Re:The perfect phone for a birder?

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Subject: Re:The perfect phone for a birder?
From: Russell Woodford <>
Date: Sat, 26 Dec 2009 21:30:56 +1100
I use an iPhone, and BirdsightAU. Battery life isn't quite as good on the iPhone as my old Nokia N70, but the iPhone does everything else much better and far more easily.

I have a second battery (it's a little plugin thing - iPhones don't have a removable battery) and you can get all sorts of solar chargers or ones that that charge from a couple of AA batteries. I think most other phones have the same sort of choices.

As for recording, I don't think you would get very satisfactory results from the inbuilt mic. It's designed for voice at a reasonably close range. My advice would be to investigate portable digital recorders. I've used both the Zoom 2 and Zoom H4 and they produce good results. I think some professional sound recordists use the H4, but coupled to a pro mic.

Russell Woodford
Birding-Aus List Owner

Geelong   Victoria   Australia


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