What are the best note taking apps?

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    #1Evernote

    Evernote

    Evernote is an app that allows users to create all kinds of notes and keep all their ideas organized and collected in the same spot. The app also offers a lot of tools to share ideas and even create agendas for their teammates.   

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS, Mac, Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Sara Pineda
    Written on November 11, 2017
    "A great way to stay organized and archive. It's convenient, easy to use and can be accessed from any device. It's a great platform and I recommend it to others. It is a good solution."
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    #2Microsoft OneNote

    Microsoft OneNote

    With Microsoft OneNote, you can capture and organize ideas. You can access the software from anywhere and collaborate with other people with its cross-platform compatibility. You can revise notes with type, highlighting, or ink annotations.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    Free- Varies by plan

    George Obrien
    Written on October 26, 2017
    "Being able to save and organize notes is pretty darn convenient. Just having something to take quick notes on and use as a task planner all on a mobile device. I do tend to keep track of things better with one note without carrying a pen and notebook."
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    #3Thinkfield

    Thinkfield

    Thinkfield is an app for iOS devices that allows you to create ideas and take as many notes as you want. This app lets you insert text, images and websites links, drag & drop external information, preview pictures and websites, and more.

    Apps

    iOS

    Free

    Sebastian Hermes
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "The great things about thinkfield are its infinite canvas, the abstraction of information when zooming out, the integration of various data types and the possibility to work with multiple users on one project. Currently it is just a basic version, I am looking forward to what is coming next.."
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    #4SomNote

    SomNote

    SomNote is a very popular cross platform note taking or journaling app. With a modern user interface and many features, SomNote will help you remember your important thoughts and memories in an easy to use way.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Guillermina Peralta
    Written on November 7, 2017
    "If I didn't take notes in my life, I would be completely lost. I'm not crazy about the default App that came with my phone, so I was searching for a new one. SomNote has been great for my needs. Not only can I take notes, but I can journal as well which I really need to do at times. The interface is extremely sleek and modern, and there are a ton of features. It's easy to use, and convenient. "
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    #5Simplenote

    Simplenote

    Using this app you will be able to use fast, free and synchronized notes. The Simplenote experience is all about speed and efficiency: keep all your ideas, notes and lists in all your devices for free, and share them so other users can collaborate.



    Apps

    Android, iOS, Mac, Windows

    Free

    Jose Obrien
    Written on November 5, 2017
    "I need to take notes for work all the time. I was carrying note pads all the time. It was not convenient. I had a co-worker tell me about Simplenote.Simplenote made taking notes much easier for me. It is easy to access and simple to use. It has saved me a lot of time."
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    #6Google Keep

    Google Keep

    Google Keep is a note-taking app for iOS, Android, and Android Wear watches that enables users to take notes, create checklists, record voices, attach photos. All of which can be synced to the cloud and be accessed across devices.

    Apps

    Android, iOS, Chrome

    Free

    Roger Jones
    Written on November 16, 2017
    "I'm a big fan of Google Keep. It's best feature is the speed that it syncs all your notes so they can be accessed on any device on which you can access your Google account. It's a little less feature-rich than something like Evernote but the speed more than makes up for it."
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    #7ColorNote

    ColorNote

    ColorNote is a simple Android application based on taking notes for creating lists of takes, notations, reminders, manage schedules and calendar, pinpoint special notes and many other possibilities everything in a nice and simple interface

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Jerry Shaw
    Written on November 5, 2017
    "Make a note to check out Color notes! I found it easy to learn and quite effective, with good backup options for safety show stuff be happening to your phone. It's an Editor's Choice with more than 2 million reviews, mostly excellent, on Google Play."
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    #8NoteLedge

    NoteLedge
    NoteLedge is a notepad for iOs, Android, Windows and Mac that allows you to write and organize your notes, save pictures, record audios and videos, and much more, in just one place.
    Apps

    Web, iOS, Android, Windows, Mac

    Bobby Dean
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This might be a good app, but its a terrible solution for the topic. This app is only available on iOS, not Android. "
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    #9Squid

    Squid

    Squid is a mobile app that will turn your device into a piece of paper where you will be able to write down everything you need to remember or do with the use of a pen and erase with your fingers. 

    Apps

    Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Beverly Medina
    Written on March 2, 2019
    "This note-taking app is perfect for smartphones or tablets that support and utilize a stylus as the app encourages you to write your notes instead of typing them. It's a really flexible app that can be used for even more advanced and professional applications."
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    #10Note Taker HD

    Note Taker HD
    Note Taker HD is a note taking app specially designed for iPad. You can create pages writing on the screen with your finger or a stylus, organize documents, zoom in and out and share editable copies of your documents with other people.
    Apps

    iOS

    $4.99

    Benjamín Báez
    Written on November 23, 2017
    "i think this is a good choice, i personally like it "
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    #11Informant

    Informant

    Informant is an app that features a calendar, notes and tasks management, contacts, and more. It is also designed to let users sync their information from other resources like Google Calendar, Evernote, Google Tasks, and so on.

    Apps

    Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Tony Jin
    Written on November 16, 2017
    "Informant is a great app that can be used for taking notes as well as managing tasks that pop up throughout the day. This app is great for remembering things that you'd otherwise forget."
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    #12Monospace

    Monospace

    Monospace is a free and minimal app for writing, offering a clean workspace and an open field for creativity. It allows all of the basic text features as Bold, Italic and quote styles, among others.

