This paper describes conditions that led to the use of a smartphone to collect qualitative data instead of using a digital voice recorder as the standard device for recording of interviews. Through reviewing technical documents, the paper defines a smartphone and describes its applications that are useful in the research process. It further points out possible uses of other applications of a smartphone in the research process. The paper concludes that a smartphone is a valuable device to researchers.


Document Review, Qualitative Research, Smartphone

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Dr. Sogo France Matlala is a senior lecturer in the Department of Public Health at the University of Limpopo. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: France.Matlala@ul.ac.za.

Mr. Makoko Neo Matlala is a computer science student in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Limpopo. Correspondence regarding this article can also be addressed directly to: neomatlala70@gmail.com.

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