginning and start reading again after I started giggling at TAR balls. Please 'splain this to me.
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