For those of you who are unfamiliar with what NFC, it’s the technology that is used to enable wireless payments from your phone whether you use Android Pay (Google Wallet) or Apple Pay. For those of you who are familiar with Android Beam, that’s also only possible through having an NFC chip in the phone.
Why is everyone upset that the OnePlus 2 doesn’t have NFC?
NFC isn’t a new technology. It’s years old and has struggled to catch on. Thankfully, Apple has recently committed fully to the technology with Apple Pay and has caused an awareness for NFC. While NFC isn’t as prominent as I would like for it to be, it’s an emerging technology that is needed in order for a phone to be consider future proof.
OnePlus is marketing the phone as the flagship killer of 2016 but how can your phone be a flagship killer of 2016 when it’s missing a a feature that’s on the rise and was available on their first smartphone? It’s one thing to not include NFC and another thing to say your phone is future proof but is missing features that other flagships have and have had for years. That’s why everyone is so upset with the lack of NFC.
If you’re upset with the lack of NFC, perhaps you will find the reasoning behind the removal a little comforting.
“We heard from a lot of users of the One and saw most of our users weren’t using NFC.”
So there you have it. The phone contained technology that the world wasn’t ready for. So the appropriate response is to remove that feature until the world is ready for it. By law, America will be forced to implement chip and pin which is usually accompanied by NFC payment terminals.
With NFC aside, the OnePlus Two has enough to be considered an amazing phone. For $389 for the 64 GB model you get 5.5 inch screen, 13MP camera, 4GB RAM and 3300mAh battery. On paper, the OnePlus Two is the best bang for your buck when it comes to flagship phones.