Thanks to tablets, notebooks have become un-cool and impractical. If you are looking to update or go “green” with your note taking experience, consider using these next tools.
Notability – iOS users
This is probably the most useful substitute for your notebook. With Notability you can take notes by either typing on your iOS device’s keyboard, scribbling with your finger, or even recording an audio. You may use any of these methods for a single note, or even include some or all three in one same note. For instance, you have the option to type down words, scribble over them and assign a recording to a specific word or even an image. Also, Notability works like an advanced reader and editor for PDFs and Microsoft Office documents.
- Customizable categories keep your notes organized
- Customizable dividers keep your categories organized
- Each note may have multiple pages (like a regular notebook)
- Auto-backup feature available (works with Dropbox, Google Drive, Box or WebDAV accounts)
- iCloud sync so all your notes are available on all your iOS devices
- Export and share your notes as PDFs
- Customize your note’s background and line type (ex. college ruled, wide ruled, graph paper, etc.)
- No ads
- You probably need some sort of stylus for your handwritten notes to be readable
- No free version available for users to try its features (if you are really concerned about this, try Mental Note Lite)
You can download Notability from the App Store for $2.99.
Note Everything – Android users
Note Everything has basically all the features as Notability, including (but not limited to) text, audio, and handwritten notes.
- Customizable folders and subfolders keep your notes organized
- Use checklists and reminders on your notes (pro add-on)
- Password protected notes (pro add-on)
- Optional shortcuts on your home screen to create or access notes quickly
- Read-only mode prevents you from making accidental changes
- Scan barcodes into your notes or share your notes with barcodes
- Receives notes and links sent from other apps
- Video notes (pro add-on)
- No ads
- You may only add text to audio notes, no other features
- Free version does not support images
- Free version does not support back-up features
- Cannot read PDFs or Microsoft Office documents
You can download Note Everything for free and the Note Everything Pro Add-On for $3.99 on Google Play.
For Windows Phone users there aren’t much nice options. You can try Evernote for regular typed notes, checklists, and reminders – synced through the cloud. Papyrus also works, but just for handwritten notes. Both of these are available for free on the Windows Phone Store.