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The 5 best note taking apps for Android


Usability: There are about three main screens to know about while working within MobisleNotes: the note folders screen, the notes screen, and the note itself. This minimalist design lends itself to any easy usability experience for users.  Switching from checklist format to plain text is also intuitive and simple.

Aesthetics: Mobisle Notes utilizes soft colors (mostly greens and tans) throughout the app which makes it visually appealing to users. Nothing is too prominent or jumps out at you making it easier to concentrate on the not taking task at hand. Menu options are also short and manageable instead of lengthy and confusing.

Authority: MobisleNotes’ developers come from a Swedish company called Mobisle AB. This seems to be a trusted company that specializes in developing mobile applications for both Android and Apple devices. This information was found on the app itself under the ABOUT option which indicates that the company is aware of the importance of transparency in relation to mobile resources.

Stability/Updates: There are different versions of the app with updates pushed out my the developers consistently, which suggests that they are making efforts to improve or enhance the resource. Backup of your notes can be performed on the device’s SD card or with a web synchronization. The web sync saves information to your online version of MobisleNotes at Automatic syncing must occur but it’s unclear how often by looking at the app settings.

Relevance: MobisleNotes offers some outstanding features that are useful in terms of security and sharing. In the settings option user can create a password to be used on notes designated as locked down. This requires a password to be entered each time the note is tried to open; an added security measure in the event the device is stolen or lost. MobisleNotes also has some extensive sharing features. Users can choose to share read-only copies or collaborate on notes with their colleagues. This sharing can be done through other note taking apps, cloud storage apps (i.e. Google Drive), social media applications (Twitter, Facebook), and email.

Quality of Content: Each page within MobisleNotes has an About option where users can learn about the version of the app they are using as well as some terms of use and website URLs/contact URLs. The content found in the Settings option is detailed, informative, and helpful to the user successfully using 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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