4 Better Evernote Alternatives (and why you may want one)

Should you stick to Evernote? If not than why and what should you choose? Let’s discuss some of the best Evernote alternatives you can switch to.

No doubt, Evernote is a great note taking platform. It has been refining its user experience and it has been adding new and useful features since its launch. Still, the time has changed and some really great Evernote alternatives have arrived in the market. As note taking is becoming more and more important part of a productive person’s life, the app can really make or break things.

So, should you stick to Evernote? If not than why and what are the best apps to switch to?

Why it makes sense to switch to an Evernote alternative?

Evernote is good at taking notes and if it was the only app to do that, people would still love it as much they do today. Still, being good doesn’t help if there are reliable and better products are available and it Evernote being expensive makes its vote weaker.

Evernote is expensive

Sure, there is a free tire of the product. But if you are into serious note taking, you would want to upgrade to paid tier that costs between $4 to $10 per month. The free version is too restrictive and you can only use it on 2 devices. Also you won’t be able to save a notebook locally if you are not paying for app.

evernote vs simplenote : pricing
Evernote getting expensive

App has a distaracting UI

A note taking app has to be simple and straight forward. Evernote’s desktop apps might feel bloated and navigating around them can be tedious for newcomers. At moments when you want to focus on your writing, Evernote’s apps may become distracting.

It is not available for Linux

Evernote has no client for Linux and it may be a deal breaker for many users. Sure, you can use the web version but having a Dedicated app could be much better than using a Web app.

Best Evernote Alternatives

Microsoft OneNote

OneNote is probably the best alternative to Evernote as it offers almost all features and costs, well, nothing. The notes are organized in notebooks and sections; you can share the Notebooks -not individual pages – with other users. OneNote has a good web clipper, pen support and it can also search for text within images. You can also use tags to find similar things at once and there are also options to embedding YouTube videos directly into notes.

In past, Microsoft bundled OneNote with its Office Suite, but you can get it for free now. The free version included all features and there are no restrictions on the number of devices or size of notes per month.

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Onenote is powerful and free, which makes it an ideal Evernote alternative

By default, OneNote stores notebooks on OneDrive, but, if you need, you can save them locally. However, Local notebooks don’t have sync support. OneNote is available for Windows, OS X, Android, iOS and Web.

Should you use OneNote?

If you are looking for an Evernote alternative but don’t want to compromise with features or quality, OneNote is your best bet.

Google Keep

Google Keep is a free note taking service that is available for Android, iOS and Web. Keep is pretty straightforward. You can add notes, list, images, audio as notes and you are supposed to use it on a web browser if you are using a desktop or laptop. Keep is really good at being simple. Google Keep lacks many advance feature that Evernote or OneNote have, but it covers the basics and you won’t have to deal with endless options.

google keep : evernote alternative
There is no dedicated App for Desktops, but Web app works well.

One of the biggest turn-off about Keep is its lack of a dedicated app, if you are using Chrome or Chromebook it should not bother you too much, but if you want to use a dedicated app on your Laptop or desktop, you are better off looking at any other Evernote alternative.

Who is it for?

Replace Evernote with Google Keep if you take notes mostly on your mobile devices and you want a simple note taking app with essential features.

Simplenote

Simplenote is made by Auttomatic -the company that is behind WordPress. It is a really straight forward Text note solution and it supports markdown. Simplenote is extremely minimal, you can add lists, bulleted points on notes and that’s all. There is no support for adding images or writing with pen. That’s not all, you can tag notes, publish them directly on the web, you can pin notes into the top of the list and see and restore previous versions of your notes. The apps are lightweight (Windows version is almost 50MB and Android version is under 10 MB as well)

After using OneNote for 2 Years, I have switched to Simplentoe
After using OneNote for 2 Years, I have switched to Simplentoe

Availability: Simplenote is the only good Simplenote alternative that has its own Linux app. Other platforms support includes Apps for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS.

Who is Simplenote for?

Simplenote is not for you if you add images regularly, However, for people who write, Simplenote is a great app. I have been using it since its release for Windows and it really helps in keeping focus at writing and its apps are really snappy. So, go with Simplenote if you want markdown and you don’t need to add images into your notes.

Read: Simplenote VS Evernote : head to head comparison

Apple Notes

Apple notes is not the most powerful note taking app on the planet, but if you use apple products it may be a great Evernote alternative for you. Feature wise, Apple Notes covers all basics. You can add images on notes, on iOS devices, you can set a passcode to protect the notes. The syncing is really good. In my past experiences, I haven’t had any syncing problem with the app.

Apple notes is completely free and all your notes are saved in iCloud for syncing.

Obviously, it is only available for macOS and iOS, and it is preinstalled so you al.

Should you go with Apple notes?

If you use iDevices and Macs exclusively and you don’t need any advance features, Apple Notes can be a great note taking app for you.

TL; DR

So, at the end, following are the best Alternatives to Evernote:

  • Microsoft OneNote
  • Google Keep
  • Simplenote
  • Apple Notes

Which one is your favorite?

