phone to record audio big time, on the go.. (lots of 5-10 minute segments throughout the day)

can you suggest what will be the right electronic device.. for an author.. who will have to quickly speak his idea in the mind into a device to capture it.. (they may be driving or in airport lobby etc).. will it be a phone.. or will there be a specific audio device specialized for this need?
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Voice recorder would seem the appropriate tool since these are used for exactly this
for ideas here is a list voice recorders 25112
The Olympus gets a good review and at $79 dollars seems reasonably priced not sure what currency that is in could be Australian but it's from Office works

The top voice recorders for 2016 is worth a look as you can see what each supports
A windows phone can be used but would be more of a hassle as one would have to access the recording features first.
Your thoughts
Both options are valid: either smartphone or dedicated voice recorder.
Which one too choose?
You should put in balance 2 things: price vs. easy operability.
A smartphone has almost everyone and has the record options. It has also enough record time for audio recordings, especially if you have one smartphone with additional SD card. Usually has not wireless connection.
It can easy transfer the recorded audio files to PC, even wireless.
Then what is the disadvantage of a smartphone?
Not so easy/fast to start/stop recording.
A dedicated voice recorder has dedicated start/stop button, so it is easy to start/stop the recording. It has also long recording time. You can transfer the audio recorded files to PC via a cable or reading its card, depending by model, via extern card reader.
But you must pay the additional money to buy it, which may be seen as a disadvantage in case you already have a smartphone.

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
25112Author Commented:
truly helpful- thank you.
Just one correction.
Above, I wanted to mention "Usually has not wireless connection." at the dedicated voice recorder. A smartphone HAS a wireless connection.
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Digital Audio

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.