Survey123 Fieldwork Hardware?

Discussion created by heathmanderson on Nov 1, 2016
Latest reply on Jan 9, 2019 by phil.hickey@nt.gov.au

We are looking to purchase an iPad with a stylus or a MS Surface Pro 4.  What is the consensus as to which device works better for using Survey123.  Currently, we aim to deploy Survey123 in the field as a form based data collection application rather than utilizing Collector (map based).  The user needs to take many notes (in several fields depending on the category of the structure) and does not have time to type notes or utilize voice to text (for privacy reasons), so the stylus appears to be our best option; but we are concerned about hand writing recognition.  Here are my concerns:


1) If the iPad doesn't come with hand writing recognition built into iOS, does Survey123 for iOS have hand writing recognition built into the app, or is there another app the runs on-top-of Survey123 that can perform this function?

2) MS Surface Pro 4 does appear to have hand writing recognition built into the OS system.  Does it function correctly in survey123?


The heart of it is, we are looking to take notes quick and easy, and save on post processing when back at the office


Does anyone have experience with one or both of these devices utilizing Survey123?