Note to self: Useful note-taking apps

AndroidTab_March26_A‘Note to self: Call Jane in the morning regarding Tuesday’s conference call.’ We’ve all made little mental notes like this, many of which we will forget about. Traditionally, we would write the reminder down on a sticky-note, or in a daytimer. But now, you can use your mobile device to record the note. If you have an Android tablet, there are some neat apps that can help store your thoughts and notes.

Here’s three note apps that different users will find useful:

Google Keep
For users who are integrated with Google; using Google Drive, Gmail, etc., Keep is a recently released note app that allows you to create notes and lists. You can also attach voice reminders, pictures and change the color of each note.

What separates this app from others is that it syncs your notes automatically with Google Drive, which means you can access, edit and manage the notes from any system. The mobile app looks great, as it follows Google’s new ‘clean’ look with lots of white space. Notes are added to the main screen as thumbnails with the main content featured in the image. If you use Google’s apps, this is a great addition that you will likely find useful. Free on Google Play.

OneNote Mobile
If your office uses Microsoft Office, or Office 365, you may have already used OneNote. The mobile version lets you create notes and lists with bullet points, checkboxes, text and pictures. You can sync these notes with your SkyDrive account, or your Office 365 ID – they should both be the same ID – and have access to them on nearly every device including your desktop.

If you use OneNote on your desktop or browser, you will be able to view and open these notes using the mobile app and vice versa. Free for 500 notes on Google Play. If you want to create more than 500 notes, there is an in-app upgrade cost that varies depending on your account.

Evernote
If you use multiple mobile and desktop platforms, or aren’t picky about an app’s integration with existing systems, Evernote should be right up your alley.

Like Google Keep, this app lets you create notes and lists, and also add voice reminders and pictures. The ability to search your notes for keywords is also included, which makes this app useful if you take a large quantity of notes.

The key distinguishing feature of this app is that it isn’t just for one system. You can install versions on nearly every platform e.g., iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome, Firefox, etc. And your notes will be synced as long as you have an Internet connection. This makes it perfect for the business owner who has a Windows PC in the office, an iPhone and an Android tablet. Free on Google Play.

These are just three potential note apps that you can use on your Android tablet. Do you use other ones? Let us know.

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