Tablet for filling out ODK forms

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  1. alliusis

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    General Questions.

    1. What is your budget?
    We will pay as much as we need to, but this is for a registered charity so ideally lower than 500-700 if possible.

    2. Would you consider purchasing used/refurbished?
    Yes absolutely

    3. Do you prefer a media/mobile tablet like the iPad, Windows tablet PC, or notebook convertible?
    We don't need it to be anything fancy, just something that can reliably fill out ODK forms and manage data (excel, google sheets, etc).

    4. What size Tablet PC would you prefer?
    • 5 to 7-inches
    • 7.1 to 10-inches
    • 10 to 13-inches
    • Above 13-inches

    5. Which country do you intent to purchase from [where do you live]?
    Canada

    6. Do you have any preferences to brand loyalty or dislikes?
    Nope, as long as it works.

    7. How many hours battery life do you require?
    Ideally it will be plugged in when not in use, but I guess 4-5 hours would work OK.

    8. What will be the primary usage scenario of this tablet? (Email/Web Surfing/Drawing/Word Processing/Entertainment/Notetaking etc)
    Used to fill out a daily health checklist (using ODK forms) at an Aviary I volunteer with. Potentially fill out other forms such as tracking toys, etc.

    9. Do you have an OS preference? For example, do you own an iPhone and a Mac, or are you a Windows fan? Do you own an Android device and use Google services frequently?
    No preference, whatever works.

    10. What software and tasks do you intend to run? (Microsoft Office or other Word Processing Suite/Photoshop/3D Studio Max/Autocad etc)
    Outside of ODK, potentially Excel and/or Google Sheets and other basic data management programs.

    11. Do you intend on playing Games? If so please list.
    No.

    12. Would you like to stream content through your home theater system?
    No.

    Screen Specifics

    1. Any preference on screen resolution?
    No.

    2. Will you be using the tablet outdoors? Do you need to be able to see it through glare from the sun?
    See the above linked FAQ for guidance
    No.

    3. Do you require a pen? With or without pressure sensitivity? Do you prefer Wacom EMR, AES or N-trig?
    See the above linked FAQ for guidance
    No, probably not.

    Component Specifics

    1. What size Hard Drive and Memory do you require? Would you like expandable memory?
    32 GB should be fine. We are aiming to upload the data up to the cloud at least once weekly.

    2. What sort of inputs do you require, if any? Would you like full-sized USB and SD card slots? Are microUSB and microSD ok? Do you require HDMI inputs?
    No important inputs.

    Misc
    1. Other non specific items ~ please add other items you require not covered above?
    Something not too delicate -something that fits into common drop-resistant/child-proof cases. The following isn't necessary, but if there's a tablet that interfaces well with some kind of locking system (to protect against theft) that would be great.

    2. Additional requests ~ anything other you wish to take into consideration?
    Needs to have a back-facing camera. Having a kiosk mode would great as to not confuse or frustrate some technologically-challenged crew leaders.

    Thanks!!
     
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