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Recommended Phones and Choosing a Phone


Choosing a phone for your CommCare project can be a hard decision.  The Dimagi team has worked to make this decision a bit easier by testing numerous different phone models and documenting their performance.  This page will provide you with the results of our testing as well as tips on how to choose the right phone for your project.


Recommended Phones/Tablets



 

Phone Model

US Tested?

Africa Tested?

India Tested?

Performance Notes?

Other Notes

ANDROID PHONES

Samsung Galaxy Y

  

Y

successfully supported Hindi script in India

 

Samsung Galaxy Mini

 

Y

   

Samsung Galaxy S GT-7562

  

Y

-successfully supported Hindi script in India

-largely supports Odiya script

This model is being replaced by the Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 GT-7582 in India (untested)

LAVA Iris 349+

  

Y

-successfully supported Hindi script in India

OUT OF PRODUCTION. Lava is coming out with a replacement model (Lava Iris 352e / 354e) - will need to be tested

Samsung Galaxy Win Duos (GT-I8552) Y -has difficulty scanning barcode off bright computer screen; when downloading app from CCHQ 
Samsung Galaxy Pocket Duos (GT-S5302)     

Samsung Galaxy Trend

     
Samsung Galaxy SIII Fame Lite S6790 Y  not available in India
Huawei G730-C00  Y (Myanmar)  
Huawei Ascend G510Y (Guatemala)    
ANDROID TABLETS
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4YYYsupports Hindi/Nepali script 
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3YYYsupports Hindi/Nepali script 
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2YYYsupports Hindi/Nepali script 
Micromax Funbook Alpha  Y-partially supports hindi script (Hindi script- vowel markings are inconsistent) 
Micromax Funbook Infinity  Y  
Videocon VT75C  Y-processor is not very fast out of the box 
Nexus 7   -does not support Lao script 
Onda V975s Core4   -Android 4.2.2 ROM includes the Zawgyi font by default if bought in Myanmar 
J2ME
Nokia C2-01YYY
  • best performing J2ME phone
  • going out of production soon
Nokia 206YYY
  • Has had some trouble running large forms. Before procuring you should test your app on a sample phone. May not handle large/complex forms well. For complex and large apps, consider low end Android devices instead of J2ME
  • going out of production soon
Nokia 109YYY
  • Has had some trouble running large forms. Before procuring you should test your app on a sample phone. May not handle large/complex forms well. For complex and large apps, consider low end Android devices instead of J2ME
 
Nokia 208YYY
  • Commcare Login defaults to alphanumeric (even though setting on HQ is numeric) which is a pain for low literate users & if icons are used in the main menu, the screen shows only black. If you want either of these features, do not use this phone until further notice.
 

 





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