NFC offers the possibility of wireless charging, nevertheless what else can you do with it?
NFC charging plates are a nice idea, but who may be bothered to use them? Having said that what about a charging plate that will also play your music? Well here is the JBL PowerUp, an NFC/Bluetooth sound dock aimed at the new Nokia Windows devices like the Lumia 820 and 920.
No, you won’t get earth-shuddering bass, although you do get a surprisingly full sound from such little speakers. Available in white, baby blue or black colours, the JBL PowerUp is a solid-looking piece of kit — functional and dependable, if not necessarily sleek and sexy.
You can find it on sale right now for around £199.
The NFC plate on top of the device is marked by a rubber roundel with the Nokia logo right in the middle. An embedded motion sensor recognises when you come close & activates 4 navigating lights that mark out the limits of the NFC plate. Place your NFC-enabled phone on the plate and it will charge while you play. It won’t play your music by means of NFC naturally, for that you’ll also want to have Bluetooth switched on.
Wireless charging only makes sense when it’s practical, and the PowerUp absolutely offers that. Playing music from your phone via Bluetooth will soon bite enormous chunks out of your battery life, so it makes sense to be in a position to rest your phone on top of the speaker to keep it undoubtedly purchased while you play. Yes, you can plug it into the mains, however honestly, this really is a lot more convenient, and rather than taking up the space of a charging plate, the JBL PowerUp actually justifies its place on your shelf or desktop. And in the event you just need to charge without playing music, you do not even need to switch the speaker on — so long as it is plugged in it will still charge your phone!
Around the back of the device there is a micro USB but that’s only for connecting to your PC or laptop to download any future software updates. In the event you want a wired connection to the device you’ll want to get a 3.5mm headphone jack, for which there’s a lead supplied.