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For the past couple of years or so, I’ve been using both OneNote and Evernote to collect random pieces of information I need to remember: todo lists, random thoughts, recipes, photos of things like the meds I’m currently taking, etc. There is no rhyme or reason to which app I use; it’s just whatever comes to mind first.

Recently, the content of each has become large enough that I think it’s time to pick one and go with it. They both have desktop and mobile versions, so that obvious criterion is out. OneNote is quite a bit more flexible, but it’s also more complicated, and that adds to my stress. The notebooks are lined up on the left side, sections across the top, and pages (and subpages) down the right side. Add in all the features in the ribbon above, and it comes across as quite cluttered. Just like a real notebook, I guess.

Evernote, on the other hand, is pretty straight-forward. The interface is fresh and clean, making it feel lighter and less burdensome. Unfortunately, it’s not as flexible as OneNote. You can’t put items just anywhere on the page. It’s much more like a word processor than a notebook, making note-taking with it a little less satisfying.

On my mobile devices (iPhone and iPad), the situation is sort of flipped. The team at Microsoft did a good job figuring out how to render OneNote notes to the device, but note creation and editing leaves a lot to be desired. Checkboxes are in, but text font, color, and size are all out. Evernote’s app has all these.

I still haven’t decided which one to choose long-term, but I’m leaning toward Evernote. Just wish the text editor didn’t feel like Windows Wordpad so much. I’m not the only one. Posted on Monday, March 12, 2012 10:14 PM | Back to top

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