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Which tablet device to use for offline CAPI surveys?

June 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Overview – To download this article in PDF, click here

Android tablets come in all sizes and features. From very cheap low end devices to full featured expensive high end devices. The following will detail some possible options for low, mid & high end devices. Tablets vary mainly in the following:

  • Size (3.5″, 7″, 10″ and sizes in between)
  • Screen quality
  • GPS (yes/no)
  • Cameras (No camera, forward facing or both forward and back facing)
  • Battery power
  • Storage
  • CPU power

Tablet sizes

There is a big distinction between the smaller 3.5″ mini tablets and the other 7″+ tablets. The mini tablets while being less expensive usually come equipped with both GPS and 2 cameras almost as a standard. However, for the larger tablets the availability of GPS and cameras is very dependent on price. It’s therefore that if the project requirements can endure smaller 3.5″ tablets, it will provide for better cost/benefits. For obvious reasons, smaller tablets will have smaller screens.

Screen quality

When showing videos & photos, screen size and quality can make a big difference. 10″ high-end devices will obviously provide the best combination of screen sizes and quality. However, smaller 7″ devices are also adequate in size to display images and videos. As a rule of thumb, the lower end devices tend to have screens of less quality so if displaying media is a high priority screen quality should be given attention.

Cameras

There are 2 types of cameras. Forward facing and backward facing. The forward facing camera is used in video conferencing to shoot the face of the person using the tablet. The backward facing camera is the one you use to take pictures of places. Usually, on the lower end tablets, either no camera is present or a forward facing camera only is present. If you need to take pictures of places/people on a regular basis, it is advised to choose a device with a backward facing camera.

Battery power

Battery power in tablets is affected from 3 main components:

  • The battery size – the bigger the better
  • CPU strength – the slower the better
  • Screen size/usage – the smaller the better, the less time the screen is on, the better.

Battery power is as far as we know not directly related to the cost of the device. There are high end devices with small batteries and lower end ones with big batteries.

CPU & Storage

While CPU & storage plays a big role when choosing a tablet for consumer use, when choosing a tablet for tablet surveys this has almost no implications. Any CPU will run SurveyToGo surveys fine. As for storage, for surveys with no videos this has no implication at all and for surveys where you need to capture/display videos it might be a consideration but with careful planning most devices should suffice.

Semi Rugged device (3.7″)

Device name Price Features Comment
Motorola Defy Mini XT320 ~$200

Possible low-end devices

Device name Price Features Comments
Archos 70 Internet Tablet 8 GB – Android 2.2 1 GHz $170
Lenovo Ideapad A1 22282MU 7-Inch Tablet $199
ViewSonic ViewPad 7e 4 GB $170
ViewSonic ViewPad 10s 16 GB

Possible Mid-High range devices

Device name Price Features Comment
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus WiFi 16 GB $350
ViewSonic ViewPad 10s 16 GB $250
Motorola XOOM With Wi-Fi 32 GB $350
Acer ICONIA Tab A500-10S16u 16 GB $300-$400
ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101 16 GB $350
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi 16 GB $350-$400

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How To: View Video Files Stored On You Android Device

April 8, 2012 Leave a comment

Overview

Showing video files on your Android device is something that might come in hand.
In most cases, we would normally attach the video file to the questionnaire itself.
However, sometimes the video file is large, and we would like to prevent long downloading time for the questionnaire, therefore, we should store the video on the device itself.
This is possible by following the next steps:

  1. Step 1: Create an ‘Attachment Source’ through the survey’s root Advanced Tab.
  2. Step 2: Create an empty question, and configure it in its advanced tab.

Step 1: Create an ‘Attachment Source’ through the survey’s root Advanced Tab.

  • Go to the ‘Advanced’ tab of the survey and click ‘Edit Attachments Sources’:
  • Create an attachment source, adding the path’s of the video files into it:
  • Please note that all letters within the path must be upper case.
  • For example, this attachment source would display first eh file named: “CITYOFGOD1.AVI” in a folder called “VIDEO”, after it, it would display “CITYOFGOD2.AVI”.
  • The second parameter is the order of the video (in case that you want to display several videos in the same question.)

Step 2: Create an empty question, and configure it in its advanced tab.

  • Create an empty question.
  • Go to its ‘Advanced’ tab, and configure it as the following:
  • Now you would be able to view video files stored on your device.

