Google Keep is the newest kid on the block in the world of note-taking apps. It promises to help users get more organized by saving notes, photos, lists, and even color-coding them to facilitate search. The Android app comes with homescreen widgets for easier access, and supports transcribing notes from one’s voice. Its other features include converting a note into a checklist and archiving by means of a swipe gesture.
Google Keep undoubtedly provides a productivity boost. However, if you are a big fan of apps that let you save and organize notes, you might want to check out similar ones that came before Google Keep.
Among these are Evernote, Notes, OneNote, and SimpleNote. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, and some may be more suitable for you depending on your needs.
In terms of storage space, Evernote and SimpleNote offer unlimited storage. OneNote provides 7GB, while both Keep and Notes allot 5GB for every user.
In terms of supported platforms, Keep is compatible with Android and the web; Evernote with Android, iOS, OS X, Blackberry, and the web; Notes with iOS, OSX, and the web, OneNote with Windows, Windows Phone, iOS, and Android; and Simplenote with iOS, Android, OS X, Windows, and the web.
At present, there is no management option via folders, notebooks, or tags on Keep as well as Notes, but the feature is available on Evernote, OneNote, and SimpleNote.
Price-wise, all of these note-taking apps are free, but Evernote’s free price comes with some restrictions.
Browser extension at the moment is only supported by Evernote, through the Evernote Web Clipper, as well as Simplenote.
All of these apps, except Evenote, come with no limits regarding uploads. Evernote allows only 600MB per month for those who have an Evernote account.
Multiple accounts are allowed by Keep and Evernote. On Simplenote, the
All of these apps, moreover, support syncing.
Adding images to notes, meanwhile, is only available on Keep, Evernote, and OneNote.
Lastly, only Evernote at present supports location tagging.
As of now, it appears that Evernote has the most features, what with its support of the most platforms, syncing ability, location tagging, note organization through notebooks, support for multiple accounts, voice memos, and browser extension. Its lack of dictation support, ability to share storage with other apps, and the 600MB monthly restriction in uploading may discourage some from fully appreciating the app.
On the other hand, Google Keep has only been around for a short while. Keep, at this point, still has much potential to catch up and be a more competitive product once developers add more capabilities or restructure others to make note-taking easier.