Among all Evernote alternatives that we discussed in the post, which one are you switching to and why? share with us in the comments below.


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Evernote vs Simplenote: Which One is Better for You?

In the Note-taking app crowd, Evernote and Simplenote are two best and unique apps. In this post, we will take a look at Evernote vs Simplenote and we will decide which one among them is better for you and why.

Evernote and Simplenote both are made to do the same job: to help you in taking notes. But, their philosophies are and how both apps work radically different and this is why learning which one is better for you is really important when you are deciding your default note-taking tool.

Evernote vs Simplenote

Simplenote and Evernote both are some of the best note taking applications currently available on market. Evernote Inc. and Auttomatic both have been in this market for quite some time.

Evernote has been around for more than just a few years, on the other hand, Auttomatic simply bought the app and made it completely free for everyone.

Simplenote is free, Evernote is not

Simplenote is free. There was a paid premium version of Simplenote in its early days but since its acquisition by Auttomatic, the Premium version has been merged with the free version. Meaning all features such as syncing, Publishing and revisions can be used without paying any money.

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Pricing of Evernote

On the other hand, Evernote has a paid tier, and if you are into serious note taking, you may need to shell out some cash for it. Without the paid tier, you won’t be able to use offline notebooks and you will also be limited to 60 MB of notes per months. So, if you are looking for a free note taking app that doesn’t have any usage restriction, you should go for Simplenote (or OneNote as Microsoft has made the note taking app completely free).

Creating and Managing notes

Evernote should be a great choice for most people because it does almost everything and it has most features that a note-taking ninja may need.

In Evernote, you can organize the notes into notebooks, that can be opened and closed whenever needed. Switching between notes is also very easy. Writing notes into Evernote is very similar to Microsoft Word or other word processing apps. You can draw, Format text, create check-lists and so on.

Simplenote is a lot restrictive compared to Evernote and it doesn’t let you divide notes in folders or sections. Instead, you can add tags to your notes and later find and sort notes based on these tags.

In Evernote, you will be able to add text, images, to-dos, audio clips and a lot more directly to your notes. Whereas in Simplenote, you will be limited to entering only text within your notes. (You can create lists, but there is no option currently to cross-off items from it.

Simplenote
Simplenote has a really simple UI

Also, Simplenote has no support for images, if you paste an image from a web page, Simplenote will convert it to a link that can be opened in a web browser. For this single reason, Evernote should be the winner for most users in Evernote vs Simplenote debate.

Simplenote has some great features too

Granted that Evernote has image support and other tons of bells and whistles, Simplenote is still favorite for many known writers, publishers and developers. The reason behind this is in Simplenote’s convenience and attention to polish. Simplenote has some features that Evernote that are not available on any note taking apps. For example, you can directly publish a note on the internet and send a link to your friend to read it. Unlike other services, it just works, two clicks and boom- you don’t even have to launch a web browser. Also, if you know about markdown, you will feel right to home with Simplenote as it has (probably) the beset markdown support in any note taking app.

After using OneNote for 2 Years, I have switched to Simplenote
After using OneNote for 2 Years, I have switched to Simplenote

Simplenote’s syncing is also great and it’s android and iOS apps are great to let you take notes on the go. With a UI as minimalistic as Simplenote, it helps a lot in focusing on your work rather than searching within tons of toolbars.

Performance

Both, Simplenote and Evernote are available for all common platforms. In my opinion, Evernote looks and works best on Windows and Simplenote’s OS X app feels more polished than its apps for other platforms. Things start to get interesting when you look at mobile platforms. Evernote’s apps are great enough for simple takes but they may feel a bit too complicated sometimes and Simplenote on android feels snappy but it loses its markdown feature, you can still see the notes, but it won’t be the markdown preview. The crown for performance between Simplenote and Evernote should go in favor of Simplenote. Simplenote’s apps are ridiculously small for both major mobile platforms. The Android version sizes 4 MB to download and not only the small size makes it faster in installation but also it makes the app feel really snappy on using.

So, which one should you pick?

So after looking on different aspects of these note taking apps, which one is really better? Evernote or Simplenote?

Evernote is a great app for almost everybody

Granted that the apps may feel sometimes bloated, Evernote is still the best Note taking solution for normal users. Not only the apps are feature rich but also Evernote has better flexibility than Simplenote. In case you need to work with photos or you are a student, Evernote is the only winner for you in Simplenote vs Evernote comparison.

creating a note in evernote
Credit: Evernote.com

Simplenote is good for some specific users. Writers, Bloggers and creative people find its minimalism useful and it helps in keeping attentions on taking notes rather than formatting it or in finding and using fancy features. Programmers and developers love Simplenote’s excellent markdown support. If you need to focus while jotting down notes and you don’t have needs for image support or a stylus, you should be going with Simplenote.

Which one is your favorite?

After talking about Evernote vs Simplenote on many points, which one do you use to take notes and why? Share with others in the comments below.


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