TABLE 3.

Comparison Between Smartphone and Handheld Scanners

ApproachProsCons
Smartphone scanner
  • Flexibility to customize and update app software

  • Ability to leverage existing personal smartphones

  • Ability to adopt or adapt the app (open-source)

  • Poor ergonomic design for scanning

  • Slower scan speed rate

  • Function depends on mobile penetration in the country

  • Several mobile apps, which can be confusing for the user

  • Higher battery burn rate to smartphone

Handheld scanner
  • Faster scan speed rate

  • Good ergonomic design for scanning

  • Stable funding is needed to procure, maintain, and/or upgrade handheld scanners at all distribution touch points

Hybrid handheld scanner connected to a smartphone via Bluetooth (as an alternative for future consideration)
  • Lower cost than traditional handheld scanner

  • Faster scan speed rate

  • Good ergonomic design for scanning

  • Can leverage smartphone app software

  • Higher battery burn rate to smartphone