NFC tag success with TecTiles

After first failed NFC experiment I started to look for some more compatible NFC tags. After some quick search on shops (I wanted to get tags quickly and not wait for long time to receive them), I found Samsung TecTiles EAD-X11SWE as the most suitable choice. They are white 25mm x 25mm NFC Tag Stickers sold as accessory for Samsung phones (5 tags cost around 15 Euros). After checking that they were really second generation compatible with my Samsung S4 mini I bough them.

They worked well. Getting started helped to get started.

Samsung TecTile is an app lets you read and write TecTile NFC tags. You can create TecTiles to change settings on your phone, launch applications, update social status, or even make phone calls or send text messages automatically.

The first tests with TecTile app was success. I could get selected application to launch or change phone profile when then touch the tag. I plan to use those tags to for example turn device on Silent when I placed it next to bed and on car hands-free mode when I place the phone on the phone holder in the car. I thinks I use TecTiles app for this instead of some other alternatives like Trigger.

On thing what I wanted to try with NFC tag was making a tag for a business card that opens web browser to when you touch NFC phone with it. After some testing I could not easily to get TecTile app to do what I wanted. Fortunately there are other software to try. After testing several of them I found that NFC TagWriter by NXP is a very good software to program and read NFC tag contents. With that I could easily make a tag that opens web browser pointing to


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    Near-Field Communication is different from other wireless technologies, yet it’s complex and requires production testing.

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    The following misconceptions are commonly held when it comes to NFC testing.

    Misconception No. 1: NFC is similar to other wireless technologies, such as WiFi and Bluetooth.
    Misconception No. 2: NFC is a low-cost, simple radio. There is no reason to test it.
    Misconception No. 3: Pass/Fail testing using a “Golden Unit” is all you need for NFC. Anything more is overkill and too complicated to implement in manufacturing.
    Misconception No. 4: Pass/Fail with a Golden Unit is the shortest way to test; anything other than pass/fail would decrease my factory throughput.
    Misconception No. 5: Sample testing is fine for NFC devices.
    Misconception No. 6: The NFC standard used in my market is all I need to implement from a test perspective.
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