As happens to everybody eventually, we had the family crisis/drama event hit around Christmas. One of the things I learned quickly was that I was going to need a way to take and save lots of notes. I fired up the iphone notes application and went to town.
The default notes application is actually quite good. It’s reasonably responsive and functional, and not hard to sort your way through and forward notes. The one place it really sucks is in backing up and saving those items. At one point I hit a bug in the ipod app where it lost it’s music database. It still say that it had 12 gigs of music content on the phone, but if I tried to play any, the ipod application didn’t see any content. In an attempt to fix that, I tried a firmware reload and restore from backup – no dice. So I tried reload without restore. Guess where my notes went? Of course, they all disappeared.
My own fault – what did I really think would happen with a total data wipe? But yea, I’d hit this before – I need a notes application that supports a non-volatile data storage function.
Since I’d seen positive reviews of Evernote in the past, I thought I’d give it a try.
So – here’s my one hour review:
- Easy to use and get started. Install app and create account, and you’re ready to go.
- Interface is functional and intuitive
- You can get some lag as app attempts to sync data
- Being able to access notes and data from any web browser at any location is golden
- Support for voice recording and pictures is a plus
- Price – free, is golden
So unless something breaks, I think this is my new notes system.
A lot of people have recommended Evernote to me and I have been meaning to try it. I really want for the iPhone is a way to create tasks that will show up in my Outlook task list. I have to create calendar entries to remind myself to do things. Not exactly how that feature was intended.