Top Android App: Evernote
Evernote is a mobile note app that allows you to log, index, and search for all your information in one place. Additionally, Evernote offers synchronization between your Android phone and the web so you’ll have all your info wherever you go (as long as you have internet access). Evernote is extremely easy to use and understand and should be used by anyone wanting to keep track of their ideas, inspiration, pictures, and other important information they come across throughout the day.
Overall Score: 4.5/5
User Interface: 4.5/5
Ease of Use: 4.5/5
The home screen of Evernote offers you the options of logging a snapshot, uploading a file from your phone’s SD card, writing a text note, or saving an audio note that you record.
Below I show the succession of 1) seeing a magazine/article that I’d like to remember and taking a picture with Evernote 2) inputing the details of what I’m noting 3) viewing the picture with my annotation within the app. Not shown is the fact you can now go to Evernote.com
and log in to view the same note you just created using your Android phone. Now you’re note can be easily accessed from anywhere.
When you create a note you can also apply a tag for easy searching later. Furthermore, you can organize your notes into different notebooks for more clarity. For example, using a different notebook for each class you have in school would be a great way to make your notes easier to find and search. Below I show the tag of “science” applied to my magazine cover.
Building upon the magazine example, Evernote makes it possible to search for text within images you have taken. So, if I searched for the word “world” on the main page of the app, Evernote produces the results below. The app was able to read and index the text within the magazine’s cover. This feature is incredibly useful (and awesome) especially if you use Evernote to save info from people’s business cards, pictures of class notes, etc. Now you don’t even need to remember what the note was titled or when it was created, just a word that was within it. The options here are endless.
The one downfall of this app may stem from the same aspect that makes it great. The fact that it uses the internet to sync your notes from your Android phone to the web makes it dependent upon the internet to access that same information. Unfortunately, you can’t store
this information directly on your phone, and because of this, some people don’t see this app as being very useful/dependable. Since I feel like Android users almost always have access to their data plan or Wi-Fi, this shouldn’t be a deal breaker for many of us.
The Evernote website introduces the many functions and features that it offers (and that weren’t covered here). Check them out and explore this service more.
Overall, Evernote is a great idea, service, and Android app. I expect to see more updates to this app as users give their opinions/concerns. As it is now, there is great functionality in this app and I’d recommend giving it a try.
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