Vidac is an international student looking to get into radio. He's studying radio and TV production in school. He's visually impaired and needs a digital voice recorder for lectures. Leo says if they can let him put the mic on the podium where the teacher lectures, then any voice recorder will work. He got the Olympus DS-3500. Leo says that's a common model and Vidac says it's terrible.
ZOOM is a better option. Podcasters and radio people use them. The Zoom H1 is very affordable and has great microphones. He could also turn an iPhone into a recorder with the Rode iXY microphone that plugs in via the lightning connector.