Best Android notes apps

Best Android notes apps
Android has a lot of apps, and probably now even more apps than the App Store, but what Android devices do not have is a built-in note taking 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, 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.

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26 Comments

1. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

i think evernote is still the best because it is cross platform

2. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

but i still prefer using S Note on my galaxy note

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Plus 2 for S-note (on my Note II). It just works....

4. psipher

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 28, 2009

I use Springpad, which also has a nice Chrome desktop browser app.

5. joseph98

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 03, 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.

6. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

just about to say the samething

8. lauremar

Posts: 181; Member since: Feb 29, 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: May 03, 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: Mar 08, 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

10. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

I like Note Everything.

11. Fresh2death

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 16, 2012

any reviews about the catch note?

12. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

What about Slide Notes, I have been using this for a while...

13. Hildy

Posts: 34; Member since: Nov 23, 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: Dec 07, 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: Dec 10, 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: 349; Member since: Sep 06, 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: 729; Member since: Sep 18, 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: 90; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

ColorNote, simply and easy. Can do a note, a check list, and syncs online.

20. ktime

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 11, 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: Dec 12, 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: Jan 08, 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: Jan 28, 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: 349; Member since: Sep 06, 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: 45; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

26. yodanote

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 20, 2014

How about Yodanote,WYSIWYG Editor on Android (standard HTML format,with JavaScript) Card-style browsing and eding,Real RichText format,customizable Note Background Video Online youtu.be/FsdwTZkB-x8

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