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4.2 Preparing your hardware

In this section, “hardware” refers to the mobile device that will be used to collect data. The advantages and disadvantages of using smartphones and tablets will be detailed to help you choose the most appropriate device for your situation.

However, bear in mind that you do not necessarily need to use such a device if you collect your data remotely or directly from a computer via the web form.

This section also provides best practices for maintaining and preparing your device, such as tips for saving your battery or additional applications (barcode scanner, GPS test application) to smooth your collection.

This section is composed of 2 sub-sections: