Here’s what I need in a notes app.
- Text Notes
- Snapshots (Photos of labels, serial numbers, parts, etc.)
- Basic tagging or category organization
- Mobile App
- Desktop or Browser App
- Cloud sync
Evernote definitely ticks all of the boxes and a lot more, but I don’t need fonts, highlighters. I don’t need to organize notes with categories AND tags and I don’t need to share notes or collaborate on them. Evernote’s desktop client feels more like a nicely de-bloated version of Microsoft Word.
Google Keep has the features I need and that’s about it! I like elegant simple applications and Google’s managed to do it with Keep. Sure, there’s room for improvement but it’s pretty good as it is.
My only real concern is that Google has dropped other services that I enjoyed, most notably their recent decision to scrap Google Reader. If they do eventually drop Keep, it should be easy to find another service, even if it means going back to Evernote and the bloat that comes with it.