It happens to the best of us: you are on the move and you suddenly think of something you need to do at home. Or, you look at your larder and you want to make sure you make the right purchases for the week. Your phone and your note-taking app of choice are coming out. But which application is the best for you?
Google Keep is my favorite because I use the rest of Google services. Even if you're not integrated with the Google ecosystem, it's worth taking a look at Keep.
Keep all your synced notes on your Google Account to see if they have been saved. You can read your notes on any device with the Google Keep app (iOS, Android, or Chrome extension) or by visiting the Google Keep web page.
Keep lets you code your notes with a color code, place important items at the top of your list, and archive notes you do not want to see every day. Regarding the notes themselves, you can create a checklist, a drawing or scribble, or simply type plain text. You can also record your voice, insert a drawing or add a collaborator among your contacts. Keep goes even further for voice recordings: you can have them automatically transcribed into text.
Keeping is minimal compared to other options, but that's part of the beauty. You do not have to make a lot of options: just write what you have in mind. When you open Keep Again, you do not sort a bunch of folders: everything is facing you or is archived.
If you prefer the services of Microsoft to those of Google, OneNote may be better for you. OneNote syncs with your Microsoft account so you can add notes to your desktop (the Windows and macOS) or smartphone (Android and iOS)
OneNote organizes your notes into notebooks so you can have different notebooks for different topics. If you want to get something as soon as you can, you can add the note to your homepage. The way that OneNote organizes its notes does not suit everyone, but the ability to add your favorite notes to your home screen should appease those who, like me, simply prefer in advance.
OneNote is more complete than Keep. You can add pictures, voice memos, drawings, or check boxes for a task list. OneNote can even turn your writing into plain text and clean up your scribbled math equations (plus show you how to solve them). Of course, all these additional features have an added cost in complexity.
If you have a Samsung phone, especially a Galaxy Note, you probably know Samsung Notes. If you do not use it, it's a practical alternative, especially if you organize your notes. Samsung Notes lets you divide items into different collections, but you can also display all your notes on one page. You can also set important notes as favorites or sort them by title, by creation date or by modification date.
If you use the S-Pen with your Galaxy Note, know that Samsung Notes allows you to scribble words on a note, as in the picture at the beginning of this article. You can also attach a voice recording or a photo.
Where Samsung Notes stands out, it's compatibility: it only works on Samsung phones. If you love your Galaxy, it's great, but not so much if you want to sync notes on a desktop or other mobile device.
Evernote has been released since dinosaurs roamed the Earth, but it's still a good option in 2018. You can display your notes on your smartphone (Android and iOS), the Evernote application on WindowsOr on Evernote webpage.
When you write a note, you can type text, draw with your finger or stylus, insert diagrams or drawings, or record audio recordings. You can also use voice synthesis so that Evernote transcribes your note if you are traveling and do not want to worry about typing.
Evernote organizes your notes in notebooks, but by default you will see all your notes when you open the application. You can also share notes with other Evernote users so your partner can help you with your grocery list.
As its name indicates, SimpleNote attempts to remove obstacles between you and your notes. To do this, it offers simple notes, based on text. SimpleNote is more basic than other options, but that means it does not bother you as you try to write down something for later. You can access your notes on your smartphone (Android or iOS), desktop (Windows 10, Windows 7/8, macOS, and Linux), or by visiting The SimpleNote web page.
SimpleNote displays all your notes in front and you can organize them with tags. You can collaborate with other SimpleNote users either with their email or by sharing a link to your note. As for the notes themselves, you can add text … and that's it. No checkboxes, no images, no voice memos: just text. There is nothing wrong with that, and it could be perfect if you prefer the basics.
Color is a great way to organize your notes, and ColorNote works with that. You can create a list of notes or tasks and set the color of its theme as it is created. ColorNote opens a list of all your notes, but you can sort by name, created time, modified time, color, or reminder time.
You can only add text to each note, so you do not have to add a diagram or scribble with your stylus. You can archive notes, but there is no option for folders or tags.
Availability is the biggest drawback of ColorNote: it is only available on Android. If you only want your notes on your phone, that's fine, but it would be nice to be able to view them also on a desktop web browser.