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    Default So no NFC for Bionic?

    They held the device back to make it the cream of the crop. Yet over 6 months after the first Android phone debuted with NFC; the Droid Bionic, the phone that is supposed to be as big as the Original Droid, does not have NFC.

    Is anyone as pissed about this as I am? Sure NFC doesn't mean that much today, but give it another 6-8 months and we will all be wishing we had NFC on our two year contracts....
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    What is NFC?
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    NFC is Near Field Communication.

    Its going to be the next HUGE thing in the mobile world and is already in the Nexus S.

    Just go to google and search: Google Wallet

    That will only be the beginning.
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    Not a big deal right now, but it is just another reason why I no longer find this to be the two year option I had once hoped it would be.

    In any case, NFC won't be a deal breaker for many and it probably shouldn't be. I think we will see more of it in the near future, but it won't be an every day type of thing for another year or so probably.
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    meh... in the time it will take to unlock the phone, load up the App, and authorize the payment... I can whip out a credit card and be done with it. Most of the specs on the Bionic or whatever name it will have, are not out yet.
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    I haven't seen anything conclusive on it having it or not having it. If they don't have it on the handset I can understand the anger. Not one handset in Verizon's lineup up with it. I do believe the Galaxy S Function will have it but that doesn't help those of you who want the Bionic.

    But they did give you WebTop

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    And they are already making work-arounds for phones that inherently lack this feature: MicroSD Cards with Integrated NFC.

    Everyone relax!
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    I don't think anyone has mentioned if it has NFC or not(not officially anyways). If it doesn't, I'm disappointed but it's not too big of deal. there is work around's and unless you live in LA or something then you won't see it for a while anyways. I live in Charlotte, NC so I doubt it's going to explode here for a while, especially small cities, for quite a while. I do understand your frustration though. If I have to wait 8 months for a phone then I would have thought it'd be up to the latest tech.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CK View Post
    I haven't seen anything conclusive on it having it or not having it. If they don't have it on the handset I can understand the anger. Not one handset in Verizon's lineup up with it. I do believe the Galaxy S Function will have it but that doesn't help those of you who want the Bionic.

    But they did give you WebTop Sent from my Droid
    you just couldn't pass that up, could you?! i was just discussing this issue over at HoFo (and by "discussing" i mean that i was asking dumb questions, and others were giving thoughtful responses). in any event, someone brought up the fact that ICS should make the webtop much more useful from an apps standpoint. i have to admit, i hadn't thought about it in that light, and it does make some sense.

    admittedly, it is still slightly more bloat than practical usefulness. but, there are some aspects that appeal to me for my line of work.

    as to the thread topic, i haven't seen anything confirming or denying NFC. one would expect that NFC would have been touted, if available, in the leaked specs. and, the fact that Moto seems to be distancing itself somewhat from Google, with its own UI, also doesn't inspire a lot of hope. but still, i would hope that such a highly touted, and long long awaited, device would include what is on the verge of no longer being called "cutting edge" tech, but just "tech." still, probably not a deal breaker for me.

    i looked again at the GS2 specs, and they still impress. but again, for reasons i can't pinpoint, i don't get nearly as excited about the GS2 as i do about the Targa... Maybe i need to see my therapist more often.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Ride View Post
    And they are already making work-arounds for phones that inherently lack this feature: MicroSD Cards with Integrated NFC.

    Everyone relax!
    You took the words out of my mouth.
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    If it doesnt then that is fine (where is it confirmed that it doesnt have NFC) with me. Hell, over here in central california with all this farmland we barely have 3G! i get 1X some of the time, im getting the bionic for future proofing with 4g and dual core, i doubt NFC is coming here in 2 years or will be that great, i can wait for them to iron out that tech and bring it out here to the sticks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by huskerkate View Post
    you just couldn't pass that up, could you?! i was just discussing this issue over at HoFo (and by "discussing" i mean that i was asking dumb questions, and others were giving thoughtful responses). in any event, someone brought up the fact that ICS should make the webtop much more useful from an apps standpoint. i have to admit, i hadn't thought about it in that light, and it does make some sense.

    admittedly, it is still slightly more bloat than practical usefulness. but, there are some aspects that appeal to me for my line of work.

    as to the thread topic, i haven't seen anything confirming or denying NFC. one would expect that NFC would have been touted, if available, in the leaked specs. and, the fact that Moto seems to be distancing itself somewhat from Google, with its own UI, also doesn't inspire a lot of hope. but still, i would hope that such a highly touted, and long long awaited, device would include what is on the verge of no longer being called "cutting edge" tech, but just "tech." still, probably not a deal breaker for me.

    i looked again at the GS2 specs, and they still impress. but again, for reasons i can't pinpoint, i don't get nearly as excited about the GS2 as i do about the Targa... Maybe i need to see my therapist more often.
    There's no such thing as a stupid question husker! I say ask away..

    Anyway yeah I'm not convinced or sold on this webtop nonsense. Maybe the Bionic will run the enviroment better than the Atrix I don't know. I personally think that in order to have the phone run butter smooth and run webtop they need more RAM. Samsung has it nailed with the GSII right now in regards to iOS like smoothness. EVO 3D may follow suit. If Moto figures it out and bumps up RAM they should be in business but until then ill believe it when I see it.

    No way to sell me on it or dress it up to be sexy its bloat.....in my humble opinion of course.

