QR codes versus NFC

 

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QR codes versus NFC is a subject of some debate in mobile communications technology. There are a number of things that they are similar in, but each has distinctive advantages over the other. These advantages are so fundamental to the operation of some devices, this is the root of most debate of their usage. The differences between Quick Response codes and Near Field Communication can be simplified as follows.

What each type of technology does is essentially the same, this makes them very clear in their differences. In essence both types of technology aid in getting small amounts of information to a mobile phone device without typing. Now here are the differences, pros and cons with QR codes versus NFC. Knowing these will make users more ready to understand what they can or cannot do with the smartphone and mobile device. It will also make it easier to know what kind of things a user can do with their devices before purchasing them, which can save them much aggravation.

QR codes support URL, text, phone numbers and SMS messaging data types. NFC supports all that QR codes do plus email messaging, business VCard technology, signatures, Bluetooth and WIFI connection data types. Obviously NFC supports several more types of data than QR codes. Both are made for the best possible functionality in their individual areas technologically.

Here are the basic pros and cons for QR codes and NFC, as they apply to their use with mobile devices and wireless connectivity for most users globally.

QR codes have these pros. These include all phones having the necessary hardware, they are cost effective, allow print or display anywhere and scanning of pre-composition SMS messages. QR codes have these cons. The devices are not always weatherproof. The scanning process can be lengthy and hard to utilize. Still QR codes can be so drastically less in cost, that they are a viable alternative in many situations online.

NFC has these pros. Devices are generally weatherproof, tech support is usually good, rapid scanning capabilities and they allow for complete two way communications. NFC has these cons. It is clearly more expensive, has limited support for some phones and it cannot be used for many things QR codes can. All the major problems still associated with NFC are probably going to be solved with the progress of technology.

QR codes can be scanned for many functions that would be much more costly with NFC, including TV, magazines, newspapers, billboards and other forms of public advertising. On the other hand, NFC has many wide ranging abilities that will likely become predominant in the near future. Mobile devices are likely to grow more capable and utilize more aspects of NFC technology, but this does not seems to make QR codes likely to go away either. So it seems that in the battle of QR codes versus NFC, there is not currently a clear winner or loser. Both have applications that appear to make them relevant in the near future technologically.