we've been happily using a fleet of Samsung Tab A 2019 8" tablets across sub-tropical turtle nesting beaches in Western Australia. Unfortunately, they are now at end of life and we're looking for replacement models. Together with silicone sleeves, tempered glass screen protectors and neoprene sleeves for transport, we were in turtle monitoring heaven.
Some tablets being prepared...
Two last batches heading out to two sub-tropical islands off the Pilbara coast, Thevenard and Delambre Island
Previously we've used the AU$ 100 Lenovo Tab3 7", which unfortunately had a sluggish GPS chip and no really good protective sleeve option. Here's our device shoot-out of our pre-Samsung Tab A 2019 trials.
The winning factors turned out to be the "iPad mini" form factor (8" display) and a fast GPS chip, combined with a AU$ 250 price for tablet and covers.
The holy grail we haven't found yet would include a powerful PIT tag scanner (reading through a human forearm would be enough) and a reliable compass (for bearings).
Pit tags are rice-grain sized passive integrated transponders (PIT) applied into turtles by syringes like these. They end up ca 5cm deep inside the animal's shoulder but can migrate through the muscle. A good approximation to test PIT tag scanners is to cover a PIT tag with a human forearm and scan through the arm. To my knowledge, there are no PIT tag scanners integrated into tablets yet. Domestic pets have PIT tags implanted (known as microchips) under the skin between the shoulders, where a scanner only needs to penetrate skin. Horses have PIT tags too, so any solution here would also benefit equestrian uses.
Our corporate supplier recommends as a replacement model the Samsung Tab A7 lite. Has anyone used this device so far?
What are everyone's favourite tablets to run ODK Collect?