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.
- Google Play
- Price: Free
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 Evernote.com.
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.