The note taking field is rather crowded these days with Google’s Keep, Evernote, and OneNote from Microsoft leading the field. As Computerworld states, these apps have grown past that label, to do much more. Let’s look at a few of the major players, and why Google Keep in particular, may a keeper.
This one may be most popular for people heavily entrenched in the Redmond ecosystem. Easily accessible on the Surface and integrated into Outlook, for example. Or if you use a Windows Phone or subscribe to Office 365.
I was poking around Evernote the other day, and came to the same conclusion as Computerworld’s author did — Evernote changed its pricing structure. If you use the free Basic version, you can only use it on only two devices. Monthly uploads are capped at 60 megabytes per month. Premium tier costs also went up — paid versions of the app now cost $35, $70 and $120 per year.
Another app that is deeply woven into its maker, in this case Google. CW notes that Keep is part of “Chrome, Calendar, Gmail, Photos, Drive, Docs, Google Now, Google Assistant and Google Home.” Ah, Google Assistant may be the key here, though. AI is the wave of the future, and is something Google is deeply invested in. Assistant scans your email and calendar, and will also scan Keep and make all the data available to you via conversation or chat.
The clean, uncluttered look and feel of Keep could be a main selling point for many. I didn’t use Evernote all that much the first time around, which is why I went back and checked it out again. OneNote felt too cluttered and over-engineeered. So if I come across an idea, I merely bring up Keep and jot it down on it’s own note, so it’s ready for me at a later date. Yeah, they look like color-coded Post-It Notes, but those have been pretty popular so far. Here are a few other highlights as mentioned in the Google Play store:
• On the app, you can record a voice memo (“OK Google”) and Keep will transcribe it so you can find it later. You can make photo notes, too.
• Easily plan a surprise party by sharing your Keep notes with others (not the surprisee, I would think) and collaborating on them in real time.
• Keep works on your phone, tablet, computer and Android wearables (no Keep for Kindle, though) Everything syncs across the devices. Sync has indeed come a long way since its early days at Google when your bookmarks would, uh, triple.
• Set a location-based reminder to pull up your grocery list right when you get to the store.
• Chrome users can save on the fly with this Chrome extension.
Ultimately, the end user needs to decide what to use, that feels the most comfortable. If you’re in the market for a new note taking app that can do a lot, without a lot of glitz or fanfare, Google Keep may be the one for you.