looking for Android phone models with IRDA and NFC support

Discussion in 'General Smartphone/Handheld/Wearable Discussion' started by khrome, Dec 9, 2017.

  1. khrome

    khrome Mobile Enthusiast

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    So I'm a big Tamagotchi fan (you know those Japanese virtual pets from the 90s that are shaped like eggs?) Bandai never stopped making them, and the new Japanese ones are pretty advanced. You can transfer content to some models using IRDA or NFC. The Tamagotchi community (outside of Japan) has been hard-pressed to find a device that supports both technologies. Most people are using a Palm Treo for IRDA and/or Nexus tablet for NFC. But ideally, most people would like one device, that is fairly current so it can also be used as an everyday phone. So my question is - could anyone suggest any phone or tablet models that fit this criteria? It must run Android though. The latest I have found is a Sharp Aquos made in 2015 which I wrote about here, but it would be nice to have more options:

    https://khrome.wordpress.com/2017/0...can-transfer-tamagotchi-downloadable-content/
     
  2. raspabalsa

    raspabalsa Brain stuck BogoMipping

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    IR ports are very scarce on smartphones. It's a shame, because I've always liked the ability to control my home devices with my phone. NFC is more common, especially in mid- to high- range phones. But there are several models with both features released later to 2015. You can use GSM Arena's Phone Finder to narrow your search, aplying filters for Android, NFC, IRDA, year released, screen size, etc. GSM Arena includes phones and tablets in its database. Be advised that the data is not 100% accurate. I've found a few errors, mostly omissions (certain model listed as not having a feature when in fact it does have it). Be sure to check specs with other more reliable sources, such as manufacturer webpage.
     
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  3. RickAgresta

    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    I know from personal use that the Samsung Galaxy S5 supports both out of the box; changing to a non-OEM battery may kill the NFC.
     
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  4. jigwashere

    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    phonedb.net might be able to help you find a device that has both NFC and Infrared. http://phonedb.net/index.php?m=device&s=query&d=detailed_specs

    Here is a comparison of all (recent) Android devices it found that have both NFC and Infrared in the US:

    http://phonedb.net/index.php?m=device&s=compare&ids=12514.12387.12386.11297.11287.11223.10917

    EDIT: For some reason, the compare above missed the Samsung Galaxy S5 and many others. You might have to play around with the database filters for a bit to get it right. Here's a somewhat more complete list (bit not comprehensive): http://phonedb.net/index.php?m=devi....8005.7981.7948.7869.7777.7060.7057.6974.6846
     
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  5. khrome

    khrome Mobile Enthusiast

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    Thank you raspabalsa and jigwashere - these resources are perfect! I have been using https://www.devicespecifications.com which is much harder to search on but I can use it for cross-referencing. And yeah, I definitely had to check out the manufacturers documentation even if a model did look promising on there.

    One thing I just remembered is that there phones with something called IR Blaster that will not work with the app we use. IR Blaster is used for universal remote commands, and the app we use is to send files. So if those database sites don't distinguish between between native IRDA and IR Blaster, the result set is probably smaller. But they're definitely a good place for me to start looking. :-D

    RickAgresta, that is a pretty weird bug, and good to know that's even a possibility on any phone. :eek:
     
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