5 Best Note Taking Apps

No matter if you’re just starting with note taking apps or you’re looking to try something new, the bottom line in your search will be features and functionality.

Fortunately, there’s more than a few quality note taking apps on the market, so it’s very easy to be choosy in finding the right app for you.

While which of the following options will be ideal for you will depend in what you need in your app, it is nevertheless all but certain that there is a perfect solution for you somewhere on this list.

Springpad

SpringPad

Much more than a standard note-taking app, Springpad notebooks can include photos, movies, songs, books, sound clips, event calendars, and just about anything else you can imagine. You can easily add items to the Springpad database and invite other Springpad members to view your notebooks for collaboration.

Springpad is also one of the most beautiful note taking apps on the market. With vibrant colors and a sleek design, just about everything in the app feels new and modern. At the same time, the user interface is simple and friendly enough for anyone to use. While you might expect to sacrifice speed for beauty, Springpad still offers one of the fastest experiences of any note taking application.

Android | iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

Evernote

Evernote

The first thing you’ll notice about the Evernote interface is that it looks modern and professional without being gaudy or confusing. This is in spite of the fact that Evernote offers so many features and functions that there are dozens of icons and buttons scattered through the app. Of course a full array of features means that there will be a learning curve to this app, but once you’ve got the hang of Evernote, it’s impossible not to love it.

Evernote includes support for voice, photo, and text notes as well as the simple to-do lists and sync/share capacities that you’ll find in the other note taking apps on this list. However, unlike several of the apps on this list, Evernote includes comprehensive support for Windows, Mac, iPhone, and Android devices. This means that Evernote’s syncing functionality may be the most potent on this list. After all, collaboration is great, but if your collaborators don’t use the same devices as you, then you will need a note taking app that is as flexible as Evernote.

Android | iPhone, iPad, iPod touch | Windows

OneNote

Microsoft OneNote

The OneNote interface closely matches that of the desktop version of the program, so if you’re already using OneNote on your desktop the transition to the OneNote app is very direct. With a simple and down to earth interface, OneNote does not seem to aspire to be as flashy or beautiful as some of its competitors, instead offering a utilitarian design that makes OneNote a breeze to master. And because the Android version of OneNote syncs directly to your Microsoft SkyDrive account, OneNote offers cloud storage for both Mac and Window devices.

As for the notes themselves, it’s worth noting that they can be bulleted, include checkboxes, pictures, videos, and several more distinct media features that bring your notes to life in a way that make them almost like interactive media pages. While OneNote may not offer as wide a range of features as similar apps, it does offer the compelling performance and core functionality that is perfectly suited towards a minimalist.

Android | iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

Catch Notes

Catch Notes

Far from being minimalistic, Catch Notes has so many bells and whistles that it is all the more impressive that the interface isn’t a total labyrinth. The layout is smart and obviously designed with compact devices in mind. And thanks to clever use of screen retail, Catch Notes returns the simplicity of note taking to its pen and paper days.

Catch Notes allows you to input notes as voice, text, and photos. These notes can be automatically synced into the Catch Notes cloud servers for backup and sharing. This means that you can share your checklists or to-do lists for collaboration in only a few seconds, share your classroom notes in one click through your favorite social media network, or set yourself reminders for more important notes. Ideal for boosting your productivity without requiring you to live inside the application, Catch Notes is a worthy consideration for student and professional alike.

Android | iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

Google Keep

Google Keep

Much more than merely a note taking app, Google Keep is as impressive as any Google product. While it supports basic note taking functions like voice notes, checklists, and photos with annotations, Google Keep also goes the extra mile with some very compelling features. This includes note archives, voice note transcription, and much more.

And as a member of the Google family, rest assured that Google Keep is fully integrated with the other Google services that you’ll want connected to your note taking. With several million installations to date, the most significant restriction facing Google Keep is the fact it requires an Android based device.

Android | iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

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  1. catch’s service was discontinued, sadly

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