If you wish to show attachments from an external SD Card, you should first find out it’s path on the device.
In order to find it’s path, you can add the following script, to any of the questions start scripts:
Prompt(SDCardDir);

This will prompt you with your SD Card directory, as each device and card has a different path.
After you achieve this path, you can repeat the process described above.

That’s it !

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Categories: Android

How to: Synchronize a survey to the phone/tablet

August 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Overview

After you create and save your survey, the next step is to see it working on the tablet or phone. This can be done very easily by following these steps:

  1. Create a test survey – If you haven’t done this yet, you can view our online video to see how to do this.
  2. Target the survey to Android instead of windows. This is done from the Advanced tab of the survey:

  3. Put the survey in “Test” mode or “Production” mode:
  4. Next, you will need of course to install SurveyToGo on the Android tablet or phone – you can read a step by step instruction on how to do this here: https://manual.dooblo.net/2010/12/14/installing-surveytogo-for-android/
  5. Finally, simply login to SurveyToGo on the tablet or phone with your SurveyToGo credentials, make sure you are connected to the internet and wait a few seconds for the app to synchronize, that’s it! You should now be able to see your deployed surveys on your phone or tablet.

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Categories: Android, Installation

How to: Installing and using SurveyToGo for Android

March 13, 2011 Leave a comment

SurveyToGo for Android

We are very excited to release the version of SurveyToGo for Android.

We tried to make it as easy as possible to install the new SurveyToGo for Android and have managed to trim it down to these 2 steps:

  1. Step 1: Install SurveyToGo for Android on your mobile phone or tablet.
  2. Step 2: Get the latest SurveyToGo Studio and re-install it

After you do these 2 simple steps you will be able to target new and existing surveys to the Android platform.

Step 1: Install SurveyToGo for Android on your mobile phone or tablet

If you know how to use the barcode app on your phone, you can use the bar code below to install SurveyToGo on your Android phone:

Or simply open the Google Market:

Then, search for SurveyToGo:

And search for SurveyToGo. You should see it in the search results:

Tap on SurveyToGo and click the install button to install SurveyToGo for Android.

That’s it!

Step 2: Install SurveyToGo Studio

To install the SurveyToGo Studio version that supports creating surveys for Android, you will need to uninstall the current SurveyToGo Studio from your PC then use the following link to install the newest version of the SurveyToGo Studio.

  1. Uninstall SurveyToGo Studio by using the regular Windows Add/Remove Programs application.
  2. Click the following link to install the newest version of the SurveyToGo Studio:
    http://stg.dooblo.net/ws/Android/surveytogo.msi
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the new version of the SurveyToGo Studio application.

Targeting a survey to the Android platform using the new SurveyToGo Studio

The new SurveyToGo Studio includes the ability to target new/existing surveys to the new Android platform. To target a new survey to the Android platform:

  1. Create a new survey
  2. On the survey name step of the wizard, select the “Target Android based devices” option:

To target an existing survey to the Android platform:

  1. Open the Survey
  2. Switch to the “Advanced” tab of the survey and select the “Target Android based devices”:

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Categories: Android

SurveyToGo for Android version features

March 13, 2011 1 comment

SurveyToGo for Android version features We are very excited to release the version of SurveyToGo for Android. As The android release has the following features:

Topic Feature

Prior to December 2011

Release v1.0 (after December 2011)

SURVEY DESIGN question types:
SURVEY DESIGN Yes/No

No

No

SURVEY DESIGN Multiple Choice

Yes

Yes

SURVEY DESIGN Multiple Select

Yes

Yes

SURVEY DESIGN Text

Yes

Yes

SURVEY DESIGN Numeric

Yes

Yes

SURVEY DESIGN Rating

No

No

SURVEY DESIGN Scale

Yes

Yes

SURVEY DESIGN Date/Time

Yes

Yes

SURVEY DESIGN Stop Watch

No

Yes

SURVEY DESIGN Multi Topics

Yes

Yes

SURVEY DESIGN Empty

Yes

Yes

SURVEY DESIGN Expression

Yes

Yes

SURVEY DESIGN MultiText

No

Yes

SURVEY DESIGN MultiNumeric

No

Yes

SURVEY DESIGN Other specify support for answers

Yes

Yes

SURVEY DESIGN Chapters for better question hierarchy management

Yes

Yes

SURVEY DESIGN Full question text size & formatting options

No

No

SURVEY DESIGN Answers text formatting options

No

Yes

SURVEY DESIGN Answer Lists (Scales) for productivity

Yes

Yes

SURVEY DESIGN Skip (entrance) rules, validation rules, jump rules

Yes

Yes

SURVEY DESIGN Looping

Yes

Yes

SURVEY DESIGN Question start & end scripts

Yes

Yes

SURVEY DESIGN Survey initialization script

Yes

Yes

SURVEY DESIGN Multiple questions per page

Yes

Yes

SURVEY DESIGN Custom messages for certain survey events (end of survey etc.)

