Stocking Stuffer Idea: AndyTags NFC Stickers for automating and simplifying tasks

If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer or gift idea, then take a look at AndyTags NFC Stickers. Since most of the newer phones are sporting Near Field Communications (NFC), they make a great gift. What can you do with NFC tags? Well we did a review of NFC Tag Launcher earlier in the year so check that out, but essentially you can use them to automate tasks like to quickly turn settings on or off or open apps. For example, lets say you’re heading to bed, you can program a sticker to switch your phone to silent mode. Just put the sticker on your nightstand and touch your NFC-enabled phone to the sticker and bingo, your phone is now in silent mode. You can also use them to open certain apps as well. Let’s say you like to listen to Slacker in your car. You can program a sticker to tell your phone to open Slacker. Just keep the sticker in your car and when you get in, you can touch the sticker with your phone and Slacker will be opened. You can even program the same sticker to turn on Bluetooth at the same time. If you find that you always text your spouse when you’re on the way home, you can even automate that. The possibilities are endless.

AndyTags are fully programmable and it’s so easy to do. Just use an app such as NFC Tag Launcher to set the parameters and it will program the tag for you. You never have to program it again unless you want to change the parameters. AndyTags come in all sorts of colors and they look cool with the bugdroid that is synonymous with Android. Now AndyTags work with the majority of phones available today, but if you own a Nexus 4 and a Nexus 10 you have to buy the NTAG203 version since Google decided to go with Broadcom for the hardware for both of those devices. These tags work with all other devices, but the one limitation is they have less memory. It’s probably enough, but if you plan on saving a lot of data to the tags, it could be an issue. If you don’t own a Nexus 4 or 10, you might want to consider using their Mifare classic tags, which have more memory. Not to confuse things, the Mifare tags can actually be used with the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10, they just can’t be programmed by those devices. That means if you have another device, like a Nexus 7, you could essentially program them and still use them. I know, it’s a little complicated, but you can read more about this issue here.

I mentioned NFC Tag Launcher as an app you can use to program your tags, but there are a number of other apps. AndyTags makes it easy for you to decide which one will work the best for you with their mini reviews on the site. They know NFC better than anyone so they have done the work of testing all these apps to save you time. Their recommendations are what they believe to be the best ones available today and they will continue to update the page.

AndyTags go for $2.99 each, but you will want to buy more than one, and at the same time get a better deal. You can grab the Mifare classic tags (not compatible with the Nexus 4 or Nexus 10) for $9.99 for 5, $14.99 for 15, or $24.99 for 20. They come in your choice of blue, red, green, pink, or orange. They even offer a set of all 5 colors for $9.99, 2 sets for $14.99, or 4 sets for $24.99. The NTAG203 tags are compatible with the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 (as well as all other devices) and will cost the same as the Mifare classic series, but your colors are limited to either ICS blue or gray. If you plan on sticking your tags to metal surfaces, they do offer a version of the Mifare classic with an anti-metal backing for a little extra.

So there you have it. I think they make a perfect gift for anyone who likes to simplify their lives and at the same time enjoys cool stuff. They even make the perfect gift for yourself. I can personally attest to it since I have been using them for a few weeks now, and they work great. I especially love to use them when iPhone users are around!! Head over to AndyTags to get your order in and tell them Talk Android sent ya.


About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.