Buying the Right Data Collection Hardware.
Data collection is a part of everyday living which means you should be careful about how you approach it unless you are willing to use paper and pen for backup. When you decide to use electronic hardware to do this, the process will go much better than using papers and pen. However, you have to do it in a smart manner. It is okay to use tablets, smartphones and even netbook computers. However, have in mind the screen size of the device you are using. The wide the screen the more the questions will be on display which means convenience. When the answers are being fed on the device, its memory will be used up gradually. There will be no way for you to store more data when the CPU or memory of the device runs up. Thus, go there prepared with more storage space.
You should factor in special functionality features you may require. You can never know when it will be necessary for you to take photos as a means of getting additional data which is why you should bring with you a device which has powerful lenses to produce high-quality pictures. If there is recording to be done, you need a great microphone. At times, you may require a device which can accurately take GPS measurements. Electronic device function on batteries and they have to be recharged from time to time. You need one with a long battery life if the field you will be working at has no electricity. You should go to the field harmed with power banks and they are some for laptops.
Make sure the device you are using supports the language of communication as well as the font you need in conducting your survey. Do not assume anything even when the device models you are using are similar. Before the due date comes, it is good to take the devices on a test and you need to control the environment in such a way that it will be close to the one you will be conducting the survey at. Even if the hardware is an important part of the process, the software is just as important. Every hardware is meant to be used with a particular software. Therefore, the software you will be using in the data collection process should be supported by the hardware you will be using. Think about the money you have for the process too because there is no use buying expensive devices when it is clear you cannot afford them.