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The 5 best note taking apps for Android

GNotes

Usability: GNotes offers an intuitive design at first glance. However, the deeper into creating a note the user gets the more he/she realizes that there are far more features than are initially apparent. For instance, attaching other items to a note, taking a picture, voice recording, and handwriting or stylus optimization. The homescreen of the app defaults to showing all created/recorded notes for easy access. The user also has the option to sync GNotes with their Google account. It’s useful that the option is given instead of mandated as some users would not want their information to be shared using the cloud. If desired, notes that simply live within GNotes itself until it’s decided to share or sync them.

Aesthetics: On the app homescreen, a nice mosaic of all notes is displayed. Users can choose to display their notes in thumbnail or list format under the Settings option of the app. Of all the apps discussed in this review, GNote offers the most visually appealing interface. It contains many of the same technical enhancement as EverNote without being overwhelming to look at.

Authority: The Settings option offers FAQ, feedback, help, and about sections pertaining to the app and its developers. Users can run a scan for a more recent update or version of GNotes within the Settings as well. There is no information about the developer(s) of the app itself in the Settings, however. Upon further investigation Google Play reveals the developer as Dato Jun and provides a link to a Google+ page.

*Notable Mention: Due to compatibility issues, Microsoft’s OneNote could not be reviewed in this write-up, though it’s syncing and sharing capabilities are comparable to GNotes.

Stability/Updates: Again, the user can choose whether or not to setup an account to sync their GNotes with a Google account. If syncing is desired and an account is created, users have preferred sync options in their Settings. For example, syncing can be designated to only commence when connected to a Wi-Fi network.

Relevance: GNotes offers many of the key features that users are looking for in efficient note taking apps. The handwriting and item attachment options are robust and truly add to the quality of the note taking experience. Many users require the use of a stylus in a note taking app and GNotes does a good job at accommodating. Also, GNotes allows users to attach reminders to notes and share notes with colleagues. One feature GNotes is lacking is the ability to share a note for collaboration with others. Notes and items can be shared but not altered by colleagues.

Quality of Content: GNote provides enough information about backup, syncing, functionality, creating, and sharing to make a user feel comfortable with using the app. Most of this information is found in the Settings feature of the app while others present themselves in the way of highlights that appear as you use the app for the first time. A first-time user will notice that tips and tricks will pop up playing around with the app. Some suggestions that appear are customizing the order of the attachment icons within a note and creating multiple folders for different types of content.

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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 #

    Scribb.it 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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