« on: September 18, 2014, 01:42:29 PM »
I agree with everything you said here, with the clarification it is Near field, not Touching field so you could put the camera and reader within a few inches to maybe a couple of feet whilst downloading.
Yes, I realize they don't literally have to be touching, but with standard (nondirectional) antennas, the typical range of NFC is only about four inches (10 cm). The longest-range versions that I'm aware of only reach about twice that distance. That's a short enough range to preclude, for example, the obvious use case—putting this device in your pocket and hanging the camera around your neck and having the devices synchronize with each other transparently over NFC.
Edit: Also, the speed is probably dependent on distance, so that maximum speed is likely measured at an inch or two away. Even if it managed to barely pick up a signal from pocket-to-chest distance, it would be slower than molasses in February.