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The 5 best note taking apps for Android


There are many note taking apps for Android devices on the market, some very similar, some complex, some insufficient, and some ahead of the pack. It all depends on what you need out of a note taking resource, or for what purpose you will be using note taking apps. EverNote is the forerunner when it comes to complexity. It is technically superior to some other apps while remaining stable and consistent with its content. Another that is close behind EverNote would be GNotes. Its seamless syncing options, sharing features, and intuitive design makes it a major competitor to EverNote. Also, both of these apps have handwriting capabilities that those with styluses will be happy to hear.

The other three apps highlighted in this review are all on the same playing field in regard to functionality and features. ColorNote has the advantage of using colors to categorize different types of notes, Catch Notes’ major advantage is its collaborative abilities, and Mobisle Notes is on the list for its transparency, simplicity of use, and advanced Settings options. AK Notes and OneNote would have had more lengthy reviews had it not been for device incompatibility and such similarity to another app in the review. They are both popular and widely used note taking apps among the Android community for their efficient functionality productivity.

Additional Information

Phone used for review: Samsung Galaxy S

Disclosure: Ten apps were compiled based on popularity and other reviews from blogs, online forums, and the Google Play market. Three were then excluded for either usability, aesthetics, authority, stability, relevance, or quality of content inadequacies. Two apps were included as notable mentions: one because of aforementioned device compatibility issues and the other due to a similarity issue with Catch Notes. App price was not a factor in choosing the top five to officially review.


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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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