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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 - Click here to learn more about selecting an Android phone

Samsung Galaxy Y

  

Y

  • successfully supported Hindi script in India
 

Samsung Galaxy Mini

 

Y

  
  • Tested in West Africa

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)
Samsung Galaxy Xcover S5690 Y 
  • limited internal memory, had to remove other apps but works well with only CommCare
  • water and shock resistant
  • Used in Mozambique

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
  • Also tested in Nepal
  • Also tested in Thailand
Samsung Galaxy Pocket Duos (GT-S5302) YY 
  • Also tested in Senegal
  • Also tested in India
Samsung Galaxy ACE NXT  Y
  • Successfully supported Hindi script in India
  • Successfully supported location capture through GPS
  • Had difficulties submitting forms with image capture
  • GPS supported
  • 3G supported
  • 4GB internal memory; expandable to 32 GB through microSD
Samsung Galaxy ACE S5830 Y 
  • good screen size for multimedia
  • low performance, slow to load big forms
  • Used in Mozambique

Samsung Galaxy Trend

     
Samsung Galaxy Young Duos (S6310) Y 
  • Successfully deployed very large forms (600+ questions)
  • Good internal memory
  • Used in Mozambique
Samsung Galaxy SIII Fame Lite S6790 Y  
  • not available in India
  • Also tested in West Africa
Huawei G730-C00  Y 
  • Also tested in Myanmar
Huawei Ascend G510Y   
  • Also tested in Guatemala
Huawei Ascend Y 511 Y 
  • Can handle large case loads (1500 cases)
  • Tested in East Africa; used in large-scale deployment in Kenya
Moto GY Y 
  • Current recommended FM phone for India and US
ANDROID TABLETS - Click here to learn more about selecting an Android tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4YYY
  • supports Hindi/Nepali script
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3YYY
  • supports Hindi/Nepali script
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2YYY
  • supports 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  Y
  • does not support Lao script
  • Also tested in Myanmar
Onda V975s Core4   
  • Android 4.2.2 ROM includes the Zawgyi font by default if bought in Myanmar
  • Also tested in Myanmar
J2ME - Click here to learn more about selecting a J2ME phone
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.
 

 

Phones Known to Work (not formally tested)

Dimagi Field Managers as well as other adventurous CommCare users have tested alternate phone models in the field with successful results.  We have listed these phones below.  These phones are good options for CommCare projects.  As with all phones not on our recommended phone list, we suggest testing the phone to ensure it meets your project requirements before procuring multiple phones.

Phone Model

US Tested?

Africa Tested?

India Tested?

Performance Notes?

Other Notes

 HCL ME Sync 1.0 (U3)  YSupports multiple Indian languages 
Reliance 3G Tablet  YDoes not support Hindi font 
Samsung Galaxy Young (GT-S6312)  Ysupports Hindi, Odiya fonts in India 
Samsung Xcover 2 (GT-S7710)  Ywater and dust proof 
Samsung Galaxy Star (GT-S5282)   has been tested by FMs positive for Hindi & Kannada support, GPS works. Yet to load test and go through checklist 
Samsung Star Pro   has been tested by FMs; works fine and supports Hindi, however processor feels significantly slower out-of-the-box 
Samsung Galaxy Pocket (GT-S5301)   (has been tested by FMs; works fine)  Interesting: probably has the smallest screen for android, but is usually around $100 
Samsung Galaxy Y (S5360) Y 

Will not allow installation on internal memory, only on SD card

Low internal memory

  • Used in Mozambique
Samsung Galaxy Y Pro (GT-B5510)    (works with most apps, but qwerty keyboard can be a bit problematic). Interesting: has a physical blackberry-style QWERTY keyboard. 
Samsung Galaxy Note II (GT-N7100)    (has been tested by FMs; works fine) 
Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus (GT-S7500)    (has been tested by FMs; works fine) 
Samsung Galaxy S II (SGH-I777)   (has been tested by FMs; works fine) 

Phones with Known Limitations

The phones listed below all have known limitations.  These phones may still be good options for a CommCare project depending on the projects needs.  As with all phones not on our recommended phone list, we suggest testing the phone to ensure it meets your project requirements before procuring multiple phones.

Phone Model

US Tested?

Africa Tested?

India Tested?

Performance Notes?

Other Notes

Samsung Galaxy Y

   
  • Problem- Default Sound RecorderThe sound recorder on the Galaxy Y improperly accepts the intent to record audio, and does not return the proper information to CommCare for audio recording questions.
    • Workaround: A different sound recording app can be installed from the Google Play market to replace the defective stock application.
  • Problem: Does not fully support Odiya font
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3   
  • Problem: Does not record audio, whether with default application or third-party recording application.
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1   
  • Problem: Runs Android 3.0/3.1 out of the box and the behavior with CommCare can sometimes lead to apps not working. Not yet field tested.
 
Samsung Galaxy S Duos   
  • Problem: There is a serious bug in the phone's software that causes CommCare to crash if number questions are added to the form. This occurs only on certain devices. Not recommended for use.
 
Lava Iris 351   
  • Problem: Does not fully support Hindi font
 

Lava Iris 349

   
  • Problem: Does not support GPS
 
Lava Iris 349+   
  • Problem: Does not support GPS
 
Nokia ASHA 206   
  • Problem: Frequently requires manual GPRS configuration.
  • Problem: Less memory/CPU than other Nokia models. Struggles with large complex forms.
 
Nokia 201   
  • Will have significantly reduced performance with case loads in your applications >150
 
Nokia 205   
  • Will have significantly reduced performance with case loads in your applications >150
 
Nokia 109   
  • Only 16MB RAM (not recommended for larger apps or apps with larger case lists)
 
Nokia e72   
  • Problem: Only allows for data push, cannot remote update version, cannot restore user data 
 
Huawei G730-C00   
  • Problem: Android 4.1.2, CommCare crashes if "Default storage location" is switched between runs
  • Problem: No WIFI Direct
  • Problem: GSM is 2G
  • Problem: When bought in Myanmar, not Unicode compatible font Zawgyi is installed
  • Problem: Load of Chinese bloatware
 

Unsupported Phones

Dimagi actively searches low-cost Java feature phones on the market and frequently tests them if they support CommCare and their performance. Phone models that have been tested and do not support CommCare include the Nokia 108, Nokia 220, Nokia 230, Samsung Metro Duos C3322, Samsung Metro Duos E2252, LG A390, Lava KKT31C, Micromax X264, Samsung Guru Music, Nokia ASHA 501, Nokia 225.

Counterfeit Phones

While it rarely happens, there have been a couple of projects during which FMs and the organization discovered that the phones purchased were counterfeit. While it is unclear whether there is a standard way, we propose the following for assessing the quality of the phones provided by the partner.

Counterfeit indicators for Android phones --

  • Google Play Store is missing. It is not even worth attempting to download it via Google.com, as this is often a challenge (or simply will not work).
  • The phone presents Chinese characters. Phones manufactured in China are notoriously of bad quality.
  • Validate the IMEI number. Generally, the 7th and 8th digits of the 15-digit number will tell you where the phone was manufactured (hence, its likely quality). See here for more information: http://www.spotafakephone.com/how-to-tell.cfm and here for IMEI testing: http://www.numberingplans.com/?page=analysis&sub=imeinr.
  • Your CommCare application crashes when you arrive at a date question.
  • Batteries die much more quickly than they should.
  • The phone has difficulty connecting to the internet.
  • Any other missing features that the phone should have. It is important to know the phone model's functionality before purchasing so as to check whether that functionality is missing on the phone you are testing. 



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