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The 5 best note taking apps for Android


Usability: ColorNote brings the user back to the basics, or rather grade school, with it’s easy design and color-coded functionality. Choosing from one of two options for creating an item (simple text or list) keeps the interface easy to navigate while remaining understandable. For those with many notes recorded in this app, the search functionality in the upper right corner is sufficient while the menu options allows one to search and sort items by designated color.

Aesthetics: The basis of ColorNote revolves around the notion of using different colors to categorize and catalog lists and notes. The nature of this scheme lends itself to a pleasing user interface and technical design. The app is eye-catching and pleasant to play around with. It’s not too cluttered on any given page and the text and font is appropriate for the size of the display screen. There are some customizable view options available in the app settings.

Authority: Finding the developers of ColorNote is not possible working within the app alone. The developers website can be found by searching the web on your own or navigating to the developer page on ColorNote’s Google Play record. Though ColorNote’s developers also bring other popular apps to the Play store, this does not mean that they are a trusted group as there is minimal information on their website to suggest their expertise.

Stability/Updates: There are a few sync options within ColorNote for backing up your notes and lists. An online sync can occur with either your Google, Facebook, or email accounts. This route will store your ColorNote items online to be accessed from anywhere which is helpful in the event that your device is lost, stolen, or damaged. The other option is to backup your notes and lists to the SD card on your device. Note that this option automatically occurs once a day and you can see a log of the updates in your sync settings.

Relevance: ColorNote offers a unique way of storing and composing notes for users. It’s sharing and sorting options make it a major competitor in the current note taking and dictation resource market. There are enhancements that could take place to make the app more timely. Namely, voice dictation software, photo and video uploading, and stylus ¬†annotation capabilities.

Quality of Content: This app is sufficient for text-only note taking. The color-coding and simple design are its major advantages. If the desired use of this app is to create lists as reminders or send quick notes to yourself or colleagues, then ColorNote is a more than worthy resource.


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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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