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