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What devices should I buy?
We don’t make any specific device recommendations since it really depends on what your needs are and your operating system of choice. (Android, iOS, Windows)
There are a wide variety of devices at various price and quality points.
Generally speaking, we recommend you avoid the generic bottom of the range devices since these are usually very cheap for a reason – namely poor GPS, display and processing components.
Mid-range devices from name-brand manufacturers such as Sony, Samsung, Apple, Google, Motorola, HTC, LG, Asus, Nokia, Zebra etc are usually reliable choices.
A suggested approach is to trial a couple of your preferred phone/tablet devices for a few days in the field first.
This way if the device turns out poorly or is not liked by your staff, you have only spent money on a couple of these devices.
If the trial works out well and your staff like the devices, then you know its a good fit and you should aim to standardise on that device if possible.
- Generally, we believe that 7″ tablets are the best option for pure app usage since you have more screen space in the tablet form factor, while the 7″ are still quite light-weight and easy to carry compared to 10″ tablets.
- If you need your staff to be able to make calls etc, then a 4.5″ or larger phone would be ideal.
Larger screens make the app use that little bit easier for people with “fat fingers” 🙂