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Google Keep – the Evernote Alternative

on December 4 | in Gadgets, Mobile, Personal Development | by | with 1 Comment

I’ve had an Evernote account for several years now, installed on the desktop, the phone, etc – but I find my use of it to be sporadic. It’s functionally incredibly rich, the mobile experience is really polished, there’s much about it I should love.  I don’t. A conversation on Facebook recently prompted more thought about this – someone else who found it just didn’t capture them, didn’t inspire the regular use that it really wants to – and indeed should. That’s not to say it’s not good – I know a whole heap of people who put it on their “couldn’t live without” list of apps… but still….?

A few weeks back, I stumbled across Google Keep (“Capture what’s on your mind, recall it easily”). It’s available as an Android app for tab/mobile and as a desktop Chrome plugin – and I’ve used it more in the last few weeks than I have Evernote in the last year. The more I use it, the more I enjoy it. On reflection, it’s the simplicity of the core app, without the (perceived?) feature bloat of Evernote plus one or two great (but simple) features.

Creating lists, notes, to do items is a doddle. I can record sound, dictate or add pictures – quickly and easily. The sync with my other devices is seamless (Evernote let me down a few times there) and, for once, Google multiple account functionality is great.  I associate one account with personal stuff, another with work stuff. Separation of church and state, etc! Alternatively, you can keep everything in one account and file by colour.

task managementFinally, on the reminders? There’s a location option. Don’t remind me at 4pm Tuesday, remind me when I’m next in the right place to do that job. Perfect.

Love to hear any thoughts – especially on why Evernote just didn’t grab me – because I wanted it to. I really did.

  • Keith Fowler

    Do you know what James? It all boils down to the OS you use.

    I’m a big Evernote fan and have used it for years exclusively on widows – it worked well and new featured were added etc. However, I’ve more recently been using it on a variety of OS and realised how far behind the tool is if your not an iOS user. On Apple it’s smother, quicker and has a whole load more feature and gets them as priority. I can see why, as a non Apple user, it hasn’t grabbed you and perhaps why an alternative Android priority tool has.

    I can see the benefits for moving, however for me It’s reassuring knowing that there is a bit of my life Google doesn’t have (own).

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