Evernote iPhone app more noteworthy than Android version

Jan 4, 2010
Tech

Evernote is one of the breakthrough iPhone apps to emerge in the past year, with a focus on mobile integration that has given existing users another point of access to their Evernote accounts.  The ability to bookmark one’s life while on the go is something Evernote has always offered in roundabout fashion, but the launching of […]

Evernote is one of the breakthrough iPhone apps to emerge in the past year, with a focus on mobile integration that has given existing users another point of access to their Evernote accounts.  The ability to bookmark one’s life while on the go is something Evernote has always offered in roundabout fashion, but the launching of the Evernote iPhone app simplified the process for users, while also redefining its product for a mobile audience. Evernote was included in the curated app page Top 5 Android Apps for Taking Notes.

Positioning itself as a mobile organization tool, the popularity of Evernote’s iPhone app quickly spread to hopes for similar iPhone apps on other devices. Google’s Android platform introduced a new opportunity for Evernote, and the expectations around Evernote’s Android app were heightened as the company announced its plans for the new mobile app.

Unfortunately, Evernote’s Android app has not proven to be as robust as the iPhone version, though the new Android app is still a welcome addition to the burgeoning mobile platform.  When compared to the iPhone, the welcome screen for Evernote on Android is quite similar.  Here, you are invited to add an audio or text note, upload an image or file.  You can enter a search term to scour your saved bookmarks, while menu options allow you to access notes and pending notes.

While Evernote’s search results and accessed notes appear similar for iPhone and Android users, the syncing options for managing your notes are not immediately available with the Android app, nor is the ability to add notes to your favorites.  Automated GPS tagging is available for both the iPhone and the Android version of the Evernote, filtering notes based on nearby locations.

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What’s slightly disappointing about the Android version of Evernote, however, is he lack of integration with other native devices for easier note submission.  Sharing a photo taken from an Android device’s camera, for instance, can bring up the ability to use other apps for sharing that photo.  This is a missed opportunity for Evernote, as such integration takes advantage of many Android device’s capabilities and could further simplify usability around the app.

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