Take a Note! Apps to Replace Handheld Notepads

Take a Note! Apps to Replace Handheld Notepads

Jason Rodway
Oct 31, 2011

When's the last time you took around a pocket notebook around? Where once many of brought along a notepad to accompany the wallet and keys, the old fashioned pocket notebook has been replaced with note taking apps as smartphone adoption has become more prevalent. Thoughts, ideas, reminders, and details once limited to paper can now be accompanied by photos, web links, and even messaged to others with a few swipes and taps....

Awesome Note


Awesome Note:
Awesome Note was awarded and inducted into the App Store Hall of Fame 2011 and iTunes Rewind 2009 and 2010 awards. We can see why. The level of note editing ipffered by this app could be likened to mini word processor in the pocket, with options to add photos, drawings or map locations. Details such as dates and tags can also be added to each of your notes, while to-do lists and notes in calendar are available for more efficient deadline oriented types who need a day planner on top of just a notepad. Passcode protection for security and syncing to either Google Docs or Evernote for back up purposes are two additional reasons this app comes highly recommended amongst power note takers. iPhone/iPod Touch $4.00 - iPad $5.00

Write 2
Write 2 Ever since the release of OS X Lion, we've been seeing more full-screen apps all taking full advantage of screen real estate while reducing visual clutter, a feature that benefits longer input and working sessions. Write 2 brings full screen writing with style and functionality to iOS, featuring a wide array of options are available, including themes, Dropbox syncing, text expansion as well as PIN protection. Not bad for an app being sold as a two-for-one deal right now (one app for both iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch). $2.00

Left: Note Everything - Right: AK Notepad

Note Everything
This app means business, touting features like note types, folders, a send notes to calendar option, the ability to receive notes from other apps, recording audio notes, WikiNotes, quick note Widget, multi-select for batch processing, read-only mode, barcode integration, information bar with note informations and importing from Palm and Outlook. And that's just the Lite version! The Pro adds in checklists, photo notes, video notes, reminders and alarms. Free for Lite, $4.00 for Pro

AK Notepad
Compared to the swiss army knife philosophy of an app like Note Everything, AK Notepad pares down features to the minimum, focusing simply upon note taking and how to organize them. AK Notepad has the simplest import/export feature, as well as incorporating hashtags instead of folders for notes management. Try before you buy for the affordable price of Free.

Left: Fasternote - Right: Notepad Free

Windows Phone 7:
Fasternote is an app playing by its own set of rules. Requiring an internet connection and an Evernote account, the free app takes advantage of WP7's Metro UI with a beautiful interface and deep integration with Evernote. Notes can be sorted into notebooks, while tagging makes search and organization easier. It never hurts when an app this nice is offered at an even nicer price of Free

Notepad Free
Those who really love Windows Phone 7's tile based UI will feel right at home with Notepad Free. Notepad Free makes use of the Metro tile interface and keeps up with other notetaking apps with the Dropbox syncing and SMS/e-mail exporting options. The $2 app is a solid choice for quick note taking and sharing. $2.00

Cross Platform:
Evernote is the standard of note taking apps and there are several reasons why: cloud storage accessible via desktop or mobile apps, excellent creation, editing and viewing tools, multi-platform support (available for iOS, Android and WP7), and a well designed interface. Evernote utilizes a tag system with the ability for users to embed content rich pictures, sounds and webpages to any note and remains the note app we most recommend, whether for casual or serious note taking duties. Free

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