    Apps

    Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Deng Qian
    Written on March 2, 2019
    "Most users of this app primarily use it for their writing but it also does a surprisingly good job as a note-taking tool. You won't get any of the advanced features of other apps but what it does, it does well and I personally like the minimalistic UI and text font."
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    #13Notability

    Notability

    Notability is a premium app for iOS devices in which you can take notes and annotate PDFs all in a simple and clean interface that works both on mobile and desktop. Indicated for students, teachers, and business people.

    Apps

    iOS

    $9.99- with in-app purchases

    Sandra Ramos
    Written on November 26, 2017
    "Notability is a really great notetaking app that lets you create from a blank slate or use existing PDFs and documents to edit from. You can use it in many different languages and integrates with your other apps."
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    #14Drafts

    Drafts

    Drafts is a note taking app that allows you to capture and send text anywhere. It has a quick dictation tool and lets you edit and storage notes, search text and post your notes on Twitter.

    Apps

    iOS

    $4.99- with in-app purchases

    Tiffany Nguyen
    Written on November 19, 2017
    "I am a reluctant technology user, but Drafts app is helping to bring me into the current age of technology. Where I used to use post-its to jot down an idea or message, or send an email to multiple people with the same information, Drafts app takes care of all these needs and more. It has easy dictation features and can send my information to emails or other social media. This app is very user friendly and is also helping me to understand how to use the cloud. I may finally be able to toss my post-its after all."
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    #15Notes Plus

    Notes Plus

    Notes Plus is an application for devices running an iOS system. It is capable of converting handwriting to texts and also has support for various devices such as Apple Pencil and iPad Pro.

    Apps

    iOS

    $9.99

    Terry Reynolds
    Written on November 16, 2017
    "I don't know what I would do if I couldn't use my Notes Plus on the iPad. I love this little app, it is very intelligently structured and intuitive to use. This is my favorite way to make notes to myself, or about anything! "
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    #16Noteshelf

    Noteshelf

    Noteshelf is an app for iPad that lets users take handwritten notes and annotate PDF documents. Users can also type notes, record audio, sketch ideas, draw shapes, sign contracts, fill forms, and more.

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    $9.99

    Vicente Vásquez
    Written on July 11, 2018
    "Do you need to take a quick note and it is too slow to type on your Note app? Noteshelf lets you quickly to write beautiful handwritten notes. Oh, it is also very secure! You can add passwords to your note. Nobody could read your secret notes anymore."
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    #17Paper

    Paper

    Paper is a free application for iOS devices that enables users to create checklists, spot details in pictures, and sketch diagrams. It also has an auto-correction feature for drawings and also has a 3D journal.

    Apps

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Lauren Crawford
    Written on November 25, 2017
    "This app is truly a lifesaver. I build custom made furniture, and i'm always running into people at the store, etc. who want to just blurt out their ideas to me. Now with Paper, I can pull out my iPad and quickly sketch the idea out, it saves me so much hassle of having to say "get with me about it later"!"
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    #18Penultimate

    Penultimate

    Penultimate is a free iOS app for handwriting and sketching as if you were using pen and paper. It uses Evernote's sync and search feature so users can have documents in all his/her devices, and organize and find them easily.

    Apps

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Bobby Lawrence
    Written on July 20, 2018
    "I find myself needing to take random notes from time to time and I enjoy the aspect of using handwriting on my iPad to jot down quick notes with this. It synchronizes everything across multiple devices so I can access it from my PC as well which is nice."
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    #19Scribble On It

    Scribble On It

    Scribble On It is a free app for Android devices which offers you a white board to sketch on it. You can draw and take notes and add speech bubbles. You can also upload your own pictures and add funny items or write on them.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Benjamin Stewart
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "I am a traveling reporter and am always misplacing my notes and notebooks. I was hoping to be able to take notes on my new phone but it wouldn't work for me since it was an Iphone and the app that my colleague had recommended to me was for Android. I bought a new device and installed this app called Scribble On It and I am so happy with it, it is so good!"
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    #20MixNote

    MixNote
    MixNote is a note taking app for Android that allows you to sketch your ideas and organize them in one single place. You can write text, to-do lists, record video and save pictures.
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Wayne Walters
    Written on November 14, 2017
    "This App is great. The voice feature, the photo capture feature. Everything is efficient and runs smooth. It's an extension of yourself when you get into it. It's simple, it's fast. It allows you to do things quickly and with a clean organizational interface. The voice interface makes me feel like Dale Cooper. "
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    #21FiiNote

    FiiNote

    FiiNote is a note app for Android that is designed for both smartphones and tablets. It features a hybrid mode for combined handwriting and keyboard inputs and lets users include text, paint, voice, photos, videos in all their notes.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Yuan Li
    Written on March 2, 2019
    "This is a slightly toned down version of feature-packed note-taking apps like OneNote. This could be a good or a bad thing depending on the user. I personally like this app for its hybrid mode where I can switch between a keyboard or a stylus seamlessly."

Summary

Best What are the best note taking apps
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1EvernoteApps 21 Free
2Microsoft OneNoteSoftware 13 Free
3ThinkfieldApps 11 Free
4SomNoteApps 10 Free
5SimplenoteApps 10 Free
6Google KeepApps 9 Free
7ColorNoteApps 8 Free
8NoteLedgeApps 7 Free
9SquidApps 6 Free
10Note Taker HDApps 1 Paid
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