The wonderful wire-free world of mobile tech
Wireless tech has transformed the mobile phone world over the last few years. Thanks to Bluetooth and NFC, it’s possible for images, videos, even payments, to fly between devices without cables.
The technology hasn’t just enriched our lives, but has also made things a lot easier. Older phone owners will remember needing USB cables and different software on PCs and Macs to transfer photographs – now it’s just a case of tapping the images or videos you want to share, pair with your device, such as a laptop, and press ‘send’.
It’s been around for a few years and Bluetooth now plays a surprisingly major role in many of our lives. We can transfer a whole plethora of content between devices and access entire phone-based music libraries from our car stereos. We can even make hands-free calls and remotely control other devices.
NFC takes things to the next level, offering similar wireless functionality, but easier connectivity. With NFC, there’s no need to go through a ‘pairing’ process, simply tap your Nokia Lumia on an NFC device, such as a speaker, and you’ll be able to instantly stream music.
While NFC offers better ease of use, Bluetooth is the wireless technology of choice if you intend to stray a little further afield, remaining paired with devices up to ten metres away, rather than centimetres.
Both Bluetooth and NFC have resulted in a thriving accessories market, including speakers, hands-free kits, stereo headphones and other cool gadgets.
Bluetooth accessories aren’t just restricted to the Nokia Lumia range either, with Bluetooth tech also available on the Nokia Asha 500, Asha 501, Asha 502 and Asha 503.
Our favourite wireless accessories
This tiny headset connects to your Nokia Lumia via Bluetooth, so you can enjoy hands-free conversations on the go. It features a rechargeable battery, and it also charges wirelessly – just pop the headset in the accompanying stand when you’re finished, and it’ll be ready and waiting the next time you need to make a hands-free call.
The JBL PowerUp Wireless Charging Speaker is a tour-de-force of wireless technologies, packing in NFC, Bluetooth and wireless charging to fantastic effect. Put your Nokia Lumia on top of the speaker and your music will stream automatically, with compatible Lumia’s also charging simultaneously. If your phone doesn’t sport NFC, just connect via Bluetooth.
The Nokia Treasure Tag is one of the most exciting products we’ve seen this year, using either NFC or Bluetooth to hook up with your Lumia, making it easy to track misplaced valuables. Attach it to a set of keys, your wallet, your children and both the Tag and your phone will emit a warning tone if they creep out of range.
Check In with Nokia NFC Writer
Nokia NFC Writer lets you create your own bespoke NFC tags that perform specific functions. For example, you can program an NFC tag on your car’s dashboard that, once tapped, will text someone to let them know you’re on the way home. Or send a tweet. Or launch an app. The possibilities are endless.
Cable-free charging with the Nokia DT-601
Bluetooth and NFC aren’t the only wireless technologies offered by Nokia. With accessories like the Nokia DT-601 wireless charging plate, juts place your compatible Lumia (adorned with accompanying charging sleeve) on top of it and it’ll re-juice automatically. No wires, no worries.
Apps like Nokia MixRadio and Spotify turn your Lumia into a potent portable music player. The Purity Pro headset really lets you get the best out of your favourite tracks. As with some of the other accessories here, the headset features both Bluetooth and NFC, so you can either tap to enjoy music with the latter, or use the quick-pairing process to listen via Bluetooth.
What wireless accessory or service couldn’t you live without? Leave a comment and let us know.