Android phones : any experience?

Hi everyone,

This message is more for my fellow CommCare users, not directly to the support
team.

I’ve read the (very good) pages :

Charles Flèche - TSFI.vcf (286 Bytes)

··· - https://confluence.dimagi.com/display/commcarepublic/Recommended+Phones+and+Choosing+a+Phone - https://confluence.dimagi.com/display/commcarepublic/How+to+select+Java+Feature+vs. +Android+platforms

We are working on a ITC for Auxiliary Midwives in rural Myanmar. This will be
at first a ~30 phones deployment.

We are still not 100% sure if we should choose feature phones or Android
phones. Electricity supply is not great (but not disastrous either) and it
seems a charge a day would be possible.

We have a “marketing” problem to overcome : the population still doesn’t trust
our field workers very much and seems to doubt their skills. We believe that a
well done application not only will help them to better do their day-to-day
job, but providing them with a shiny, professional looking tool like a
smartphone will improve their image too.

I like the simplicity and cost of a Java feature phone. I like the ease of use
and the ease of use of a nice touchscreen.

However of all the phones I’ve seen in the streets since in the last few
weeks, the extremely vast majority were Chinese Android phones.

As a side note, pretty much all of our field workers are reasonably literate
and I’m confident they already know (or will learn quickly) how to use a
touchscreen.

So I’m afraid that if we provide them with feature phones they won’t use it as
much.

What is your take on this ? Did you succeeded in implementing an Android based
program ? Did you have to take this “field worker image” problem in account
while picking a technology ?

Many thanks,


Charles Flèche
mHealth advisor
Télécoms Sans Frontières http://www.tsfi.org
Première Urgence - Aide Médicale Internationale http://www.pu-ami.org
+95 9 431 978 25
Skype: charles.fleche

Hi Charles,

We are currently pre-testing our application which is going to be field
deployed in the first week of May in Pakistan. This commcare application is
also an aid for the Community Midwives providing services in remote areas
of Pakistan as well as a means of data collection. We have gone through a
similar situation while deciding on which phone sets to use and then
decided to go ahead with the android based for the following reasons
primarily mentioned on the links you have already seen on the Commcare site.

  1. The commcare odk application is easy and intuitive to use and is better
    at displaying information in the bigger screen
  2. Since using cell phones to track CMW(community midwives) data is an innovation
    in Pakistan, we wanted to start with a phone that gives software developers
    as many options as possible with respect to usability, functionality, etc.

However more importantly we thought that having an android phone is
probably more impressive for the field workers and might turn out to be an
additional reason for them to use the application more religiously. It
turned out most of them were very keen to have one and use one (as assessed
in our piloting session with them earlier this year)

We chose to use Samsung galaxy gts5282 model with android version 4.1.2.
Its a pretty decent phone and we have had a very smooth run of application
with this phone set so far. Also since the cost of android phone sets like
the one we are currently using is getting lower here in Pakistan, it was
not a deterring factor in choosing a set giving better usability.

Hope this information is helpful for you to come to your decisions.

Good Luck with your project

Regards
Zaineb

··· On Monday, April 21, 2014 11:07:04 AM UTC+5, Charles Flèche wrote: > > Hi everyone, > > This message is more for my fellow CommCare users, not directly to the > support > team. > > I've read the (very good) pages : > - https://confluence.dimagi.com/display/commcarepublic/Powering+phones > - > > https://confluence.dimagi.com/display/commcarepublic/Recommended+Phones+and+Choosing+a+Phone > - > > https://confluence.dimagi.com/display/commcarepublic/How+to+select+Java+Feature+vs. > > +Android+platforms > > We are working on a ITC for Auxiliary Midwives in rural Myanmar. This will > be > at first a ~30 phones deployment. > > We are still not 100% sure if we should choose feature phones or Android > phones. Electricity supply is not great (but not disastrous either) and it > seems a charge a day would be possible. > > We have a "marketing" problem to overcome : the population still doesn't > trust > our field workers very much and seems to doubt their skills. We believe > that a > well done application not only will help them to better do their > day-to-day > job, but providing them with a shiny, professional looking tool like a > smartphone will improve their image too. > > I like the simplicity and cost of a Java feature phone. I like the ease of > use > and the ease of use of a nice touchscreen. > > However of all the phones I've seen in the streets since in the last few > weeks, the extremely vast majority were Chinese Android phones. > > As a side note, pretty much all of our field workers are reasonably > literate > and I'm confident they already know (or will learn quickly) how to use a > touchscreen. > > So I'm afraid that if we provide them with feature phones they won't use > it as > much. > > What is your take on this ? Did you succeeded in implementing an Android > based > program ? Did you have to take this "field worker image" problem in > account > while picking a technology ? > > Many thanks, > > -- > Charles Flèche > mHealth advisor > Télécoms Sans Frontières http://www.tsfi.org > Première Urgence - Aide Médicale Internationale http://www.pu-ami.org > +95 9 431 978 25 > Skype: charles.fleche >

Many, many thanks Zaineb, that was very useful. I think we’ll go down the
Android route too.

··· On Friday 25 April 2014 06:01:07 zaineb.suleman@gmail.com wrote: > We chose to use Samsung galaxy gts5282 model with android version 4.1.2.


Charles Flèche
mHealth advisor
Télécoms Sans Frontières http://www.tsfi.org
Première Urgence - Aide Médicale Internationale http://www.pu-ami.org
+95 9 431 978 25
Skype: charles.fleche