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Fustrating experience with Samsung SBeam
So this weekend I had a family get together. Most of us have Samsung Phones (S3, Note, Note 2, S4) and there is an iPhone blacksheep in the family.
My sister was sporing her new S4 is taking pictures and all.
So I decide to use the SBeam feature to teach her how to do it (I have the Note 2). I rarely use this feature and the last time I used it it was a bit difficult to setup, of course once it's working it's cake. So we place our phones together and no go. I check the S-Beam/NFC settings both are on. I'm baffled and embarrassment as I'm the most tech savvy in the group we decide to do it later without the group laughing at us. Of course the iPhone guy (I no longer refer to him as my brother) is smirking saying "I thought it was suppose to be easy...that's what the commercial tells us".
Later that day we finally try the SBeam again. It's a no go. So I borrow my wife's S3 and it works great, of course my sis has no interest in giving me the photo she just want's to make sure HER S-Beam works it does so she gets up an leaves. But I'm baffled I know I've used the SBeam before with my wife's S3 and my Note 2. I try it and it doesn't work.
So latter that night I get home and google this topic. It ends up the NFC chips on my note is on the top of my phone and the NFC for the S3/S4 are at the bottom. When I slide the top of my Note 2 to the bottom of my wife's S3 it works great.
This is frustrating. I know the technology is called Near Field Communication(NFC) but the technology should not have the res of only a few inches. And Samsung's directions on the phone are also misleading. Maybe I'm venting but I do feel if Samsung put so much effort behind S-Beam they should have made it a little more robust or giving the user some feedback as to where the NFC chip is at.