Best Android notes apps
You decide whether that is for the better or worse, and while no notes apps comes pre-loaded on Android device, the Google Play catalog has a ton of options for you to choose from.
But when it comes to those apps, there goes the cliche that Evernote is the be-all end-all app on Android, and you don’t need anything else. And while it’s true that Evernote has built a very robust note app and online sync platform, it does come with some limitations, and a hefty price tag for the full features like offline access to notes.
In reality, there are a lot of cheaper, simpler and often just different note-taking applications that are definitely worth your attention. If that’s what you are looking for, the Android notes apps picks should serve you well.
Best Android notes apps
1. Catch Notes
We love the snappy, simple and pretty interface of Catch and you can really tell the developer has focused on really creating an intuitive note-taking app. Catch also comes with an awesome widget for quick access. You get audio and camera notes, along with reminders and all sorts of attachments.
If you are not after simple, though, Evernote is definitely worth checking out. With it you can take notes, grab photos, make to-do lists and record voice reminders, which you can all then access from virtually any device you can think of.
Being free, it does not seek much sophistication, but does check all bases with calendar schedule support, online sync, reminders, and rich sharing options.
It does have all the options you’d expect - audio notes, handwritten notes, images, video and not just that but all sorts of attachments. You can organize your notes in folders, and when you sync with Gmail it all appears under a conveniently separated Notes section.
Drive is extremely robust as it basically is a full office package supporting online collaboration. Downside is it does not have the reminders and audio/visual cues you’d expect of a notes app, but if you are all about text, you’ll enjoy using a single app instead of separating your workflow between another notes app and a document editor. Google Drive also allows you to cache documents for offline use with no charge.
1. dickwyn (Posts: 585; Member since: 07 May 2012)
i think evernote is still the best because it is cross platform
2. dickwyn (Posts: 585; Member since: 07 May 2012)
but i still prefer using S Note on my galaxy note
3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5610; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Plus 2 for S-note (on my Note II). It just works....
4. psipher (Posts: 13; Member since: 28 Oct 2009)
I use Springpad, which also has a nice Chrome desktop browser app.
5. joseph98 (Posts: 167; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)
PhoneArena missed an android phone called galaxy note preloaded with note taking. So not just the iphone is preloaded with note taking.
but what Android devices do not have is a built-in note taking ( except samsung galaxy note & note II) application, in contrast with the iPhone.
You decide whether that is for the better or worse, and while no notes apps comes pre-loaded on Android device.... Again except galaxy note & note II.
Disappointed at phoneArena article for the first time.
please remember that the note1 already sold over 10 million unit and the note 2 is about to follow the trend and even higher.
8. lauremar (Posts: 181; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)
I agree with you on this. I think Phone Arena meant to say that the pure Google Android device like the LG Nexus 4 does not have a Note app pre-loaded in it. I would know since I own a LG N4 device :)
7. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
use colour note as its simple and very easy to use...no extra bells and whistles but does the basics very well
9. soshi (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)
for me google drive is the most complete in editing but limitation of 5gb make it worse than everyone or catch. Catch is simple and has password for free while evernote must pay for it. I use netbook so split evernote screen also ruin my experience with editing
12. TheOldOne (Posts: 80; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
What about Slide Notes, I have been using this for a while...
13. Hildy (Posts: 33; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)
One key feature of the paid version of Evernote that you missed is that it runs an OCR engine against your pictures and Skitch drawings (and in Windows you can use digital inking). Want to remember a restaurant? Take a picture of the sign or menu and it's stored as a graphic with whatever (searchable) text Evernote can find.
14. erdpov (Posts: 67; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)
I like Catch notes on My galaxy note 10.1. It's better than Evernote in my opinion because of its ability to resize text unlike Evernote (too small letters). Also I like simple way of adding tags by using #. Another useful feature is the split screen. The Evernote's hiding panels are very inconvenient.
15. Aeires (unregistered)
I prefer MobisleNotes for it's simplicity and quick indention option. It's stripped down compared to some of these shown, but that's what I use notes for, quick references to things needing to be jotted down.
16. commercialPilot (Posts: 4; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)
My comment is directed at this phrase: "…do not have is a built-in note taking application, in contrast with the iPhone." The comparison, from the start, was against the iPhone's 'Notes' application. Previously owning an iPhone, I'd describe the 'Notes' program as more akin to a notepad. And, it's not a 'Reminders.' So, PhoneArena, where were your comparisons to such a simple, paid, no drawing, no recording, no frills, no adds, no subscription, no nonsense permissions, lined notepad program? Catch Notes and Evernote? Sorry, those are too complex.
17. rizevnarastek (Posts: 329; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
HTCs as well as Samsungs have built in note taking apps. Although one of my big favorites was always Widget Notes - Whiteboard Pro (Pro version is not free but has a lot of options and the best part of this app is that it's a great widget ;) Though now I'm using only S Note on my Note 2 and it's page widget, but at least for the widget part Widget Notes are way better.
18. lallolu (Posts: 229; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)
I love Gnote. I think it is the best, you can attach, set reminders, do voice search, etc. and it syncs very easily
19. AnnDroid (Posts: 52; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)
ColorNote, simply and easy. Can do a note, a check list, and syncs online.
20. ktime (Posts: 7; Member since: 11 Dec 2012)
I like Evernote for its cross-platform too. The best app I think is from iOS's Awesome Note. I still cant find a replacement in Android, sigh
21. roars2222 (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)
I use this app for all my reminders from to-do lists to voice notes if I see something I want to remember while I'm on the go. It's very easy to use and easy on the eyes. I haven't had any trouble with it. As a doctoral student I have several things going on at once and this helps me to keep it all organized.
22. MonsieurOpal (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)
If you're looking for ease of use, efficiency and the best way to organize your notes, Memability is by far the best. Perfect to handle and organize lists of items/notes. Plus the design is really neat!
23. serjiosub (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
I prefer simplicity in notes apps, like in any.do, m>notes or do it tomorrow. These too should be on the list.
24. rizevnarastek (Posts: 329; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
One of the best apps for making notes or rather urgent to-does is "Nota"...Google it up on Play Shop. It keeps your to-do note in your notification tray and you can't swipe it away until you do it or well, you lie that you did it. It really increases my productivity xD
25. ARITRA (Posts: 42; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
good note taking applications
26. yodanote (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Mar 2014)
Card-style browsing and eding,Real RichText format,customizable Note Background