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Best Android apps for note-taking

Evernote

Evernote has 50 million users, and is absolutely the king of note taking apps. It has everything you need for note taking picture capture, voice reminders, to-do lists, search, and much more. One of the best things of Evernote is its ability to sync with all of your devices and make all of your notes searchable. Android's app even includes an automated transcription service which turns speech into text. Evernote's free service offers 60MB per month, more than most of us will need, while their premium plan offers 16GB and an array of other features for $45 a year.

Key Features include:

  • Works with Evernote Business: Capture, browse, search, and share Business Notes and Business Notebooks from your smartphone or tablet.
  • Sync all of your notes across the computers and devices you use
  • Create and edit text notes, to-dos and task lists
  • Save, sync and share files
  • Search for text inside images
  • Organize notes by notebooks and tags
  • Email notes and save tweets to your Evernote account
  • Connect Evernote to other apps and products you use
  • Share notes with friends and colleagues via Facebook and Twitter

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Google Keep

Google's own note taking app is relatively new to the game. If you want a simple app for taking notes and making to-do lists on-the-go, Keep is your best bet. Users can type out notes, take photos, make lists, and record voice notes in a colorful, neat, easy UI. Like Evernote, Keep also transcribes voice notes into text for you. All notes sync back to your Google Drive account so that you can view them on your PC.

Key features include:

  • Keep track of your thoughts via notes, lists and photos
  • Have voice notes transcribed automatically
  • Use homescreen widgets to capture thoughts quickly
  • Color-code your notes to help find them later
  • Swipe to archive things you no longer need
  • Turn a note into a checklist by adding checkboxes
  • Use your notes from anywhere they are safely stored in the cloud and available on the web at here

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Microsoft OneNote

Microsoft's own note taking app is a classic. What used to be the essential note taking app for PC users has made its way to Android devices, and it's a beauty. You can manage up to 500 notes on your Android device. All notes sync with Microsoft's cloud service, SkyDrive. What OneNote offers that the others don't is the ability to create Microsoft Office charts and diagrams. It's also pretty neat that whatever notes you take update live across your devices.

Key features include:

  • Updated navigation makes it easier to view and find your notes
  • Improved note formatting and consistency across your devices
  • Ink annotations and rich text formatting now viewable
  • Most recently used notebook lists sync across devices
  • Automatically sync your notes to SkyDrive Pro
  • Home screen widgets to help you quickly capture photo, audio and other quick notes

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SpringPad

It's hard to put an amazing app like SpringPad all the way at number 4, but all of these apps are so great. Springpad's new user interface is something to admire. You can do all of the normal note taking things, plus add collaborators to your notes, and make your notes look absolutely stunning. You can clip an article, snap a photo, record a voice memo or save a nearby place through the app, which then shows you "the right information at the right time." Springpad's main selling point is it's features aimed at gathering contact from the web and aggregating and embedding it into your personal notes.

Key features include:

  • Save to Springpad from your favorite apps and mobile browser with "Add to Springpad" in your sharing menu.
  • Enhance productivity with tap-to-edit capabilities, manual reordering, and dynamic checklists.
  • Create custom Springpad widgets for your home screen.

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Papyrus

Papyrus is a neat note-taking app that is different from the others on this list. Papyrus lets you take notes but actually writing them with your own handwriting. It's designed to work smoothly and accurately with either a stylus or your finger. Once you've taken your notes, you can export to PDF, PNG, or JPEG to save or share. Papyrus makes note-taking more useful, and even more fun.

Key features include:

  • Take notes naturally with a pen on active-pen enabled devices
  • Take notes with your finger or passive stylus (non-active pen)
  • Vector graphics engine
  • Undo/redo, select, move, and resize
  • Change the color and weight of selected items
  • Cut, copy, and paste items between notes
  • Multiple paper types and sizes
  • Two finger scroll and pinch-to-zoom
  • Organize notes within notebooks (long press, drag and drop)
  • Sort notes and notebooks
  • Image import, crop, and resize
  • Export notes to PDF, PNG, or JPEG for printing, archiving, or sharing
  • Share notes with friends and colleagues via email, Evernote, and other services

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