One of the unsung heroes from the Microsoft stable, OneNote has had a passionate following among dedicated list-makers since its launch back in 2003. It finally landed on Android this week, but does it have enough to catch up with usurpers such as Evernote?
OK, first things first – it’s a Microsoft productivity app, so don’t expect the design to blow you away with its raw sex appeal, but that said, the no-nonsense, clean feel of OneNote feels really pleasing and familiar to anyone who knows the desktop version.
OneNote mimics a traditional folder – so you can create notes that can then be organised into lovely colour-coded notebooks. You can also format your notes according to function – and To-Do checklists, drop-in maps, snaps from your camphone and external links can all be popped into your creations without disturbing your train of thought in a delightfully intuitive fashion.
If you’re one of the Microsoft massive then you can sync easily using a free SkyDrive account – you’ll then be able to access, edit and manage across all your devices, whether you’re on Android, iPad or PC and there is, of course, seamless integration with Office products. Cloud storage means that your notes are accessible wherever there’s internet.
A few omissions from the full version include handwriting recognition and support for voice notes and, unlike Evernote, the free pricetag will only last you up to 500 notes – after that you’ll have to stump up a one-off fee of $4.99
The Bottom line
A compelling addition to the Market that might tempt diehard Microsoft fans to Android tablets. But a lack of bells and whistles might leave the less pragmatic among us a little cold.
Requirements Android 2.3 and above