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The 5 best note taking apps for Android

Note taking has truly become an art in the digital age with the rise of cloud computing, tablets and styluses, and other competitive technological features. Finding the right note taking app for your needs can be a trying task.

Do you need an app that will sync with your Google account? Do you mind registering with a new resource to take advantage of advanced features? Are you aware and okay with storing some of your information in the cloud instead of on a server? There are so many questions to be answered on top of the amount of note taking apps on the market, it can be daunting to evaluate the validity of many potential apps. This write-up serves to highlight five of the best note taking apps for Android devices along with some notable mentions along the way.


With the ability to attach items to notes (video, audio, PDF files), or create new notes using any of these mediums, EverNote leads the market.

Usability: Need to read the initial instruction page if you’re unfamiliar with EverNote. Many of the icons within a note and on the main screens are not intuitively understood. Some background knowledge of EverNote or a how-to guide on the resource is helpful to fully take advantage of the robust features available in the app.

Aesthetics: The EverNote homescreens are easy enough to follow, but the deeper into a note (or item) you get, the more options you have and ultimately, the more cumbersome the screens look. When editing a note there are several icons to choose from at the bottom of the screen that can sometimes distract the note taker or minimize the size of the screen, making it difficult to read a lengthy note and forcing the user to do a lot of scrolling.

Authority: EverNote is a private enterprise comprised of tech professionals. Their website ABOUT page is both minimal and succinct. It’s worth noting that information on the developers of the app is not found within the app itself. This information was located on the web via

Stability/Updates: The app seems to be maintained and updated frequently by the developers and their team. Every time you open up the app on your device, a sync takes place which aligns your web-based notes with your app notes. The same login is required for the app and web versions of EverNote in order for this sync to be seamless.

Relevance: Both students and professionals will benefit from the timely cloud-storing and syncing capabilities of EverNote. On-the-go access to information is what most users want in a note taking app and EverNote does a good job of providing this service.

Quality of Content: The light bulb icon at the top of the homescreen opens up helpful information on some of the features that EverNote provides. The quality of ¬†information is explicit and detailed, but not overly technical that’s difficult for some users to comprehend. Although, there could be some more ABOUT US-type information within the app.


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8 Responses to The 5 best note taking apps for Android

  1. Caspar January 11, 2013 at 5:14 am #

    Still a pretty young note app apparently, but to my mind very promising: Memability. I’ve been searching a long time for note apps simple to use and offering easy note management capability, no fancy useless features, and it is the best I could find so far. You can create notes hierarchically with a single click, organize them like folders and move them around easily (great to manage lists). No handwritting capabilities though if it’s what you’re looking for.

  2. Buneme January 21, 2013 at 7:40 am # is amazing. I use it for work.

  3. Maria Colmenares March 5, 2013 at 10:13 pm #

    Note Everything is great, I use it and works perfect for me!

  4. demotic March 27, 2013 at 3:43 am #

    I quite like Papyrus, free and for an extra small charge, sync to dropbox.
    You can write notes with a stylus, type in etc. Notes can be organised into folders. Easy to use.

    What I would love is something like Grafio (iOS) for diagrams, but on android – especially the shape recognition so it’s easy to draw two boxes and a line between them, for example, so that moving one box drags the line too.

    I wish there was an app that would allow me to handwrite full speed with on the fly conversion to text (searchable), BUT didn’t slow me down by making me correct words as I write them. Instead, store the pen strokes and the text conversion, and let me correct the conversions i don’t like later in the day. If I’m makinng notes as someone talks, or because ideas are flying through my mind – don’t slow me down!

  5. Pete April 1, 2013 at 10:29 pm #

    These 3 things:
    1. Any IOS or high quality Android smartphone or tablet.
    2. The CamNote app.
    3. An Infinity Binder.

    You’re welcome.

  6. text note taker April 27, 2013 at 11:16 pm #

    Minutes Text Notes is a free and simple text based note taking app with Dropbox backup/restore capabilities. The app comes with many traditional yet handy editing functions like search match highlights, go to top/bottom, etc.

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