Review by on the 28th December 2010

The Story

The premise of EverNote is that making notes should involve much more flexibility than simply typing, or worse, writing text and then worrying about how to access it later. At its simplest you can tap out a quick list on your Droid and it immediately be uploaded the Evernote online cloud. You can then read this note on any device that runs a version of the Evernote software (it’s available for most platforms, mobile, or deskbound). Where this gets really interesting is that you can include photos taken on the phone or voice recordings and even add tags that associate, say, an image with a topic. Everything is searchable, and EverNote says that voices or text within photos – a wine bottle label, say - are automatically converted to editable text. Sounds great in theory.

The Experience

Despite all this latent power, EverNote is an easy app to use, with simple icons and a nice, clean menus. You can quickly organise notes into virtual notebooks, and adding photos and voice recordings is a breeze. The great thing is that all your notes are searchable, to the extent that EverNote can indeed find keywords within images you've uploaded – such as Pinot Grigio. This is a great way to gather bits of information together for a report or catalogue your red-hot ideas for a nascent screenplay while out and about. As EverNote doesn't store these notes on your phone you will need an internet connection to view them. You can, however, copy your notebooks onto your phone’s SD memory-card if you subscribe to the Premium version, which costs £3.21 per month and provides much more storage space too (1GB per month, as compared to 60MB) . The app does lack even basic image-cropping or exposure-adjustment tools, which is a real pity. Otherwise, though, this is the sort of brilliant business app that rapidly becomes a key part of your working life especially if you are prepared to pay for the extras that really make it sing. [Not a valid template]

The Bottom Line

Powerful, versatile and ultimately indispensible: a truly great app

Additional Info:

Version reviewed 2.5 Requires Android 1.6 or higher www.evernote.com £3.21 month for Premium version with extra online storage space

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28th Dec 2010

Next-gen note-taking


the good

  • » Superb conduit to online repository
  • » Accepts text, photos, or voice recordings
  • » Versatile and easy to use

the bad

  • » Web clippings require desktop version
  • » No image adjustments
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