5 Awesome Lesser Known Note-taking Apps for Android
Taking notes helps us keep track of important events and situations, ensuring that we stay on top. We’ve already discussed Google Keep and its advantages, but not everyone wants feature-rich note-taking apps. Here are 5 minimal note-taking apps for Android users who want to quickly jot things down.
1. Keep My Notes
Keep My Notes is a capable app that allows users to quickly record thoughts and perform backups. The main screen displays notes based on creation or modification dates. Deleted notes are moved to the Trash instead of being permanently deleted, which is convenient for those who have accidentally deleted something.
Designed with minimalism in mind, this app allows users to customize the theme and alter the color scheme in Settings.
Font size and color can be changed.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not criticizing local backups. The author of this app has used this as a selling point, outlining on the app’s Google Play Store page that this backup facility does not require an internet connection.
Keep My Notes offers added security by providing the ability to lock the app.
To remove ads in the app, you can opt for a $0.99USD premium subscription annually.
This app is straightforward and effective, allowing users to quickly jot down their thoughts.
ColorNote has features that allow users to create text notes and checklists easily.
The checklist option allows users to create simple checklists and set reminders. Users can also browse tasks by accessing the calendar view.
Both notes and checklists can be archived, reducing clutter by hiding old notes you don’t want to delete. ColorNote also has a trash can feature. Users can change the app’s theme to ‘Default’, ‘Soft’, or dark, based on their preferences.
Within Settings, users have the option to customize the note color, font size, and list item height, providing them with various choices based on their preferences.
ColorNote recognizes the importance of security and offers the option to set passwords for text protection.
Another great feature is the ability to share notes which could be useful for project collaboration.
Finally, ColorNote has strong backup capabilities. You can backup locally to your phone’s memory/SD card or online. Local backups can be protected with a master password and set to be automatic.
You can log in to the online backup service using your Facebook, Google, or Email account. The service will encrypt your notes using the AES standard before uploading them.
This app is solid and offers all the functionality needed to record and protect your information.
SomNote has a beautiful user interface and offers users useful features.
Notes can be organized in folders and the view can be changed from list view to thumbnail view as seen below.
Customization is appreciated, especially with fonts. SomNote offers a variety of fonts and the option to change the font size.
Online backup is available, and you can sync your memos to SomCloud by logging in with your Facebook, Google, or Kakao accounts. You will then be able to access your notes from any device with an internet connection.
Another useful feature of SomNote is its automatic link detection. Often, apps fail to recognize links, preventing users from clicking on them to access the corresponding web page. This can be quite frustrating. Fortunately, SomNote has the ability to automatically detect phone numbers and website links.
The app can be locked but this requires logging into SomCloud, which is inconvenient.
SomNotes comes with decent features but you can upgrade to the premium version for $3.99 USD per month or $39.99 USD per year to access features such as attaching files up to 100MB and removing ads.
Simple Notepad is easy to use and has an attractive user interface.
Checklists and notes can be created with reminders.
Reminders can be set on checklist items and added to your Google Calendar.
Items can be organized into folders, providing convenience and neatness.
A variety of options are available to customize fonts and background. The following can be customized:
Font size, font type, current wallpaper, background, current live wallpaper, light theme, selected, app, set, require, password, opening, important, security standpoint.
Backup functionality is not clear-cut, but can be found in Settings, under the Import & Export subsection. Although easy to use, Simple Notepad is not lacking in functionality.
Fast Notepad is a simple app that lives up to its name. It is fast. The settings that can be changed are:
Font size, cursor position, and storage location of notes can be altered. Notes can also be encrypted using AES-256. The global theme and editor theme can be changed. However, there are few customization options available for this app, but it is fast and efficient in its functionality.
There are many choices for a great notepad app, but these 5 are good. This sentiment is echoed by their ratings. For something quick and simple, I recommend Fast Notepad. On the more advanced side, ColorNote is your best bet.
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