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    So CK, "IF" the bionic came with an unlocked bootloader and Developers made it able to remove the webtop feature, would you cOnsider the bionic more?
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    when it comes down to it, i'm just gonna have to force myself to give the GS2 a hard look, and do so with an open mind. i've always had a preference for Moto phones (and the D1 has just further cemented that preference), and maybe that history is clouding my judgment and not letting me objectively evaluate Moto's recent shenanigans and shortfalls with respect to this device..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Ride View Post
    And they are already making work-arounds for phones that inherently lack this feature: MicroSD Cards with Integrated NFC.

    Everyone relax!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cvballa3g0 View Post
    So CK, "IF" the bionic came with an unlocked bootloader and Developers made it able to remove the webtop feature, would you cOnsider the bionic more?
    Awesome question!!

    No I would not. I'm pretty much in love with the SAMOLED + screen on the Samsung. I will say that the Bionic unlocked would be a beast. Would make for one of the best developer phones out there in my opinion. I'm just partial to the Samsungs screen.

    I do like the Bionic and think people are getting a great phone its just not my cup of tea at this time. I do REALLY REALLY like Motorola though. Hey this what makes Android great. We get so many choices accept on Verizon lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huskerkate View Post
    i looked again at the GS2 specs, and they still impress. but again, for reasons i can't pinpoint, i don't get nearly as excited about the GS2 as i do about the Targa... Maybe i need to see my therapist more often.
    I think this is a problem(?) with the Android phones right now. They are coming out at such a fast and furious clip, it can drive you crazy if want to get the "latest, greatest" high end device. They seem to be cutting edge for about a minute nowadays. I was all set to get a Galaxy Tab 10.1 and now I am thinking about the Toshiba tablet.

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    I have to say that I'm a long time Samsung hater (my wife and I just hit a critical mass of bad experiences...even some pre-Android phones), but honestly I'm ready to take the GS2 line seriously at this point. And I definitely want NFC. Although to be honest if no good Verizon phones show up by this fall I may just hop to Sprint for the Nexus 3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CK View Post
    Awesome question!!

    No I would not. I'm pretty much in love with the SAMOLED + screen on the Samsung. I will say that the Bionic unlocked would be a beast. Would make for one of the best developer phones out there in my opinion. I'm just partial to the Samsungs screen.

    I do like the Bionic and think people are getting a great phone its just not my cup of tea at this time. I do REALLY REALLY like Motorola though. Hey this what makes Android great. We get so many choices accept on Verizon lol.

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    So it's the display and the "smoothness" of the GSII that you like.. hmm i see.
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    Default No NFC on the Droid Bionic? Fail!

    Quote Originally Posted by aanasa View Post
    They held the device back to make it the cream of the crop. Yet over 6 months after the first Android phone debuted with NFC; the Droid Bionic, the phone that is supposed to be as big as the Original Droid, does not have NFC.

    Is anyone as pissed about this as I am? Sure NFC doesn't mean that much today, but give it another 6-8 months and we will all be wishing we had NFC on our two year contracts....
    I could not agree more!! I have been waiting for NFC ever since I heard about. I even considered the Nexus S because of NFC but decided to hold off for the Bionic. This sucks!

    Does anyone know what the next high end Android phone with NFC is?
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    Quote Originally Posted by huskerkate View Post
    i looked again at the GS2 specs, and they still impress. but again, for reasons i can't pinpoint, i don't get nearly as excited about the GS2 as i do about the Targa... Maybe i need to see my therapist more often.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrpaulc View Post
    I could not agree more!! I have been waiting for NFC ever since I heard about. I even considered the Nexus S because of NFC but decided to hold off for the Bionic. This sucks!

    Does anyone know what the next high end Android phone with NFC is?
    There's a sticker for that. Seriously, Google said at I/O that phones that didn't have NFC chips could work with a sticker. And no, you can't accidentally make a purchase with a sticker. That was covered. Right now there are only two of three cities testing NFC. I wouldn't expect it to garner any ubiquity until 2013.
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    CK, aftet getting my Charge, I really have to agree with your reasons for liking the GS2. If it had LTE, or I didn't care if it did, I would have waited for it. I LOVE this screen and how open this phone is, even if the SoC isn't the hottest game in town anymore. Considering this is a very similar phone save the soc and ram, I expect I'll be quite happy with it for some time, and an LTE GS2 in the future would be a great upgrade. Who knows, maybe that'll be the Charge 2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cvballa3g0 View Post
    So it's the display and the "smoothness" of the GSII that you like.. hmm i see.
    Yes sir. Another factor that I failed to mention is that I don't feel the need to root and ROM the Galaxy S 2 and can enjoy it OTB. I've had my share of modding my phone's for a while so that was another determining factor. Actually that was at the top of the list. "Can I enjoy this phone without NEEDING to mod it?"

    The answer was a resounding Yes. Will I ever mod it? Maybe maybe not I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. But when it runs like a champ OTB I'm a satisfied customer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruiserdude View Post
    CK, aftet getting my Charge, I really have to agree with your reasons for liking the GS2. If it had LTE, or I didn't care if it did, I would have waited for it. I LOVE this screen and how open this phone is, even if the SoC isn't the hottest game in town anymore. Considering this is a very similar phone save the soc and ram, I expect I'll be quite happy with it for some time, and an LTE GS2 in the future would be a great upgrade. Who knows, maybe that'll be the Charge 2.
    Yeah after seeing the screen on the Charge I had to have SAMOLED+ nothing can parallel its richness in my opinion.



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