As with many things, there isn’t an ideal Android device. You have to decide on your own compromise, based on your budget, weather conditions, bright sunlight, temperature (extreme hot and cold), heavy rains and length of your matches.
Nook Simple Touch e-reader from B&N was a popular option, due to a long-lasting battery and a great visibility in a bright sun light. But some users didn’t like slow screen refresh and found infra-red Nook’s touch screen harder to use, comparing to capacitive touch screens. NST devices also don’t have access to Google or Amazon app stores and required some manual setup (aka rooting) to get it running, as well as updating PractiScore app installed on device. This 5..6 years old device also runs 7..8 years old Android version 2.1.3 and it is getting harder and harder to maintain compatibility of PractiScore app with this device.
Wile Nook is still being used, many users choose to use more modern tablets. You don’t need a hight screen resolution, but screen brightness and battery capacity 4000mAh and better are things to look for, as well as Android version 5 and higher, to make sure it will be able to access Google or Amazon app store in the coming years.
Regular tablets don’t have the same visibility in a bright sun light compared to with e-ink display, but you can attach a shade lid to device to help with that.
Our live app stats don’t show exact device model names, but Samsung devices are leading in popularity. Samsung TabA 7″ 8Gb is a decent one. Other models Tab4 7″, Tab3 7″, TabE 7″ also worked good.
The next in the list are Amazon Kindles. The Kindle Fire 7″ is very cheap, followed by Kindle Fire HD 8″. The latter you could often find on sale and it has a bit better screen and better battery comparing to Fire 7″.
Finally, a good alternative to a tablet used for a PractiScore master device is a Chromebook with Google Play support. Full list of Chromebooks with support of Google Play can be found on the Chromium web site. You can run Android apps like Skype and PractiScore on those devices. We verified wifi sync works on the local network, which makes this device very attractive for registering competitors, creating stages, entering briefings and managing the match. Admittedly it won’t be a good device to enter scores, because of the attached keyboard getting in a way, even when folded back (on devices that support that).
Here are few examples:
- ASUS Flip 10.1″
- ASUS C202SA-YS02 11.6″ Ruggedized and Water Resistant Design with 180 Degree hinge
- Samsung Chromebook 3, 11.6″