No

No

SURVEY DESIGN Survey Scores

No

Yes

SURVEY DESIGN Survey Attachments

No

Yes

SURVEY DESIGN Question Attachments

No

Yes

SURVEY DESIGN Randomization support for chapters, questions & answers

Yes

Yes

SURVEY DESIGN Variable names & answer coding for later export

Yes

Yes

SURVEY DESIGN Multi Language support

Yes

Yes

SURVEY DESIGN Child Surveys

No

No

SURVEY DESIGN Survey Custom Actions

No

No

SURVEY DESIGN Survey Custom Logo

No

No

SURVEY DESIGN Survey QA Score questions

No

Yes

SURVEY DESIGN Printing of the survey

Yes

Yes

SURVEY DESIGN Export of a survey

Yes

Yes

SURVEY DESIGN External list sources for long lists of answers

Yes

Yes

SURVEY DESIGN RTL (Right-To-Left) support

No

No

SURVEY DESIGN Survey Modes: Draft, Test, Production and Closed.

Yes

Yes

SURVEY DESIGN Auto-Preview of questions for the PDA & Laptop

Yes

Yes

SURVEY DESIGN Full emulator for PDA & Laptop surveys

Yes

Yes

SURVEY MODULE FEATURES Portrait, landscape, square and VGA screen support

Yes

Yes

SURVEY MODULE FEATURES Over-the-air installation

Yes

Yes

SURVEY MODULE FEATURES Secure login

Yes

Yes

SURVEY MODULE FEATURES Multiple surveys per surveyor

Yes

Yes

SURVEY MODULE FEATURES Seamless Offline / Online support

Yes

Yes

SURVEY MODULE FEATURES Backup option

No

No

SURVEY MODULE FEATURES Auto-GPS Location Capture

Yes

Yes

SURVEY MODULE FEATURES Capturing of Signatures, camera photos, videos & voice recordings

No

Yes

SURVEY MODULE FEATURES Automatic interview duration capture

Yes

Yes

SURVEY MODULE FEATURES Quota enforcement

Yes

Yes

SURVEY MODULE FEATURES Attachment support

No

Yes

SURVEY MODULE FEATURES Serial Port interaction support

No

No

SURVEY MODULE FEATURES Child Surveys

No

No

SURVEY MODULE FEATURES Fast-Switch technology for quick switching between X simultaneous interviews

No

No

SURVEY MODULE FEATURES One-Tap question advancement

Yes

Yes

SURVEY MODULE FEATURES Unbranding support

No

No

OPERATIONS FEATURES Global and per surveyor quota management

Yes

Yes

OPERATIONS FEATURES Live map: near-real-time on-map view of where all the surveyors are currently at (requires GPS)

Yes

Yes

OPERATIONS FEATURES Live map: detailed on-map view of surveyor route, along with the places where interviews took place

Yes

Yes

OPERATIONS FEATURES Operations Console enables you to view who did what where and when. Complete quality assurance control over each and every interview. Complete attachment management and history log of every stage in the interview life-cycle.

Yes

Yes

OPERATIONS FEATURES Operations console supports printing an interview directly from the console

Yes

Yes

OPERATIONS FEATURES Operations console supports internal discussion thread & interview statuses for workflow management

Yes

Yes

OPERATIONS FEATURES Operations console supports “Responsibility lists” per user – a user can have one or more surveyors added to his responsibility list and then sees only their interviews.

Yes

Yes

OPERATIONS FEATURES Operations Console shows all the surveyor sync-activity

Yes

Yes

OPERATIONS FEATURES Export of survey results to SPSS, MS Excel, MS Word, MS Access & XML

Yes

Yes

OPERATIONS FEATURES Command line export utility for scheduled batch exports of survey results

Yes

Yes

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Categories: Android
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